Richmond, VA Peace Festival

The theme of the 2014 RVA Peace Festival, held on September 13, was “Faith and the Environment.” In spite of a rainy day, attendees braved the weather to hear a panel presentation on faith responses to climate change. The panelists, representing Islam, Hinduism and Christianity, were united in their views that humanity has a spiritual responsibility to be good stewards of this planet and that we have a moral obligation to take positive steps to address the effects of climate change.

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The panelists were, left to right, Anjum Ali, Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College; Dr. Sid Kere, retired nuclear physicist from Dominion Virginia Power; and Rev. Richard Cizik, President of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good. The moderator was Archie Abaire, a member of the Baha’i Faith.

Richard Cizik and Archie Abaire serve on the steering committee of Virginia Interfaith Power & Light.

Many thanks to the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond for sponsoring the Peace Festival, and to St. Steven’s Episcopal Church for providing the venue.