A grainy picture of St. Francis overlooking local climate scientists
at the Diocese of Providence's St. Francis Feast gathering.
- Choose your eco topic—preferably one of some local interest.
- Reach out to experts, local ones particularly but national ones if you can. Chances are they are looking for community venues to share the fruits of their efforts and the findings of their profession’s science.
- Find a parish that’s willing to host the event—preferably one that serves a community affected by the issue at hand.
- Reach out to the media—reporters are typically intrigued when the Church offers these sorts of events.
- Bring food.
- Prepare a free handout or booklet on science of the topic at hand and on the Church’s teachings on ecology. (Again, there are some great resources at the Catholic Climate Covenant as well as at the website for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.)
- Open with prayer and an overview of why the Church desires to help in such worldly matters; let the experts speak for most of the event; wrap up with prayer; then let the informal conversations take whatever form they will. And, of course, trust always in the presence of the Holy Spirit.