A bold, public Yom Kippur prayer service will take place next week at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, inspired by the Pope's encyclical on the climate crisis.
Spearheaded by Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, progressive spiritual leaders from Philadelphia, YOM KIPPUR AT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL is scheduled for sundown to sundown from September 22 to 23.
“Yom Kippur is the day of both Atonement and At-One-ment. At this moment in history we humans are in need of atonement for the ways in which we have desecrated the Earth. This desecration is the result of our lack of At-One-ment – our separation from all life -- our separation of ourselves from the Earth of which we are in truth an interwoven thread,” Rabbis Waskow and Liebling said, in a joint statement.
As Yom Kippur occurs immediately before Pope Francis’s unprecedented address to a joint session of Congress, this year, Rabbis Waskow and Liebling seized the opportunity to act. While drawing upon the structure of the traditional Yom Kippur liturgy, the rabbis will also invite other faith traditions to participate during the day, asking them to bring their prayers of atonement.
The schedule for Yom Kippur at the Lincoln Memorial is as follows:
9/22 Kol Nidre -- 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Lincoln Memorial
9/23 Morning Services -- 10 am to 1:30 pm, Sept 23 at the Lincoln Memorial
9/23 Ne'ilah and Interfaith Vigil -- 5:00 to 7:40 pm at John Marshall Place Park, 4th and C Streets, NW
The event is being presented and co-sponsored by The Shalom Center, Interfaith Action on Climate Change, and Moral Action on Climate.
“We offer this Yom Kippur service at the Lincoln Memorial as an invitation for our Jewish community, along with people of all faiths, to come together, acknowledging our shared need for atonement. And we will gather as one of a number of faith-based events planned for that week in support of Pope Francis' response -- the encyclical Laudato Si -- to the climate crisis and its roots in world-wide social crisis,” added Rabbi Waskow and Rabbi Liebling.
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