By The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal
Massachusetts Conference Minister & President
It was a big claim: “Imperatives for a New Moral Era.”
It was a big ask: to “resist all expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure and demand new sources of renewable energy that are accessible to all communities” and to write a new story for America – “a story that is not dependent on fossil fuel or on wealth for the few and misery for the many.”
It demands that the church itself “bear witness.” Unlike so many resolutions passed at Church gatherings, instead of criticizing the injustice of others, this resolution is directed to the church and its members, asking them to "prayerfully engage" three imperatives by taking action.
Nevertheless, on July 3, 2017 the national Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) voted not only to declare a new moral era, but to name the current climate crisis as “an opportunity for which the church was born.”
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