An important part of the Crossroads Tradition is interfaith work. By participating in the larger faith community, Wiccans and other Pagans show by their actions that theirs is a faith that deserves the same recognition and respect that the mainstream faiths take for granted.
An excellent example is our work with Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, where members of the church have been involved in the Crop Walk as well as Climate Change and other committees. Most recently, our own HPS Aine Keefer was invited to speak at a press conference on the importance of creating strong legislation to prevent and correct climate change. A video can be seen below!
(Note: the applause is much louder than the speakers. Aine is about 15 minutes in.)
A link to the ICPJ webpage with more info, as well as a copy of the letter spoken of in the conference, can be found here. As a part of this initiatve, Crossroads was instrumental in contacting leaders of multiple Pagan faith communities and encouraging them to participate.
The text for Aine's speech is below:
Climate change affects every one of us. Rising oceans, melting polar ice and El Niño pay no attention to what God or Gods you believe in or how you think the Earth came to be. Today. This minute. Mother Earth calls to us – Creation calls to us to action – to restore and preserve the air that we breathe, the water we drink, the sacred Earth that feeds and shelters us.
Every day, millions of tons of pollution are released into the environment, millions of dollars are spent on foreign oil and fifteen million Americans are without jobs – over half a million of them right here in Michigan!
Acting to correct climate change will have far-reaching effects, not just safeguarding our future, but also helping our economy, increasing our security and putting our people to work doing what we do best – building and innovating to create a brighter future.
Clean energy has already created more than one hundred thousand jobs in Michigan and has the potential to create almost two million more across the country if strong legislation is enacted to wean this nation off foreign oil and dangerous, polluting forms of energy.
I am honoured to join my voice with interfaith organisations working for social and environmental justice and leaders of myriad faiths from across the state in this call for clean energy and climate policy that creates American jobs, benefits American businesses and protects American citizens.
Why are faith leaders so concerned about climate change? For some, there is the call to Stewardship, for others, reverence of the Divine force that created this world. For me and others of my faith, there is a sacred duty to heal and protect Holy Mother Earth. But beyond such esoteric concerns lies the duty of justice that all spiritual paths teach... addressing climate change is a moral imperative because the people most affected by climate change are the ones least empowered to combat it.
This is why I am here today, calling upon Senators Levin and Stabenow to support strong, fair legislation to address climate change... to protect our families, to restore and protect our Earth and to put Michiganians back to work.
We are all saddened by the loss to our community. The Universalist Unitarian Church of East Lansing will be honoring Chris Keith on Sunday 9 December:
The Universalist Unitarian Church of East Liberty will be having a special time during this Sunday's service at 11:00 for honoring our former members, Chris Keith and Isaac Miller. The Sunday service will feature a holiday children's program for the bulk of the service, based on a Lemony Snicket story. The children will be dismissed from the service, unless parents wish for their children to stay, and then we will have a brief time which will feature a candle-lighting, a time of silence, and a special collection for the memorial fund that has been set up to help support Chris Keith's three surviving children, age 4, 6, and 8. We will have literature on hand about how to talk to children, about tragedy, and other related literature.
Following the service, a trained psychologist will meet as a group with people who wish to process deeper feelings about these tragic deaths.
Next week's service at UUCEL is titled "In the Bleak Midwinter" and focuses on the sadness of the winter season. The service is still being shaped, but may include a section in honor of Chris Keith and Isaac Miller, as well as honoring the one-year anniversary of the school shooting in Newtown, CT.