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Come Together to Pull Back from the Brink

If the General Synod of the United Church of Christ passed a resolution in support the "Back From The Brink" campaign to prevent nuclear war, Joe Scarry promised himself that he would spend a month in sacred study. For that month, he reflected upon the story of Noah and the flood. He shared his thoughts through his blog. In this post, he reflects upon the passage in which God's the gift of a rainbow as a sign of the covenant. (More.)


Creation Care Moment: A Practice for Each Sunday

At Weybridge Congregational Church, the beginning of worship every Sunday includes a Creation Care Moment. It is a time of reflection dedicated to our first calling as Christians to be caretakers of our common home. Some of these Creation Care Moments take the form of readings from authors who have written poignant meditations on our world and our relationship to it. Others are original offerings such as this one by the Rev. Daniel Cooperrider. It was delivered as the congregation began the conversations that eventually led to it becoming a Creation Justice Church. (More.)

 


Green New Deal Reading Challenge

Have you read the Green New Deal? The United Church of Christ chose to endorse it at its General Synod. This vote has created a lot of interest among UCC members, myself included. When a neighboring church held a meeting to discuss what transpired at synod, my husband and I asked if we could attend as guests, and they warmly welcomed us in. After experiencing the dynamic discussion that ensued as we held in close covenant with one another, I felt a renewed admiration for our denomination and our ability to practice radical hospitality to the stranger and engage in civil discourse. I also chose to read the Green New Deal for myself. (More.)

 


Jesus as an Anti-Colonialist: Why It Matters Today

If someone were to ask me why I am Christian, the scripture that comes to mind first is a passage in Matthew that begins, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you…” Jesus goes on to explain how his followers are to embody a life that places the Roman Empire on its head. Greatness is no longer defined by power over others but rather by service for others. (More.)

 


Climate Change Morality and the Titanic: Preventing Disaster

Imagine that you could travel back in time with one chance to avert the sinking of the Titanic. Theologically, you could say, “Well, it must be God’s will for the Titanic to sink, so I will just let it sink, even if I have the needed knowledge to save everyone and even if I am going down with the ship as well.” From this vantage point, you could decide to muster a bit of hope and add, “I will certainly pray that God has a change of heart and saves us all. Alternatively, you could determine that this trip to the past is a divine ordained opportunity to serve as a vessel of God’s will and act rather than sit idly by as disaster occurs. (More.)


Three Actions to Support the Carbon Dividend Act

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ, in June 2019, voted in favor of a resolution to support the “Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019.”  This Act has been introduced into the U. S. House of Representatives as H. R. 763.  Citizen's Climate Lobby has created a website to provide information about the Act.

Each UCC church is asked to support the Act with the following actions: (More.)


UCC Participates in FCC Proceeding on Space Debris

According to experts, we are just a few uncontrolled crashes away from creating enough debris to set off a chain reaction of collisions that would make low Earth orbit (LEO) unusable. Among the casualties would be NASA’s fleet of 26 satellites designed for long-term global observation of solid Earth, land surface, biosphere, atmosphere, and oceans. Scientists and policymakers depend on information from these spacecraft to monitor climate change and address such impacts as famines, water shortages, and natural disasters. (More.)


5 Things You Can Do to Support the Green New Deal

What can churches and their members do to support the Green New Deal and actualize their care for God's creation? Here are five actions they can take... (More.)


Preaching on the Green New Deal

Seven preachers known for their work in caring for Creation were each asked to offer a tip on how to talk about the Green New Deal from the pulpit. (More.)


Churches as Laboratories of Love and Schools of Democracy

I have frequently thought of churches as laboratories of love—places in which we are constantly experimenting and learning how to be vessels of the divine, how to put love into action through our own lives. When it comes to the business of discerning how to embody God’s love in each and every sphere of life, one is ultimately compelled to consider how we relate love to our role as citizens. As citizens, how should we care for God’s creation? As citizens, what can and should we be doing to care for those devastated by environmental injustice? As citizens, how do we respond to the question raised in 1 John 3:17: How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?