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!   


Share your experience of Laudato Si Small Groups

Thank you to everyone who participated in a small group this Lent to reflect on Laudato Si.  Please use the survey link below to share your feedback as we prepare to plan future faith formation opportunities:


Active Hope – Earth Day and Every Day

Presented by St. Ignatius Catholic Churchand the Archdiocesan Office of Life Justice & Peace

Sunday, April 17th 12 -3 pm, Loyola Jesuit Center(3220 SE 43rd Avenue)

Retreat Content: The challenges we face in today’s world can be difficult even to think about—climate change, mass extinction, social and political upheaval.  Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our mutual capacity to face this crisis so we can respond with resilience and creative power.  

Facilitator: Pam Wood is a counselor and facilitator working with faith communities to deepen our connection with the Earth through experiential and interactive processes, reflection, Catholic social teaching, ritual, art and music. She is the co-author of “Care for Creation:  A Franciscan Spirituality of Earth” (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2008). Childcare and luncheon finger foods provided.  


Please RSVP by April 14th online at by calling the St. Ignatius Parish office (503) 777-1491.    



Join Local Conversations about Ecological Justice:


Let’s Talk Climate

Let's Talk Climate is a community conversation, organized and hosted on the second Tuesday of the month at TaborSpace (SE 54th Ave and SE Belmont). We explore climate change, impacts on Oregon, actions to reduce our greenhouse gas "footprint," and ways to mitigate the impacts as well as pending legislation related to climate change. 

Upcoming event:  On Tuesday, April 12th at 7pm Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer, Oregon House District 46, will host a panel discussion with key climate action groups in Portland as part of the Let’s Talk Climate series.  Representatives from Oregon Environmental Council, Renew Oregon, 350PDX, Rising Tide, Citizens Climate Lobby, Sierra Club, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, and others have been invited to share their recent successes, their roles in climate action as advocates and activists, and their sense of next steps.  As part of Earth Month 2016, this event will celebrate Oregon’s legislative achievements and other bold climate planning successes. 

We are very proud of the achievements of Oregon climate advocates, including the thrilling passage of Senate Bill 1547, the Clean Energy and Coal Transition bill, now signed into law by Governor Kate Brown.  What comes next?  What should citizens and neighbors do in response?  How can we support these hard-working groups and offer our encouragement? Come to the next “Let’s Talk Climate” session on April 12th to learn more about post-legislature initiatives to take climate action for Oregon to the next challenge and find out how we as citizens can be part of the next climate achievement.

To facilitate planning, attendees are encouraged to register at Eventbrite or send an e-mail to  Limited lot and street parking available, carpooling recommended, bike parking available. TaborSpace events are served by bus #15.  For more information, see

Participate in the 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. Current areas of focus within the committee:

·         Pray: Currently planning April 17th Active Hope: Earth Day and Every Day retreat and.  Organized the March 18th Stations of the Cross in All Creation, Peace Mass for Laudato Si, and Advent Alcoves for Refugee Resettlement and Care of creation.

·         Faith Formation: Organized Lenten Small Groups and planning future ecological faith formation opportunities

·         Action & Advocacy:  Participated in February Advocacy Day for Healthy Climate Bill and organized 160+ signatures of parishioners in support of the bill. 

·         Assess: Currently gathering a team to do an energy and water audit of St. Ignatius campus.


Connect with Past Events:


Fr. John Ridgway’s three part series on Laudato Si   


Fr. Rick Ganz’ introduction to Laudato Si

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