Sacred Ground – Cultivating Connections: Food, Faith, Climate April 16-25, 2021

Mar 9, 2021 | Blog

This year for Earth Day, dig into a faith-based discussion with your congregation on the intersecting challenges of food insecurity, racial injustice, and the climate crisis.

Faith Climate Action Week is Interfaith Power & Light’s annual program of climate-themed worship services and sermons that spans ten days of activities around Earth Day. This year’s dates are April 16-25. Join the community of people of faith preaching, teaching, and acting to heal the climate in 2021!

The 2021 theme is “Sacred Ground: Cultivating Connections Between our Faith, our Food, and the Climate.” We will examine how our food systems contribute to injustice and to climate change, and how our faith traditions call us to respond with practical solutions.

Use the resources in this year’s Faith Climate Action Week kit for your congregational action.

The Organizer’s Kit includes a Sacred Ground Guide, with information on how the ways in which we grow our food can be part of the climate solution and also bring about a more just community. In the kit there are faith-based discussion materials; suggested short films; a Garden Blessing ceremony; and suggestions and resources for how to get engaged in supporting food justice and healthy soil.  Also included are advocacy postcards addressed to the Secretary of Agriculture – consider printing them and including them in your congregation’s mailings.

Free digital download of the Organizer’s kit is now available. Click here to download.

 

Plan to screen this year’s featured film, Kiss the Ground, as part of your events for Faith Climate Action Week. People are calling it, “The Most Important Film You’ll Ever Watch”. This is a really big claim, but it just might be true!

Kiss the Ground is a new film how about how regenerating the world’s soils has the potential to rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies. This film explains why transitioning to regenerative agriculture could be key in rehabilitating the planet, while simultaneously invigorating a new sense of hope and inspiration in viewers.

View the trailer and purchase a DVD for your screening here.

Download the free screening kit (at the same link above) that includes faith-based discussion questions on the film page, and host a film discussion with your congregation.

Please follow the COVID-safe regulations in your area for your in-person screenings. Some congregations are planning to host outdoor, socially-distanced screenings projecting the film on a wall or screen. And some congregations are passing around a DVD to congregational families or COVID-pods for small screenings.

SAVE THESE DATES!

 April 10 – 26

Thanks to a special arrangement with Kiss the Ground and Roco films, IPL will also offer a free online viewing period for home viewing. Registration required.

 April 1

Registration for free online home viewing during Faith Climate Action Week will be released April 1. Watch IPL emails for reminders.

April 21

IPL will also host a webinar with the filmmakers on April 21. Details to come.

All film details here.

 

Worship Resources – Faith Climate Action Week 2021 offerings on our website also include sample sermons and talks, music, prayers, blessings, youth resources and more for your worship services.

Click here to access worship resources.

 

 

IPL National Earth Day Climate Prayer – Join IPL on FaceBook on Earth Day at 12noon local to pray along with Rev. Susan Hendershot, IPL President as she prays the Interfaith Earth Day Climate Prayer.

Download the text of the prayer here so you can pray along.

 

 

Pin your events to the Faith Climate Action Week Map and calendar of events! Let’s show the world that people of faith and conscience are taking the lead on climate and post as many events as we can! During Covid many events are online and could be of interest to people beyond your own congregation. By posting them you give others the chance to join your online events. Be sure to include a link to register and contact information in your posting.

Post your events to the calendar here.

Thank you for joining the community of people of faith preaching, teaching, and acting to heal the climate in 2021!

Contact Sarah at programs@interfaithpowerandlight.org for more information.

 

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