Every week during the Season of Creation, we're bringing you stories of how climate change impacts vulnerable communities around the world. This week we travel to Fiji.


"From the Hill" is the Columban Center's recap of some of the month's most pressing issues. Staying up-to-date on current events seem especially overwhelming these days, so we're here to offer the Columban take on what's happening in Washington, DC and around the world. This month, we discuss the replacement of the Clean Power Plan, and an update on DACA and family separation. 


I have just returned from the US – Mexico border. I have been to the border many times, but this time in particular was especially heart-breaking and painful. There we met immigrant parents and children who had been detained and cruelly separated from each other for two months; there we witnessed their joyful but often painful reunion at a refugee shelter; there we prepared and shared a meal with them.


These observant outsiders, unburdened by cultural blind-spots, free from political clichés and easy buzzwords, could state the truth about my country more simply and more insightfully than I could.


My journey with Jesus means taking greater responsibility to advocate for God's creation and vulnerable communities. It is a challenge I must urgently accept.