Hello fellow United Methodists,
Would you like to know what you can do to raise awareness about climate change at the upcoming United Methodist General Conference? Please consider decorating one or more lanterns for the General Conference Climate Vigil, which will be held on May 12 during General Conference at the Oregon Convention Center Plaza. The Climate Vigil is being sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. All United Methodists are invited to create and decorate prayer lanterns for the vigil and either bring them or send them to the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, Attn: Climate Vigil, at P.O. Box 13650, Des Moines, WA 98198). Simple direction can be found on this short Youtube video. “Together we’ll light the night with our prayers for God’s creation.”
As you probably know, climate legislation will be considered at General Conference that would add greenhouse gas emitting fossil fuels (coal, petroleum, and natural gas) to the list of investment screens in the United Methodist Book of Discipline and United Methodist Book of Resolutions. The California-Nevada Annual Conference passed legislation to that effect in 2015, as did ten other annual conferences. The General Board of Global Ministries, which works with people on the front lines of climate change, also supports this legislation. The newly-created Climate Justice Action Network, based in the California-Nevada Annual Conference, is working with Fossil Free UMC to support this legislation.
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The Climate Justice Action Network was created as a project funded by a grant from the Cal-Nevada Advocacy and Justice Committee. The goal of this project is to build a network of United Methodists and others who are committed to working for climate justice by learning about climate change, responding in faith, sharing resources, and taking coordinated actions. “A primary strategy of this work is to act in solidarity with other justice campaigns, with other faith and secular communities, and with people in regions and nations most vulnerable to extreme fossil fuel extraction and to a changing climate.”