Meet Our 2020 Summer Interns

We were thrilled to connect with interns from around the world this summer via Zoom! For the summer of 2020, we ran a virtual internship program due to COVID-19 and had three main goals - making connections, promoting awareness and education, and coming up with ways that we can advocate for important causes we are passionate about both individually and as a group. This program included several sessions throughout July and featured a variety of speakers on topics connected to the work of Temple of Understanding, including Women's Rights, Ecological Justice, Sustainable Development, Interfaith Education, Social Justice, Human Rights, Peacemaking, Disarmament Affairs, and Humanitarian Affairs. 

During each session, we had an incredible panel of speakers who shared their work, insights, and experiences with us. Both the speakers and the intern group sparked important, engaging, and thought-provoking conversations. We asked questions, shared resources, and collaborated on ways to advocate for causes we believe in and action steps we can take. We were very grateful for our time with every person that joined us for these sessions, and we look forward to continuing these discussions!  You can view their profiles online.

Announcing New Events Addressing the Climate Emergency
Online Oct 16 & 17, 2020

FORUM2020: Science, Spirituality, the Climate Emergency and Our Future 
& Global Interfaith Prayer Service for the Earth will commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Temple of Understanding.

World religious and spiritual visionaries, Indigenous leaders, scientists, and youth environmental activists come together to address the urgency of the climate crisis with strategies for inspired collective action. Over forty international speakers will be offering their wisdom and perspectives through keynote addresses, diverse panels, inspiring prayers and sacred music. 

Keynote speakers include Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Eda Zavala Lopez, Chief Oren Lyons, Grandmother Mona Polacca, Dr. Vandana Shiva, and His Holiness Gyalwa Trungrum Rinpoche. Three panels addressing the State of the Earth, Women in Leadership on Environment and Intergenerational Wisdom feature speakers including former EPA Regional Director Heather McTeer Toney, Dr. Charles McNeill of the UN Environment Programme and Dr. Tyrone Hayes of the University of California at Berkley. Many environmentally focused organizations are also represented including Earth Guardians, GreenFaith, Hazon, Youth VS Apocalypse, and Zero Hour. Registration for this free two-day event will be available in September. Join our mailing list here.

We also announce the ECO JUSTICE FOR ALL interview series on environmental awareness and advocacy. We present diverse perspectives, from scientific to spiritual views, on the climate emergency and solutions that we can all do effectively. World religious and spiritual visionaries, Indigenous leaders, scientists and social scientists, environmental activists, artists, musicians and writers, youth and elders, local and global people on the street, all come together to address the urgency of the climate crisis through this ongoing interview series.

The Value of Voting and Voting Values
The Interfaith Alliance has addressed the issues of values-based voting resources for many years.  Expect to find their guides on Running for Office in a Diverse Nation, Resources for Clergy and Houses of Worship, #GetVoteReady and Your Vote, Your Values, online

Interfaith Power and Light has an initiative to sign up as a faith climate justice voter.  You can pledge online, and receive reminders to live up to that pledge. 

And check out How to Vote in the 2020 Election: A state-by-state guide to voting in the age of COVID-19 for thorough details on your options for voting by mail in each state.
Interfaith Rainforest Initiative
View this beautiful film commemorating the International Day for the Conservation of Tropical Forests introduces rainforests and the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative: Uniting people of all faiths to end tropical deforestation. Rainforests can be held in sacred trust; all of our lives depend on it. Speakers include Dr. Jane Goodall, Audrey Kitagawa, Charles McNeil and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.
In Memoriam
The Temple of Understanding is saddened by the passing of C.T. Vivian, a civil rights activist and strategist with Martin Luther King, a moral giant and long time friend of the Temple of Understanding.  Please read his bio here.

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