The 210th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference on Saturday passed an emergency resolution calling on local churches to take action to combat global warming.
The resolution calls on the Conference’s 390 congregations and 77,000 members to sign the Interfaith Call for 350 and to participate in the global day of witness this coming Saturday, October 24th. Read the full text here.
The Interfaith Call for 350 is a call to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from the current level of 390 parts per million to below 350 parts per million – the level which the resolution said is what is needed to “retain a world similar to what human beings have known for the past 10,000 years.”
Many Massachusetts Conference churches have been involved in the 350.org movement since last year, when Conference Minister & President Jim Antal called on churches to ring their bells 350 times to raise awareness of the issue.
According to the Conference bylaws, resolutions must be brought up to one Annual Meeting for study, and then brought back to the next year’s meeting for a vote. However, the 475 delegates in attendance at the DCU Center in Worcester on Saturday voted to suspend those rules in order to consider the Resolution to Reverse Climate Change and Protect God’s Creation.
Some delegates expressed concern that they could not take action so quickly, but others urged them to do whatever they can before December’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
The action capped a two-day meeting dedicated to discussion, discernment and preaching that revolved around generosity in both spirit and deed. Read about the rest of the actions taken at the meeting.