Climate Justice Month, Week 2: Reckoning

Dear ones,

Today begins our week-long journey into grieving and reckoning with the losses we are facing as an Earth Community. We are reminded not only of our own mortality, but also of the mortality of the planet. We are asked to face boldly into the knowledge of what humankind has brought to pass in very short time as measured on a geological scale. 

We are reminded to be attentive to the fact that some, by virtue of the many and various markers of a privileged socioeconomic status, can make the temporary choice of distancing themselves from the suffering born of environmental devastation. Let us choose instead to lean into our grief.

We are called to interrupt social norms that designate some species and peoples as disposable and to instead make life choices that promote climate justice. In this week of fire—an element of immediacy and urgency, whose spirit is considered both creator and destroyer of life—let us embrace our grief so that we might deepen the work of transformation. 

Let us be bold truth tellers and passionate grievers, together.


Your Commit2Respond Resource Team,

Rev. Sofía Betancourt
Rev. Peggy Clarke
Tim DeChristopher
Kat Liu
Jennifer Nordstrom


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Commit2Respond's Climate Justice Month intends to take you through a transformative spiritual process leading to long-term commitments to climate justice. At the end of the month you will be asked to SHIFT to a low carbon future, ADVANCE human rights, and GROW the movement. Learn more and start thinking about how you will #commit2respond to climate change.


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  • commented 2015-03-29 15:22:57 -0400
    Embracing grief can be meaningful if we come out the other side compassionate, humble and committed to a positive action. The danger of embracing grief is to lose hope, to lose the ability act or worse to become frantically active, grabbing at anything and holding on ….. I really don’t know what is “best action” I just pray that it comes to me ., as I try to find my way ….
  • followed this page 2015-03-29 09:26:08 -0400
  • commented 2015-03-29 07:38:16 -0400
    Lean into the truth about climate change and the urgency of now for climate justice especially for “the least of these.”

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