Faith community to hold talks on ‘climate crisis’

The featured photo shows a schematic of modernthermohaline circulation. Tens of millions of years ago, continental-plate movement formed a land-free gap around Antarctica, allowing the formation of the ACC, which keeps warm waters away from Antarctica.

The featured photo shows a schematic of modernthermohaline circulation. Tens of millions of years ago, continental-plate movement formed a land-free gap around Antarctica, allowing the formation of the ACC, which keeps warm waters away from Antarctica. (Public Domain photo/Wikimedia)

“Answering the Call – An Interfaith Gathering on Climate Action,” will be held 4-6 pm, Sunday, Nov. 15, at Temple B’nai Israel, Petoskey.

 

Participating churches and faith groups include Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Emanuel Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian of Petoskey, Interfaith Minister Rev. Deb Hansen, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Temple B’nai Israel of Petoskey, Serene Jewel Sangha, and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Petoskey.

This event was inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si:
In Care of Our Common Home, which emphasizes the moral imperative for individuals and communities to address the current global climate crisis from a faith-based perspective.

The Pope said that “all people, not just the scientists and policy makers,” must act to save our planet from the devastating impact of global warming and neglect of the earth’s natural resources, because it our human responsibility.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, praised Pope Francis for “challenging us all to confront the catastrophic climate crisis, and also modeling for us the critical role the faith community must play to avert ecological and social disaster.”

“The purpose of this event will be to bring together local faith perspectives to share messages of hope, inspiration and action for healing our world at the local, state and global levels, leading up to the U.N. Paris summit to reduce carbon emissions by all nations in December of this year,” stated organizers of Answering the Call.

“Together, we plan to raise our voices as unified people of faith and seize the moment for concrete, communal action to safeguard our planet.”
“At this event we will gather to learn what Pope Francis and other faith leaders from our community and beyond are telling us about the connection between faith, social justice and climate change,” said Pam Ovshinsky, of Temple B’nai Israel.

“We’ll look at what his call to action means to people of faith in our community, what the practical response looks like in our community, and what we can accomplish together as people of faith that we cannot accomplish alone.”

Panel members for “Answering the Call” include Father Denny Stillwell; St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Pastor Sherry McGuffin, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church; Elisa Seltzer, Temple B’nai Israel; and Dr. Ron Marshall, Climate Lobby Group Leader.

Music will be provided by Conrad Gold and Jeff Pagel.

The program is free and open to the public.

Climate change is one of the defining moral issues of our time, challenging our relationship to the earth, to each other and to the next generations.

We urge everyone, religious or secular to restore the balance between our values and our care for our common home.

To RSVP or for more information contact Ovshinsky at povsh@yahoo.com (248) 229-2155.

 

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