Last Sunday, I had the privilege to observe a presentation about Faith and Environment at St.Brigid church in Meadville, Pa.
Pasquale DiFrancesco ’14 and Matt Mucci 14′, informed a room of fifth through eighth graders how personal decisions can hinder the environment. Through an interactive presentation, the class answered questions about their usage of certain resources that effect the environment. Their answers generated an estimation of how many “earths” it would take to support a world that lived exactly as they do.
“It’s an issue that is important to me and Pat,” said Mucci.
DiFrancesco expressed the importance of talking to a younger generation about the environment.
“Faith is a platform.” said DiFrancesco. “It teaches you how to be better at issues and little behavioral changes can make a huge impact.”
The presentation was engaging. The students were shouting out ways they could help the environment and what they could do to stop their personal habits.
DiFrancesco and Mucci offered simple hints to correct everyday environmental issues. Such as recycling properly and efficient water usage.
One student at St.Brigid’s had an interesting approach to conserving energy.
“I will turn the lights off on my teacher (to save electricity),” said Hannah Parks, 6th grader.
After the presentation, the students wrote a prayer about how them and others can positively effect the environment. They structured their prayers around conservation and asking others to contribute.
Shari Bronson, coordinator of religious education at St. Brigid church was gracious of the Allegheny students presentation.
“It is a powerful testament to see faith in action and all for the betterment of the environment,” said S.Bronson.
The students were able to see two people relative to their age converse about their faith and express the role that plays in the environment.
“Young adults showed them that you can take situations and apply them to situations right in the world.” said Pastor Johnathan Schmolt. “It is a value of witness and faith and it is an act of witness for the youth.”
S.Bronson enjoys and promotes the relationship of Allegheny and the church.
“It is inspirational to our faith formation program to experience the faith witness of these fine students from Allegheny College.” said S.Bronson. “We appreciate their efforts and welcome them back anytime.”