You are warmly invited to join us for the Climate Stewardship Summit on Thursday, November 7, in Hartford. Register here for this powerful and inspiring day!
Our mission is to create awareness across Connecticut about religious communities’ unique responsibility to respond to climate change and empower these communities to act on this responsibility.
The goal is to help religious and lay leaders of all faith traditions understand the moral, ethical, and spiritual implications of climate change and to enable faith communities to work together to confront this rapidly emerging crisis.
How Climate Change Is Impacting the Poor and Vulnerable
Climate change is already beginning to produce significant alterations in sea level, climatic conditions (e.g., chronic drought), and the severity of storms and heat waves, and it is clear that the consequences will include extraordinary challenges to public safety, public health, agriculture, and the infrastructure on which human well-being depends. We therefore face the daunting reality that climate change is moving to the fore as a fundamental driver of poverty, injustice, community instability, and human suffering.
The Program Description
Climate change must take its place as a central concern of communities of faith, which have long played pivotal roles in addressing the moral challenges inherent in slavery, apartheid, chronic poverty, chronic violence, epidemics, and natural disasters. Climate change and its causes must now be recognized as increasingly interwoven in — and often exacerbating — the series of fundamental ills that call people of faith to express moral vision and lead moral action. As people of faith, we have a responsibility to help society decisively confront this crisis. It is in this spirit that we are inviting you to participate in the Climate Stewardship Summit.
The summit will address these issues:
- Why does climate change necessitate moral action, and why should communities of faith help lead this action?
- What climate strategies have been effective in communities of faith, and what resources are available to assist this important work?
- How can we work together in the coming months and years?
Notable speakers, diverse panels, and breakout sessions will address climate change from a variety of perspectives. They will present spiritual responses to climate change, and explore the theological ground for this work. The summit also will provide practical information on topics such as energy efficiency, renewable technologies, green jobs, and policy initiatives.
Please Join Us
In an age of growing cynicism about the role of religion in our society, the credibility of our faith communities as moral agents may increasingly rest on our collective response to this unfolding crisis. Please join us for a day of exploration, growth, and stewardship.
The Climate Stewardship Summit is presented by the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network and sponsored by the United Church of Christ Conference of CT, Episcopal Diocese of CT, the Hartford Seminary, the Spiritual Life Center, and the American Baptist Churches of CT. Additional sponsors are welcome.