Around the world people of faith realize that our earth and all people are sacred and at risk. Just how to respond is a conversation that often feels overwhelming and even discouraging. How can we strengthen our faith voice to respond to one of the most pressing issues of our time.
Rev. Amy Brooks Paradise held a conversation on Thursday, April 15 at 12:30 pm to discuss what is happening, what we can do, and how we can strengthen our faith voice to respond to one of the most pressing issues of our time. If you missed this enlightening topic, not to worry! You can access recording below!
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RISE AND JOIN THE MOVEMENT FOR
FAITH BASED CLIMATE JUSTICE
Greening our Faith Communities Summit: May 20-21, 2021
Join with people of faith throughout the Charlotte region to better
understand the urgency of the climate crisis and how we can collectively engage in sustainable solutions. Do you have a creation care committee or green team? Interested in going solar to reduce carbon emissions and save money? Concerned about climate change impacting those most vulnerable?
Prayer for Action for the Earth by Amy Brooks Paradise Spirit of Love--animate each one of us here today with joy for what we have created together. Remind us that love is endless and that we are rich with possibility for what we can give to this important effort. Let our love be like the breeze in the trees stirring us to action for those who are suffering from climate change. Let our love be like a fire, illuminating our path forward so that people in positions of power may see the truth about the direction we need to turn and act boldly. Let our love well up in us and spill over like the gurgling stream that becomes a mighty river carrying us along so that we may arrive at a new place, not separate but together, united and connected in our great movement to care for all people and the earth.
Land Acknowledgement by GreenFaith
Many of us who are not indigenous live on lands that are not our own. We acknowledge that we live on traditional territories of First Nation peoples. Those of us who live in and around Charlotte live on the ancestral land of the Catawba. The river from which we get our drinking water is called the Catawba, which I understand means “river people”. We are reminded that we seek to live in respect, peace and right relations and we are mindful of broken covenants and promises made to and with indigenous peoples. By making a land acknowledgement we are honouring the land and Indigenous heritage which dates back over 10,000 years and continues still. Without the gifts of the earth we would perish. Let us remember that we belong to the land and to each other.
About Rev: Amy Brooks Paradise
The Rev. Amy Brooks Paradise is GreenFaith’s North Carolina Organizer. A Unitarian Universalist minister, Amy served for many years with Charlotte’s Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) and more recently as the minister of the UU Fellowship of Lake Norman. She’s on the board of the Mecklenburg Metropolitan Interfaith Ministry (MeckMIN) and the UU Justice Ministry of North Carolina.
About Food for Thought
Food for Thought is a way to gather persons from different faith groups and ethnicities, to break bread together, and to share in relevant issues of common concern. Join us for lunch, a presentation and discussion about a wide range of issues that affect our community. 3rd Thursday of every month |12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Zoom Presentations
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