United Church of Christ

Name Contest: Help Save the Planet!

February 22, 2016
Written by Rev. Brooks Berndt


Whether it is taking on climate change or addressing the lead poisoning of children, environmental justice ministries could not have a higher purpose or calling than they do now. If the followers of Jesus today care about the air we breathe, the water we drink, or the world in which we live, then environmental justice ministry should undoubtedly be an integral strand in any church’s DNA. As the UCC refreshes and renovates its environmental certification program, a new name is needed that captures the spirit of our noble calling. To find such a grand and glorious name, the UCC is turning to you!

From now until March 8th, all are invited to participate in a name contest by submitting your ideas below!

To get your creative juices flowing, here are some of the distinctive characteristics and associations that this new certification program will have:

  • This is about congregations discerning their high calling to care for creation and seek justice.
  • This is about congregations making a commitment so serious and so sacred that it necessitates talking about God's covenant with us and with all of creation.
  • This is about more than being certified as green. It is about becoming a part of a larger network of churches and a larger movement to change the world.
  • This is about connection: our connection to God, to each other, and to world in which we live.
  • This is about unleashing the imagination and creativity of congregations so that they can have an enormous impact in making a difference.

Ideas that are outside the box are not only welcomed but encouraged. After all the submissions have been collected, a panel of environmental justice leaders from different UCC conferences across the country will determine the winner.

The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to UncommonGoods or REI - Your choice!

Enter your ideas here:

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