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Coming Together in Faith on Climate Videos: Sustenance for Our 2016 Climate Journey

By Kara Ball
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Solution Generation’s newest collaboration with the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities comes at an important time in our path to sustainability. Pope Francis has made environmental stewardship one of the key moral issues of our time, by highlighting the impact of climate change on the poor, our neighbors, and the least of these. Universities around the country have heeded Pope Francis’ call for climate action and have taken important sustainability measures. Faith leaders and congregations are increasingly taking the lead on climate action.

Solution Generation’s sister organization, Blessed Tomorrow, has also been working to amplify Pope Francis’ call for climate action for a more just and sustainable world. On September 24-25, 2015, Blessed Tomorrow, with its partners Convergence, Washington National Cathedral, Auburn Seminary, Faith in Public Life, and Interfaith Power and Light DC,  brought together Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other national leaders to an extraordinary event called Coming Together in Faith on Climate.  

The moral message on climate change expounded during the Coming Together in Faith on Climate dialogue reflects a larger conversation among global faith leaders. 2015 saw a groundbreaking number of those faith leaders announce formal declarations on climate change, propelling the faith and climate discussion forward.

Speakers and participants included:

  • Rev. Gary Hall
  • Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III
  • Rev. Brian McLaren
  • Rabbi Steve Gutow
  • Imam Mohamed Magid
  • Rev.  John C. Dorhauer    
  • Rev. Sharon Watkins
  • Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe
  • Sister Simone Campbell
  • Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool
  • Rev. Suzii Paynter   
  • Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
  • Rev. Amy Butler
  • Kara Ball
  • Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde
  • Rev. Dr. Joel Hunter
  • Rabbi Jonah Pesner
  • Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson
  • Joelle Novey
  • Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe
  • Rachel Lamb
  • Rev. Jim Wallis
  • Shantha Alonso
  • Melissa Rogers
  • Bob Perkowitz
  • Rev. Stephanie Johnson  
  • Rev. Dr. Jim Antal

 

At the Coming Together event, these faith leaders from across the country helped Americans, many for the first time, hear why climate change is a moral issue that requires action because of its impact on the poor, our neighbors, and the least of these.

These leaders stood before the pulpit and spoke with conviction and commitment, often speaking directly to other leaders, encouraging them to join climate efforts. In a world often filled with religious turmoil, it was heartening to listen to Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders all come together around this very important cause, so much so that we decided to put together a short edited video of some of the most poignant of the talks. 

We hope these videos will inspire you as we continue our journey towards sustainability together. Please remember to share these videos with your audience so that we may grow our outreach and continue to empower all leaders to act for the climate.

Congregations and clergy continued to lead by example in their communities, inspiring and engaging others to join them in becoming carbon neutral. Events such as Coming Together in Faith on Climate, provided a greater audience to engage, empower and motivate Americans to act on this moral message.

As 2016 unfolds, it is important that we continue to grow this message if we hope to fulfill the promise of the Paris climate talks. Faith leadership will continue to be a vital part of this for, as Pope Francis said, the world, “…must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it.”

Check out these videos and please remember to share them with your friends on social media.