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Synod Wrap-up


More than 50 people from the Massachusetts Conference attended the United Church of Christ General Synod June 30 - July 4 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Blackmon Speaks to Southern New England Delegates


In what could be seen as a sneak peek of next year's Annual Meeting, The Rev. Traci Blackmon visited a joint breakfast of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island General Synod delegations Saturday morning,

Synod vote on fossil fuel receives widespread attention


CoUpdated July 23, 2013 NEW: Jim Antal's blog post on Sojourners: Why We Divested, July 19, 2013 The General Synod vote on July 1 laying out a process for the United Church of Christ to divest from fossil fuels has received attention from media outlets all over the country. An Associated Press article (seen here on July 3, 2013) was ...

Synod approves resolution calling for fossil fuel divestment and other strategies


By Tiffany Vail Associate for Communication The 29th General Synod of the United Church of Christ today (July 1) voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution first proposed by the Massachusetts Conference urging divestment from fossil fuel companies and other strategies - from lifestyle changes to shareholder action - to combat climate change. “...

Compromise resolution on fossil fuels gets unanimous committee support going into plenary


Massachusetts Conference Minister and President Jim Antal and representatives of the United Church Funds negotiated a compromise resolution on divesting from fossil fuel companies that has received unanimous committee support going into the full General Synod plenary. The original resolution called for the UCC and its instrumentalities to divest ...

UCC Collegium announces support for fossil fuel divestment


The United Church of Christ Collegium of Officers today released an open letter advocating that the UCC’s resources not be invested in fossil fuel companies. The letter was addressed to delegates to the 29th General Synod, which begins tomorrow, who will be debating a divestment resolution first submitted by the Massachusetts Conference Board of ...

214th Annual Meeting affirms fossil fuel divestment resolution


By Tiffany Vail Associate for Communication Delegates to the 214th Annual of the Massachusetts Conference this weekend overwhelmingly affirmed a Resolution urging divestment from fossil fuel companies - a resolution the Board of Directors had earlier voted to send to the UCC General Synod, the denomination's biennial meeting. “This resolution ...

Five UCC conferences join MACUCC in call for divestment


Five United Church of Christ Conferences have now joined the Massachusetts Conference in its call on the denomination to divest from fossil fuel companies as part of an effort to combat climate change. The Massachusetts Conference Board of Directors in December voted to bring a Resolution urging divestment from Fossil Fuel Companies to the UCC ...

Board call for fossil fuel divestment receives national attention; Southwest Conference joins effort


The recent vote by the Massachusetts Conference Board of Directors calling on the entire United Church of Christ to divest from fossil fuel companies is receiving national attention. In the cover article of the Jan. 9 issue of The Christian Century, environmental activist Bill McKibben lifted up the efforts of the Conference in his call for ...

Board of Directors votes to bring resolution to Synod calling for divestment from fossil fuel companies


The Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Conference voted Monday night to bring a resolution to General Synod calling on all settings of the United Church of Christ and its 1.2 million members to divest from fossil fuel companies. “Humanity is ready to take action. The UCC is ready to lead,” said Conference Minister and President The Rev. Dr. ...

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