The current Social Justice Statement from the national Bishops, ‘Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor’ will be explored over two workshops. The first workshop will discuss the Statement on the ecological crisis considering those most affected. The sustainability wisdom of First Nations Peoples will also be explored with wisdom from Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching being incorporated for prayerful reflection and discernment. The second workshop will discuss ways of bringing the urgent call to action to care for our common home to life – within parishes (and hubs), schools and families with the goals from the Laudato Si’ Action Platform being our guide. Other opportunities to engage with creation through eyes of wonder and awe (rather than exploitation) will also be discussed. ‘God saw everything that He had made, and indeed, it was very good’ – Genesis 1:31
Carol Mitchell is the Director of the Justice Ecology and Development Office (JEDO) in the Archdiocese of Perth. Her personal and professional passion has always involved working with or for the marginalised and vulnerable, including for women and children’s safety. Prior to working at JEDO, she worked for decades in three State government departments and two non-government agencies. This was enabled through a Diploma of Dental Nursing; Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion; Graduate Diploma in Women’s Studies and Graduate Certificate in Human Rights.
She has been married to her husband Tom for over 35 years and they have three wonderful children: Miranda, Xavier and Bronte.