Month: October 2018

Statement on Human Right to Food at UN Human Rights Council

Statement on Human Right to Food at UN Human Rights Council

In collaboration with the Mining Working Group and Franciscans International, the Temple of Understanding is honored to contribute a statement on the Human Right to Food for the thirty-first session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The Temple of Understanding is honored to contribute a statement on the Human Right to Food for the thirty-first session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Food Sovereignty, Women & Sustainability: The Roots of System Change

Food Sovereignty, Women & Sustainability: The Roots of System Change

Panelists reflected from their diverse perspectives on specific strategies towards food sovereignty for all, as well as what sustains them in their work, both in literal food and in spirit. Meeting this most basic human need can illuminate a path towards a healthier and more just future.

Food Justice Resources

Food Justice Resources

Many organizations at the UN are working towards food sovereignty or food justice. Our colleagues at the NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger at the United Nations maintain a list of the related UN resources.

Recent Faith Statements on Climate Change

Recent Faith Statements on Climate Change

Hindu Declaration on Climate Change, November 23th 2015 (www.bhumiproject.org)
Buddhist Climate Change Statement to World Leaders, October 29th 2015 (www.gbccc.org)
Statement of Faith and Spiritual Leaders, October 22
Islamic Climate Change Declaration, August 18th 2015 (www.islamicclimatedeclaration.org)
Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, June 18th 2015 (www.w2.vatican.va)Lambeth
Declaration 2015 on Climate Change, June 16th 2015

2016 Interfaith Climate Change Statement

2016 Interfaith Climate Change Statement

Pollution kills more than 1.7 million young children every year — roughly one in four deaths of all children under five. This initiative by the UN Environment Assembly strives for a pollution-free planet. Urge governments to rapidly sign, ratify and implement the Paris Agreement, and to increase pledges to reduce emissions in line with keeping the global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels;

UN Environment Assembly

UN Environment Assembly

Pollution kills more than 1.7 million young children every year — roughly one in four deaths of all children under five. This initiative by the UN Environment Assembly strives for a pollution-free planet.

Recordings to Rescue Children

Recordings to Rescue Children

DirectGrace Records is an elegantly simple concept: a ruby stylus cuts a groove in a lacquer master record, and a vulnerable child’s life is saved. The gift, a grace note of the music; the concept, helping children in extreme poverty while creating a thing of audible beauty is the invention of audio engineer Peter Ledermann, president of the Soundsmith Corporation.

Thomas Berry (1914 – 2009)

Thomas Berry (1914 – 2009)

Thomas Berry, Environmentalist, Priest, Eco-Theologian, passed away early on the morning of June 1st, 2009 at Wellspring home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Dr. Suheil Badi Bushrui (1929 – 2015)

Dr. Suheil Badi Bushrui (1929 – 2015)

The Temple of Understanding is deeply grateful for the service of Dr. Suheil Badi Bushrui on our Council of Trustees. Dr. Bushrui was a peacemaker and scholar.

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