Through both in person events and digitally connecting communities we have created a region wide Faith & Climate network that continues to grow. The group enables members of different world faith communities to share, inform and inspire stewardship actions on climate change and, in doing so, influence their communities to live more sustainably. Through the group, participants share resources such as skills, networks, buildings, communities, knowledge and opportunities, and we develop relationships through common cause, values and commitment to caring for the earth.
The Faith & Climate Network is open to members of all faith communities and partners to join. All are welcome. Join the Facebook group HERE.
Interfaith Week 2019
To celebrate Interfaith Week & Mitzvah Day 2019 we ran a climate focused event with our friends from different world faiths, hosted by Bishop Paul in the St Aidan’s Centre. This was the first time that Mitzvah Day has been celebrated with different faith communities in Liverpool and it’s the first climate focused Mitzvah Day in the UK. Read more about Mitzvah Day https://mitzvahday.org.uk/vision-mission/
We started our day with lunch, bringing Mitzvah donations and went on to learn about the environment & climate actions from our Jewish, Muslim and Christian friends. Through the workshops each group discussed, developed ideas and committed to actions we will take on climate change in the city region.
Our Interfaith Week 2018 event looked at Carbon Reduction and was held at the Wirral Deen Centre and Mosque:
‘The event was a success! We got a lot of good positive feedback from our friends on social media and also from our community. It was so beautiful that so many people of different faiths got together and shared these wonderful ideas; all wanting good for our communities. It had such a powerful impact on social media!’ Mushtaq, Imam, Wirral Deen Centre.
We continued with a Food, Faith & Climate event held at St.Cuthbert's Church with talks on Hinduism and Vegetarianism, Laudato Si, and Youth Led Activism with the Mini MU.
Bronze Eco Diocese award
We're delighted to have supported Liverpool Diocese in becoming a Bronze Eco Diocese in 2019. Currently we are working with Church communities across the region to keep growing faith community-led environmental action with our sights set on achieving the Silver Eco Diocese award this year.
This work is complimented by our Water Stories resource book aimed at children and young people. The full resource can be found here.
Faith Leaders Network
Faiths4Change support the work of the Faith Leaders Network. Liz Atherton, Faiths4Change, took up the newly created post of Interfaith Development Officer in late 2019 to work closely with and continue to grow the impact of the Faith Leaders network in the Liverpool City Region.
One aspect of this work is to develop local interfaith connections. We are currently setting up the first environmentally focused Church Mosque twinning in the UK with members of the Warrington Council of Faiths.