The recent vote by the Massachusetts Conference Board of Directors calling on the entire United Church of Christ to divest from fossil fuel companies is receiving national attention.
In the cover article of the Jan. 9 issue of The Christian Century, environmental activist Bill McKibben lifted up the efforts of the Conference in his call for schools, churches and municipalities to divest. (THE CHRISTIAN CENTURY: Playing offense: It’s time to divest from the oil industry)
The Board of Directors voted in December to submit a resolution to the next General Synod, calling for every setting of the denomination to divest from fossil fuels. The Southwest Conference Board of Directors has voted to join the Massachusetts Conference in co-sponsoring the resolution, and according to Massachusetts Conference Minister & President Jim Antal, five other Conference Ministers have agreed to bring the issue to their Boards.
InsideClimate News, a non-profit news organization focused on the environment, recently highlighted the upcoming Synod vote in the article Climate Change Divestment Campaign Spreads to America's Churches.
In an appeal to all Conference Ministers to join in sponsoring the resolution, Antal said: "The reality of climate disruption has touched each of our Conferences. As the resolution states, this is only one strategic response. Humanity is beginning to undergo an utterly unprecedented kind of change - and I believe there has never been a more important time for the church to show leadership."
Related article: Board of Directors votes to bring resolution to Synod calling for divestment from fossil fuel companies (Dec. 11, 2012)