We're so excited you're interested in creating a climate justice service! Maybe you've never planned a worship before -- that's totally cool. Below is a list of steps (that might not be completely linear) that might help. Feel free to contact Aly Tharp or Amelia Diehl with specific questions. The Ministry for Earth website also has a list of worship resources addressing things like worship theory and definitions.
Get flyers to spread the word about the campaign here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aol1Cmyf53pw6Vg5J4-j0KRNNHTxvBxu9hWR2COEKJI/edit?usp=sharing
Find and contact the congregation/community where you want to give your worship service. When, where and how are you able to participate? If you do want to give a traditional sermon, congregations often book their Sunday morning schedules months in advance. Summer worships might be more open, or there might be another group meeting time during the week.
Share your truth. The purpose of this campaign is to share your truth and engage others in seeking climate justice. Your story matters. Reflect on your experiences and values to figure out your message. What or who inspires you? Why are you passionate about climate justice and how have you engaged with it? Why are you passionate about your faith and how have you engaged with it? How does your faith interact with or inform your experiences with the environment/nature/the climate/justice? What experiences that have led you to believe what you believe? What is your climate justice journey? What is your climate justice vision?
You can also think about rhetoric styles. Climate justice is a huge topic. What is the message you want people you get, and what is the most effective way of reaching that? Think about what kind of stories or services or events have moved you. Personal and vulnerable stories, rather than facts or statistics, are often the most effective way to create space for compassion and openness in others -- but it all depends on your goal. Who is your audience? How much do they know or care about climate justice or faith? Do you want to educate, inform, inspire, explore? How do you want them to participate?
Find an outlet that inspires you. A service can take any form. It doesn't have to be a traditional sermon from the pulpit or worship ceremony. Be creative! Do you want to play/sing music? Poetry? Meditation? Dance? Art? Visuals? Video? A discussion? A dialogue? Call and response readings? Maybe you want to work with a group?
Remember to think through logistics. Create an outline/plan to make sure you accomplish what your goals. How long do you have? What space are you using and how do you want it to look or feel like? Is your worship accessible to those with physical or mental disabilities? What do you need to bring (instruments, books, flyers, chairs)? Can someone record/film it?
Practice! Make sure you feel confident about what you're sharing. If you are speaking or performing, practice in front of the mirror or a group. Remember to take deep breaths and take care of your needs.
Spread the word. Ask the congregation/community to help you advertise - and we can too. Ask your networks to spread the word, too.
Do it! Get out there and share your truth.
Next steps. Are there specific next steps you can offer to the group if they are moved to take action? Can you create an art piece together? What is the takeaway (either in physical or mental form)? Where can your community/audience go from here? Consider providing other resources, like a list of organizations or campaigns to follow up on. If you're comfortable, offer your contact information. Does this community have an environmental or climate justice-focused group? If not, can you make one?
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