Mass Conference Climate and Environmental updates


Jim Antal

1/23/2013

To all who care about God’s creation:
 
Let me begin by thanking you for all that you and your congregation are doing to protect, defend and restore God’s creation! 
 
I want to draw you and your congregation’s attention to a number of upcoming events/opportunities. Please share this article with others in your congregation who may be interested.
 
 
1. Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast 2013www.macucc.org/carbonfast
 
 
2. Climate Revival – April 27, 2013   Boston, MA   macucc.org/climaterevival  
 
 
3. Mission 4/1 Earth  … and it will be ecumenical!   http://www.ucc.org/earth/
 
 
4.  National Preach-In on Global Warming, February 8-10, 2013 – Interfaith Power & Light’s biggest event of the year   http://www.preachin.org/
 
 
5. Forward on Climate - the largest climate rally in history – February 17, 2013 – the National Mall, Washington DC   www.350.org/Feb17
 
 
6. Divestment from Fossil Fuels – UCC resolution is beginning to gain support across other Conferences…  http://www.macucc.org/news/detail/203
 
 
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1. Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast 2013www.macucc.org/carbonfast
SIGN UP FOR the ELCF2013 by clicking on the link!  Send this link out to anyone / everyone you know to invite them to participate.  Congregations are encouraged to promote the fast and then gather weekly to share their experiences, support one another, compare notes, share resources and pray.
 
 
2. Climate Revival – April 27, 2013 10am   Boston, MA   macucc.org/climaterevival   Please encourage people to like the event on Facebook too!
This is going to be a BIG EVENT!  Come together for an inspirational day of preaching, worship, prayers, and music as we celebrate the splendor of Creation, mourn its desecration, and advocate for restoration and renewal. Led by national and international religious leaders, we will call upon the Holy Spirit as we rise up to stabilize the climate and to create a better future. Churches will have an opportunity to participate in an informational fair about their environmental work.
Preachers and participants include (among others):
     •Geoffrey Black, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ
     •Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
     •Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus South Africa (video)
     •Bill McKibben, author and environmentalist (Skype or video)
We will begin at 10 a.m. at Old South Church in Copley Square, Boston, transition through lunch and a press conference, reconvene at Trinity Episcopal Church, and at 3 p.m. transition outdoors to Copley Square for a youth and young adult rally led by campus ministers and students.
We hope that congregations will consider sending a contingent.  It will be a great opportunity to learn what other congregations are doing to uphold God’s creation.
 
 
3. Mission 4/1 Earth  … and it will be ecumenical!   http://www.ucc.org/earth/
ONE UNITED CHURCH on a shared resurrection witness for Planet Earth during 50 great days of greening up, powering down, and shouting out.  ORDER YOUR PACKETS TODAY: http://www.ucc.org/earth/resources.html   The Carbon Fast will mention and anticipate Mission 4/1 Earth, and the Climate Revival will mark the middle of the 50 great days!
AND IT’S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT VERY SOON, A PARALLEL WEB SITE WILL BE UNVEILED THAT WILL ALLOW ANY AND ALL (NOT JUST UCC) TO PARTICIPATE!!
 
 
4.  National Preach-In on Global Warming, February 8-10, 2013 – Interfaith Power & Light’s biggest event of the year   http://www.preachin.org/
Click on the link for resources, ideas, and to register your event.  This annual event continues to grow!
 
 
5. Forward on Climate - the largest climate rally in history – February 17, 2013 – the National Mall, Washington DC   www.350.org/Feb17
This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity that will bring to Washington DC tens of thousands of people at a time when President Obama will be setting his second term agenda.  Let’s make sure that the first environmental action of his second term is to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. Crippling drought. Devastating wildfires. Superstorm Sandy. Climate has come home – and the American people get it.  Make sure Obama’s actions reflect his moving words at his Inaugural Address.
 
 
6. Divestment from Fossil Fuels – UCC resolution is beginning to gain support across other Conferenceshttp://www.macucc.org/news/detail/203
You may have seen the excellent COVER article in the January 9, 2013 Christian Century Magazine by Bill McKibben in which he lifts up the recent vote of the Mass Conference UCC Board of Directors as exemplary and leading the way!  http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2012-12/playing-offense  You can find the resolution here: macucc.org/divest AND what’s really exciting is that other Conferences are joining as co-sponsors of this UCC resolution, and other denominations are advancing their own similar resolutions. 
 
 
THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO IN RECOGNITION THAT THE EARTH IS THE LORD’S!
 
 
Jim



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