214th Annual Meeting affirms fossil fuel divestment resolution
By Tiffany Vail
Associate for Communication
Delegates to the 214th Annual of the Massachusetts Conference this weekend overwhelmingly affirmed a Resolution urging divestment from fossil fuel companies - a resolution the Board of Directors had earlier voted to send to the UCC General Synod, the denomination's biennial meeting.
“This resolution arises from two basic realities,” said Vicki Kemper, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Amherst. “The first is that...
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Board of Directors votes to bring resolution to Synod calling for divestment from fossil fuel companies
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“Humanity is ready to take action. The UCC is ready to lead,” said Conference Minister and President The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal. “We can’t continue to profit from wrecking God’s creation – not through our pensions, not through...
MACUCC delegates to blog from General Synod
Several of the General Synod delegates from the Massachusetts Conference are planning to blog from the bi-annual denominational meeting, as a way to share their experience with folks back home.
Synod takes place Friday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 5, in Tampa, Florida. Forty-seven delegates, lay and clergy, from all over the Massachusetts Conference are attending along with many members of the Conference staff. There is also a youth contingent attending the Youth@General...