The United Church of Christ General Synod has just overwhelmingly approved the resolution on climate calling on clergy and congregations across the denomination to take action to protect the environment, and churches are lining up to stand behind it publicly.
A 30-year-old report by the UCC Commission for Racial Justice, "Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States," "lit the fuse for environmental change" when it focused national attention on the link between communities of color and the location of hazardous waste sites, according to Aaron Mair, the first black president of the Sierra Club.
As she listened to an update Sunday on a resolution passed four years ago urging all settings of the church to divest from fossil fuel companies, Laura Keating texted her pastor, asking if their church had divested.
The "Resolution of Witness in Support of Legislation Authorizing Medical Aid in Dying" narrowly failed to achieve the required support of two-thirds of the 737 delegates, and was not adopted by General Synod 2017.
The Rev. Marvin Silver describes two worlds in the United States, worlds divided by issues of race and inequality.
Delegates to the United Church of Christ's General Synod 2017 made quick work of a pair of resolutions on Sunday evening.
A resolution that began with UCC delegations to Cuba and exchanges in the Southern Conference produced a strong Synod resolution to end the United States embargo that blocks normal cultural, educational and scientific exchange between nations that are neighbors.
The General Synod of the United Church of Christ is calling for an end to what is being described as "traumatic" practices by Israeli military against Palestinian children.
What does a spirited game of musical chairs have to do with the recent peace agreement in the 50-year conflict in Colombia?
Underscoring the love of neighbor, with several speakers proclaiming that no human is illegal, delegates to General Synod 2017 overwhelmingly declared itself an Immigrant Welcoming Denomination and called on all settings of the United Church of Christ to do the same.