UU Religious Response to Climate Change: Commit2Respond

 

Five ways to get ready for Climate Justice Month 2015:

  1. Sign up to receive the Climate Justice Month daily messages in your inbox, full of faith-filled resources, powerful practices to engage in, and tools to understand how shifting to a low carbon future, advancing human rights, and growing the movement are our moral charge.
  2. Follow and share the daily messages by liking/following Commit2Respond on Facebook or Twitter.
  3. Gather a group of friends, family, or people from your faith community if you have one and set aside time once or twice a week during Climate Justice Month to reflect together on the daily messages and discern how to support each other in committing to long term actions.
  4. Plan to celebrate World Water Day on March 22 and Earth Day on April 22. Climate Justice Month will kick off with Climate Justice Sunday, and new worship resources for the entire month are now available.
  5. Spread the word! It will take all of us to grow into a movement. Forward this email to your friends and community members, and check out our media page for cool shareable materials.

Get ready to revel in connection with the natural world, reckon with the impacts and injustices of climate change, reconnect with hope through relationship, and commit to long-term actions that will help save our world.

 

Commit2Respond is a faithful initiative to expand climate justice efforts among Unitarian Universalists and other people of conscience. We know that climate justice takes faith, and it takes collective action. Ours is a collective movement to accelerate the shift to clean, renewable energy; grow our capacity for climate justice; and advance the human rights of marginalized communities in the face of climate change.

Commit2Respond is a collaboration of the Unitarian Universalist Association, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, the UU College of Social Justice, UU Ministers Association, UU Ministry for Earth, and other UU groups. 

UUMFE has signed on as a Sponsoring Organization to encourage our members and friends to think in larger terms about the commitments we can make to climate justice, sign-on to those commitments by  Earth Day 2015, and to follow-through into 2017. Individuals, families, small groups, congregations, and community organizations are all invited to participate.  

In preparation for pledging action, UUMFE has highlighted several resources that are available to assist in accessing the possibilities within your congregation and beyond. In particular, the curriculum ‘Our Place in the Web of Life’ will help you explore the dimensions of ecological justice and the linkages in your community.

Commit2Respond is a movement of UUs living our faith by taking action for climate justice.  A website has been opened for you to sign up for the latest information from the Commit2Respond team. Sign up to stay informed at www.Commit2Respond.org.

Check out these Announcements about Commit2Respond from the UUA President and UUSC President, two UUA program groups and UUSC:

Announcement from UUA and UUSC Presidents

We cannot remain silent
posted by COMMIT2RESPOND | October 1, 2014  

Climate change is the gravest danger facing humanity today. We are already experiencing its effects — rising sea levels, catastrophic storms, species extinction — but the potential effects of climate change are even more devastating. And while climate change affects all of us, its consequences will be felt most profoundly by the most impoverished and marginalized of the world’s communities.

We cannot remain silent in the face of such a threat. We are compelled to respond.

A contingent from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) participated in the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21. There, an estimated 400,000, including 1,500 Unitarian Universalists, took to the streets to demand that the world’s leaders address the crisis of climate change. The march was a stunning acknowledgment that something must be done — now.

In the face of this historic threat to our existence on the planet, the UUA and UUSC are joining with the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice, and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association inCommit2Respond, a religious response to the crisis of climate change. Commit2Respond is an initiative for climate justice awareness and action. We invite UUs and all people of faith and conscience to commit to respond in these three action areas:

Grow the climate justice movement

Advance the human rights of marginalized communities

Shift to clean and renewable energy

Commit2Respond starts now.  Read more. . .

JustActs eNEWS

The new Congregational Study Action Issue on Escalating Inequality chosen at General Assembly (quoted above) provides a broad frame for the many injustices that UUs and others continue to address. The emergence of fusion coalitions in faith-based and progressive organizing (such as the Moral Mondays Forward Together movement) is an inspiring development. Fusion coalitions bring together different groups working on many different justice issues, acknowledging that all our causes are connected and that addressing economic inequality and defending democracy are key for success.

What would a UU fusion coalition look like? How are partnership, intersectional approaches, and a focus on escalating inequality infused into your congregation’s justice ministry? By framing our justice ministries in this context we can build a UU coalition in partnership with other faith and justice groups. Read More.

Standing on the Side of Love

Standing on the Side of Love PhotoClimate justice is already affecting marginalized people all over the globe, and with the Commit2Respond initiative we will stand on the side of love with all those affected. We invite you to embrace this new program with open arms as it, too, has the potential to change hearts.

We can help bring all UUs together on climate justice in Spring 2015 and again at our General Assembly in Portland. Read More

UU Service Committee

UUSC and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) are launching a joint initiative to advance climate justice! Together, we are inviting individuals, families, congregations, and other UU organizations to join us in committing to take bold action. The commitment period will open on UUSC LogoMarch 22, 2015, which is World Water Day. It will continue through the U.N. Climate Summit later next year and run until December 31. We will urge you to make specific commitments in each of three areas: shifting to clean, renewable energy; growing the larger climate justice movement; and advancing the human rights of marginalized communities affected by climate change. Together, we’ll provide many ways to reduce carbon emissions, build a greener and more just economy, and nurture local community partnerships.

 

The generosity of individual donors and members make the work of UU Ministry for Earth possible. Please consider making a donation today to help us continue this important endeavor. Thank you.