Green SanctuaryResponding to Climate Change

In December 2015, representatives from 195 nations met in Paris for the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) and developed an international agreement for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change. After 20 years of effort, the world community finally reached an accord!

This February, members of the Kalamazoo community will have a chance to reflect on religion and the COP 21 agreement. On Tuesdays in February, First Presbyterian Church will host a series of panel conversations in which clergy from Catholic, Muslim, Protestant, and Jewish traditions will discuss Climate Justice and Faith. The series was inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, which called on the world community to respond to climate change, and the COP 21 agreement, which provides a framework for international action. The event is organized by Hope for Creation, a Kalamazoo interfaith organization dedicated to supporting local efforts to take action and care for the earth community.

The final meeting, on Feb. 23, will be an evening for “Climate Justice Fellowship” in which people are invited to gather together to learn about earth care activities going on in our faith communities. Come share your experiences, learn about opportunities to work together, and help build a community-of-practice in which to support each other’s efforts to practice stewardship of our earth community

The events are free and open to the public.


Panel Discussion Series: “Climate Justice and Faith”
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 321 W. South St., Kalamazoo
Dates: Tuesdays in February
Time: 7:00-8:30pm (doors open 6:45pm)

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