A Prayer for World Climate Change Meetings

People form a human chain to show solidarity for climate change after the cancellation of a planned climate march ahead of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Paris
The Climate Caretakers Prayer

Creator God,

We thank you for an opportunity to come together as a global community to address such an important issue that is affecting so many people worldwide.

Please be with our leaders from around the globe. Give them wisdom as they seek a universal agreement on climate change. Give them minds and hearts that are open to the cries of those suffering the most from our harmful actions. Guide them to listen to the voices of all and come to a consensus on how to move forward in a manner that will benefit not the most powerful among us, but the most vulnerable.

Please grant us wisdom, as well, as we seek to be lights in our home communities. Keep us from fruitless arguments, and provide us with words of encouragement and edification as we seek to engage positively with those around us on the issue of climate change. Let our words and actions become one, stemming from our love for your creation and your people. Make us instruments for your peace.

Amen.

Shoes of the Fisherman: Pope Francis Sends Shoes to Climate Talks

shoes“Two black shoes belonging to Pope Francis have joined thousands of other pairs at an installation in Paris on Sunday, as part of a global campaign ahead of the UN climate summit in the French capital next week.

The installation is one of more than 2,300 events taking place in countries around the world as part of the Global Climate March, on the eve of the Paris summit. It was arranged by the worldwide citizen’s network Avaaz, after police cancelled a planned demonstration citing security concerns.

In cities across the globe hundreds of thousands of people have already taken to the streets to urge their leaders to commit to 100% clean energy sources by the year 2050.” From Vatican Radio (29 Nov 2015)

Read more here.

Herring: How Should Christians Respond To The Syrian Refugee Crisis?

header_1600s_point2_0038920__HRyan Herring over at The Ghetto Monk has a great post on responding to the refugee crisis in Europe. (See graphic above for our own Thanksgiving story of refugees arriving on these shores fleeing violent persecution.)

In this highly charged atmosphere of desperate refugees, mass murder in Paris, and demagoguery in the U.S. political discourse, it is even more important for people of peace and people of faith and people of hope to stay the course. Here’s an excerpt from Ryan’s piece:

Just days after a series of terrorist attacks in Paris, France left 129 people dead and over 350 others injured, Syrian refugees have once again become a topic for debate. It is believed that some of the terrorists gained access to Europe by using refugee status after a Syrian passport was found near the body of one of the suicide bombers from the attacks. However, Serbian police recently arrested a man carrying a Syrian passport with the exact same details as the documents found on the bomber in Paris and officials are almost certain now that both were forged in Turkey.

While the media both here and abroad have used this information to stoke the flames of Islamophobia, the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has urged political leaders to continue to take in those fleeing from conflict. At the G20 summit in Turkey Juncker said, “Those who organized these attacks and those that perpetrated them are exactly those that the refugees are fleeing and not the opposite.”–Ryan Herring

Read Ryan’s whole post here.

Remembering ‘The Barefoot Diva’ Cesaria Evora

“Cesaria Evora  was born on the 27th August 1941 in Mindelo, Cape Verde. Her bright voice and physical charms were soon noticed, but her hope of a singing career remained unsatisfied. A Cape Verdean women’s group and the singer Bana both took her to Lisbon to cut a few tracks, but the recordings failed to catch the ear of a producer. In 1988, a young Frenchman of Cape Verdean extraction invited her to Paris to make a record. At 47, she had nothing to lose. Having never seen Paris, she agreed. …” Read more.

Cesaria Evora, Cape Verdean vocalist, dies at 70