Update from the Office of Justice, Peace and Care for Creation, February 22, 2023

Update from the Office of Justice, Peace and Care for Creation, February 22, 2023


Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8) “Seeing with the heart is seeing the world and our brothers through God's gaze…Faith cannot be reduced to a series of theoretical beliefs, traditions, and customs. It is a bond and a path along which we follow Jesus, who renews our way of seeing the world and our brothers.” (Pope Francis, Feb 19, 2022)

Advocacy and Action

The Biden administration has released the final environmental impact statement and is proposing to allow ConocoPhillips’ $8 billion Willow Project to move forward in the western Arctic. The project would wreak havoc on the Western Arctic, cause public health risks to Indigenous people nearby, and would lock us into decades of fossil fuel production and climate pollution. The final decision has not yet been made, however. Can you call the White House switch board 202-456-1414 or send an email? Suggested message:

I am writing to oppose the ConocoPhillips Willow Oil Project in Alaska’s Western Arctic. The region needs more protection from the fossil fuel industry, not less. Willow’s climate impact is heightened by its location in the Western Arctic, the cultural homeland and subsistence area for a number of Alaska Native communities. The Western Arctic supports robust wild ecosystems that include caribou, geese, loons, salmon, polar bears, and bowhead whales. Its lands, waters and animals support a number of communities in the region. Any disruption that jeopardizes the health of these ecosystems puts all of its inhabitants at risk.

I urge the Biden-Harris administration to do everything it can to reject the dirty and dangerous Willow Project.


  • This Black History month the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center is celebrating women of the Civil Rights Movement. Each week this month they will highlight the work of an important Black woman activist. We are encouraged to share something we learn with a family member or friend. This week meet: Cincinnatian, Virginia Keyes Jones Coffey.
  • This Saturday, February 25, from 10 – 11:30 the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth will present Native Nature at Home via Zoom. This presentation will talk about creating habitats for wildlife as well as how and WHY to incorporate native species in your landscape and garden. You can register with Brenden at [email protected]