by Rachel Landman
Last month I stood with other members of the Reform Jewish Movement outside the United Nations in New York City, in unity with people of many different faiths in the fight against climate change. This Climate Mobilization was part of a global effort to show support for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Pope Francis’ moral call to action on climate change. With the United Nations General Assembly discussing the SDGs, and the Pope to address the UN on Friday.
This was an experience unlike other rallies I have attended. Yes, it had the crowds, signs, speakers and cheers, but it also had a different type of spirituality that was evoked through various religious rituals. The event began with a processional of faith leaders and of instrumental calls to prayer including bells, drums, song, dance, the blowing of a conch shell and the shofar. Beginning in such a way united the crowd, to make us one people gathered to protect our one world.