Peace & Justice
What Is the Laudato Si’ Action Platform?
by Diane Mertens, Associate; and Patricia Rogers, OP
Most likely you have heard and seen the acronym LSAP but may have wondered, “What is LSAP?” The acronym stands for Laudato Si’ Action Platform.
In 2016, Pope Francis wrote an encyclical titled Laudato Si’. After reading, studying, and discussing the encyclical, many applauded its scope and vision. However, little progress was made on the urgent issues it presented.
Laudato Si’ calls the faithful to sustainability in the spirit of integral ecology (a holistic approach to political, social, economic, and environmental problems). This requires us to develop new ways of seeing, thinking, and acting. Pope Francis wrote in his encyclical, We are not faced with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the underprivileged, and at the same time protecting nature (Laudato Si’ 139).
Pope Francis invites the global Catholic community to embark on a journey to transform the words of his encyclical into action—the LSAP. The platform provides practical ways to address our socio-ecological crisis with a focus on these seven goals: respond to the cry of Earth, respond to the cry of the poor, foster ecological economics, offer ecological education, live simple lifestyles, develop ecological spirituality, and support community engagement.
In October 2021, the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation accepted Pope Francis’ invitation to join this initiative and made a public commitment to the LSAP. This commitment compels us to live and act in ways that alleviate the existing global crisis.
To learn more about the LSAP, please visit the Congregation’s website at sinsinawa.org/news-events/lsap-2022.html. The webpage includes links to several resources—videos, articles, websites, and chapter-by-chapter webinars on the encyclical. To continue the conversation on how to align personal and community actions with the seven goals of LSAP, you are invited to ask questions on the LSAP blog at sinsinawalsap.blogspot.com, and the Sinsinawa Sustainability Team will respond to your questions, suggestions, and comments.
We hope you will join the Sinsinawa LSAP Committee, which includes Reg McKillip, OP, and Mary Catherine Rice, OP, as cochairs; Maudette Carr, Associate; Diane Mertens, Associate; Mary Ann Mueninghoff, OP; Kathleen Phelan, OP; Patricia Rogers, OP; and Caroline Sullivan, OP, as we take part in this ground-up approach, empowering all people to take “decisive action, here and now” as we journey toward a better future together (Laudato Si’ 161).