The Jewish Sabbath is on Saturday. The Christian Sabbath is on Sunday. Except for Seventh Day Adventists. Buddhists do not have a particular Sabbath Day. We fast at different times, in different ways, for different reasons. We have different beliefs about who leads, and how.
We could spend a lot of time of focusing on the differences in our faiths, but we are all Seekers. We all turn to the wisdom and scripture of our faith traditions for hope, for solace, and for instruction. We are all called to care for creation, to care for the most vulnerable people, and to work for justice. Pope Francis released his encyclical, Laudato Si, in June. In the anticipation of that event, in the build to his visit last week to the United States, and (in the climate change world) in the build to the international talks in Paris this December, many, many religious bodies and religious leaders have released statements from their traditions. (Jump to links)
These teachings are not new to Catholicism, nor are they new to other faith traditions. Recent statements from religious bodies are statements amplifying Laudato Si : In Care of our Common Home with deep teachings and specific language from their own traditions. It is time to offer all the wisdom we have, from all sectors, as we seek to find new and just ways to live in our Common Home. Religious leaders recognize that. Continue reading