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Encounter for Our Common Home is a national campaign that brings together Catholics across the country to urge our U.S. Senators to enact authentic solutions to the climate crisis. These virtual and in-person encounters with our Senators come from the foundation of our Catholic faith and in accordance with the Laudato Si’ Action Platform.


For Catholic Institutions: Sign an Open Letter to Congress! 

Join Catholic Support for Congressional Climate Action: Sign your Catholic institution onto this open letter to all members of Congress!

Pope Francis and many Catholic Church leaders support legislative efforts that reflect our moral call to care for creation and desire to address climate change, for the common good and our common future. As people of hope, we continue to pray and ask in faith, that the U.S. Congress will still act for our climate.  

Will you consider signing your institution onto this letter to all members of Congress, thus joining a shared call across the U.S. Catholic community? We ask for institutional endorsements until August 8th, after which time we will deliver to the members of Congress.

Campaign Action Alert

Send a message to your U.S. Senators as part of the Encounter Campaign! Learn more and send a message now!

Campaign Blog: Summary of Events and Next Steps!

Blog: "Answering "What Can I Do?"

(Phase 1 was held May 2-6, 2022 but the campaign continues: During the weeks before we provided education, training, and accompaniment for participants.)

Recorded Campaign Events

(RECORDING) Webinar #1: Faith and Reason (What is our Why?)

Tuesday, April 12, 1 p.m. Eastern (Recording and other resources available here)
At the first dialogue, we walk through how our Catholic faith leads us to this historic campaign, answering questions about the purpose of faith-based advocacy, the need for climate action, and how our Catholic voices can cultivate a “culture of encounter”.  

  1. Why are advocacy and care for creation integral aspects of our faith?  

  2. Why do we need to ask their Senators to act on climate now?  

  3. Why are our Catholic voices so important? Why are we using the word “encounter”?  

(RECORDING) Webinar #2: The Legislative Encounter (The What and How)

Tuesday, April 19, 1 pm ET  (Recording and other resources available here)
After celebrating Easter, we heard from active advocates about the specific “asks” in this campaign and the purpose of our “encounter” model. We will also walk through best practices for our legislative meetings taking place May 2-6! This webinar will serve as a final opportunity to join the campaign and put your faith in action to save our common home! 
    1.    What's the ask and why now?  
    2.    Why infuse legislative visits with a culture of encounter?  
    3.    What is the roadmap of a successful encounter?  
    4.    Why are we using tailored approaches for different Senators? 
    5.    How can we leverage social media for results? 

U.S. Senators are considering climate provisions in budget legislation. We will ask lawmakers to support climate and clean energy investments that reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, lower national greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs, and build the resilience of impacted communities. 

Meetings with our Catholic constituents and Senators will be

  1. Strongly centered upon our Catholic faith and
  2. Expressed by a broad spectrum of the Church faithful who transcend partisanship.  

Our approach – of both faith and reason – rests finally on faith, seeking to go to the heart of that shared concern, with the hope of manifesting a change of heart.  

When you join the campaign, you will be the first to hear of campaign events, including: 

  • Community-building events 
  • Webinars on our faith and climate action 
  • Young Adult materials and engagement 
  • Trainings
  • Resources 
  • Action alerts 

  …   All culminating in a “Week of Encounter”: virtual or in-person meetings with U.S. Senators the week of May 2-6, 2022.  

NOTE: Phase 1 was held May 2-6, 2022 but future events will be planned and the campaign is just getting started! When you join the campaign, you will be the first to hear of campaign events.

We are a coalition of U.S. Catholic groups working together for our Common Home. Join Catholic Climate Covenant and our U.S. Catholic partners for this national campaign for climate solutions. This is an advocacy effort in concert with the Vatican’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform (LSAP) activities in the United States. 

Sponsors include Caritas North AmericaCatholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious OfficersCatholic Climate Covenant, Catholic Health Association of the United StatesFranciscan Action NetworkLaudato Si' MovementLeadership Conference of Women Religious, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, National Catholic Education Association, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, and Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ.)

Thank you for being part of this encounter!