Answering the Call: An Interfaith Gathering for Climate Action
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“Climate change is a problem that can no longer be left to future generations.” - Pope Francis, speaking at the White House, September 23, 2015.
Inspired by the message of Pope Francis in his encyclical letter, Laudato Sí: On Care for Our Common Home, people of many faiths joined together in shared appreciation for creation and with shared determination to take action to protect it. The event kicked-off an interfaith coalition to “answer the call” to act on climate change, and to ensure a clean and equitable energy future in Massachusetts. This event was part service, part forum, and part rally. People gathered to learn what Pope Francis is telling us about the connection between faith, social justice, and climate change; what the call to action on climate means to people of faith in Massachusetts, and what the practical response looks like in our communities; and what we can accomplish together as people of faith that we cannot accomplish alone!
Speakers included: Father Bryan Hehir, The Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard Kennedy School and the Secretary for Health Care and Social Services in the Archdiocese of Boston; Rabbi Joel Sisenwine, Senior Rabbi, Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley; Imam Ismail Fenni, Imam at the Islamic Society of Boston in Cambridge; Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman, Assistant Rabbi for Engagement at Temple Sinai; Father Robert VerEecke, Pastor, St. Ignatius of Loyola in Chestnut Hill; Jesuit Artist-in-Residence at Boston College; Director of Boston Liturgical Ensemble; Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Episcopal priest and Missioner for Creation Care in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts; Mariama White-Hammond, Minister-in-Training, Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain; Rev. Fred Small, Minister of First Parish in Cambridge (UU) and founder of the Creation Coalition; and Rabbi Rachel Saphire, Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Elohim.