Posts By: Jessica Maudlin

Saving the Wild Coast: Turning the Tide on An Oil Leviathan

Two hands breaking free with text No climate Justice without Human Rights It’s so easy to center ourselves and our own needs, in ways that cause us miss how God and the universe are working together to make divine connections. As I traveled to COP27 earlier this week, I felt a bit disgruntled to learn that the airline had switched my seat and I’d be spending my… Read more »

Presbyterian Leaders Join Call for Higher Ambition at COP27

Several members of the PC(USA) joined faith leaders from around the world today to call for bold, ambitious decisions on the part of world leaders. Billed as the Implementation COP, these negotiations have stalled, with the consequences of inaction being dire. See the full statement below. Faith leaders urgent call for higher ambition at COP27… Read more »

Caretakers of Everything: Indigenous Wisdom

Indigenous communities have a wealth of knowledge that can make climate change mitigation and adaptation more effective. We just have to listen. Jack Collard, Director at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander International Engagement Organisation (ATSIIEO), an indigenous organization dedicated to the building of positive international partnerships for First Nation expertise, in a session on story… Read more »

The Interfaith Talanoa Dialogue call to COP 27

Candle light prayer As shared in an early blog post, the PC(USA) participated in an Interfaith Talanoa Dialogue just prior to the start of COP27. Today at COP27 the World Council of Churches,  a global fellowship of 352 member churches including the PC(USA), held a press release to share the completed text of that document.  The voices of… Read more »

Week One in Review at COP27

Heavenly Cathedral at COP27 The PC(USA) Delegation to COP27 split attendance between the two weeks of the event.  This weekend marked the midway point of the conference.  Overview During the first week Sharm el-Sheikh proved a challenging and confounding venue for the COP27 climate talks, with traffic jams and water shortages being among the major complaints. As the week… Read more »

Interfaith Gathering in the Spirit of Talanoa Dialogue

an interfaith moment of prayer concludes after religious leaders and representatives of ecumenical organizations gather for a Talanoa dialogue at the eve of COP27 in Egypt. by Sue Rheem, Coordinator, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations Earlier this week, on Sunday, November 6th,  about 100 climate justice advocates from various faith groups came together to reflect on solutions from a holistic perspective at the beautiful El sama Eyeen Coptic Church, not far from the convention center where COP27 was taking place.  It… Read more »

Faith Leaders for Climate Justice

As COP27 gets into full swing, faith leaders are sharing their calls to the world leaders for increased action to achieve climate justice and help keep global temperature rise to under 1.5C.  Faith leaders representing a variety of faiths (Christian, Muslim, Bram Kumaris, and others) bring the experiences of communities on the front lines of… Read more »

COP27 Begins With Hope for Concrete Outcomes

by Sue Rheem, Coordinator, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations COP27 is the largest UN Climate Summit yet.   According to the New York Times, over 44,000 people have registered.  The world has descended on this resort town in the desert, to hopefully do more than just talk about climate change, but by the time it ends… Read more »

Disagreement on Loss and Damage Delayed Start of COP27 Agenda

Opening of COP27 The Cop27 UN climate summit was off to a delayed start after delegates late into the wee hours Sunday morning over what should be discussed at the conference. The major disagreement surrounded the question of loss and damage, which refers to the devastating consequences of climate breakdown suffered by the poorest and most vulnerable countries, and how… Read more »

COP27: The struggle for climate justice

By Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel, ACT Alliance Goodwill Ambassador for Climate Justice PC(USA) through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is an active member of the Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance. Members of the ACT Alliance, a global network of churches and agencies who work with vulnerable communities in humanitarian response, development and advocacy work, will be at COP,… Read more »