"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth" I Timothy 2:1-4
Climate Action Network’s executive director, Wael Hmaidan, was fired after an investigation revealed, among other things, evidence of “bullying, objectification of women, misuse of power, inequitable treatment of women, [and] inappropriate touching…” The board of directors is working to find a new leader as they also take measures to address how bullying and harassment matters are handled institutionally.
Sometimes the challenges to meaningfully acting on climate change seem external, but other times, it comes from within our own community, our own leaders, and our own selves. Let us intercede and pray for those in authority within our own circle of trust, and for one another. If we are to lead on climate action, then we need to lead with integrity.
Creator God, the women and men who suffered harassment were denied a peaceful and quiet place to work towards protecting your creation, and we ask that you restore them so that they know you better. We humbly submit ourselves to you and long to be more like Jesus in how we treat all of your creation. Lastly, please grant CAN’s board wisdom in choosing a new executive director; may that person embody servant leadership just as Jesus did.
May your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.