How are spiritual communities responding to the climate crisis?
Tuesday, September 24, 7-9pm
Peace United Church of Christ
900 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
Faith in Our Future
In this time of deepest existential crisis, where is our faith? How do we keep it together—and keep going? How do we reach all in anguish, especially youth? And how do we support their leadership? What are we called to do? Is it still in our power to make a better future—or even to have a future? Where do we find the faith to continue—or know the actions to take?
Our intention is to ground this conversation in these deeper questions, but also see how we can help our communities better understand both what we are up against and how to support emerging answers and actions, including Interfaith Climate Voters, a new local effort, and Interfaith Power and Light, a national effort with local involvement.
Please plan not only to be part of this conversation, reaching out to all in your community concerned or curious. Share with us your thoughts, questions, inspirations from your faith tradition, and updates on answers and actions you may be aware of.
Leaders of faith communities may wish to use the weekend of September 20th (and/or the last Sunday in September) to support this global action of youth by preaching on climate or on earth stewardship, inviting concerned youth to take a leadership role, inviting in a speaker during or to follow your services and/or inviting your congregation into a conversation with each other on the topic. Click here for sample sermons on climate from a variety of religions and faith traditions.
Youth are telling us: We can’t wait for future leaders to solve climate change. We need you to get to work with us now to create a cleaner, safer, and healthier world, one of bright hope. In Santa Cruz, we are already coming together to achieve such a world, one powered by clean green energy, fed by regenerative agriculture, and ready to reach out in resilience to all in these coming decades who will be forced to find new homes and new neighbors.
“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This is a work in progress.
Watch this space for more information and details as our plans crystallize. Please contact us if you have questions or suggestions.