featuring The Reverend Dr. Jim Antal
Minister and President of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ
Monday, April 16, 2018
5:30 – 8:00 PM
Westminster Unitarian Church
East Greenwich, RI
This event will be a potluck. Please bring appetizers that do not require utensils. Coffee, tea, and water will be available. The board will provide desserts.
You are welcome to invite family and friends who would like to learn more about RI IPL.
This event is free. Registration is required.
About The Reverend Dr. Jim Antal
The Reverend Dr. Jim Antal is a denominational leader, activist, and public theologian. He serves as the national spokesperson on climate change for the United Church of Christ. Yale Divinity School recently honored Antal with the William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice, in recognition of his lifelong advocacy for nuclear disarmament, racial justice, Middle East Peace, and climate change activism.
Since being called as the Conference Minister and President by the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ in June 2006, Antal’s leadership in the areas of the environment and climate change is noteworthy. Most recently, he authored the resolution to divest from fossil fuel companies. When the UCC’s Synod passed it in July 2013, this became a new UCC first. He has also engaged the spiritual discipline of civil disobedience numerous times, most recently at the White House to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. He provides leadership for the Mass. Conference Environmental Ministries group and regularly convenes the New England Regional Environmental Ministries representatives from the six New England UCC Conferences. He speaks frequently in churches, regionally and nationally on the essential role people of faith must play to counter climate change.
Reverend Jim Antal’s new book, Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change, argues that climate change is the greatest moral challenge humanity has ever faced. Hunger, refugees, poverty, inequality, deadly viruses, war—climate change multiplies all forms of global social injustice. He presents a compelling case that it’s time for the church to meet this moral challenge, just as the church addressed previous moral challenges. Antal calls for the church to embrace a new vocation so that future generations might live in harmony with God’s creation. After describing how we have created the dangers our planet now faces, Antal urges the church to embrace a new vocation, one focused on collective salvation and an expanded understanding of the Golden Rule (Golden Rule 2.0). He suggests ways people of faith can reorient what they prize through new approaches to worship, preaching, witnessing and other spiritual practices that honor creation and cultivate hope.