|Dear Friend —
No question, religion and spirituality can help mobilize people of faith to act on behalf of Mother Earth, even when facts fail.
At FCG, we rally around a guiding principle that most faiths and spiritualities share: take care of the earth. Indeed, our multifaith network was created for the purpose of inspiring ecological stewardship in very tangible, localized, practical ways, within a religious and spiritual context. We like to talk about the Green Rule. Most are familiar with the Christian Golden Rule: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” In Hinduism it is expressed; “Do not do to others what would cause pain to you.” In Islam, “Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.” And so it goes in the various faith traditions. Our Green rule — “Do unto the Earth as you would have it do unto you” — extends the plea for compassion to include all of our neighbours: human beings, animals, plants, water, and so on.
Our 2017 Annual Report captures the diverse ways in which the network lived out this simple but frustratingly difficult rule and made good use of our many programs last year. We looked at regenerating places of worship to better serve our communities, and exploring how, as faith communities, we can be resilience hubs in readying ourselves for extreme weather events before disaster strikes. Our network members grew communities by planting and tending gardens in cities and towns and participating in the Faith Commuter Challenge to get to worship without cars. Many of us accompanied Indigenous groups as allies, in protecting the life-giving waters of the land’s Great Lakes. Together, we came closer to the goal of a healthy, sustainable future for the common good of all people.
Read our Annual Report to get a closer look of our 2017 work.
Executive Director, Faith & the Common Good