In solidarity with Faith Climate Action Week and the 11th Hour Calling campaign, the bell of St. Paul’s will ring non-stop for 11 minutes at 11 a.m. following the late service on Sunday, April 23 (the day after Earth Day).
Paul Bowen, director of outreach and creation care, is recruiting 11 volunteers to each ring our bell for one minute immediately after the service to raise awareness of the urgency of our climate crisis. Please email Paul to sign up to ring St. Paul's bell for one minute that morning.
In addition to ringing our bell on April 23, our 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist service will incorporate elements from the Season of Creation resources authorized for use in our Diocese in 2022 in coordination with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. The liturgy, including special prayers and hymns, is dedicated to honoring the sacredness of God’s Creation, while deepening our response to the living God and to strengthen our resolve to follow Jesus in this critical time for all of Creation.
Earth Day is the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national, and local policy changes. Faith-based organizations worldwide are also deeply engaged in prayer and action for the welfare of the planet:
11th Hour Calling is an interfaith collection of people working to build hope through faith-based actions in our climate crisis.
Interfaith Power and Light (IPL) inspires and mobilizes people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change. Faith Climate Action Week takes place each April when IPL congregations focus on how we can take action to protect our climate.
In the national Episcopal Church, the Covenant for the Care of Creation is a commitment to practice loving formation, liberating advocacy, and life-giving conservation as individuals, congregations, ministries and dioceses.
Our own diocese’s Creation Care Justice Network comprises clergy and lay people across Massachusetts working together to help congregations pray, learn, act, and advocate on behalf of God’s creation and to mobilize a robust, justice-centered response to the ecological and climate emergency.
Please join us on April 23 to pray for our planet and our resolve to care for it as God's own Creation.