United Church of Christ

Devotional Subject: Environment

It won't be the first time Harold Beer has steered clear of fossil fuels on his way to a United Church of Christ General Synod. He biked to Synods twice. This time Beer and his wife, Marcia, UCC members from Michigan, will put in at Muskegon and sail their 27-floot sloop across Lake Michigan to to the 2019 Synod, meeting in Milwaukee June 21-25.


The church and the world will hear from more young "climate prophets" if the United Church of Christ receives a United Nations prize for which it has been nominated.


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In February, I met with Brooks Berndt, the UCC’s Minister for Environmental Justice, to discuss a proposal for an eco-justice ministries network within the UCC’s Southern Conference. During our conversation, the tragedy of the Flint, Michigan, water crisis arose, and Berndt made the comment that numerous “other Flints” are occurring across our country at this moment with their own terrible consequences.

His words turned out to be prophetic. (Read more.)


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A few days ago the grassroots leadership in Flint began circulating the following list of demands following the ongoing crisis in the city:

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As people of faith who want act in solidarity with the community in Flint, what can we do? Here are three ways to get involved:

1) Call President Obama to request an increase in federal funding directed to Flint that would allow for the replacement of the city’s water infrastructure. Call 202-456-1111.

2) Donate to the UCC Emergency USA Fund. You can choose to designate your contribution to Flint.

3) Share articles that highlight the role of systemic racism in the Flint water crisis: