There is definitely a climate awakening happening as the storms and droughts begin to impact people in the United States. At the Climate Cafe Multifaith, recent conversations included folks leading up the new United Methodist Creation Justice Movement and Environmental Justice in the UCC.
The UCC has been a leader in the Environmental Justice movement since the 1980s, and stood alongside communities dealing with polluting industries and toxic dumps. The UCC has authored reports, also, that have significantly helped the effort to address environmental racism and degradation.
The Methodists are hoping their denomination will also step up. There is a grassroots growing of regular folks developing green teams and worship materials in different regional areas. And in 2016, the United Methodist Earthkeepers was formed. All of this is really needed as we are all learning together to figure out what climate change is, how environmental degradation effects everyone, and what ways this harm can be addressed.
Teamwork is a great way to get started.
Head over the Faiths4Future to read more about these efforts: Naked Truths and Public Advocacy: Climate Crisis and the UCC with Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt. Mobilizing Methodists: a Movement for Creation Justice Grows in the UMC, with movement leaders Rev. Pat Watkins and Cathy Velasquez Eberhart
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