MADISON (WKOW) -- As the Pope prepares to make an address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City Friday morning, local faith leaders and concerned community members will be continuing their movement called "Light the Way."
The goal of Light the Way is to amplify the Pope's call to reverse course on climate change. "The excitement surrounding Pope Francis's visit to the U.S. is not just about his presence in our country. People everywhere truly feel that Francis has taken concern for the future of our common home, earth, from a political issue to a moral imperative," said Trudi Jenny, a local Catholic and one of the event organizers. "Local faith leaders here want to echo that protecting creation is linked to care for the poor and that climate justice is the moral issue of our time."
Friday morning, participants of Light the Way will gather at the Monona Terrace for a silent contemplation at sunrise, followed by a meeting at First United Methodist Church on Wisconsin Avenue to view the Pope's address to the U.N. later in the morning.
Thursday night, the group met at James Madison Park for statements made by leaders of various faith traditions. After the statements, the group walked by candlelight to the state capitol for a closing prayer and their own call to action.
The Pope's climate change message has been criticized by some who feel he should stay out of scientific and environmental matters or promote this agenda on his own time.
After his address to the UN General Assembly, the Pope is scheduled to participate in an interfaith service at the 9/11 memorial, visit a school in Harlem and celebrate mass in Central Park. He will continue his visit to the United States in Philadelphia tomorrow.