Before us is a ten-year window of opportunity to demonstrate how we will respond to God’s call. To make the most of this moment, the UCC’s Council for Climate Justice has issued a call for all of the churches and institutions that comprise the UCC to adopt 10-year mobilization plans in the year 2020. The development of such a plan provides a focused framework for discernment and the setting of goals. Each church and institution will discern how it can best address climate and inequality with the means and opportunities before them.
In recognition of the urgent need to address the intertwined crisis of climate and inequality, the UCC Council for Climate Justice has defined the next ten years as a kairos window of divine opportunity in which people of faith are called to an all-out mobilization of their gifts and resources. Here are ten ways churches can mobilize:
Through visits, immersive experiences, readings, educational forums and reflection, allow these learning experiences to form the foundation of your work moving forward.
Ideas for Earth Day service or creating a Kairos moment each week.
Learn about the connection between toxic waste and racism, and check out resources for reducing your congregation’s waste.
Ideas for community gardens, creating food opportunities, utilizing church landscape to pull carbon, and more.
Learn about your congregation’s current source of energy, and explore alternative possibilities.
Learn about divesting, and consider investing in renewables.
Sign on to the Creation Care Voter Pledge and tune in to a training webinar.
Read up on the Green New Deal and the UCC’s support of it.
Ideas for fostering this kairos mobilization in your own community and encouraging others to join the moment!
Be it media, church newsletter, or with the wider UCC, share your story!