by Conference Minister Diane Weible
Did you know that we have a Tuvaluan Church in the United Church of Christ? This church has standing in the Hawaii Conference. Where is Tuvalu you might ask? It is one of the beautiful islands in the South Pacific. The members of the Tuvalu Church in Hawaii are in Hawaii because Tuvalu, one of the first to see the impact of climate change, is becoming a nation of the first climate refugees. The members of that church in Hawaii have shared their story.
Last week I mentioned Rise to Climate events happening in the Bay Area in September. This week I want to share a little more about these events and make sure you have information for how your church can participate. The most important event to note is the September 8 interfaith service that will begin at 9 a.m. near Embarcadero Plaza (exact location will be determined soon) and will be followed by a march from the Embarcadero to the Civic Center.
Rise for Climate is a series of marches and events being sponsored by the United Church of Christ Council for Climate Justice and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Green Chalice ministry that will happen all across the country ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit that California Governor Jerry Brown is hosting September 12-14. The largest of these rallies is the one mentioned above that will be held in San Francisco on September 8.
Updates and additional information will be sent to those who sign up so it’s important to register ahead of time.
The Rev. Jeff Spencer, Pastor of Niles Discovery Church, is organizing the entire event and is looking for volunteers to help. (See article below.) Individual churches are invited to host a “Preparatory Art Event” at their church. These events will invite church members to be creative in the ways they communicate why our faith leads us to rise for the climate, jobs and justice.
This week I am at the Companions on the Inner Way retreat at Lake Tahoe. On Tuesday, our focus was on the climate and what we can do to help put an end to global warming. The statistics we were presented with were dire and they were made that much more alive for us as we looked out the window at the smoky air rolling across the lake. Many of us could not go outside to enjoy the beauty of Lake Tahoe and the air only got worse as the week went on. We were reminded that long before most of us will be personally impacted to the point where we lose our homes, our jobs, our lives, the poorest among us across the globe are already being effected in ways that we can hardly imagine. But it’s real. Just ask the people of Tuvalu.
If you can’t attend the March on September 8 (I personally cannot because I will be meeting with our Conference Council that day in Eureka) please join me in getting the word out to others, praying for all the participants and attending other events before and after the March which local churches are hosting to bring awareness.