November 8, 2016, Calgary – After a week spent making the mission of the Green Churches Network better known to Albertans, the director, Norman Lévesque, returned to the national office in Laval. He had been invited by the Calgary diocesan CEFFA (ceffa.ca) office to give a workshop during the annual Faith Congress. This activity enabled French-speaking faithful from all over the province to get to know the Network. The opening address of the Congress was given by the theologian and environmentalist, Fr. André Beauchamp, who is on the Board of Directors of the Green Churches Network.
In Calgary, Mr. Lévesque extended an invitation to Holy Family Parish to join the Green Churches Network. He also attended the Sunday service at the Robert McClure United Church where over 40 church members stayed on to experience a Green Churches Workshop. Pastor Kelly Osgood was happy to welcome the participation of Catholic members of Development and Peace in this workshop. This church also hosts a community garden with some 40 plots. Impressive!
Mr. Lévesque also gave a Green Churches Workshop to the parishioners of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Edmonton who really want to take care of God’s Creation. The bike stand at the church entrance is easy to find because of its bright colours.
Mr. Lévesque also visited the offices of the Anglican and the Catholic dioceses of Calgary as well as the Calgary Presbytery of the United Church. These contacts pave the way for future collaborative efforts, notably a series of Green Church Workshops in February 2017.
The director benefited from his trip to Alberta to spend a day in the Canadian Rockies where he also procured a rare book documenting how Canadian glaciers are receding which will be a valuable resource in producing an educational tool on the impact of climate change in Canada.
The Green Churches Network was able to sow some seeds in the autumn of 2016. Let us ask God to bless them and to help them bear much fruit.