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Church Rallies Community in Support of Climate Lawsuit Filed by Youth

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The Earth Care Committee of First Congregational Church of Sonoma recently hosted a forum to hear two of the nation’s leading environmental lawyers share updates on the landmark Federal lawsuit—Juliana v. U.S —filed by 21 courageous youth. Sharon Duggan and Coreal Riday-White are both with Our Children’s Trust (OCT). OCT is a nonprofit that, according to its co-founder Duggan, is “inspired fundamentally by young people who in their own ways realize this unfolding disaster and want to be heard. These young people are being denied a livable future as a consequence of the government’s conduct.” (More.)


The Reluctant Radical: A Documentary for Churches to Screen

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A new documentary called “The Reluctant Radical” offers congregations an opportunity to reflect and discern how God is calling them to act. (More.)


The Return of the Lorax: A Children’s Sermon

Lorax.jpgIn the basement of a library in a box underneath boxes way in the back of the back, a remarkable book was found: The Return of the Lorax. (Read the children's sermon that tells the sequel of Dr. Seuss's famous book.)


Dr. Seuss as an Environmental Prophet

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Some years ago I became acquainted with the concept of “fan fiction.” For those unfamiliar with it, fan fiction refers to writings by those whose love of particular characters and stories compels them to write their own works featuring the adored characters. Google “Harry Potter fan fiction,” and you will find a whole universe of stories. None are written by J. K. Rowling. All are written by Potter devotees. I myself once caught the fan fiction bug, but for me, it wasn’t for Potter. It was for The Lorax. I love The Lorax so much that I had to write a sequel to it. As a pastor, I once delivered it as a children’s sermon over the course of a couple of Sundays leading up to Earth Day. (More.)


For the Love of Children: A New Column

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Brooks Berndt introduces a new column called "For the Love of Children" as he speaks of one of his driving passions: thinking about environmental issues in relation to children. (Read more.)


Vatican Calls for Responsible Stewardship of the Outer Space Environment

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In 2015, the UCC General Synod passed a resolution on Responsible Stewardship of the Outer Space Environment. Through a regular series of articles, the UCC maintains its commitment to addressing the serious threats posed by space debris.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, addressed the growing problem of space debris last October in remarks to the General Assembly’s Special Political and Decolonization Committee. (More).


Climate Change and Traumatic Stress Disorder

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I have heard Rev. Jim Antal, President of the Massachusetts Conference, mention that we would be dealing with grief with climate change. I agreed with him, and now I want to further nuance his insight. The grief from climate change can border on trauma. The latest severe climate events of 2016 with the three hurricanes and the fire-storms indicate what will be the new normal for the United States. (More).


The Letter Manifesto: Children and Climate

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Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Anyone Who Has a Heart for Children,

Let me begin with a confession: I admit to being an imperfect parent. I often consciously make mistakes as a parent while having little idea of what would be the better alternative. Among the great mysteries of life for me is how to get one’s children ready and out the door by 8 am while simultaneously living out a steadfast, unwavering commitment to world peace. (More).


Fossil Fuel Divestment and Other Strategies: A United Church Funds Report

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After the passing of the 2013 General Synod Resolution Urging Divestment–Along With Other Strategies–From Fossil Fuel Companies to Address Climate Change, United Church Funds has undertaken a number of steps to fulfill its commitments. Through recent actions, we have made new strides forward. (Read more).


Fossil Fuel Divestment and Other Strategies: A Pension Boards Report

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The Pension Boards-United Church of Christ, Inc. (PBUCC) is pleased to present this report on its response to the call for urgent action on climate change. PBUCC began its work on climate change 25 years ago as part of a coalition of investors at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) utilizing direct engagement with publicly traded companies, across all business sectors of the market. As a result of the passing of the 2013 General Synod Resolution Urging Divestment–Along With Other Strategies–From Fossil Fuel Companies to Address Climate Change, and in concert with a growing coalition of investors beyond ICCR and the publication of research and conclusions by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), PBUCC launched a stepped-up campaign on climate in 2014. In recent years, five major steps have been taken:  (Read more.)