Moderator Mardi’s Blog: Changing the climate with prayer and action

Over the past several days I have been in Ottawa speaking with other faith leaders and political leaders about the moral and spiritual challenge of climate change. On Sunday evening I participated in such a panel at a fully public event hosted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, and the following morning, in a full-day Interfaith Forum.

We have now issued our Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change as interfaith leaders convened by the Canadian Council of Churches.

Yesterday morning Willard Metzger, General Secretary of the Mennonite Church Canada, and I had an opportunity—thanks to Deputy Speaker Denise Savoie—to have breakfast with a good cross-party group of parliamentarians about how we might work together to prepare for the next United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17) to be held next month in South Africa. I’m heartened by their encouragement and the initiative taken by several of them just this week to create an all-party climate change caucus.

May we continue to hold these and all government leaders in our prayers on the road to COP17.

This morning I am in Halifax representing The United Church of Canada at the third national Truth and Reconciliation Event. I invite you to follow at least some of these proceedings on the TRC webcast.

May we hold everyone taking part in this process of truth-telling and reconciliation—Aboriginal and settlers—in our prayers over these days. I’ll do my best to tell some stories on the way on Twitter and hopefully here on my blog.