Silent prayer vigil on climate justice

By Mayaw on October 27, 2016

On Saturday 8th October Cartmel Quakers held a silent prayer vigil in Grange-over-Sands as part of the national Climate Coalition ‘Speak Up’ Week of Action, from the 8th to the 16th October. As our small group came together we were joined by a number of visiting Friends from other Meetings as well as several local residents; all wishing to take this time and hold in our thoughts all those who are unequally affected by and who are working towards achieving climate justice.

Despite being on a very busy and noisy corner in the town, our introduction helped us to settle down and focus on the poor and marginalised in society – and all those working towards building an energy and economic system that has equality, justice and sustainability at its heart.  We also reflected on how our earth needs attention, respect, love, care and prayer, so that future generations may enjoy what we take for granted.

For many of us, this was the first time that we had organised and attended a silent vigil.  Not surprisingly we were a little anxious about how it would go; especially as holding a vigil of this kind is quite unusual in our community.  However, we were pleasantly surprised by the number of people who stopped to read the information we had put out, and by those who joined us part way through. As we shook hands and the vigil came to an end, we reflected on how good it had been to make this public stand and give others the opportunity to join us.  “We should do this again” a few said. “Hope so” we replied.

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