The world is changing, and I need to change too.
I know that none of our individual actions alone are enough to slow the harm we're doing to this planet. We have to find ways to work together, to walk together. So I signed up for this wild thing, committing to walk from Louisville to St Louis. Through my training, I've been exploring why I felt this call to participate. I've never done anything like this before! Why this walk? Why this issue?
1. If we want to go far, we have to go together. On this walk, we're knitting ourselves into a community of resistance and resilience, learning together about climate change, faithful responses, and the gospel call to earth care. I can't wait to be part of this group, and bring new knowledge and passion home with me.
2. The PC(USA) is a big institution with big money. I hope that this institution that has nurtured me will choose to divest from fossil fuels at this summer's General Assembly -- and I'm walking with this group to amplify this hope.
And, most importantly: 3. It's easy for me, in my privileged life, to insulate myself from the impacts of climate change (so far). But people are dying - in drought, in storms, in migration because crops won't grow anymore. If I really care about other people, these children of God, I need to act like it.
I know that I can't do this alone. I hope you will be part of my community, this community of walkers, through your financial contribution. Please join us in this cry, this call, for the world to change. We can't do it without you.
It’s time for the denomination to put its money where its faith is. The PC(USA) must join the divestment movement that has already taken trillions of dollars out of the fossil fuel industry. By doing so, the denomination will no longer profit from an industry that has contributed to climate change. Hurricanes in Puerto Rico, drought in California, rising sea levels along the global coasts — natural disasters exacerbated by climate change which affect Presbyterians and all creation.
Our faith calls us to love God, creation, and neighbor with our whole selves, and June 1-16, 2018 we will love creation with each step we take. The PCUSA Walk for a Fossil Free World will take us from Louisville, Kentucky (the headquarters of the Presbyterian Church [USA]) to St. Louis, Missouri, in time for the PC(USA)’s 223rd General Assembly. Our goals are to:
You're invited to join! More details about the Walk can be found at PCUSAwalk.org
|Stevie Piehl||06/18/2018||$15.00||Damn, you're awesome.||Bart Smith||06/11/2018||$50.00||Cristen Vernon||06/06/2018||$25.00||You are amazing! Thank you for being YOU!||Melissa Gant||06/04/2018||$50.00||Erin Bowman||06/01/2018||$10.00||<3 <3||Anonymous Friend||05/30/2018||$50.00||Sara Rickard||05/30/2018||$20.00||So glad this is happening, and happy to support you in it, Ali. We'll be following your blog as you walk. Your words have meant a lot to me, especially lately.||Anonymous Friend||05/30/2018||$10.00||This is matt testing whether I can donate to a page that is passed it's goal.||Christa Wood||05/29/2018||$30.00||Patricia Hohl||05/28/2018||$10.00||Thanks for sharing this powerful work with us. With you in spirit!||Carrie Nelson||05/28/2018||$30.00||So excited for and proud of you as you embark on this journey! You are incredible!||Leah Roberts||05/28/2018||$30.00||Katie Sharar||05/27/2018||$25.00||Thanks for doing this, Ali. Looking forward to the updates.||Elsbeth Pollack||05/27/2018||$30.00||Love, strength, and support from Mike and me for you and your fellow walkers. Thanks for everything that you are and do in the world!||Aaron Eickhoff||05/27/2018||$25.00||Great work!||The Holdens||05/27/2018||$50.00||Always proud of the person you are! Love you!||Laura Munroe||05/26/2018||$20.00||You’ve got this!||Amanda Rader||05/26/2018||$50.00||Walk in beauty, dear friend... thank you for you.||Scott and Alene Coverdale||05/26/2018||$75.00||thank you, Ali, for walking on behalf of all us creatures. some of us can kick in a few dollars and try to live more responsibly. most of us are birds and bears and bees who can only hope that people start living more intelligently before it's too late for all of us...||Anonymous Friend||05/26/2018||$25.00||Happy Birthday, Ali Wood!! 4385511000463755||Anonymous Friend||05/25/2018||$25.00||Good cause.||Norma Wood||05/25/2018||$25.00||Keep pressing toward the goal!||Mark and Sue Schildt||05/25/2018||$100.00||Good work Ali!!||Anonymous Friend||05/25/2018||$100.00||What if it's a big hoax and we create a better world for nothing?||Matt Pate||05/25/2018||$50.00||At Michael Shafer & Sons we believe in the power of people to change the world. Keep on walking Ali.||Hyeyoung Lee||05/25/2018||$50.00||I’m in solidarity with you. Go, my friend.|