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Resources for Preaching on Climate Change and Sustainability

From the recent General Synod Science and Technology Luncheon Keynote:

Trustworthiness & Truth - Communicating on Climate Change in the Church

headshot jim antalOVERVIEW: Social science confirms that when it comes to the controversial topic of climate change, pastors are regarded as among the most important trusted leaders. Are they/we preaching on climate change? What difference does it make? What can church folk learn from current research about communicating about climate change? All of this, along with an overview of a work of science-informed fiction by Harvard’s Naomi Oreskes, The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future. 

PRESENTER: The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Minister and President of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, has been an environmental activist from the first Earth Day in 1970. He regularly engages the spiritual discipline of civil disobedience, most recently at the White House to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. He authored and was the lead proponent of the UCC’s vote in 2013 to divest from fossil fuel companies - the first denomination to do so. A national leader in the climate change movement, his forthcoming book THE TRUTH WILL SET US FREE - A New Church for a Climate Crisis World will soon be available electronically. 

Download: Trustworthiness & Truth - Communicating on Climate Change in the Church, A Conversation with Jim Antal 

Additional Resources:

Boston Globe: "What religion can teach climate scientists: Bill McKibben on the New England roots of religious environmentalism"

Download: Encyclical Letter Laudato Si' of the Holy Father Francis on the Care for our Common Home

Download: Science and Technology Prayers

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