World Religious Leaders Confront Climate Crisis

James Antal


Jim Antal presents His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with his book Last week, the religious leaders of a quarter of the world’s population confronted the climate crisis – and I was honored to be part of the conversation. At the invitation of the head of the Orthodox Church, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, 200 leaders from the fields of science, government, public policy, business and religion came together for three days in Greece to examine the most up to ...

Is Carbon Pricing a Spiritual and Ethical Imperative?

Margaret Bullitt-Jonas


It’s unusual to see a scientist, a politician, an economist, and a religious leader sitting together at one table to discuss climate change. Yet that’s just what happened at a public forum at Westfield State University entitled “Carbon Pricing – A Key Component in Solving a Warming Climate.”  The four speakers included Dr. Carsten Braun (a climate scientist at Westfield State), State Rep. Jen Benson (D-Lunenburg, the lead co-sponsor of bill H.1726, which places a price on carbon in ...

Many Voices, One Mission: Collective Power

Pam Arifian


"We are partners with each other, and with God, in the co-creation of earth, every day."— Pam Arifian

What if scientist and faith leaders form a coalition on climate?

Margaret Bullitt-Jonas


The Archdiocese of Boston hosted an extraordinary conversation on February 8-9, 2018, as leaders drawn from religious and scientific communities gathered to discuss the possibility of forging a partnership to push for decisive action on climate change. The idea for gathering the group came from Phil Duffy, President of the Woods Hole Research Center, who, as Cardinal Sean O’Malley explains in a blog post, “[reached] out to the archdiocese through the good offices of Professor Mark Silk, ...

All of Us or None of Us: Women's March 2018

Margaret Bullitt-Jonas


Margaret Bullitt-Jonas and Marisa Brown-Ludwig Every rally has its own energy, a particular mood or spirit that propels it along. That was the case in Northampton, Massachusetts, when over a thousand women, men and children took to the streets on January 20, the first anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration. The Pioneer Valley Women’s March: Hear Our Voices, Hear Our Vote was a colorful and festive affair that gathered together, in one great flow of collective energy, a multitude of ...

#StandUpCharlie: Risking arrest for climate justice

Margaret Bullitt-Jonas


A crowd inside the Boston State House listens to speakers Under threatening skies, a group of men and women gathers in the basement of the Paulist Center, less than a block from the Boston State House. One by one we introduce ourselves and offer a one-word summary of how we feel as we prepare to risk arrest. “Ready.” “Resolved.” “Grounded.” “Centered.”   Everyone has been trained in non-violent civil disobedience. Everyone has taken the necessary practical steps, such as removing wedding ...

What on Earth is Happening?

Donald Remick


The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it ~ Psalm 24:1 Hurricane Harvey produced a level of rainfall and flooding that "hasn’t been seen before in our country.”  It was a Category 5 hurricane.  We anticipate one of these to come our way in North America every few decades…though not with this much rain.  But then, before the flood waters had even receded and before folks could even get back into their homes, another Category 5 emerged in the Atlantic.  ...

Join Me - Fridays at the State House

James Antal


Every Friday beginning October 6, I will lead a UCC witness at the State House inviting Gov. Charlie Baker to issue an Executive Order halting the construction of or plans for any new fossil fuel infrastructure in the Commonwealth.

Building the interfaith climate movement: Let go, hold on, and stay faithful

Margaret Bullitt-Jonas


For the interfaith climate movement in Massachusetts, this is a day for lament, gratitude, hope, and praise. Lament It’s official: Massachusetts Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action – MAICCA, for short – is suspending operations, at least for now. The news went public yesterday. After a nearly three-year run, our Leadership Team concluded, after careful reflection, conversation, and prayer, to suspend future activities of MAICCA for the time being.   “Legislative Action Day” at Grand ...

Hurricane Harvey: Rising up as the waters rise

Margaret Bullitt-Jonas


Like many Americans, I have been gripped by news of the disaster now unfolding along our nation’s Gulf Coast. As torrential rains bear down on Texas and Louisiana and the floods swell, people are struggling to survive and struggling to rescue family-members, neighbors, and pets. Stories of tragedy and terror, courage and loss have unfolded all week: trapped in his car, an elderly man is rescued from rising waters by a human chain; swept away in the flood, a mother, carrying her toddler on her ...

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