Interfaith leaders launch Blessed Tomorrow to catalyze people of faith on climate changeLatest News Thursday, May 8th, 2014
LONGWOOD, FL / PRNewswire-USNewswire — Today marks the launch of Blessed Tomorrow, a new national interfaith coalition of religious leaders committed to inspiring and engaging people of faith to lead on climate solutions in their congregations, communities and homes.
Blessed Tomorrow brings together some of the nation’s most preeminent religious leaders from the Evangelical, Muslim, Jewish, Catholic and Protestant faiths who are personally dedicated to leading by example on stewardship within their organizations and engaging their faith communities to respond to climate change.
“Faith leaders and their communities have been at the forefront of moving America forward throughout our nation’s history. From abolition to human rights, we have been there to answer our call to care for all of God’s creation. Blessed Tomorrow builds on that tradition by bringing together a diverse group of leaders from across the country who are committed to making an impact on one of the greatest moral imperatives of our time — climate change,” said Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland, a Church Distributed, and founding leader of Blessed Tomorrow.
The goal of Blessed Tomorrow is to make leading on climate change effective by providing leaders and people of faith with a platform to participate in climate solutions that aligns with their faith tradition and values. Blessed Tomorrow offers a community for faith leaders who are compelled to lead on climate based on the needs of their congregations. It provides simple, proven resources faith leaders can use right away to empower their members and communities. Central to this initiative is helping congregations create a Path to Positive plan, which will guide them to be better stewards of God’s creation, for the sake of the most vulnerable populations and future generations.
Blessed Tomorrow founding faith leaders are:
Rev. Dr. Jim Antal: United Church of Christ Massachusetts Conference
The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham: Interfaith Power and Light
Mr. Joshua DuBois: Values Partnerships
Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley: Retired from the Providence Missionary Baptist Church
Ms. Tyler Edgar: Creation Justice Ministries
Dr. Chris Elisara: World Evangelical Alliance
Mr. Jay Faison: ClearPath Foundation
Rabbi Steve Gutow: Jewish Council for Public Affairs
The Rev. Fletcher Harper: GreenFaith
Dr. Joel Hunter: Northland: A Church Distributed
The Rev. Stephanie Johnson: Province 1 of the Episcopal Church
Imam Mohamed Magid: Islamic Society of North America
Bishop Vashti McKenzie: African Methodist Episcopal Church
Mr. Dan Misleh: Catholic Coalition on Climate Change
Rev. Gabriel Salguero: National Latino Evangelical Coalition
Dr. Matthew Sleeth: Blessed Earth
Mr. Richard Stearns:World Vision
Rabbi Warren Stone: National Religious Coalition on Creation Care
Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins: Disciples of Christ
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson: Metropolitan Community Churches
About Blessed Tomorrow
Blessed Tomorrow is a coalition of diverse religious partners united under a call to be faithful stewards of creation. As people of faith in America, they are committed to engaging their communities and calling on fellow leaders to support practical solutions to create a healthy future for us all. As a key initiative of MomentUs and ecoAmerica, Blessed Tomorrow provides a program by people of faith, for people of faith, offering ideas, tools, resources, and language that are familiar, compelling, and effective for engaging congregations in climate solutions. Learn more