The UCC's biennial General Synod just concluded in Baltimore, MD. Several resolutions reside close to our hearts and values at Trinity:
"Declaring the Earth is the Lord’s, UCC calls for environmental imperatives for a new moral era"
The United Church of Christ, noting both the urgency of climate change and the continued debate over its existence, is "raising its prophetic voice" to urge the "healing of the Earth."
On Monday, July 3, the delegates of the General Synod passed a resolution that calls on clergy across the life of the church to preach about the moral obligation to protect God's creation, and appeals to its members to lead efforts to educate and advocate for legislation to reduce the human impact on the environment.
"Delegates Approve Economic Justice Resolution and $15 Minimum Wage"
Delegates to the United Church of Christ's General Synod 2017 voted in favor of a resolution advocating for economic justice, including calling for churches to support legislation that raises the minimum wages to $15 per hour. The final resolution was a combination of two resolutions brought before Synod for consideration.
"Youth voices lead the way on gun violence resolution"
Guided in large part by the voices of youth, General Synod 2017 enthusiastically passed a resolution of witness Monday urging the recognition of gun violence as a public health emergency deserving of federal funding for scientific research.
We are proud and grateful that the UCC is, and has been, a leader in environmental, social justice, and societal issues. Carry on!
(shamelessly blogged by guest blogger, Jen Holtz.)
Our Pastoral Ponderings (i.e., Sermon) ruminated on this a few weeks ago. Nevertheless, Trinity Church is thrilled and proud that the UCC, at its biennial General Synod, adopted a resolution to raise its "prophetic voice" to urge the "healing of the Earth."
Read more about this in the Boston Globe article below.
Love thy Mother. Earth, that is.
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