A Climate for Change: People’s Pilgrimage, Rally, Conversation, Greening Our Faith

June 10, 2015
Dear Friend,
We are at a crossroads. Climate change calls for the mindful presence, compassion and action.

As the Vatican with Pope Francis’ leadership prepares to release the much anticipated Encyclical on Creation scheduled for June 18, we in Western PA are preparing. We will be considering care for creation, sustainable development and the impact that climate change is having on the world’s poorest people

The name of the Encyclical is Laudato Sii (Praised Be You), is taken from St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Sun”, a prayer praising God for Creation. The subtitle will be Italian, Sulla cura della casa comune, “on the care of the common home”.

People of faith and spirit around the world will be mingling prayer and mindful actions. We are continuing and building practices that can make a difference. Together we can inspire our leaders to be bold, and protect our future as we and they prepare for the Paris Climate Talks in late November-early December.

As you can see we will be offering many activities. 


June 21 will find us participating in the Pittsburgh 350.org Rally for Climate Justice on Summer Solstice Sunday. 


The morning of that We will begin with the first People’s Pilgrimage, a Walk for Paris. Our hope is that everyone will organize a series of mini-walks to or around the places you love, the places you are concerned about, remembering that around the world people are loving and caring for a region, a place, a family. Peoples Pilgrimages is a wonderful resource for prayers and meditations from around the world. 

Time to begin ….

The Environmental Justice Committee

Thomas Merton Center 


East Park, Allegheny Commons, Intersection of Cedar Ave and Lockhart Street, North Side.

There are two opportunities to demonstrate your concern about the climate crisis: a morning walk will connect climate change to air pollution from a Neville Island coke plant. In the afternoon there will be a Climate Action rally on the Northside.

ACTION: Bring your friends, family, neighbors and fellow workers to learn and demonstrate about the climate crisis.

Bring your hand-made signs and after the rally join the sidewalk procession over to the fountain at the Point. *Music provided by the Squirrel Hill Billies.*Reading of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Day Proclamation – Councilman Dan Gilman *Introductions and Opening Remarks – Patty DeMarco (Institute for Green Sciences, CMU) and many other interesting speakers. Description of the Problem and thoughts from local campaigns working on Solutions.
Sidewalk procession from Allegheny Commons to the fountain at the Point.

To RSVP or for more information contact Peter Wray at pjwray@verizon.net with ‘Climate Action Rally’ on the subject line.

A Climate for Change: 

Multifaith and Enspirited 

Conversation on Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sponsored by the Thomas Merton Center, Pittsburgh 350.org, and Penn Environment.

Panelists will address global and local challenges posed by the encyclical.

This important letter is expected to raise difficult questions about climate change, our relationship to creation and our responsibility for care of the Earth.

Come and be part of the conversation on Thursday, July 2, 7 pm, at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Ave, Squirrel Hill.

Greening our Faith:  

A project of the Thomas Merton Center

Participants will apply study of eco-theology to congregational advocacy for climate change action.

This eight session series will begin on July 9nd and run through October 15th.

All events will be held at Church of the Redeemer in Squirrel Hill.

Dates for the series A Climate for Change, Greening our Faith:   

Thursday July 9th and 23rd, August 6th and 20th, Sept. 3rd and 17th, Oct. 1st and 15th, from 7-9 pm.  

Participants will be asked to purchase a copy of Patricia Tull’s,

Inhabiting Eden:Christians,The Bible and the Ecological Crisis.

To see why this book has been chosen please visit this book preview.

Additional resources will be provided.

For information, or to register for the series only, please contact Wanda Guthrie, Church of the Redeemer (wanda.guthrie@gmail.com ), Claudia Detwiler, Community House Presbyterian Church (cdetwil@earthlink.net).

You do not need to register for the July 2nd Papal Encyclical session.

Series discussion leaders are: Wanda Guthrie, Church of the Redeemer, Claudia Detwiler, Community House Presbyterian Church, and Dr. Randy Wiesenmayer, 1st United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh.

For more information contact: wanda.guthrie@gmail.com or 412-661-1529

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