Synod vote on fossil fuel receives widespread attention

Synod vote on fossil fuel receives widespread attention


CoUpdated July 23, 2013
 Jim Antal's blog post on Sojourners: Why We Divested, July 19, 2013

The General Synod vote on July 1 laying out a process for the United Church of Christ to divest from fossil fuels has received attention from media outlets all over the country.

An Associated Press article (seen here on July 3, 2013) was picked up by numerous news outlets, including Fox News, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Albany, Observer-Reporter Southwest Penn, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette and the An abbreviated version of the article was picked up by the New York Times, ABC News,, Columbus Dispatch, The Mercury of Pottstown, PA, and

Other news outlets ran their own articles, including: 

Old Tactic in New Climate Campaign
The New York Times, July 8, 2013

United Church of Christ takes environmental stand
Crain's Cleveland Business, July 3, 2013

Headlines and Global News, July 3, 2013

United Church of Christ votes to divest from fossil fuel companies
The Columbus Dispatch, July 2, 2013

Fossil Fuel Divestment Strategy Passes At United Church Of Christ Convention (UCC)
The Huffington Post, July 2, 2013

United Church of Christ becomes first church to divest from fossil fuels
Mother Nature Network, July 2, 2013

More churches calling for divestment from fossil fuel
The Boston Globe, June 30, 2013

More on this issue:


1. Carl Erickson wrote on 7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Only the UCC could come up with such a stupid idea.
2. Thomas S. Derr wrote on 7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am sorry to see this boycott proposal coming from my church, any church which cares for the aspirations of the world's poor. Shale gas, a fossil fuel extracted by fossil fuel companies, has already begun to reduce world energy prices and will do so dramatically more while reducing significantly the emissions now generated by coal. If we truly care for the "wretched of the earth" we will not block their path out of misery.
3. Helene J. Powers wrote on 7/15/2013 2:11:30 PM
I am grateful to the UCC for this prophetic and courageous call and appreciate the process and thoughtfulness that have gone into this witness.
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