Answering Earth’s Call:

An Interfaith Forum on Climate Justice

The forum brought together and empowered clergy, parishioners, youth, activist community and social justice organizations, and union members to be leaders in the climate justice movement, and establish a moral framework for climate action.

When: Thursday, September 24, 2015. Doors open 6:30 pm, Forum 7 – 9 pm

Where: St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Avenue, San Diego 92103 – in the Great Hall, enter on 5th Avenue between Olive and Nutmeg Streets


  • Prelude:  Put a Little Love in Your Heart performed by the St. James Youth Music Ministry
  • Opening procession with interfaith clergy; By Our Love performed by the St. James Youth Music Ministry (email us if you’d like to participate in the procession),
  • Opening invocation
  • A panel of distinguished local faith, environmental, labor and community leaders to explore faith perspectives on climate change, connections between climate and social and economic justice, the Pope’s encyclical and the upcoming climate talks in Paris (see speakers, below)
  • Universal body prayer
  • Concrete, effective actions we can take here in San Diego
  • Inspiring closing
  • I’ll Make It performed by the St. Stephen’s Youth/Young Adult Choir

Confirmed Speakers

See the For Press page for bios and quotes from our speakers

  • Welcome by the Very Reverend Penny Bridges, St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Rabbi Shai Cherry, Interfaith Center for Worker Justice
  • Rabbi Laurie Coskey, Interfaith Center for Worker Justice, MC
  • Nana Firman, Muslim Coordinator, Our Voices and Fellow, GreenFaith
  • Opening invocation by Rev. Jeanette Ham, Foothills United Methodist Church
  • Rev. J. Lee Hill, Jr., Christian Fellowship Congregational Church and Co-President, Interfaith Center for Worker Justice
  • Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson, Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and Co-President, Interfaith Center for Worker Justice
  • Eddie Junsay, SanDiego350
  • Itzel Osmara Martinez, Student of Ethnic Studies at City and Mesa Colleges
  • Jim Miller, Political Action/Community Outreach VP AFT Local 1931 and Chair of the SD-Imperial Counties Labor Council Environmental Caucus
  • Kent Peters, San Diego Catholic Diocese
  • Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Professor of Theology & Religious Studies, Specialist in Buddhist Studies, University of San Diego
  • Maria Concepcion Villanueva, Promotora / Community organizer in National City with Environmental Health Coalition

Transportation: Public transportation to Saint Paul’s Cathedral: From the south of Saint Paul’s take the Trolley’s Blue Line to the 5th Ave. Trolley Station, then MTS bus #3 north to Laurel and 5th street. From the north of Saint Paul’s take the Green Line Trolley to the Fashion Valley Transit center and take MTS bus #120 south to Laurel and 5th Street. Parking: Street parking.


Answering Earth's Call