In the lead up to the United Methodist General Conference in May, the main project of the new Climate Justice Action Network is working with Fossil Free UMC to pass legislation to add coal, petroleum, and natural gas to the list of United Methodist investment screens in the United Methodist Book of Discipline and United Methodist Book of Resolutions. Another Fossil Free UMC resolution would specifically call on the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits to screen out coal, petroleum, and natural gas from their investments.Go to the Fossil Free UMC Facebook Page for frequent updates and information.
Find out about the General Conference Climate Vigil, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, that will take place on May 12 during General Conference at the Oregon Convention Center Plaza. All United Methodists are invited to create and decorate prayer lanterns for the vigil and either send them to General Conference with their delegates or attend the vigil themselves. “Together we’ll light the night with our prayers for God’s creation.”
The following eleven Annual Conferences have submitted legislation that corresponds to that proposed by Fossil Free UMC:
• Cal-Nevada Annual Conference
• Cal-Pacific Annual Conference
• Desert Southwest Annual Conference
• Minnesota Annual Conference
• New England Annual Conference
• New York Annual Conference
• Northern Illinois Annual Conference
• Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference
• Pacific Northwest Annual Conference
• Susquehanna Annual Conference
• West Ohio Annual Conference
In addition, the General Board of Global Ministries supports this legislation.
The General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits has produced a video opposing Fossil Free UMC legislation and other General Conference legislation calling for investment screens. This has created quite a stir because the video was distributed only to Central Conferences (those outside the United States) and because it directed delegates not to vote for divestment legislation. Read the Reverend Jenny Phillips’ blog, “This Is Not Okay: UM Pension Board Video Crosses the Line,” on the FFUMC website to find out more about this controversy.
Go to the Fossil Free website for background and updates on this campaign. Find resources to start a conversation in your church. Find answers to frequently asked questions. Donate to support the Fossil Free UMC movement. Contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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