The interfaith community is RISING on September 8 to protect all of Creation.
Will you RISE with us as people of faith, people of morals, people with love for the Earth and all beings?
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How to Join Us
Thousands of congregations from many denominations worldwide will be taking a stand on September 8 to demand real climate leadership. Here’s how to join us:
*Register to your Group—If you are part of a faith community and would like to organize a group, please fill out this registration form so that your group can march with the wider interfaith community and receive details on our interfaith services, choral flashmob and art making. Then send out a message inviting your fellow members and friends to join you–here is a template you can use.
*RSVP as an Individual—If you are part of a faith community but are not organizing a group, or you are not part of a specific community but would like to march as a person of faith and spirit, please RSVP as an individual here.
Send a blast out to start recruiting your community. Here is a Toolkit with faith-specific flyers and sample text you can use in your outreach!
→ 11:00 a.m. | March with the interfaith community to Civic Center Plaza
→ 12:00 pm | Resource fair and street mural painting (We’ll be breaking the world record for the largest street mural! And the faith community will have our own mural.)
What to Wear:
We are inviting you to wear your traditional religious dress & comfortable walking shoes. If you don’t have traditional religious attire, we invite you to wear the color white or cream – which is the traditional color of prayer across many faith lines. This is a pilgrimage ceremony, may we dress for prayer. And of course this is all optional!
What to Bring:
Water, lots of it to last you 4 hours on the move.
A packed lunch to eat during the line-up.
Snacks to share with the wider faith community
Pre-made signs & banners or materials to make signs during the day of the mobilization.
Portable picnic blanket if you would not like to sit on the grass during the interfaith service.
A celebration of our amazing faith RISE mobilization, and a participatory discussion with GreenFaith, IPL, Green the Church, you, and your congregation to discuss next steps to keep the momentum alive for climate justice mobilization in our faith communities | Snacks and beverages will be served. Feel free to bring something to contribute to the celebration of our beautiful work together! | September 13, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | Saint Cyprians Episcopal Church | 2097 Turk Blvd., San Francisco |
WHY RISE FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE AS PEOPLE OF FAITH?
This September 12-14, leaders from around the world are heading to California for the Global Climate Action Summit to talk about how to prevent climate catastrophe. And just days before, on September 8, the interfaith community will be joining with tens of thousands of people from around the globe to show our leaders that we expect them to deliver.
There is a deep calling in all faiths to preserve and protect Creation and to practice nonviolence towards the Earth and all living beings. Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet and to all people everywhere. This is a moral issue that requires us to strengthen our movement and change the corrupt systems polluting our atmosphere. And the backbone of major justice movements has always been the faith community.
Faith leaders from a wide range of religions and denominations have called on all of us to heed the teachings of our religious traditions to protect and care for the Earth. Pope Francis has called for urgent collective action to repair the planet, and he gave his blessing to “citizen pressure groups” organizing ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit.
Now is our time to rise in love and in compassionate action. Only together will we win.
Check out this beautiful compilation of faith traditions’ environmental statements made by our friends at the United Religions Initiative.
Questions & Contact
Housing – visit theHousing Board if you or your congregation can offer space–or if you are from outside the Bay Area or observing Shabbat and need housing near the mobilization.
Travel – click here for information on charter buses coming from across California.