Today we begin our week-long journey to reconnect with love, earth, our community, and our neighbors in order to restore our souls for the work ahead.
We just spent a week honoring our grief over the wanton destruction of the earth and its human communities, but we cannot stay in despair. Being truly honest about the crisis we are facing returns us to our deep love for this world, for love is at the root of our sense of loss.
Today, we reconnect with that love and remember why we entered this process: because we love and are inextricably interconnected with all the beings of this earth and the earth itself. Hope lives in these connections. By reaching out to reconnect with our community, our neighbors, and our allies in this struggle to reclaim life for all, we re-source our souls for the work ahead. Reaching out reconnects us to our own well of inspiration and to relationships that make us resilient.
We know power is everywhere and can be used for good and for ill. The power of human connection can strengthen us. But power is not evenly distributed in our society. We carry this awareness in our connections, and commit to an awareness of our own power in relationship, the power of others, and different patterns of power in society. We choose to source our work with power that nourishes and works for justice—power that serves solidarity—and work against power that harms some and privileges others.
We will routinely return to a practice of awareness so that our work for climate justice truly nourishes all. We commit to working in ways that share power, that redistribute power more fairly, and that use power to create a more beautiful world.
Your Commit2Respond Resource Team,
Rev. Sofía Betancourt
Rev. Peggy Clarke
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.