From May 30 to June 30 hundreds of people of faith across Metro Vancouver will take transit, carpool, walk, or hop on a bicycle to make their way to their places of worship.
To start off this month of commuting by pedal power, Bishop John Stephens of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster will preside at an ecumenical blessing of bicycles at Christ Church Cathedral. The service will end with a procession of bicycles - bells ringing - out of the church onto the Cathedral’s Burrard St. Plaza. Local clergy will join the Bishop to offer blessings and refreshments to cyclists and transit commuters passing by. Bike mechanics will also be on hand to help cyclists with minor tune-ups.
“Our faith in a God of love calls us to care for this planet and all its inhabitants recognizing that we are part of a much larger ecology. The climate emergency demands a response that challenges how we currently are living and urges change that we may live with care for this world of today and well into the future.” Bishop John Stephens
"The climate emergency requires leadership from everywhere and action from everyone. Faith communities play such an important role in climate justice, taking action within their own lives and buildings, and pushing for emergency level climate action from every level of government." Chris Boyle, United Church Minister
It will begin at 4pm inside Christ Church Cathedral. At 4:30pm the event will move outside to Burrard and West Georgia.