Presiding bishop, other leaders welcome new creation care song

Bishop Pierre Whalon for REIL
Posted May 23, 2024

“Our Common Home” artists: Jason Roy, Phil Chaffer, Jason Gray, Phil Joel

Critically acclaimed Centricity Music singer / songwriter Jason Gray adds his voice to the multi-artist A New Heaven And A New Earth project’s single, “Our Common Home,” which has been remastered and is available now at digital and streaming outlets globally from The Fuel Music via https://slinky.to/OurCommonHomeANHAANEH.

Originally released Oct. 6, 2023 for the close of last year’s ecumenical Season of Creation, the single also features Jason Roy (Building 429), Don Chaffer (Waterdeep) and Phil Joel (Newsboys).

Church leaders from around the world joyfully welcomed the song last fall, declaring, “These artists felt called to express how care for Creation glorifies God.” The note was signed by:

His Eminence Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson, The Pontifical Academy of Sciences, The Vatican

His Eminence Elder Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon, Ecumenical Patriarchate

The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop & Primate, The Episcopal Church

The Most Reverend Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, Presiding Bishop, Church of Norway, former General Secretary of the World Council of Churches.

“This kind note of welcome from international Church leaders is a testament to the spirit of ecumenical collaboration from which this project springs,” shares the Reverend Séamus Finn, OMI, Director, OMI Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation.

“There is nothing like the New Heaven and New Earth album, creation care songs by a very varied group of Christian musicians.” Bishop Pierre Whalon said.

Written by Chaffer, Joel and Gray, “Our Common Home” was inspired by Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical, Laudato si’, On Care for Our Common Home. This single from the A New Heaven And A New Earth project slated to premiere summer 2024 commemorates the Encyclical’s ninth anniversary.

“Our Common Home” is also heard in a short video documentary that follows the artists’ experience of singing songs from the A New Heaven And A New Earth recording at a concert held at the Vatican on Oct. 26, 2022. This documentary, filmed and directed by Joel’s daughter Phynley, can be found at https://youtu.be/Q-VUqrapSno.