NEWS RELEASE  July 9, 2019

Interfaith Environmental Justice Worship Service at the Bell Tower – Thurs, July 11 at noon

RICHMOND, VA – Virginia Interfaith Power & Light (VAIPL) will host an interfaith worship service on Thurs., July 11 at noon to launch “Climate in the Pulpits, on the Bimah, and in the Minbar,” an initiative to bring awareness about environmental justice, stewardship and creation care to places of worship.

Faith leaders and activists will discuss the importance of being a good steward of the environment and participants will meditate on the need for leadership on climate justice.

VAIPL, together with Interfaith Power & Light (MD.DC.NoVA) and Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, is bringing the initiative to the Commonwealth to challenge faith leaders to confront climate disruption as a moral issue.

Climate injustice compounds the impact of other pressing issues such as hunger, clean water, immigration, refugees, sickness, and global conflict. This initiative opens the door for local congregations to get involved in environmental justice advocacy.

WHEN: Thursday, July 11th 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
WHAT: Launching Climate in the Pulpits, in the Bimah, and on the Minbar!
WHO: Speakers include:

– Rev. Dr. Faith Harris, Chair, Virginia Interfaith Power & Light
– Dr. Elizabeth Kreydatus, VCU Professor of Focused Inquiry,
Mothers Out Front volunteer
– Kevin Heffernan, Zen Richmond, Head Priest, Stewardship Biologist, Virginia Natural Heritage Program (Department of Conservation & Recreation)

WHERE: Capitol Grounds Bell Tower, 1000 Bank St,. Richmond, VA 23218


Virginia Climate in the Pulpits 2019 events will take place on the weekend of November 15-17. During that weekend, pastors, rabbis, imams, and other faith leaders will raise up climate change in their weekly sermons.

CONTACT Kendyl Crawford
Director, Virginia Interfaith Power & Light

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About Virginia Interfaith Power & Light: Virginia Interfaith Power & Light collaborates, as people of faith,  to grow healthy communities and advance climate justice through education, advocacy, and worship. VAIPL is a program of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.
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