Interfaith Climate Actions for Fall 2015

QEW supporters: We have put together the following list of events related to climate actions upcoming for this September – December. We cannot keep track of the ever-changing details, so if you plan to attend any of these events, make sure to check with the organizers for schedule and location changes. This is more than just a sampling of events that are planned – but not comprehensive. Let us know if you have information on events not listed, or updates, and we will update our website accordingly.

Interfaith Climate Actions for Fall 2015

This information is up to date as of September 9, 2015 – check our website and the specific websites listed below for changes in these events.

The information is listed in five sections: 1) local actions (send us information from your local area and we will list it); 2) DC actions; 3) NYC actions; 4) National Day of Action on October 14; 5) international Days of Action.

1.       Local actions

There are three "watch parties" in the Pioneer Valley (in Amherst, Northampton, and Longmeadow MA) which you can see at the events calendar on our website:
At these the Pope's address will be shown and discussions will follow.

Thu Sep 24 @ 4:30PM - 07:00PM
Rochester Interfaith Rally     -- Rochester events

Wed Sep 23 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Madison Interfaith Solidarity Event 

·Silicon Valley Action for Climate Justice, Wednesday, September 24, NOON. Midpeninsula Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303. The Pope is addressing the U.S. Congress on September 24, 2015. Join our studio audience to discuss the Pope’s message with local climate-protection activists. Hear live reports from activists in D.C. Express your solidarity with activists in DC. Bring your brown-bag lunch, questions, and ideas for change! For more information: Peninsula Peace and Justice Center(650) 326-8837

·         The Oak Park-River Forest Interfaith Green Network (to which OP Friends Meeting belongs) is co-sponsoring a screening of the Pope's address to Congress, Thursday September 24, 7:00pm, at the Oak Park Public Library. Please see  . This is aligned with the Week of Moral Action on Climate Justice ( for those of us who cannot go to Washington D.C. (one member of our Meeting will make the trip).

Climate Vigils and Events around Pope’s Visit

Many of the state affiliates of Interfaith Power & Light have planned vigils and other climate action events in support of the upcoming visit by Pope Francis to Congress. Check below to find out how you can participate. Check for updates to this list at

Phoenix – 09/23, 6:30pm; Prayer Vigil; Sen. John McCain’s Office, 2201 E. Camelback Rd., Suite 115, Contact: Rev. Doug Bland,

Little Rock – 09/23, 7:00pm; Interfaith Sunset Prayer; Arkansas House of Prayer at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Contact: Scharmel Roussel,

Los Angeles — 09/25, 9:00-10:30am; Press Conference and Rally; University of Southern California Caruso Catholic Center, 34th and Hoover, 
Oakland – 09/23, 6:30am and 6:30pm; Interfaith Vigil; Skyline United Church of Christ, Contact: Rev. Laurie Manning,

Denver – 09/24 5:30pm; Climate Prayer Vigil; 1st Baptist Church, Contact: Rev. Jessica Abell,

Wilmington – 09/23, 4:00-4:45pm, or 5:30-6:15pm; Vigil; First & Central Presbyterian Church, Contact: Lisa Locke,

Des Moines – 09/23, 6:30pm; Prayer Vigil; Holy Trinity Church
09/24, 8:00am; Live Watch Party; Immanuel United Methodist Church
09/24, 6:30pm; Rebroadcast Party; St. Pius X Catholic Church
Contact: Susan Guy,

Chestnut Hill – 09/23, 6:30-7:00pm, Candle Light Prayer Vigil; St. Ignatius RC Church
Contact: Vincent Maraventano,

Minneapolis – 09/23, 6:00-8:00pm; Pope Francis Welcome Party; St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 
Contact: Julia Nerbonne,

St. Louis – 09/20, 1:00pm; March
Contact: Tracy Howe-Koch,

Omaha – 09/24, 7:00-9:00pm; Group viewing of Pope Francis’ address to Congress, and discussion; Aksarben Cinema, 
Contact: Rev. Kim Morrow,

New Mexico
Albuquerque – 09/23, 6:30-7:30pm; Interfaith Candlelight Vigil; Old Town Plaza
Carlsbad – 09/23, 6:30-7:30pm; Interfaith Candlelight Vigil
Gallup – 09/23, 6:30-7:30pm; Interfaith Candlelight Vigil; Courthouse Plaza
Silver City – 09/23, 7:30pm; Interfaith Candlelight Vigil; Gough Park
Contact: Sister Joan Brown,

New York
Buffalo – 09/24, 4:00 (pre-rally) and 5:00pm; Interfaith Rally; Niagara Square
New York City – 09/24, 4:30-5:30pm; Multi-Faith Prayers for Action; Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 
Rochester – 09/23, 4:00pm; Prayer Vigil; St. Marianne Cope Parish at Good Shepherd Chapel
Contact: Janna Stieg Watkins,

North Carolina
Asheville – 09/24, 6:00-8:00pm; Viewing of Pope Francis’ address to Congress followed by discussion; St. Eugene’s Catholic Church, 
Durham – 09/24, 7:00-8:30pm; Interfaith Prayer Vigil; Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 
Greensboro – 09/23, 7:00-8:00pm; Ecumenical Prayer Service; St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 
09/24, 9:20am; Viewing of Pope Francis’ address to Congress; St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 
Morehead City – 09/23, 12:00-1:00pm; Prayer Vigil; St Egbert Catholic Church, 
Raleigh – 09/23, 7:00-8:00pm; Ecumenical Prayer Vigil; Church of the Nativity, 
Contact: Susannah Tuttle,

Portland – 09/23, 6:00pm, 7:45-8:30pm; Screening of “Merchants of Doubt,” followed by Interfaith Prayer Vigil; St. Francis Catholic Church
Contact: Jenny Holmes,

Philadelphia – 09/16, 5:30-8:00pm; Forum and Vigil; Friends’ Center, 
Contact: Cricket Eccleston Hunter,

Rhode Island
Providence – 09/23, 5:00pm; Prayer Vigil; State House lawn
Contact: Kathy Black,

South Carolina
Spartanburg — 09/24, 1:00-2:20pm; Seminar, “Understanding Laudato Si”; Wofford College
Contact: Ron Robinson 864-597-4051

Fort Worth – 09/24, 6:00pm; Pope and Potluck; University Christian Church of Fort Worth, room 207,
Contact: Yaira A. Robinson,

Burlington — 09/24, 10:00am and 7:00pm; Live and rebroadcast showing of the Pope’s address to Congress; First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington
Middlebury — 09/24; Live showing
Montpelier — 09/24, 7:00pm; Rebroadcast showing of the Pope’s address to Congress; St. Augustine Catholic Church
Contact: Betsy Hardy,

Seattle — 09/24, 7:00pm; Evening of interfaith ritual, word, and song; Chapel of St. Ignatius at Seattle University, 
Contact: Jessica,

Washington DC Area
Washington DC – 09/23-24, 7:00pm-7:00am; Prayer Vigil; National Mall between 4th Street NW and 7th Street SW, 
Contact: Janine Walsh,

Madison – 09/24, 6:00-7:30pm; Music, prayer, and candlelight procession; James Madison Park
09/25, 6:30am; Gathering for quiet contemplation at sunrise; Monona Terrace, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. entrance
09/25, 8:00am; Video shorts on climate justice, followed by Live-stream viewing of Pope Francis’ address to the UN; First United Methodist Church, 
Contact: Huda Alkaff,

2. DC actions – see for updates

Sept. 8 - 25 - Beyond Extreme Energy Fast at FERC Headquarters (behind Union Station). This is a multiple day fast for "no new permits". Group has been active in Lusby MD, site of proposed LNG export station (Cove Point)   Tue Sep 08 @ 7:00AM - 07:00PM
Beyond Extreme Energy’s “Fast for No New Permits” 

Sept. 9/10 - Grandparents Climate Action Day - Project of Conscious Elders Network - Dr. James Hansen (keynote speaker) - on Capitol steps - $75 registration fee - Contact Paul (317-788-7795 or   Wed Sep 09 @ 8:00AM - 
Grandparents Climate Action Day 

Sept. 14-23 - Fast for Climate, organized by Franciscan Action Network (FAN) with multi-faith prayer service every night at 6:30:  McPherson Square near the White House at K & 15th St.

Sep 22, Tuesday, 6:30 pm - Wednesday, September 23, 8:30 pm
- Sundown to Sundown Yom Kippur Kol Nidre 6:30pm to 8:30pm (Lincoln Memorial)

Morning Service with Yizkor 10am to 1:30pm ((Lincoln Memorial)

Minchah/Neilah 5:00pm to 7:45 pm, concluding with shofar blasts followed by a multi-faith vigil at John Marshal Place Park

Sep 23, Wednesday, Unitarian Universalist Service,  Climate Inspirational Gathering & Optional Procession to National Mall

Service: 4pm, All Souls Church, Unitarian, 1500 Harvard at 16th St. Washington DC, 20009, Metro:  Columbia Heights,

Unitarian Universalists will gather for inspiration and grounding to prepare for the multi-faith prayer vigil and Climate Justice Rally.  Snacks will be available. Optional Procession departs at 5:45 for 3-mile walk down 16th Street to Pennsylvania, to John Marshal Place Park.  All Welcome to Join en route to the Vigil.  You can also travel by bus, metro or on your own.

Sept. 23 - Multi-Faith All NIght Vigil - From Wednesday, 23 September 2015 -  7:00pm
to Thursday, 24 September 2015 - 07:00am
Interfaith Vigil on National Mall

Location : John Marshal Park at Pennsylvania and 4th Street NW, organized by Franciscan Action Network

September 23rd is Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar, and is a day of atonement.  Following in this spirit, the vigil in Washington DC will invite all present to atone for past deeds committed against the Earth and its people. Music will be interspersed throughout, and faith and civic leaders will offer messages of hope, justice and peace as we also witness the firsthand accounts of the effects that carelessness and selfishness can have on our world and our brothers and sisters. A call to action, animated by love, is thus borne out of the spirit of atonement and solemnity.
The vigil will last all evening. For those interested, people can stay all night until the 7am gathering that will precede Pope Francis’ historic address to Congress.

Sept. 24 - Moral Action for Climate Justice Rally 
National Mall between 3rd and 7th St.
7 am - 12:30 pm
Free and open to the public

Also see DC_Pope Event Access Points Maps[2][1].pdf

You are invited to join thousands of people of all creeds, colors and faiths.  
On this historic day, Faith, Social Justice and Environmental Leaders will call for Climate Justice raising up Pope Francis' messages on Care for our Common Home, and to "Hear the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor."   The program starting at 7:00 am, will include musical performance and video, breaking to live stream Pope Francis' address to Congress at approximately 9:20.  Jumbo Trons and sound amplification will allow supporters to see and hear the message of the Pope, and the full Rally Program.   Join in for the call for America to honor its moral duty to urgently address the climate crisis. Join QEW in Washington, DC, on September 24, for the Moral Action for Climate Justice. We will be gathering in the middle of the Mall on the eastside of Fourth Street. Look for the Quaker Earthcare Witness banner.


Thu Sep 24 @ 7:30PM - 09:00PM
Coming Together in Faith and Celebration, 

National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016

1200 faith leaders join for two hours of prayer, sermons, songs, and poetry to reward and inspire faith and climate leaders in their work on climate. (Public Program - free ticketed event, live streamed nationally. Sign up for free tickets here. Contact : Jeremiah Worrell,

Coming Together Faith Leader Meeting-Building Support for Climate Solutions
Friday, September 25, 2015 from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

Washington National Cathedral Pilgrims Observation Gallery, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20016
Event Organizers: Washington National Cathedral, Blessed Tomorrow, Convergence, Faith in Public Life, and Auburn Seminary

Join 150 faith and climate leaders at the Washington National Cathedral to share experiences and ideas for building support for climate solutions in our congregations, communities and nation. Will include a livestream viewing of Pope Francis' address to the United Nations General Assembly in NY.

Doors open at 7:30 am. Breakfast and program starts at 8 am. Event ends at 11:30 am.   Space is limited - please RSVP as soon as possible. Free ticket required.   To learn more or sponsor this event, please contact:

Sept. 25 - Advocacy Day - FCNL may be involved. Everyone encouraged to visit their legislators to ask for support of the Gibson Resolution ( humans are responsible for climate change).
Supporters are encouraged to visit their congressional representatives and advocate for any of the many actions that support Climate Justice.   A variety of recommendations will be posted for supporters to use in Washington or at home; September 25th or any day is a good day to contact our representatives about Climate Justice.

Sept. 25 - There will also be an event beginning at 12 noon at FERC on September 25th, under a theme of “Rise Up at FERC: Defend Our Common Home.” An interfaith group of religious leaders will try to deliver 5 copies of Laudato Si’ to the 5 FERC Commissioners, and there will likely be a procession around the FERC building one or more times. There will also be a closing service for the people who will be concluding their fast on that day.

Fri Sep 25 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Earth Celebration with Rev. Fred Small

Sept. 26 - 10:00am - 05:00pm  Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming Symposium (registration and fee required)
Where:  University of the Distrct of Columbia, (UDC)  A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC

Hosted by Biodiversity for a Livable Climate and People Demanding Action, and others.  This Symposium, is designed for those who have been inspired by the Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si' On the Care for Our Common Home and the Climate Crisis are asking "What can I do now? What can I take home to my community? What are the next steps to not just halt CO2 increase, but to actually reduce it and reverse global warming?"  Participants will be introduced to the tremendous potential of biological systems to take CO2 out of the atmosphere and sequester it back in the soil.  

3. 9/24-25 - Papal visit in NY

On the afternoon of 9/24 – Pope Francis comes to NYC. Materials to support these distributed vigils will be available on, along with sample social media posts and publicity materials.

·         On the evening of 9/24, there will be a multi-faith prayer convergence called Light the Way from approximately 4:30-7:45 pm.  The prayers will take place at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, just a few blocks from the UN, where there will be a 6:30 pm mobilization organized by poverty and civil society groups in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which will also be released on 9/25.

at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza  4:30-5:30 pm – Multi-faith Prayers for Climate Action and

6-7:45 – Musically-infused Rally featuring voices for Climate Justice from around the World

at Our Saviour Church:  8 pm till the following morning–Vigil for Climate Action

Friday Morning – Passing the flame to world leaders prior to the Pope's opening speech at the United Nations General Assembly



·         In addition, faith communities around the world will be organizing vigils to add their sincere prayers and urgings for world leaders.   
at Our Saviour Church:  8 pm till the following morning– There will also be an Overnight Multi-Faith Prayer Vigil beginning at 8:00 pm at Church of Our Savior at 59 Park Avenue (38th Street) where individuals are invited to sign up throughout the night until Friday 8:00 am. For more information, see


4.10/14 – People’s Climate Movement National Day of Climate Action

In September 2014, over 400,000 people marched in the streets of New York City, demanding that national and world leaders join us in taking action on the climate crisis. The People’s Climate March had a huge impact on world leaders, but here at home U.S leaders are not yet acting with urgency.

The People’s Climate Movement – a coalition of over 100 groups - is organizing a National Day of Climate Action on October 14, during the Congressional recess.  This day will consist of several kinds of actions:

In 4-7 large cities, multi-sector organizing teams (with representatives from environmental groups, environmental justice groups, labor, faith, student and other community groups) will develop actions that will show our unity around climate justice and green economy issues.  Some of these teams may plan direct actions including demonstrations and acts of peaceful civil disobedience. 

In a larger number of cities and municipalities, coalitions of groups will come together to organize some form of public witness about the urgency of addressing the climate crisis.  This might take the form of a press conference, a joint statement by groups representing diverse constituencies, or other actions.

In communities nationwide, individual organizations will hold simple solidarity actions.  For example, houses of worship might offer a time of prayer in a town square, another public site, or in their own sanctuary, inviting others to join in prayer for climate justice.

The result will be a nationwide demonstration of support for our leaders to act on climate, through a series of actions that demonstrate that the climate justice movement is coming together and building power.

Resources for the Day of Action will be housed at

Faith groups interested in helping promote faith participation in the Day of Action can contact Fletcher Harper at

5. Nov. 29 and December 12 International Day of Action – Paris and other locations (not US)