On the fourth anniversary of the document that inspired the Church to take better care of God’s creation, we have the responsibility to keep that work alive.


It was through my association with the Columban Sisters that I began to learn just how crucial the Subanen culture is as a voice on behalf of a re­newable Earth. The Subanens regarded their habitat as a sacred community to be cherished, not as a collection of resources to be exploited.


There is a worldwide movement underway, an awakening at last to the seriousness of the environmental crisis at hand. The future of the planet and humanity depends on it.


A new spirituality of creation is emerging, one deeply tied to the fate of the Earth. The stakes – the fate of the Earth and future generations – are high. Indigenous communities and women play a crucial role. The spirituality of creative nonviolence is deeper and more holistic, rooted in the gift of creation.


We  have  spent  the  last  200  years  or  so  trying  to  deny  the  shadow  side  of  our  birth  as  a  nation.  Coming  to  terms  with  this  history  is  vital  for  the  future  not  only  of  indigenous  people  but  of  us  non­aboriginal  people  as  well.