A number of East Tennessee groups will co-sponsor a Candlelight Climate Vigil for people of faith Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the intersection of University Parkway and State of Franklin Road, near the East Tennessee State University campus in Johnson City.
Members of the Environmental Conservation Organization at ETSU, the Environmental Studies minor at ETSU, the Green Interfaith Network Inc. and Tennessee- Interfaith Power and Light are sponsoring the event to encourage personal and political change to address climate change.
This Climate Vigil is the first of many being organized across the state by affiliates of Tennessee- Interfaith Power and Light.
The vigil will include prayers, songs, and meditation, including prayers offered by the Rev. Tim Ross, of Hopwood Christian Church, Milligan; Donald Mudhayamunda, a native of Zimbabwe; and Dr. Mohamed Alzoubi, president of the Muslim Community of North East Tennessee and a resident of Johnson City.
Emily Bidgood, a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and a board member for Green Interfaith Network Inc., will lead the singing, accompanied on guitar by Steve Church, also of Johnson City.
The Tennessee-Interfaith Power and Light advocates for effective climate protection policies and has joined other groups across the state in urging TVA to set and fund a 1-percent energy efficiency target so that it can close down the dirtiest and least-efficient coal plants in the state.
All the major religious traditions share an ethic of caring for neighbors and being good stewards of the Earth. Last week, Carol Landis, Past-President of GINI and Co-Chair for TN-IPL, invited Tennesseeans from every faith tradition to join in this vital work.