Ecumenical Service at Cathedral Spotlights Faith, Climate ChangeDecember 07, 2015
Last Thursday, I spent my first night in Paris at an ecumenical worship service at Notre Dame Cathedral (not too bad of a start for a trip!). To worship in a place with the beauty and history of the place is amazing. And the special service - which was led by Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant clergy - was also impressive, especially as the French clergy pushed for climate justice.
EthicsDaily.com ran an article today I wrote about the special service. In the article, Ecumenical Service at Cathedral Spotlights Faith, Climate Change, I tried to capture the feel of the service and not just the words. But it can be a difficult thing to fully express the presence of God moving among believers who cross denominational and national boundaries to worship together.
One of the parts I particularly enjoyed at Notre Dame Cathedral was hearing the bells. I once preached a sermon that featured a playful story about what I called "the cannonbells of Notre Dame." A key inscription from the bells that I brought into the sermon is the one that is also on the holy water font: "I Am The Way Which Seeks Travelers."