I brought two props with me: a globe and an icon.
"God gave Creation over to humans as stewards, and it seems we’ve forgotten our duty to care for it." — Jennifer Kronholm Clark
"The interconnectedness of justice issues and climate impact means that your action at every level matters." — Pam Arifian
* Quote from Professor Katherine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist and Evangelical Christian A blog by Rev. Dr. Jessica McArdle A few weeks ago, I attended a lecture commemorating the tragic aftermath of the 1918 Flu Pandemic. Millions of lives were lost. Yet instead of focusing on the dangers of highly communicable illnesses alone, the representative panel of disease specialists had a different take on what makes we humans susceptible. In short, pandemics don’t just erupt without explanation (though ...
When the leader of one of the world’s major faith traditions convenes two hundred leaders who have given their lives to combat climate change, an endless flow of creative ideas, perspectives and projects emerges. I offer the following takeaways in the hope that they will be useful to all who share a commitment to restore God’s great gift of creation. We have been Given the Opportunity to Amplify our Ambition, Determination and Will One of the things that most struck me is that three of the ...
Jim Antal presents His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with his book Last week, the religious leaders of a quarter of the world’s population confronted the climate crisis – and I was honored to be part of the conversation. At the invitation of the head of the Orthodox Church, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, 200 leaders from the fields of science, government, public policy, business and religion came together for three days in Greece to examine the most up to ...
It’s unusual to see a scientist, a politician, an economist, and a religious leader sitting together at one table to discuss climate change. Yet that’s just what happened at a public forum at Westfield State University entitled “Carbon Pricing – A Key Component in Solving a Warming Climate.” The four speakers included Dr. Carsten Braun (a climate scientist at Westfield State), State Rep. Jen Benson (D-Lunenburg, the lead co-sponsor of bill H.1726, which places a price on carbon in ...
"We are partners with each other, and with God, in the co-creation of earth, every day."— Pam Arifian
The Archdiocese of Boston hosted an extraordinary conversation on February 8-9, 2018, as leaders drawn from religious and scientific communities gathered to discuss the possibility of forging a partnership to push for decisive action on climate change. The idea for gathering the group came from Phil Duffy, President of the Woods Hole Research Center, who, as Cardinal Sean O’Malley explains in a blog post, “[reached] out to the archdiocese through the good offices of Professor Mark Silk, ...
Margaret Bullitt-Jonas and Marisa Brown-Ludwig Every rally has its own energy, a particular mood or spirit that propels it along. That was the case in Northampton, Massachusetts, when over a thousand women, men and children took to the streets on January 20, the first anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration. The Pioneer Valley Women’s March: Hear Our Voices, Hear Our Vote was a colorful and festive affair that gathered together, in one great flow of collective energy, a multitude of ...