Young adults are joining Franciscan Earth Corps which encourages social and environmental projects connected to Franciscan spirituality. Religion News Service reports:
The national, ecumenical program encourages young adults, aged 18 to 35, to connect social and environmental justice activities with Franciscan teachings that stress the interconnectedness of creation.
“Without religion and spirituality, all you’re doing is reordering everything on the outside and not affecting anyone on the inside,” said Rhett Engelking, who directs the corps through the Washington, D.C.-based Franciscan network.
Franciscan Earth Corps stresses prayer, service and creation stewardship. Those elements echo the philosophy of the 13th-century saint who said: “We are all creatures of one family.” Projects emphasize care for the Earth and the Franciscan ideals of simplicity and sustainability.