Divest-Reinvest Webinar

August 27, 2016

Webinar: “Caring for Creation by Divesting from Fossil Fuels and Reinvesting in Climate Solutions” (September 7, 2016)


Pope Francis was clear in Laudato Si, saying that “technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels needs to be progressively replaced without delay” (LS 165), and the Catholic Bishops from all continents followed up this directive by calling for “an end to the fossil fuel era… providing affordable, reliable and safe renewable energy access for all”.

As a response to these mandates, the Global Catholic Climate Movement recently launched a Catholic Divest-Reinvest program to encourage Catholic institutions to divest from fossil fuel companies and invest only on socially and ethically responsible companies that do not cause harm to people and the environment. After the first Catholic joint divestment announcement of June, many more Catholic organizations will join the next joint announcement on October 4th, Feast of St Francis of Assisi.

All GCCM member organizations and other faith institutions are invited to learn more about fossil fuel divestment in this webinar co-convened with GreenFaith. These divestment efforts are part of a broader effort to celebrate the ecumenical Season of Creation.


Download Dr. Nancy O’Rourke’s slides from her presentation here.



The webinar will feature two consecutive panels lasting a total of 90 minutes:

  • Panel #1: “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment”
    • Rev Jenny Phillips – Divest and Reinvest Director of GreenFaith (RevJPhillips(AT)greenfaith.org)
    • Koreti Tiumalu – Pacific Regional Coordinator of 350.org (koretiAT350.org)
    • Nancy Rourke, PhD – ‎Canisius College / Catholic Theological Society of America (rourken(AT)canisius.edu)
    • Moderator: Tomás Insua – Global Coordinator of Global Catholic Climate Movement & Research Fellow at Harvard University (tomasATcatholicclimatemovement.global)
  • Panel #2: “Case studies of Christian institutions that divested and reinvested”
    • John O’Shaughnessy – CFO & CEO, Franciscan Sisters of Mary (USA) (joshaughnessyATfsmonline.org)
    • The Ven. Betsy Blake Bennett – Archdeacon, Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska
    • Symon Scott – Business manager, The Passionists – Holy Spirit Province (Australia)
    • Moderator: Thea Ormerod – Chair, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (chairATarrcc.org.au)

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