October Good Food Book Club The Pope’s Encyclical: On Care for Our Common Home

By universal consensus, our book club members want to read the Pope’s remarkable, possibly world-changing, new Encyclical. As soon as possible. Not only is it about good food; in a much, much bigger sense, it is about the ecological conversion we are now undertaking to reclaim a good world.

Since climate change is affecting global food systems, the Encyclical, titled Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, may be among the most important documents ever written. Not just in relation to food, but in relation to humanity’s relationship with all of life on earth. To that end, please join us to discuss the new Encyclical for the October Good Food Book Club gathering on Sunday, November 1, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

The editors of The Guardian write, “Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si’, is the most astonishing and perhaps the most ambitious papal document of the past 100 years, since it is addressed not just to Catholics, or Christians, but to everyone on earth. It sets out a program for change that is rooted in human needs but it makes the radical claim that these needs are not primarily greedy and selfish ones.”

People around the world—not just Christians and Catholics—are reading the Pope’s Encyclical right now. And he invited Naomi Klein, author of the historic book This Changes Everything: Capitalism versus the Climate (the Good Food read from this past April, and soon to be released as a movie), to join him in speaking at the Vatican, in a surprise, radical move shortly after releasing the Encyclical. In an interview in The Guardian, Klein says, “The fact that they invited me indicates they’re not backing down from the fight. A lot of people have patted the Pope on the head, but said he’s wrong on the economics. I think he’s right on the economics.”

You can also see the amazing two-minute YouTube video on The Encyclical from the Pope that has gone viral. Please join us to discuss Laudato Si -- On Care for Our Common Home by Pope Francis (Our Sunday Visitor, 2015) on Sunday, November 1, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Remember to email bookclub@moscowfood.coop for the meeting location and directions and/or to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club. Laudato Si is available in its entirety online. It is also available through your local library. If you are interested in buying the book, check out the area’s local used bookstores or visit BookPeople of Moscow where Book Club members receive a discount. For more information about the Good Food Book Club, check out the Outreach section of the Co-op website at www.moscowfood.coop.