Local congregations pray for climate talks

 

As 190 world leaders gather in Paris to find common ground on how to address climate change, Indy residents of all faiths will gather to pray for those leaders and that common ground.

The United Nations Conference on Climate Change begins Monday, Nov. 30 in Paris, France. The hope is for the leaders of nations will collectively agree on ways for their individual countries to take specific steps that will benefit the world as a whole in slowing or stopping global warming.

The evening before the conference begins North United Methodist Church will host a “Service of Prayer and Song for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.” The service will include music, individual and group led-prayers involving a variety of Christian churches, Jewish synagogues and Muslim mosques throughout central Indiana.

Organizers say most religious groups now consider care for God’s creation an imperative of their faith.

Pope Francis said of Climate Change in his recent encyclical, "Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start."

While many congregations may have “Green teams” that lead efforts for recycling, clean energy and power reduction, their faith also calls them to pray. Attendees will not only get involved in prayer during the service, but will also be encouraged to be mindful and keep the world’s leaders in their personal and congregational prayers throughout the two weeks of the conference.

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