I sensed their pain and aspirations in our sharing stories about growing up in our respective ethnic communities. We were at the Jesuit Companions in Indigenous Ministry (JCIM) gathering in September at the Seven Fountains Jesuit Retreat house in Chiangmai, Thailand, along with 15 lay collaborators, the youth leaders of the indigenous peoples (IPs) from Asia Pacific.
Over the last six months I have become involved in working on the issue of climate change. I serve on the Cincinnati Archdiocesan Social Actian Commission, and we have created a Climate Change Task Force to help parishes in the archdiocese become aware of the issue of climate change and to commit to doing something about it. We are one of the pilot dioceses for the Catholic Climate Covenant and the St. Francis Pledge.