Top 10 Global Catholic Climate Movement highlights of 2020
10. The continued consolidation and growth of GCCM
Thanks to the Holy Spirit working throughout this movement, the GCCM Board of Directors, Steering Committee, and Secretariat pushed GCCM forward in 2020.
Their work recently has focused on making sure GCCM remains strongly aligned with its values, including being grounded in the Catholic faith and driven by hope, and helping the entire GCCM network better understand the movement’s story, identity, and governance structures (more details to be announced early in 2021).
In February, just before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down much of the world, the GCCM Board of Directors was privileged enough to have meetings with high-level Vatican leaders, further strengthening the organization’s blessed and vital partnership with the Vatican.
The Board also underwent a significant transition, with the presidency transitioning from Amy Woolam Echeverria to Lorna Gold (previously the Vice-Chair, currently Acting Chair).
We are all enormously grateful for Amy’s tremendous leadership during the past six years of GCCM birthing, best illustrated in this wonderful blog post about the audience with Pope Francis, and we are incredibly excited about the next steps of the journey with Lorna.
The GCCM Secretariat also kept growing in 2020! We welcomed new team members in Kenya, the U.S., Ireland, and Ecuador.
Working together with God and the bishops, pastors, and laypeople who are the face of this movement, GCCM challenged the world to act faster and to do more for the least among us as the climate crisis worsens around the globe.Next year, 2021, will be one of great opportunity and potential, and we look forward to continuing to run with you on this fast-paced and Spirit-filled journey. Read more about 2021 plans here.