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Pope Designates Sept. 1 as World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

By Cindy Wooden-Catholic News Service

Like  their  Orthodox  brothers  and  sisters,  Catholics  formally  will  mark  Sept.  1  as  the  World  Day  of Prayer  for  the  Care  of  Creation,  Pope  Francis  has  decided.  
The  day  of  prayer,  the  pope  said,  will  give  individuals  and  communities  an  opportunity  to  implore God's  help  in  protecting  creation  and  an  opportunity  to  ask  God's  forgiveness  "for  sins  committed against  the  world  in  which  we  live."  
Pope  Francis  announced  his  decision  to  add  the  annual  prayer  day  to  the  Catholic  calendar  in  a letter to Cardinal  Peter  Turkson,  president  of  the  Pontifical  Council  for  Justice  and  Peace,  and  to  Cardinal  Kurt  Koch,  president  of  the  Pontifical  Council  for  Promoting  Christian  Unity.  

The text of the letter, dated Aug. 6, was released by the Vatican Aug. 10.

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World Day of Prayer


Things Just Got Easier

KCC has made reserving a hotel room and the registration process for the 2015 Annual Assembly a bit easier.

Under the "Assembly" tab is a link to register.

After you have completed the registration form you will be immediately redirected to our PayPal payment page.

The room accommodation link works the same way; once you have completed the form and hit the submit button, you will be taken to our PayPal payment page.

If you have any problems, contact the office manager, Mrs. Karen Owsley, at (859) 269-7715


Green Guide to the 2015 Kentucky Council of Churches General Assembly

Greening the Journey:

  • Carpool with others from your area.
  • Bring snacks and food from home and avoid eating fast food.
  • Choose local sit-down restaurants when you stop to eat

Greening our General Assembly Experience:

  • Bring your own water bottles and coffee mugs to refill.
  • Recycle a lot and throw away little.
  • Reuse hotel towels and sheets to conserve water.
  • Pick up brochures and goodies in the Exhibit Area that are really useful to us.

Carbon Offsets

Americans use about 50,000 pounds of carbon each year through energy use in our homes, work places, shopping, travel, etc. We can “offset” some of that carbon by planting trees and supporting creation care organizations.

Learn more about our carbon footprints and offsets:

Brought to you by the KCC Care for Creation Committee of the Justice Group


2015 Annual Assembly: Religious Diversity and Interfaith Relations

 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.....You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30-31)

Preparations for the 2015 Annual Assembly is underway!

This year's assembly will be held Oct. 22 and 23 at the beautiful Nazareth Retreat Center in Bardstown and will feature the Rev. Dr. Robert A. Hunt and Dr. Lucinda Mosher as our keynote speakers.

Our worship service will be led by the Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby. The Rev. Dr. Patricia Tull is our devotional leader.

This year we have changed things up a bit. Thursday's workshop time will be replaced by a panel presentation by Interfaith leaders from around the Commonwealth. They will discuss their faith traditions, as well as how Christians can be better neighbors and dispel the misconceptions that exist about Judaism, Islam, and other faith traditions.The Rev. Dr. Robert Hunt will moderate this session.

On Friday, our workshops will be "Campus Ministry", "Community Interfaith Partnerships" and "Creation Care". Dr. Jonathan Sands-Wise, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown College will share about "Lifestyle Justice", the assembly theme for the 2016 Annual Assembly.

Hotel accomodations are at the Hampton Inn Bardstown, 985 Chambers Blvd., Bardstown, KY. The room rate is $109 per night, plus 4% tax. Reservations can be by calling (502) 349-0100. To receive the group rate, identify yourself as a KCC participant. All reservations must be made by Oct. 1, 2015 and guaranteed with a credit card or cash deposit.

Click the "Assembly" tab for more information, to register, print a copy of our brochure and/or to make your registration fee payment.


KCC's response to Pope's Encyclical

In his much anticipated Encyclical on ecology titled, “On Care for Our Common Home,” Pope Francis named addressing climate change a priority for the faith community. Faith leaders and Eco-justice organizations across the nation are coming together to amplify our common message of care for creation.

Pope Francis writes:

In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, the word “creation” has a broader meaning than “nature”, for it has to do with God’s loving plan in which every creature has its own value and significance. Nature is usually seen as a system which can be studied, understood and controlled, whereas creation can only be understood as a gift from the outstretched hand of the Father of all, and as a reality illuminated by the love which calls us together into universal communion.

The Kentucky Council of Churches stand with people of faith all over the world who are rallying behind the core tenets of their faith, which encourage care for all creation.  The faith and environmental communities have both been strong advocates for action on climate change – the Encyclical marks a united moment across communities and is another example of widespread support to address this crisis. We applaud Pope Francis for his prophetic word on the climate crisis, and for charging Christians to care for the most vulnerable which includes the poor and the earth.  We must all promote the common good by protecting those who disproportionately feel the effects of climate change.

Pope Francis says:

We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it.

The ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion….what they all need is an “ecological conversion”, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them.

May it be so!