Oct 18, 2013
Reverencing Creation: Briar Cliff's 2013 Academic Theme
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Reverencing Creation, BCU’s Franciscan value for the 2013-14 academic year, goes beyond loving furry creatures, said Brother Bill Short of the Franciscan School of Theology, San Francisco. Brother Bill addressed the BCU community at the Annual All-Campus Institute before fall classes started.
“Reverencing creation is much more than romanticizing bunnies and butterflies.”
— Brother Bill Short, Franciscan School of Theology
“Reverencing creation is much more than romanticizing bunnies and butterflies,” he explained. “It delves into policy, practice and advocacy. Pope Francis connects reverencing creation to global issues, like fighting poverty, building peace and protecting the environment,” he noted.
“Saint Francis connects world issues to reverencing creation in his ‘Sermon to the Birds,’ in which he commissioned all birds, reptiles, stones, rocks and water to love the Creator,” said Brother Bill. “When we reverence creation of human and non-human creatures, we always express ourselves better through our deeds.”
As a result of the workshop, the BCU community is planning ways to demonstrate Reverancing Creation throughout the year.