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By Thursday, Nov 9, 2017 News 1

Western Mass. Episcopalians pass climate resolution at annual convention

The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal speaks at the 116th diocesan convention of the Episcopal Church of Western Massachusetts. Photo courtesy Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts

Springfield — On Oct. 28, the 116th diocesan convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts unanimously passed a proposed resolution requiring a deeper commitment to climate justice on the congregational and personal levels. This week the presiding bishop and primate sent an Episcopal delegation to Bonn, Germany, for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. On Nov. 3, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote an op-ed for the New York Times on the moral imperative being faced as altered weather patterns create deadly storms around the globe. Echoing these voices, the resolution asserts the primacy of the Paris accord and the Episcopal Church’s effort to climate change.

The resolution was sponsored jointly with the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, who works for the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC as well as the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, presented a draft of the resolution for approval to the Social Justice Commission before sending it on to the annual convention in Springfield.

The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, conference minister and president of the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC, was present for the presentation and debate of the resolution and for its passage. Many delegates left the convention with lawn signs to support the mandates of the Paris accord.

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  1. Lee Cheek says:

    Grateful to Berkshire Edge for covering this. Specifically, the body of the resolution called for Episcopalians and their congregations in Western Massachusetts to set a moral example by making decisions of integrity in our energy choices and hold our leaders accountable to reduce carbon emissions, to call on our clergy and lay leaders to speak from the pulpit about our moral obligation to protect God’s creation, and to be bold and courageous in proclaiming the urgency of the climate crisis in the public square and at the local, state, and federal levels.

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