United Methodists, Muslims, Catholics and Unitarians, along with UCCs, Buddhists, Lutherans, Jews and some people with no faith tradition came together Sept. 19 to “Pray for the Planet” in an interfaith service. Leaders and lay people read prayers and positions that their denominations and religions have taken to express the need for action to care for the world's environment.
The front lawn of First United Methodist Church in Omaha served as a grounding place for people of all faith traditions to gather, connect and pray for the upcoming Conference on Climate Change in Paris in December (COP21/CMP11). Participants were encouraged to sign a petition of care and concern about the environment to the U.S. representative going to the conference. The more than 150 attendees received specific suggestions on what they could do right now.
A coalition of groups helped plan and facilitate this event. The OTOC Environmental Action Team and the Eco Team from First United Methodist were key leaders in putting this worship service together.
Music was provided by MacArthur Trenching with songs about the local environment, including “Headwaters” and “Ogallala Aquifer.”
Educational tables were available to inform people about The Big Garden, OTOC, First United Methodist's Eco Team, and more. OPPD had a table to encourage people to save energy with Cool Smart, a way to save energy citywide during high air-conditioning use.
To find out more about the U.N. Conference on Climate Change go to: http://www.cop21paris.org/about/cop21.