Photo: Our Children's Trust/Robin Loznak (United Church of Christ)
The United Church of Christ is asking that you add your prophetic voice to a sermon campaign that the UCC Council for Climate Justice has spearheaded, with over 20 organizations of different faiths participating. On October 29th, what has been called “the trial of the century” by news outlets across the country will begin. Twenty-one children and youth have sued the federal government over its role in causing climate change and violating their rights to life, liberty, and property, while also failing to protect essential public resources. One of the plaintiffs is Kiran Oommen who is the son of a UCC pastor.
You are invited to make a pledge to deliver a sermon in solidarity with these children and youth at some point in the coming months. The trial will likely last until January, so there will be plenty of time to plan. You can learn more about the case and sign-up to preach by scrolling down this page: www.eachgeneration.org
Once you have preached, you can send a copy of your sermon to Brooks Berndt, the UCC Minister for Environmental Justice, at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be posting sermons on the UCC website. If you know youth that would like to preach, they are especially encouraged to participate as well.
We need prophetic preachers to focus our faith on one of the most critical issues of our time!
The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal
Special Advisor on Climate Justice
to UCC General Minister and President