Earth Day Prayer April 22, 2024

Earth Day in Hawaii Comes to Whatcom County


Hawaii’s Kanaka movement and the Lummi Nation are inviting us to a Prayer Service in celebration of Earth Day. 


Earth Day, Monday, April 22, 2024, 7:00-9:00 pm

First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave. Bellingham


Kanaka has invited faith leaders and groups from around the world to pray with them for Earth Day.  This will be an evening of interfaith prayers for Earth in the spirit of Aloha. The Aloha Spirit embodies the coordination of mind and heart in each person; it is a way of life that expresses love and connection to nature, to Earth and all life on our planet. We will join in community to commit ourselves to caring for all people, the environment, and all creatures in it.      


Kanaka is a grassroots movement that formed in 2006 to take action to protect and promote Hawaiian cultural heritage and to right what is wrong by promoting government accountability. The Kanaka movement has an annual emphasis. This year’s emphasis is for prayers and pledges from the global community to address climate change.


The event will include participation by Doug James, Jewel James and Freddie Lane from Lummi, an address by Rev. Andrea Asebodo of the Church for Spiritual Living, a video by Spring Cheng, entitled “Children of the Earth,” and an art presentation by Beth Anne Margolis. There will be hymns, songs, and prayers. There will be a free will offering.


This will be an interfaith event with people from many faith traditions present, including Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Bahai and Sikhism. Together, can we begin to answer Wendell Berry’s questions: "What are the children of the future asking us to do? What does the earth require of us if we want to keep living on it?"