Newsletter 06 Nov 2021

Kia ora koutou, warm greetings to you all. 

Here are some updates on our interfaith response to the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26.

Reporting from UN COP26 in Glasgow
The RDC Climate Change Advisory Group was pleased to designate Rod Oram, New Zealand journalist and a member of the Group,  ‘Our man in Glasgow” and to ask him to report back during the Conference. 
A conversation with Rod has been recorded each week of the Conference. They are available on the RDC website.

The Presentation of the Statement to Government from Religious Leaders and Interfaith groups
As reported in our October Newsletter, the Statement was presented to Minister James Shaw on 19 October in Wellington, days before he left for the UN COP26 conference in Glasgow.
For those of us who were not able to attend,  the video of the event puts us there –  to hear the words and see the people taking part…. Reports from those present –  an inspiring event!
The video of the event is now available on the RDC website in a short version and the full version.

The Interfaith Vigil to mark the launch of the COP Conference
Interfaith Scotland, with its centre and director located in Glasgow, has devoted the year to a climate change programme leading up to the COP.  On Sunday, 31 October a vigil was held in St George’s Square in Glasgow to mark the beginning of the conference.
The video of the event puts you right there to share in the statements and prayers offered by the leaders of Scotland’s religious communities.

The global launch of the inaugural UN COP26 Pilgrimage Weekend that will start in Aotearoa NZ
An invitation has been received from the Pearl of the Islands Foundation to join them in supporting this event. This event marks an initiative that involves the global interfaith community that has come together around the COP. 
COP26 Faith and Inclusivity, a Forum by Zoom, on Saturday 6 November at 10.30am

Last but not least – our 2022 RDC Calendar is currently with the printer and will be available from next week on.
For more information and to order your copy, please see our website.

Kia kaha – stay safe,

The Team at the Religious Diversity Centre