2022 Interfaith Summit

2022 Hybrid Interfaith Summit- Together in Climate Chaos; Interfaith Solidarity for Climate Resilient Communities 

An Interfaith Summit on How to Respond to Climate Change

In the wake of the National Climate Assessment and UN report in 2021 on the projected serious consequences of unchecked climate change, interfaith leaders from the greater Boston area will come together with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) to host the fourth annual Interfaith Summit on vulnerability and climate change on the afternoon of May 1, 2022 from 4pm-6pm on zoom and in person at the Native American Indian Center of Boston located at 105 South Huntington Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. You have a choice of either attending in-person, or virtually on zoom. 

This now abbreviated summit will focus on the role of faith communities in helping their community members build resilience, whether from future climate impacts such as floods, extreme heat, and severe storms, or more immediate concerns like a pandemic. We will shall share knowledge on the types of changes we are already seeing and can expect to see in the Northeast, discuss practical ways congregations can prepare themselves and their surrounding community, and discern together how our spiritual practices could help sustain not only our efforts, but also our souls, hearts, and minds, as we engage in this most critical mission.


Interested in hosting a similar event in your area? Want to learn how your congregation can help the community prepare for climate impacts? Contact us!


4:00pm-4:05pm Welcome, Rev. Vernon K. Walker, Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) and Raquel Halsey, Exective Director of North Amercian Indian Center of Boston

4:05pm-4:10pm Singing Lead By Song Leader Jenny Bonham-Carter

4:10pm-4:15pm Land acknowledgement, Jean-Luc Pierite, North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB)

4:15pm-4:25pm Defining this year theme, Rabbi Greg Hersh

4:25pm-4:45pm Keynote Address, Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

Breakout groups 

4:45pm-5:30pm Breakouts to Discussion of Cultural/Spiritual Approaches to

Climate Resilience:

What Does Climate Resilience Look Like in our Faith Communities?

Virtual Co- Facilitators

Dr. Tallessyn Zawn Grenfell-Lee,  Founder of Climate Resilience Leadership

Rev. Thomas Margrave, Team member of the Disaster Spiritual Care leadership at the Red Cross

Benefits and Difficulties When Working Together Towards Interfaith Solidarity?

Virtual Facilitator

Rabbi Dr. Shira Stern, Team member of the Disaster Spiritual Care leadership at the Red Cross

Venerable Miaoxi, Spiritual leader at the Fo Guang Buddhist Temple of Boston

Finding Healing in our Relationships to Land and Each Other

In-Person Facilitators

Raquel Halsey, Exective Director of North Amercian Indian Center of Boston

Jean-Luc Pierite, President of the Board of Directors at the North Amercian Indian Center of Boston

5:30pm-5:40pm Breakout Group Report Backs and Reflections

5:40pm-5:50pm- Next Steps and Resources - Several CREW team members, Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW)

5:50pm-5:55pm Singing Lead By Song Leaders Jenny Bonham-Carter

5:55pm-6:00pm Rev. Emma Brewer-Wallin, Southern New England Conference of United Church of Christ

Keynote Speaker: Rabbi Shoshana M. Friedman

Headshot.jpg Shoshana Meira Friedman is a writer, mother, and climate activist in Boston. She serves as the Director of Professional Development at Hebrew College, and as a rabbinic ambassador for Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action. Her song The Tide Is Rising, which she co-wrote with her husband Yotam Schachter, has spread as an anthem in the climate movement. Her writing has been published in various venues including The New York Times, YES! Magazine, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, and Rooted & Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).

Rabbi Shoshana is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate FellowshipJOIN For Justice, and Oberlin College where she was also a Henry David Thoreau Scholar. She was ordained by Hebrew College in Newton, MA. She lives in Boston with her husband and son.