Exploring the gospel principles of earth stewardship

LDS Earth Stewardship Spring Social – Saturday, May 14

Our spring social will be held Saturday, May 14, at 6:00 pm, at the Parleys First and Sixth Ward meetinghouse. The address is 2350 South 2100 East in Salt Lake City.


Lessons from Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home

Craig D. GalliIn June 2015, Pope Francis released his encyclical titled “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.” This much anticipated theological pronouncement warns of “global environmental
deterioration” and challenges us to acknowledge “our sins against creation,” which include air and water pollution, our “throwaway culture,” loss of biodiversity, and the “disproportionate and unruly growth of many cities.”

What are the lessons that can be learned from Pope Francis’ Earth Encyclical? In what ways does the Encyclical resonate with LDS teachings?

We welcome you to join LDS Earth Stewardship for our spring social, where we will explore this important topic. Our featured speaker will be Craig Galli.

Craig is a partner in the Salt Lake City office of Holland & Hart. He received his J.D. from Columbia University, and B.A. and M.A. from Brigham Young University. His law practice focuses on complex environmental and natural resources litigation, environmental crimes, and advising corporate clients on environmental compliance matters. He has litigated over fifty environmental cases.

Craig is also a writer and teacher on LDS history and environmental topics. His presentation will offer a glimpse into his insight, reflection and inspiration, having spent the past year researching this topic and preparing a forthcoming publication.

Prior to his private law practice, Craig worked as a Senior Trial Attorney with the Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. In 1989, he tried the nine-month “Love Canal” case on behalf of the federal government. He has been an adjunct law professor at both the University of Utah and Brigham Young University.

Craig recently returned to Holland & Hart after a two and a half year leave to live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he served as Area Legal Counsel for the LDS Church in the South America South Area (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay).

UPDATE: Craig’s presentation was recorded. Listen to it here.