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CRRA Virtual Annual Meeting 
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Faith-Based Coalitions and the Environmental Crisis

2:00-3:30pm ET | 1:00-2:30pm CT | 12:00-1:30 MT | 11:00am-12:30pm PT


Mirabeau-Water-GardenRendering of the Mirabeau Water Garden. Waggonner & Ball.

The environmental crisis casts a dark shadow over the earth. While many have long been invested in using resources wisely, the environmental crisis is compelling new levels of action around the world. In May 2021, the Vatican launched the Laudato Si Action Platform to encourage initiatives at the grassroots and encourage families, schools, hospitals and others to develop sustainability efforts. Join us in learning what’s happening now, why people are recommitting to the common cause, what ordinary people and faith-based coalitions can do, and the opportunities for small movement activism to revision what the future requires.

In addition to presentations and discussions on our featured theme, the CRRA Annual Meeting also includes recognition of members for their outstanding service to CRRA. Through committees and special assignments, our members guide the programs and projects creating access to Catholic research resources.


Times in ET 
2:00-2:05pm Welcome & Housekeeping Mark Shelton, Ed.D.
Director of Library Services, College of the Holy Cross
Chair, CRRA Board of Directors
2:05-2:10pm Introduction of Guest Speakers: Sr. Pat Bergen and rev. abby mohaupt Jennifer Younger
Executive Director, CRRA
2:10-2:30pm Presentation: Care of Creation Sr. Pat Bergen
Congregation of St. Joseph, LaGrange IL
2:30-2:50pm Presentation: GreenFaith Circles rev. abby mohaupt
Director off Education & Training, Greenfaith
2:50-3:10pm Q&A with Presenters  
3:10-3:30pm CRRA Volunteer Recognition Mark Shelton, Ed.D.
Director of Library Services, College of the Holy Cross
Chair, CRRA Board of Directors


About our Guest Speakers

Pat BergenSr. Pat Bergen, Congregation of St. Joseph, LaGrange IL, was deeply involved in the Mirabeau Water Garden Project on land that was once home to the Sisters of St. Joseph’s motherhouse. The site is becoming one of the largest urban wetlands in the country and a demonstration site for urban water management in one of New Orlean’s lowest-lying and most vulnerable neighborhoods. The Sisters embraced this vision as one that “would manifest the holiness and the beauty of this land... and evoke a huge systemic shift in the way humans relate with water and land.”


abby mohauptrev. abby mohaupt directs education and training to support GreenFaith Circles, small groups passionate about faith-based action on climate change and the environment, and participation in a global, multi-faith community of circles. Individual circles may include people from one or more faiths or spiritualities, who together choose their paths toward transforming their spirituality and consumption habits, organizing religious institutions on “greening” opportunities, and supporting values-based actions by government and financial institutions to meet the climate crisis.


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