Happy New Year!

This monthly (ish) e-newsletter is dedicated to sharing information about global, national, regional and local news, action opportunities and events centered on the climate justice movement. The intention is to inform, educate and help folks connect with the movement and each other, so that we can amplify our collective voice on behalf of Creation here in southern New England (and beyond). If you find these e-newsletters helpful, please share widely, and encourage others to subscribe. If you have environmental events open to the public or legislative actions that you would like to include in future e-newsletters, please be in touch.


Today's brief newsletter highlights some events that were listed in the December newsletter, in case you missed it. Stay tuned for the next newsletter, which will include  environmental news and action coming from the new legislative sessions.


Education Opportunities: Two UCC Webinars on Climate Action

"From Climate Reports to Moral Imperatives" Webinar - January 9, 2019 at 1pm

To help faith communities understand the insights of these reports and the moral imperatives that arise from them, the UCC Council for Climate Justice is hosting a webinar "From Climate Reports to Moral Imperatives." The webinar will have three special guests: Katharine Hayhoe, Naomi Oreskes, and Rev. Jim Antal. Hayhoe is a climate scientist at Texas Tech University and is one of the coauthors of the National Climate Assessment. Oreskes is a professor at Harvard University and has been a leading public voice in discussions about the science of climate change. Retired MACUCC Conference Minister Antal is a long-time leader in faith activism on climate change and is the recent author of "Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change."

This webinar is co-hosted by the Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt of the United Church of Christ Environmental Justice Ministry and the Rev. Michael Malcom of Alabama Interfaith Power & Light. Register for this webinar even if you can't attend, and you will be sent a link to the recording.


"Acting on Faith: Climate Action in 2019" Webinar on January 11, 2019 at 1pm

As a follow-up to the "From Climate Reports to Moral Imperatives" webinar (above), Rev. Kent Siladi, CTUCC Conference Minister, will be joined live online by Pam Arifian, Director of the UCC Environmental Justice Center (that's me!) to discuss the highlights of the National UCC webinar and the impact of the reports, and to focus on opportunities for acting on the moral imperative here in southern New England in 2019.

This live conversation will be recorded and available for viewing afterward. Register now to receive a link and lo let us know you'll be watching!


Education Opportunity: Dr. Larry Rasmussen in Greenwich, CT

Dr. Larry Rasmussen, author of "Earth-Honoring Faith" and more, will be offering talks at Round Hill Community Church on February 2nd and 3rd, 2019. All events are free and open to the public.

"Five Practices of Healthy Congregations in the Anthropocene"
Saturday, February 2, 2019
9:30-11:00 am
Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Road, Greenwich CT 06831

"Why Religious Communities Matter to Climate Justice"

Saturday, February 2, 2019

12:00-2:00 pm

Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Road, Greenwich CT 06831

* this event is sponsored by Union Theological Seminary's "Faculty on the Road" program. This event is free, and lunch is offered - RSVP is required.


On February 3rd, Dr. Rasmussen will preach a sermon during the 10:00 am worship service at Round Hill Community Church, followed by a forum.


CTUCC Confirmation Retreats

The CTUCC is sponsoring three Confirmation Retreats at Silver Lake Conference Center in Sharon, CT in the first half of 2019. The weekend retreat explores discipleship through covenant community and themes of the United Church of Christ. Bring your confirmands (and adult supervisors) to join with other confirmation groups for a great weekend! As part of the faith formation activities, the UCC Environmental Justice Center facilitates a Creation Care workshop to all of the confirmands, which offers reflection and engaging activities to explore how we can act on our God-given call to be stewards of the Earth.

The 2019 Confirmation Retreat dates are: February 8-10, March 1-3, and April 5-7. More information and registration here.


Would your congregation and/or youth group be interested in hosting a workshop about environmental justice issues and how to get engaged?

Talk to Pam about scheduling a visit to your church in 2019!  


Registration is OPEN for the 2019 Environmental Justice for All! Retreat

Are there high school youth in your life who might be interested in a weekend of community and fun, and of learning about environmental issues and how to harness their talents to create a more just and sustainable future?

The annual Environmental Justice for All! Retreat  will offer all of this and more! Please Join Us!

May 17-19, 2019 at Silver Lake Conference Center in Sharon, CT
Cost: $145 per person; scholarships available.


The Northeast Environmental Justice Center
of the United Church of Christ

Housed at Silver Lake Conference, the EJC offers education and advocacy resources to the northeast region.

Pam Arifian, Director, 860-364-5418