AN ECUMENICAL EVENING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Members of Maine’s Episcopal, Greek Orthodox, and Catholic communities will gather for a discussion about how the Christian faith guides us to care for the Earth. This 7pm gathering on Sunday, December 5 at St. Luke’s Cathedral 143 State Street, Portland will feature panelists the Reverend Eleanor Prior, Father John Chryssavgis, and Father Paul Sullivan, SJ; and will include moderator Peter Dugas. The Reverend Prior helped start a creation care centered service at St. Luke’s Cathedral called World Too Beautiful, which has invited in people of many faiths. Father Chryssavgis serves as advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on environmental issues and has published widely on spirituality and ecology. Fr. Paul is a member of the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus and Pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish, a Jesuit ministry in Portland, Maine. Peter Dugas is a Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteer and 2021 Maine Sunday Telegram Source Award recipient.
As the urgency to address climate change grows, faith leaders issued a joint statement in September of this year on the need to protect creation. The statement, co-written by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Pope Francis, and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, discussed the “importance of sustainability,” the disproportionate impact of climate change on people living in poverty, and the “imperative of cooperation.” It was released ahead of the UN climate change conference in Glasgow.
On December 5, join local faith leaders and community members in hearing more about how the joint statement came about, as well as examining ways we can fulfill our commitment to care for God’s creation. To join online instead of in person, please visit: https://stlukesportland.org/index.php/sunday-live-stream/