Global Climate Action Summit Multi-Faith Service and Workshops

The Episcopal Diocese of California in partnership with GreenFaith and Interfaith Power & Light are honored to co-sponsor two events at the Global Climate Action Summit, September 12-14: a Multi-Faith Service of Wondering & Commitment; and Faith-Rooted Affiliated Workshops. These events will be held at Grace Cathedral.

Multi-Faith Service of Wondering and Commitment

As the Global Climate Action Summit gets underway in San Francisco on September 12, 2018, members of diverse spiritual and religious communities from around the world will join with global climate leaders for a multi-faith service of connection, reflection, and commitment to climate action. At the heart of the service at Grace Cathedral will be an invitation for participants and livestream viewers to not only reflect on and be inspired by the wonders of our sacred Earth, but also to make bold new commitments to protecting our planet and its inhabitants from the ravages of climate change.

The service includes a multi-faith procession; music and spoken word drawn from a variety of faith and spiritual traditions; and video greetings and words of encouragement from global faith leaders including His Holiness the Dalai Lama (via video); His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople (via a representative); the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church (via video); and members of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh's monastic community. During the service, climate action commitments from a variety of religious and spiritual leaders and communities will be announced.

Service participants will also hear in-person from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; Ms. Patricia Espinosa Cantello, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; Ms. Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; and Ms. Catherine Flowers, Director of Environmental Justice and Civic Engagement at the Center for Earth Ethics.

In addition to encouraging new commitments, the service will honor the actions faith communities all over the world are already taking to care for our planet. Examples include:

  • Living the Change, a global, multi-faith climate initiative coordinated by GreenFaith with partners including the Bhumi Project (Hindu), the Global Catholic Climate Movement, The Global Muslim Climate Network, Hazon (Jewish), One Earth Sangha (Buddhist), the World Council of Churches, the World Evangelical Alliance, the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, and Friends World Committee for Consultation (Quaker).
  • Interfaith Power & Light will present a ten-foot long scroll with the names of thousands of U.S. congregations and people of faith who have pledged to cut emissions from their facilities and homes by 50% by 2030 and 100% by 2050.
  • The Episcopal Church's recent adoption of a suite of new climate resolutions, a number of which were written by the Episcopal Bishop of California, the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus

Other notable highlights of the event include new art installations by Grace Cathedral artist-in-residence Sukey Bryan, singing by the Oakland-based Thrive Choir, a performance by the Tree Stilt Walkers of Cirque Berzerk, and a piece by renowned San Francisco-based dance company ODC/Dance.

Space is limited in the cathedral, so please RSVP here or sign up for the livestream today!

When: Wednesday, September 12, 4 p.m.
WhereGrace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco


Faith-Rooted Affiliated Workshops

There will also be Global Climate Action Summit Faith-Rooted Affiliated Workshops designed and led by leaders and experts representing many faiths on Wednesday, September 12 through Friday, September 14 at Grace Cathedral. Participants will engage with issues of faith, climate change, local and global action, and learn about environmental praxis from a multi-faith perspective.

When: Wednesday, September 12, Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14
WhereGrace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco

Explore the three-day workshop schedule here!

Cost: Attending the workshops is free, but boxed lunches are $20 each day. If you would like to reserve a lunch, you must do so online on the workshop registration page. There will not be sale of lunches the day of, though you are welcome to pack a sack lunch or get lunch nearby on Nob Hill. Deadline to order lunches is Monday, September 10.


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