Churches ring bells to raise awareness of need to reduce carbon in the atmosphere


In 2008, Massachusetts Conference Minister & President Jim Antal challenged churches in the Conference to ring their bells 350 times to raise awareness of the need to reduce carbon in the atmosphere to the sustainable level of 350 ppm (the current level is almost 450 ppm.)  The action was part of the 350 campaign ( started by acclaimed environmental expert Bill McKibben.

Participating churches were encouraged to seek as much local publicity for their action as possible, and were asked to continue creating awareness of global warming and environmental protection issues by forming alliances with businesses and neighborhood groups in the communities they serve.

The following Massachusetts Conference churches responded to the challenge and rang their steeple bells, handbells or other bell 350 times in an effort to alert the community to the imminent danger to the planet.

Dennis Union Church, Dennis

First Congregational Church UCC, Williamstown

First Congregational Church of Sheffield, UCC, Sheffield

The First Church of Christ in Marblehead, Inc., Marblehead

Congregational Church, UCC, West Stockbridge

The United Church of Clinton, Clinton

Eliot Church of Newton, Newton

The United Church of Ware, Ware

Newton Highlands Congregational Church, UCC, Newton Highlands

The Second Church in Newton, UCC, West Newton

United Parish of Auburndale, Auburndale

Cotuit Federated Church, Cotuit

First Parish Church, UCC, Newbury

South Deerfield Congregational Church, South Deerfield

Wilbraham United Church, Wilbraham

United Congregational Church, UCC, Conway

South Church in Andover, UCC, Andover

West Parish Church of Andover, Andover

The Federated Church of Orleans, East Orleans

Tabernacle Church Congregational, UCC, Salem

First Church in Cambridge, Cambridge

Edwards Church, Framingham

Grace Congregational UCC, Framingham

Pleasant Street Congregational Church, UCC, Arlington

Congregational Church of Needham, Needham

Pilgrim Church UCC, Sherborn

Second Congregational Church, UCC, Beverly

Oakham Congregational Church, UCC, Oakham

Acton Congregational Church, UCC, Acton

The Congregational Church of Weston, Weston

First Congregational Church UCC, Holliston

Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, UCC, Wellesley Hills

Townsend Congregational Church, UCC, Townsend

The Wellesley Congregational Church, Wellesley

First Church in Ludlow, UCC, Ludlow

First Congregational Church, Amherst, UCC

First Congregational Church of Hadley, Hadley

First Church of Christ, UCC, Sandwich

First Congregational Church, Sunderland

Wollaston Congregational Church UCC, Wollaston

Old South Church in Boston, Boston

First Congregational Church, UCC, Rowley

First Congregational Church, UCC, Haverhill

Bradford First Church of Christ, Bradford

Central Square Congregational Church, UCC, Bridgewater

United Church of Christ Federated, Webster

First Congregational Church of Natick, Natick

Church on the Hill, UCC, Lenox

The Haydenville Congregational Church UCC, Haydenville

Congregational Church of Littleton, Littleton

Hancock United Church of Christ, Lexington

Pilgrim Congregational Church, Lexington

First Church in Ludlow, UCC, Ludlow

First Congregational UCC, Hanover

First Parish United, Westford

Church of Christ Congregational, UCC, Granby

First Congregational Church, UCC, Shrewsbury

Nahant Village Church, Nahant

North Hadley Congregational Church, Hadley

First Congregational Church, UCC, Montague

South Congregational Church UCC, Pittsfield

West Yarmouth Congregational Church, UCC

Evangelical Congregational Church of Westborough



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