As the year and the semester wind down, we can begin to move past the election. Within the great cycles of change, let us not forget to give thanks and remember our blessings no matter their amount of distance from us in time and space. During Samhain and Halloween the doors between worlds and possibilities are open. For Dia de los Muertos, the Jain New Year, All Saints Day and All Souls Day and Thanksgiving we are also reminded of the passage of time, loved ones, and standing on the threshold of new beginnings. But let us also draw upon the Hindu tradition of Diwali to celebrate the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. No matter how this year has been for you or the election results pan out, seek solace in faith, community, and tomorrow. The path begins with hope and thanks.
“Don’t wait until the fourth Thursday in November, to sit with family and friends to give thanks. Make every day a day of Thanksgiving! —Charmaine J. Forde
Join us The Temple for Understanding and the Marble Collegiate Church in collaboration to offer a multifaith climate + prayer created by others on October 16 and 17. The events are free with registration.
The Forum2020 gathering “Science, Spirituality, the Climate Emergency and Our Future” on Friday, October 16th, from 10:00am-1:00pm, consists of three 30-minute panels. Speakers and panelists are listed here, including The Rev. Susan Hendershot, President of Interfaith Power & Light (national).
The multifaith prayer service will take place Saturday morning, October 17th from 10am-11:30am, with “prayers, affirmations and contemplations offered by Indigenous and world religious leaders and sacred music by renown international artists including Yungchen Lhamo, Samir Chatterjee and Steve Gorn, Marble Collegiate Church Choir, Marble Collegiate Church Gospel Choir.”
As we mark Indigenous People’s Day, and focus on the work of environmental and climate justice: pause to honor the ways that Native groups in the United States have put themselves on the line to protect everyone’s water against pipeline incursions (and the climate harm at both ends of those pipelines). May Pennsylvanians follow those leads on this land, in faith, and with love.
Please join us virtually on November 15th at 7:00 PM for an Interfaith prayer for the country and ending with a brief Annual Meeting at which we will present a proposed Board Slate for attendees to vote to affirm or decline.