Multifaith Service for the climate: ARRCC

From May 15, 2020 10:00 until May 15, 2020 11:30

Multifaith Service for the climate: ARRCC

The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) invites you to:

Multifaith service for the climate

Date: Friday 15 May 2020      Time: 10am
Location: Virtual/online service on Zoom (details provided below)

On May 15th there is going to be a nationwide climate strike led by school students. Like everything else at the moment, it's going to be online. But that isn't going to stop them from making it huge.

Of course, this time it's different. This strike is taking place in a vastly changed world. Yet this only highlights the need for change based on kindness and recognition of our obvious interconnectedness. We owe it to these young people to make sure that they are not left trying to cope with something even worse than the current pandemic.

The message this time will be even more positive than ever. The day will focus not only on what needs to be stopped but also on an uplifting and positive vision of the future.

Let's make sure we show our support as people of faith for the school strikers and what they are calling for. There are a few things we can do listed in this email.

But the number one thing that will make the most difference is to ask a few others in our own faith communities to get involved in whatever we choose to do. Even if we each only ask a couple of people, this will make a huge difference.

If you take a minute to sign up on the website we will send you information on how to organise in your community easily and effectively. And by signing up it also helps us to know who is doing what, which is enormously helpful.

On the day of the strike there will be multi faith nationwide online service to show that we are united in this time of extreme adversity in the spirit of love, reverence and compassion. We will show our support as people of faith for these amazing young people as clearly and publicly as we can.

All of our faith traditions tell us that we must live up to the moral challenge of protecting our only home. There will be time for prayer and reflection and connecting with our deepest values. At the end of the service there will be a call to act on these values in practical terms. It will be open to people of all faiths and none.

This service will be held via Zoom and also live streamed on social media. So, you’ll be able to participate from home.

Asking people in your congregation to be there

There are three ways to do this. You can choose the one that suits you.

On Zoom - please use this option if you can.

Please use this link:

Or join the Zoom call by phone on any of the following numbers:
08 6119 3900
08 7150 1149
02 8015 6011
03 7018 2005
07 3185 3730

Meeting ID: 933 6893 7522

Watch live on the ARRCC Facebook page.

Watch live on the ARRCC YouTube channel.
Even though we may not be able to come together at our places of worship, we are each still part of a faith community. Let’s act together. If we as people of faith around the country asked just a few friends from our own congregations to participate, we can make this thing huge.

Please sign up on the ARRCC website to register your interest in getting a few friends from your faith community to come with you.

Supporting the strike on social media
There's a very simple thing we can all do with build momentum for the strike over the next three weeks: ask people in your congregation to take a photo of themselves holding up a hand-held sign in support of the school strikers and posting this on social media.

Please ask people you know to wear something that identifies them as a person of faith - a prayer cap, a crucifix, mala beads or a kippah. If you’re talking to a religious leader, please ask them to wear formal religious attire. It can also help to take the photo standing or sitting next to something religious- sitting on a prayer mat or in meditation posture, standing next to an image or painting that is part of your faith tradition in some way

Each sign should communicate support for climate action. The exact wording is up to each person. Ideally it should include a strong message that references one of the climate strikers’ key demands. These demands are widely supported by ARRCC and other groups working on climate change:

No new fossil fuel projects, including the Adani coal mine
100% renewable energy by 2030
A just transition and job creation for all fossil fuel workers and communities
Please post using the hashtag #SignsOfFaith

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