The Green Jesus

Fr Tim McFarland, C.PP.S., presented the lecture

A Christ-centered Approach to the Environment

“The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, God’s boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains – everything is, as it were, a caress of God.” 

— Pope Francis

Fr Tim McFarland, C.PP.S., presented the lecture “The Green Jesus” at Precious Blood Renewal Center in Librty, Missouri, note evening of June 20. Twenty-one people attended, about half in person and half online.

The event was recorded and the video of the presentation is now available. Click on this link to watch the video.

The environment has become the 21st Century’s most pressing concern. With his recent encyclicals and pastoral teachings, Pope Francis has been a leading advocate for protecting the world’s environment, and he has challenged all Catholics, all people of good will, to do their part.

This presentation will focus on what insights we might attain about our caring for the environment from a Christological perspective. Most of the theological foundations for care for the environment come from the creation accounts to be good stewards of the created world.

Fr Tim McFarland is Professor of Theology and Director of Mission & Ministry at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He has a Ph.D. in theology and has been in the ministry of higher education for most of his priesthood.

Images from the Laudato Si’ Prayer Book, the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

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