Muslims, Jews and Catholics: Standing Together Against Climate Change
This groundbreaking ‘Season of Twinning’ event held on Wednesday evening November 11, focused on bringing together leaders and grass roots activists from the Muslim, Jewish and Catholic communities to express strong support for Pope Francis’ bold leadership on the issue of Climate Change. It was also a chance to hold a practical nuts and bolts session to discuss how Muslims, Jews, Catholics and other faith communities can work together to bring a voice of moral conscience and spirituality to perhaps the most urgent issue of our time.
Co-sponsored by FFEU, Nusantara Foundation, Queens College, The Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding at Queens College (CERRU), Central Queens Y and various Muslim, Jewish and Christian congregations and organization in Queens, the event featured an impassioned discussion between veteran interfaith advocates for climate change. Daisy Khan of WISE Muslim Women; Rabbi Lawrence Troster of GreenFaith and Sister Carol DeAngelo of the Sisters of Charity of New York, all gave voice to the moral imperative in all three Abrahamic faiths to show reverence for Earth and work to heal it. Imam Shamsi Ali of Nusantara and the Jamaica Muslim Center and Walter Ruby of FFEU offered greetings and expressed support for the Interfaith Climate Initiative.
The consensus of the more than 100 people in attendance: ‘Time is short and the religious communities need to stand together in order to press our political leaders to end climate denial and take urgent steps at the upcoming Paris Climate Conference to alleviate the worst effects of climate change. According to FFEU’s Walter Ruby, “The theme of this year’s Season of Twinning is: ‘We Refuse to Be Enemies’ and what better way to manifest that commitment than for Muslims, Jews, Christians and others to join forces and work together on an existential challenge that impacts us all; saving our common home–the Earth.”