Global Climate Strike Actions in the Southern New England conferences

Global Climate Strike Actions in the Southern New England conferences

The following is a list of Global Climate Strike Actions in which Southern New England UCC churches are taking part.  Have something to add?  Please use our form. 

Hartford Climate Strike
Connecticut State Capitol, 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford CT
Friday, September 20th from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm  

​Interfaith Prayer Service at 11:00 AM: Pam Arifian, Director of the UCC Northeast Environmental Justice Center, is working with the InterReligious EcoJustice Network to organize an interfaith prayer service in Bushnell Park prior to the Hartford Climate Strike. Following the service, we will move as a group to the rally at the Capitol steps.

South Congregational Church, Centerville, MA, events
Friday, September 20th, various times

Ten Cape Cod congregations will participate in “Bell Ringing Across Cape and Islands to Support International Youth Strike for Climate Change”. At 11 a.m. congregations will ring bells to express their commitment to respond to global climate change. Other congregations will mark the day with prayers as part of this interfaith initiative. 

South Congregational Church will hold an hour-long seminar at noon on “Spirituality and the Environment.”  This event is free and open to the public; also at 6 p.m., the church will hold a time of "Prayers for the Planet" at Craigville Beach, Osterville side (in the sanctuary if it rains). Contact Bruce Epperly with questions:

A Gathering of Solidarity in Springfield, MA
Friday, September 20th, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Local interfaith communities are gathering in solidarity with the Climate Strike at Court Square in Springfield, MA. Co-sponsored by First Church of Christ, Longmeadow; Springfield Climate Justice Coalition; Pioneer Valley Project; Interfaith Council of Greater Springfield; Green Team of Unitarian Universalist Society of Gr. Springfield; Holy Cross Just Faith Community; and the Environmental Justice Team of First Church.
Contact Vern McArthur with questions: or (413) 439-3324. 

Walk/Bike/Carpool or Take Public Transportation to your House of Worship
September 20-22th

In support of the Global Climate Strike, the InterReligious EcoJustice Network is calling everyone to walk, bike, carpool, or take public transportation to their religious service on the weekend of Friday, Sept 20 through Sunday 22, 2019. Let's join the children of the world with an interfaith climate witness that strikes at the heart of the fossil fuel industry.

Please sign up and let IREJN know that you are participating! They would also like to know how many houses of worship are represented - please fill out your house of worship in the section that says "company/organization." Thank you!

Strike at Brockton City Hall, Main Street, Brockton, MA
Friday, September 20th

Strike organized by students of Brockton High School. For information contact Denzel (student).

Lexington High School Student Strike, Lexington, MA  
Friday, September 20th, 9:30-11 AM

Lexington High School students will leave class at 9:55 AM and march to the football field to strike, observe a moment of silence, and sign a banner committing to take action. 

Parents and adults will gather at the Lexington Battle Green (1625 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, MA) at 9:30 AM and walk three blocks to the high school football field with the intention of providing a circle of support for the students' strike. 
Bill McKibben was a student at Lexington High School and recently met with the students organizing this event. 

Co-partnered by LexGWAC, Lexington Green Teams, Sunrise Movement, Info at

Green Congregation informational table - Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston
Friday, September 20th, 9-11 AM, and 1-3 PM

Standing in supportive witness of the Global Youth Climate Strike, the Old South Church Climate Change Task Force will table outside their building from 9-11 AM and 1-2 PM. The team will encourage passers-by headed to the State House, share information about what it means to be a Green Congregation, and post banners and signs in support of the strike. Email Katherine Schofield for more info.

Film screening - Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston
Sunday, September 22th, 12:30 PM (Mary Norton Hall, 2nd Floor)

From coastal cities to America’s heartland, the film Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. Join us to view the segments "New Jersey," "Pittsburgh" and "Call for Climate Action". Each will look at how climate change is resulting in sea level rise and flooding. Following the film screening and discussion, OSC's Brad Swing (Director of Energy Policy and Programs for the City of Boston) will share Boston's climate-ready vision to prepare for sea level rise. 

Boston Climate Strike
Friday, September 20th, 10 AM-2:30 PM

From Mass Interfaith Worker Justice: With the consequences of climate change becoming ever more clear and dire with each passing day, a new powerful wave of the climate movement has been swelling up over the last couple of years. Young people around the world have been rising up to defend our future, and have been going on strike – every week, all over the planet – for months.


10 – 11:30 AM: Community Events at City Hall Plaza
11:30 AM – 1 PM: Rally at City Hall Plaza
1 – 1:30 PM: March to Massachusetts State House
1:30 – 2:30 PM: Action at Massachusetts State House
For more information check out the Facebook event page or website.

Climate Action Rally, Wellesley Town Hall
September 20th, 3:30 PM

Co-sponsored by Sustainable Wellesley, Wellesley College Sunrise Movement, and Wellesley High Green Club. For more information, contact Mary Gard or find details here.

Sign making, rally and demonstration, Arlington, MA
September 20th, starting at 4:30

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Make signs in the Vestry at First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 630 Mass Ave. Arlington; 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Rally and demonstration at the corner of Mass Ave and Rt. 60 in Arlington center. Organized with Park Avenue Congregational Church. Info:

Drowning in Plastic: A green forum on plastic pollution 
Higganum Congregational Church, 23 Parsonage Rd., Higganum, CT
September 24, 6-8:30 PM

A green forum on plastic pollution in our oceans and rivers and what we can do about it. The church will screen a 22-minute version of the powerful documentary, A Plastic Ocean, as well as hear from leading advocates on eliminating plastic pollution, including Lou Burch, Anne Hulick, and Board Members from the Town of Haddam's Sustainability Committee. Sponsored by the Higganum Congregational Church, with InterReligious EcoJustice Network and the First Congregational Church of Haddam. Info: Tom Eickel, or 860-595-2321. 

Bell Ringing, Climate Action Bazaar, at First Congregational Church of West Tisbury, MA
September 20th (bells) and September 29 (bazaar)

The church will be ringing church bell for 11 minutes at 11 AM in support of the Student Climate Strike. On September 29, the congregation will be sponsoring a "climate bazaar" featuring Island-wide groups working for climate action and sustainability. Sponsored by the West Tisbury church and Martha's Vineyard communities of faith, IGI, and Island Climate Action Network (ICAN). Info: David P. Fielder,, 571-748-9747.

Climate Strike Gathering and March, Milton Town Green, 525 Canton Ave. 
September 27th, 1 PM

Led by the Earth Club, students and supporters will gather at Milton High School at 1 PM and march to the Town Green for student speeches and activities. Sponsored by the East Congregational Church of Milton, UCC, Milton High Earth Club, Milton Interfaith Clergy Association, and Sustainable Milton. Info: Rev. Shelly Davis,


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