Faith for Earth: A Call to Action, Empowering Girls, and More PoWR Updates

A milestone below on the hard but hopeful path to inclusiveness on the global scale. And attached two articles from this week’s Church Times; A brief intro to the new Encyclical and Hugh Valentine’s ‘Pay more attention to the Laity’s Daily Grind’,’ 
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October 11, 2020: Release of New Book Faith for Earth: A Call to Action, Empowering Girls, and More PoWR Updates

PoWR Updates UNEP and the Parliament of the World’s Religions Launch New Book, Faith for Earth: A Call to Action: On Thursday, October 8th the Parliament of the World’s Religions Climate Action Program and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the new book, Faith for Earth: A Call to Action. The book describes the essential, unshakeable reverence that all religions have for creation and nature, and introduces the world’s major life support systems. The book will give you information and inspiration to learn more about our planet, to share your knowledge and commitment to care for it and to become part of the flourishing global interfaith movement that is increasingly bringing people together to protect and sustain life on Earth.
Faith for Earth was written and edited in consultation with dozens of faith leaders and religious scholars, and with scientific review from UNEP program directors, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication. The online edition of Faith for Earth is available as a free download at the Parliament’s website and UNEP’s Faith for Earth website and includes links to scores of interactive features, resources, and real-time information about global environmental trends. Read More Here →  

FORUM2020: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Temple of Understanding: On Friday, October 16th join the Parliament in celebration of the Temple of Understanding‘s 60th Anniversary by participating in FORUM2020: Science, Spirituality, the Climate Emergency and Our Future & Global Interfaith Prayer Service for the Earth.
The celebration brings together world religious and spiritual visionaries, Indigenous leaders, scientists, and youth environmental activists to address the urgency of the climate crisis with strategies for inspired collective action. Read More Here → 

Join the NextGen Task Force for A Multigenerational Conversation on Empowering Girls: On Thursday, October 15th the Parliament’s Next Generation Task Force is celebrating the critical importance of empowering girls in order to foster a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world with the webinar, Planting Seeds of Hope: A Multigenerational Conversation on Empowering Girls. Featuring Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, the CEO of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), and Tania Islam, the Chapter Head of Green Hope Bangladesh. Read More Here → 

WATCH NOW: Faith for Nature: Monday, October 5th marked the beginning of the Faith for Nature: Multi-Faith Action Conference, a global event designed to lay the foundation for inter-faith collaboration for sustainable and regenerative development to achieve the SDGs. Joshua Basofin, Director of Climate Action at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, presented the findings from the Faith Action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Progress and Outlook report. The conference will conclude on Thursday, October 8th and program live streams can be found at Watch Here → 

WATCH NOW: Building Back Better Through A Culture Of Peace: Hosted on Tuesday, September 29th by the Green Hope FoundationBuilding Back Better Through A Culture Of Peace was a virtual program on the critical need for a culture of peace around the world. The program was hosted in observance of the International Day of Peace  and featured the participation of Parliament Chair, Audrey Kitagawa; Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, Dr. Lassina Zerbo; Head of Research & Development of Global Leadership in the 21st Century by UNOG & WAAS, Dr. Mila Popovich; Former Special Representative for President Clinton for Arms Control, Non-Proliferation & Disarmament, Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr.; President & Founding Trustee of the United Religions Initiative, Rt. Rev. William E. Swing; and the Founder & President of the Post-Conflict Research Centre, Velma Šarić. Watch Here → 

Sarah Oliver: Today’s release entitled, Learning to Listen and to Bear Witness, features Sarah Oliver, URI Global Youth Coordinator.Since 2016, Sarah has served as the URI Youth Coordinator for the Southern African region. In this role, she has led interfaith and leadership skills training programs with youth from Cooperation Circles across South Africa, Malawi, and Mozambique. She also developed the Girls Not Brides campaign with URI Youth Ambassadors in these areas. In 2019, Sarah began serving as the URI Global Youth Coordinator, expanding on her work to connect, support and inspire youth engagement globally in URI’s network. Take a listen! Listen Now →

#InterfaithNow: Breaking interfaith stories that inspire us. Check out some of the great work being done by our interfaith colleagues around the world.G20 Riyadh: More than 500 leaders to take part in interfaith forum from Arab News: Interfaith leaders join opposition to jobs law, call for judicial review by The Jakarta Post: Faith-based organizations can help drive sustainable development, says new report from UN Environment.  
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 We shouldn’t ask whether we can get out of the structures of an exploitative global mindset so that the planet flow on in its natural rhythms. We must ask how and when. Peter Challen

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