Heal the Land and Welcome the Landless lecture

Join Dr. Patrick McCormick at Christ the King Church for a timely lecture on climate change and human migration. This annual Newman lecture will open conversation about some of the issues of our time with an expert on the subject. 

The lecture will take place at:

  • Christ the King Church, 1400 Gerald Avenue on October 2 @ 7:00 p.m.


More information on the lecture below:

Scope Statement:  Pope Francis calls for an “integral environmentalism,” uniting a care for creation with justice for the poor and welcome for the stranger. For the current global deluge of desperate refugees and migrants flooding across borders is caused in large part by human-caused climate change devastating the homelands of the world’s poor, and a just response to the immigration crisis demands addressing the underlying environmental destruction. As Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching repeatedly remind us, we must care for the land in ways that provide for the poor and the stranger, and injustice to the weak and landless will devastate the earth. So, when too many of America’s leaders and citizens call for a patriotism that abandons our duty to care for creation, practice justice for all, or welcome the stranger, we must recognize and respond to the current environmental and immigration crises by recognizing the Earth as our mother and sister and the immigrant as our neighbor – and we must love them both as bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh.

Short bio:  Patrick T. McCormick, S.T.D. Professor of Christian Ethics, Gonzaga University. 
Patrick McCormick received his doctorate in Moral Theology from the Gregorian University (Rome), did a postdoctoral fellowship in Bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic, and is Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where he has taught Christian Ethics and Catholic Social Teachings since 1994. He is the author of God’s Beauty: A Call to Justice and A Banqueter’s Guide to the All Night Soup Kitchen of the Kingdom of God, and the co-author of two textbooks on Christian Ethics. He has published dozens of essays on Catholic Social Thought, over 200 columns on Christianity and Culture, and given presentations, workshops and retreats on Catholic Social Teachings at colleges, universities and dioceses throughout the US and in Canada, Australia and Brazil. He is currently preparing to write a textbook on religious ethics and food.