Northampton to hold interfaith worship calling for ‘Resistance’ against climate change

NORTHAMPTON — An interfaith worship will be held in Northampton that seeks to facilitate conversation on how best to resist and combat global climate change.

“Prayers for the Planet: Reverence and Resistance” will focus a critical eye on the threat of global climate change, and will feature discussion by Reverend Mariama White-Hammond and Jay O’Hara, two well-known climate activists. 

White-Hammond is Minister for Ecological Justice at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Boston, but also has considerable experience as a community organizer and activist. She speaks nationally about “ecological justice” and has focused largely getting African American churches engaged in work to combat climate change.    

O’Hara is a Quaker climate activist and founder of Climate Summer, a summer internship program that focuses on connecting college students with resources for activism. 

“Climate change threatens everything we love,” said Dan Cottle, publicity director for the event in a statement Thursday. “The world’s great religions are united in their call to humanity to honor the sacredness of Earth and to create communities in which human beings and all of life can flourish,” Cottle said. 

“This unusual event will give people who don’t normally gather together – people of different faiths, social and climate justice activists, and the general public – an opportunity to gather in one place to express our shared reverence for the Earth and our commitment to care for it,” said Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, an organizer for the event. 

In addition to discussion by activists and community members, the event is also scheduled to feature a number of musical acts, including performances by the Amherst Gospel Choir, and a number of other local artists. 

“Prayers for the Planet: Reverence and Resistance” will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, on the grounds of Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St., Northampton. For more information,…

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