• Are you concerned about the future of planet Earth?
  • Are you disappointed that your church is not doing something about it?
  • Do you want to make an ecological difference?

If so, you are not alone.

I am doctoral student, looking for 12 individuals who are willing to partner with me and develop retreat material that will raise environmental consciousness, nurture ecological spirituality, and empower change within their local faith community.

Rooted in The Canticle of Creatures by St. Francis of Assisi, this project will be an ecumenical dialogue to nurture compassionate planetary living. As a graduate of the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley and an ordained American Baptist pastor, I bring both Catholic and Protestant resources to the table. The intent of this project is to allow St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, to be the bridge for ecumenical partnership around creation care.

Participants in this project will be asked to attend one weekend retreat in 2013 which will feature “Canticle of Re-creation” encounters, inviting Christians to commune with the Creator through the cosmic elements in St. Francis’ Canticle. Theological reflections, environmental realities, and personal outdoor meditative activities will be incorporated into the experiences. Participants will be asked to provide written feedback to reflect on and evaluate each experience. Small group discussions will also be used to debrief.

Based on the comments received, the preliminary write-ups will be fine-tuned, with the final products printed and made accessible online. Participants will be asked to facilitate Canticle of Re-creation encounters in their ministry contexts within 6 months of the initial retreat, and to gather feedback from these re-created sessions.

Participant qualifications:

  • A leader in their faith community
  • An ecumenical spirit
  • A “green” attitude
  • Commitment and follow-through


  • A one-year commitment beginning mid-2013
  • Financial resources for travel and a weekend retreat at Redwood Glen (Loma Mar, CA)
  • Full participation in the Canticle of Re-Creation weekend.
  • A group with whom they can lead the sessions in their ministry context
  • Written feedback of this re-created retreat using the material provided

If you are interested in being a participant or would like more information about this project, contact Larry Jay at info@re-creation-network.com

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