CCA member Alyssa Pasternak-Post has written a powerful reflection titled “On Floods and Beauty: A Gospel Reflection Two Weeks after the West Virginia Floods” for the blog Women in Theology. An excerpt:
In today’s global society, with mounting evidence that human activity affects global climate change, “Who is my neighbor” includes those in our immediate proximity and extends to those whom we will never meet due to distance and time. The love of our mothering God – who comforts us in our times of great need – includes the love of neighbors in all times and places for generations to come, and “neighbor” extends to all that is created. Perhaps this flood can be a conduit for greater beauty to emerge – a beauty that has the power to engage us, to draw us into ugliness and to sustain us as we attempt to see clearly and to live justly and virtuously in communion with one another, the created world and our God.
This is Alyssa’s second piece for the site, having joined as a contributor this past spring. You can follow her writing at WIT here. Alyssa defended a theology master’s thesis on the Appalachian pastoral letter “This Land is Home to Me” at the University of Dayton in 2011. Her thesis is available online here.
We are pleased that the word is getting out about our new People’s Pastoral, “The Telling Takes Us Home: Taking Our Place in the Stories That Shape Us.” Two great pieces have appeared so far this summer: our friend Barry Hudock’s article in Sojourners Magazine (read the entire article here) and Fr. John Rausch’s piece in Glenmary Challenge. Thank you to both Barry and John for helping us spread the word!
For a complete list of the coverage the People’s Pastoral has received, click here.
Welcome to the website of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia! If you have visited our site before, you may have noticed some reorganizing and tweaking taking place here. Hopefully what you are looking for is still easy to find!
One major change that we are rolling out today is this new front page with regularly updated posts. It’s one way we hope to keep folks updated on CCA events, media features, and timely calls to action.
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