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Climate in the Pulpits: October 2-4, 2020
October 2 - October 4
Through a partnership between Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA), Virginia Interfaith Power and Light, and Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, pastors, rabbis, imams, and other clergies in faith communities across the region will be raising up and voting as a sacred responsibility of the Beloved Community.
Faith communities are invited to participate on or around the weekend of October 2-4, 2020, when Jewish congregations will be marking the ecological holiday of Sukkot, and some Christian churches will be celebrating the Feast of St. Francis, patron saint of animals and the natural world.
“Each of us have a moral responsibility” to vote, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King preached in 1964. “I come here to urge every person, under the sound of my voice, to go to the polls on the 3rd of November, and vote your convictions.”
Sign up to commit your community to raise up the importance of voting safely on November 3rd: for MLK’s vision of a Beloved Community, and for leaders who will fight for climate justice.
Many of our congregations are meeting online right now. Download resources below to engage your community:
- Call to action for online worship & short sample talk for speakers
- Request a speaker
- For Christian communities
- Recursos para las iglesias en español
- For Jewish communities
- For Muslim communities
- For Unitarian Universalist communities
Call to action for online worship
Spread the Word!
Let your neighbors know your congregation is participating by sharing and tagging the Climate in the Pulpits event on Facebook! Use hashtag #ClimatePulpits to share photos and teachings from your congregation’s program.
Request a guest speaker
We can connect your congregation with skilled speakers whose environmental work is rooted in their faith traditions, and with passionate environmental educators who know how to share green skills and enthusiasm with diverse religious groups.
The speakers and teachers in our Speakers Bureau are ready to offer guest sermons, text studies, adult forum presentations, youth group programming, and more *online* including with Spanish-speaking communities. Click here to learn more and request a guest speaker.
Resources for Christian communities
– Climate in the Pulpits: Sermon Starter based on October 4th lectionary
– Revised Common Lectionary for October 4th
– Season of Creation 2020 Celebration Guide
– From Creation Justice Ministries: Ethics of Energy study guide
Resources for African-American/black churches
– From Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA): “Climate Change and African-American Communities” 1-pager
– From Creation Justice Ministries: African American Climate Initiative
Resources for Catholic parishes
– Climate in the Pulpits: Homily Help for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Also available en Español [coming soon].
– Daily Mass Readings for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
– From Catholic Climate Covenant: “The Healing Power of Love in Action: Creation Care in a Time of Pandemic and Partisanship” Feast of St. Francis Resources
– From Marty Haugen/GIA Publications: Hymns for a Mass of Creation (for purchase)
Resources for children & youth
– From Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA): Light Switch Reminders coloring sheet
– From Catholic Climate Covenant: Friending Planet Earth Curriculum (youth)
– From Green Anglicans: The Story of Creation Sunday School Curriculum (children)
– From New Community Project: Operation Creation! Curriculum (children)
Recursos para las iglesias en español
– De la Alianza Católica para el Clima: Cuidar la creación de Dios: Recursos para la liturgia, la predicación y la acción
– Del Columban Center: Guía de Estudio Para Personas Y Grupos Pequeños
Resources for Jewish communities
– Climate on the Bimah: Dvar Torah Notes for Shabbat Sukkot and Sukkot II
– From Canfei Nesharim: resources for Sukkot
– Jewish text studies: Toward a Wiser Use of Energy and Genesis and Human Stewardship of the Earth
Resources for Muslim communities
Resources for Unitarian Universalist communities