Walking Can Be a Prayer: Join the 9/20 Climate Strike

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On September 20th, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the United States and the world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Millions of us will take to the streets to demand a right to a future, and you are invited. CLICK HERE to find a Climate Strike event near you.

Marching was a peaceful method used to call for change in the south during the civil rights movement in the United States. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Herschel, who marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said afterwards: “When I marched in Selma I felt my legs were praying.”

Marching as protest was used by Gandhi and his followers, at the Montgomery Bus Boycott, by members of the Cherokee Tribe, by Suffragists, and by men and women in 2017 during the Million Women’s Marches.

The consensus at the 2019 United Methodist Creation Care Summit in Nashville Tennessee last month was that “big and painful changes in a short window of time are the only way to preserve planet Earth’s ability to continue hosting human life.” It was also said that church members need to do whatever it takes to get the attention of church officials and elected representatives. Mike Kool said, “You have got to get in their face,” quoting Ernest “Rip” Patton, a civil rights worker and freedom rider in the 1960s who also spoke at a summit session.

The upcoming strike is a chance to work as allies for our youth and to an amazing 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, who started this movement. Click HERE to sign up for the Denver March.

Please email me (Brenda) if you would like to attend the Denver March as part of the FUMC Group.

~ Brenda Mehos