Life, Justice & Peace Commission

Life, Justice and Peace


Creating Space to explore Ecological Justice at St. Ignatius:

At St. Ignatius parish we’ve discerned our call to work for ecological justice as a community.  We seek to be formed by Laudato Si and transformed by the Gospel so that caring for creation leads us to be in solidarity with our sisters and brothers who suffer from poverty, displacement, or exclusion.  Learn about the variety of ways that you can join us below!

Lenten Small Groups:

This Lent gather with fellow parishioners to reflect on Laudato Si, build community, and share ideas about how we can work for ecological justice together.   Parishioners can choose between two different formats -- Climate Change: Call to Conversionand Healing Relationships in Lent with Pope Francis.  Below is a description of each program as well as times of small groups that are open for new members.  To sign up, leave your name and contact information near a group on the vestibule bulletin board or email  Additional small groups will be added throughout January as they form. 

Healing Relationships in Lent with Pope Francisfrom the Archdiocese of Portland.  This program explores key excerpts from the six chapters of Laudato Si, guiding us to see the connections between our relationships with ourselves, our neighbor, God, and all of creation. Each session includes prayer, readings from Laudato Si, faith sharing questions, and follow-up actions for how we can care for creation and work for the common good.  Electronic copies are available online:'.html

Small groups reflecting on Healing Relationships:

Each small group (5-8 participants) gathers weekly for six sessions this Lent. 


  • Sunday mornings after the 10:30 am Mass, 11:45 AM - 1 PM (Library, Parish Office)
  •       Facilitator: Grace Nuber – begins Sunday, Feb. 14th   


  • Sunday mornings after the 10:30 am Mass, 11:45 AM - 1 PM (SEEL meeting room, Parish Office)
  •        Facilitator: Charlotte Bloebaum - begins Sunday, Feb. 14th   


  • Sunday evenings before the 7:30 PM Contemplative Mass, 6 PM (Dining room, Parish Office)
  •        Facilitators: Janet & Mike Buck - begins Sunday, Feb. 14th   


  • Tuesday afternoons before school is dismissed, 2 – 3:10 PM(Dining room, Parish Office)
  •        Facilitator: Jess Ingman - begins Tuesday, Feb. 16th    


  • Thursday mornings, 9:30 -10:45 AM(Dining room, Parish Office)
  •        Facilitator: Katie Elia - begins Thursday, Feb. 11th                               


  • Small group @ host home in Happy Valley - Monday or Thursday at 7 pm – TBDbased on the day that works best for group members in the area.   Facilitator: Lori Voakes


Climate Change: Call to Conversionby the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center is a collaboration of multiple religious communities including the Holy Names Sisters and the Jesuits.  This program explores the themes: Our Earth Community, the Science of Climate Change, Ecological Conversion, and Eco-Imagining Our Emerging Future.  A supplement connects excerpts from Laudato Si to with the sessions.  Each session includes prayer, education, Catholic social teaching, analysis, faith sharing, signs of hope, and action.  View a sample session at:


Small group reflecting on Climate Change: Call to Conversion

  • Four Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 PM @ host home in NE Portland       

Facilitators: Barb and Gary Scharff – begins Thursday, February 11th

Do you already have a small faith-sharing group and would like to use Laudato Si resources?  We are happy to provide the materials for your group!  Are you interested in facilitating or hosting a small group this Lent?  For these and other questions, contact Pastoral Assistant, Jess Ingman at jingman@sipdx.orgor (503) 777-1491, Ext. 238.

Participate in a “Fix-It Fair”:Saturday, 1/23

Sponsored by the City of Portland, view over 50 exhibits offering resources for weatherization and energy conservation, garden and habitat maintenance, healthy eating, and more.   Saturday 9:30-3 pm at Ron Russell Middle School, 3955 SE 112th Avenue. No RSVP necessary and free lunch provided for participants!  More information is available at:

Attend the Earthcare Summit: Renewing Creation from the Ground Up:  January 30-31. 

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is hosting its 7th annual summit at the University of Portland to explore the interrelationships of soil, food, faith and responding to climate change.  More information can be found at: Contact ecojustice@sipdx.orgif you would like to attend on behalf of the parish.

Healthy Climate Prayer-in-Action Gathering: Feb. 3rd, Salem

Join fellow parishioners, Ecumenical ministries of Oregon, and people of faith from around the region for a day of prayer and advocacy to support the Healthy Climate Bill in Salem, OR.

·       8:45 to 9:50 a.m. Interfaith Prayer-Into-Action Gathering, sponsored by OIPL, at the Micah Building of First United Methodist Church, 600 State St, Salem.

·       10 to 11:45 a.m. Advocacy Training for Healthy Climate Bill

·       12 to 1 PM Rally for Healthy Climate Bill on Capitol Steps

·       1 – 4 PM Lobby Visits


Learn more about Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States:


“Care for Creation is a moral issue. Protecting the land, water, and air we share is a religious duty of stewardship and reflects our responsibility to born and unborn children, who are most vulnerable to environmental assault. We must answer the question that Pope Francis posed to the world: "What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?" (Laudato Si', no. 160). There are many concrete steps we can take to assure justice and solidarity between the generations. Effective initiatives are required for energy conservation and the development of alternate, renewable, and clean-energy resources.” – No. 86, Forming Consciences

Learn more about the Healthy Climate Bill online: contact Claire Burt ( to join in the St. Ignatius carpool.  Participants are asked to register online by February 1st at

Learn about Laudato Si with Fr. John Ridgway

Join us for a three part series on the Sundays of February 21, 28, and March 13, as Fr. John Ridgeway, SJ, guides us through the six chapters of Laudato Si.  Bring your copy of Laudato Si, your highlighter, and re-usable mug!  

Presentations will be held in St. Ignatius church twice each Sunday—at 11:45 AM, after the 10:30 AM mass and at 5:45 PM, before the 7:30 PM contemplative mass.  Childcare will be available in the parish nursery during the 11:45 AM presentation.

Ecojustice Steering Committee

Want to get involved in planning and leading future events? Attend an upcoming Ecological Justice Steering Committee meeting to learn more. The group gathers on the second Sunday of the month from 5– 7 pm. Contact ecojustice@sipdx.orgfor more information.

Past Events:

Laudato Si Talk - Fr Rick Ganz, SJ (Oct 18, 2015)



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