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Twelve Days of COP21 for Our Climate Moment/um

COP21 logoThe world is watching as the 21st session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) begins. UUs will be well represented by our UU United Nations Office delegates and other UUs traveling to Paris to witness and advocate for climate justice.

UUMFE contributor Rev. Gail Collins-Ranadive has compiled ‘Our Climate Moment/um’ to help us connect to the work our friends and leaders are doing on our behalf in Paris. For each day of the conference you will find a quote and inspiring image here on the UUMFE website to help you reflect and cope with the day’s proceedings. Details here.

UUMFE Fall Newsletter 2015

(September 22, 2015) The UUMFE Fall newsletter is now available. Contents include:

  • Commit2Respond: Moral Imperative for newsletter iconClimate Justice
  • Message From the Board Chair: Beyond the Catchy Phrase
  • Matthew McHale Ordination – Congratulations!
  • Nurturing Nature: Letting the Beauty We Love Be What We Do
  • We Have a Pope
  • The Road Through Paris and More Climate Justice News and Tools
  • Book Review: American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood
  • Updates fro the UU Young Adults for Climate Justice
  • What the Frack?
  • Your Support Is Needed and Appreciated


UU Elizabeth Mount Participates in #ShellNo Action in Portland

#ShellNo Action - Elizabeth MountElizabeth Mount, a member of the leadership team for UU Young Adults for Climate Justice network (UUYACJ) and a Meadville Lombard seminarian, was one of the thirteen Greenpeace activists suspended below the St. John’s bridge in the recent #ShellNo action in Portland, OR. Watch Elizabeth’s witness statement before the action here. Learn more on the UUYACJ website and listen to network coordinator Aly Tharp’s interview of Elizabeth. Above: screenshot of Elizabeth Mount in the Greenpeace video.
Update, Aug. 3: great eye-witness article at Resilience.org.
Update, Aug. 13: article in UU World online

Sacred Public Witness with Lummi Nation

Saturday, June 27, 4:45-6:15
Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR

In the face of the overwhelming reality and impacts of climate change and environmental destruction, we need each other. Together, we can celebrate life. Together, we can deepen our commitments to justice. Together, we can change the world. Our climate is changing, yet we have hope. Our world is in crisis, yet we have faith.  Read More. . 

UUMFE Spring Newsletter

(May 18, 2015) The UUMFE Spring Newsletter is now available. Contents include:

  • Commit2Respond and Climate Justice Featured at Portland GA
  • Message From the Board: A Double Dog Dare Is In Order . . .
  • Highlights From Earth Day 2015
  • The Hole Story
  • Commit2Resond Campaign Offers Resources and Connections
  • Book Review: Crude Justice by Stuart H. Smith
  • Update From the Environmental Justice Collaboratory
  • Review of Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth, by David Korten
  • California Drought Reveals Pervasive Inequities
  • GROW Climate Justice Young Adult Training Planned for August
  • Northwest Earth Institute Updates Its Climate Change Curriculum
  • Empower UUs: Support Development of Additional UUMFE Services

Observance of BP Gulf Coast Disaster

New grassroots movement Gulf South Rising calls for a week of action in recognition of the 5 year mark since the BP Gulf Coast Disaster in 2010 -- followed by solidarity actions across the country for the same length of time that the Deepwater Horizon well was still spilling oil into the Gulf Coast.  UU Young Adults for Climate Justice will be at the actions in Houston. More details here

Earth Day 2015 Events

Be sure to register your congregation’s plans to share with others. All registered congregations will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate generously donated by the UUA Bookstore. 

Save the Date!

Extend your GA experience by joining UUMFE's Environmental Justice Tour of Portland, starting with dinner and presentations following the GA closing ceremony on Sunday, June 28, and the tour itself on Monday, June 29, from 9 am to 3-4 pm. More details here.

Post-GA 2014 EJ Tour Graphic

A New Wind Blowing in the Northwest

Enjoy a new reflection by Florence Caplow, 2014-15 intern minister at Quimper UU Fellowship in Pt. Townsend, WA. She chronicles the launch of the Lummi Indian Nation’s 5,000 mile Totem Pole Journey to the Canadian tar sands to draw attention to the negative effects of fossil fuel extraction on many Native American lands. Several members of the Lummi Nation will participate in two General Assembly workshops as well leading our Public Witness, all on Saturday, June 27. Read the reflection here.

Change the Story, Change the Future

David Korten, author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community (2006), presented a major lecture and a workshop at GA 2007 in Portland, OR. He will be back again at GA 2015 in Portland to share insights from his brand new book Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth. The official publication date is Feb. 2, but the book was launched on Jan. 25 at All Saints Church in Pasadena. Watch this 42-minute presentation at the “Rector’s Forum” and a longer presentation later that day (two hours). Both are well worth your time.

UUMFE Winter Newsletter

(January 21, 2015) The UUMFE Winter Newsletter is now available. Contents include:Newsletter Icon

  • Join Commit2Respond for Climate Justice Journey
  • From the Board Chair: Are We Healers, Leaders or Trailblazers?
  • Honor Congregations – Thanks!
  • Download UUMFE Resources
  • Update From the Environmental Justice Collaboratory
  • Hold Your Head Up
  • A Growing Justice Movement
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church in Charlottesville Divests!
  • Save the Date for Portland GA
  • A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking At People Looking At Animals In America – A Review of Wild Ones, by Jon Mooallem
  • Looking Deep in the Heart . . . with t.e.j.a.s. (Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services)
  • HighWaterLine Delray Beach Project Receives UUA Funding
  • Climate Justice Lobby Weekend
  • Global Divestment Day
  • Help Empower UUs: Support Development of Additional UUMFE Services

Lighting the Way

(Nov. 25, 2014) A message from the Commit2Respond campaign

“To change everything we need everyone.” This slogan of the People’s Climate March spoke to the coming together of people from every community and interest group, and also the fact that the march coincided with the United Nations Climate Summit in New York.

In order to halt climate change we need all countries to join the struggle.

Graphic for Lighting the WayYou can help. Next week Commit2Respond is joining OurVoices for #LightForLima, a global, multi-faith prayer vigil, at the invitation of endorser group GreenFaith. December 1-12 is the next opportunity to call on our leaders for climate justice. At the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, held this year in Lima, Peru, leaders will establish the fundamentals of an agreement to be honed over the coming year and signed in Paris next December.

Each evening from December 1-7, households and communities around the world will light a candle, a chalice, or a solar lamp and pray, meditate, or offer an invocation for a climate agreement. Then we’ll take a photo and post it on Facebook or Twitter with our hopes for the future and the tags #LightForLima and #Commit2Respond.

On the evening of Sunday, December 7, people around the world from diverse faith and spiritual communities will gather for vigils. Take action: join or organize a vigil!

Time is running out for a strong climate agreement. World leaders in Lima need to know that people of all faiths and spiritualties are holding them in our thoughts, meditations, and prayers—supporting their efforts to reach an agreement and bearing witness to their decisions. Our lights will guide the way.

UUMFE Fall Newsletter

(Sept. 24, 2014) The UUMFE Fall Newsletter is now available. Contents include:

  • Commit2Respond: A Religious Response to Climate ChangeNewsletter Thuimbnail
  • Message from the Board Chair
  • People’s Climate March Makes History – UUs Help! 
  • Take Action for Climate Justice
  • Something’s Happening Here . . .
  • On the Move – Young Adults Look Back, Move Forward
  • Gaia In a Temper
  • UU Cool Congregations
  • The Giving Garden – Social Justice, Ecology, Community Building


People's Climate March Makes History!

UUs marched in NYC to affirm a new commitment to work towards a sustainable, just, and fossil-fuel free future. 

Reports on attendance vary from 310,000 to 400,000 in NYC. About 10,000 marched in the Interfaith contingent; of these, about 1,500 were Unitarian Universalists (the second largest faith group after the Catholics – not bad for a small denomination!). The line of marchers was longer than the parade route (2.6 miles)! Crowds along the way were sometimes 5-6 people deep. Peter Bowden’s photos of UUs in particular and the Interfaith contingent at https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3YMmBE­.  More faith group photos at http://peoplesclimate.org/faith/Peoplesclimate.org has a one-minute video overview and http://350.org/campaign/peoples-climate-march/ showcases international marches. 

What’s next?

How do we capitalize on this remarkable momentum and outpouring of energy to further the goals we all share?  Here’s one way: Sign up for Commit2Respond, a new effort led by Unitarian Universalists “to shift to clean, renewable energy, grow the Climate Justice movement, and advance the rights of peoples impacted by climate change” and take part in actions during the coming years. Learn more on the UUMFE Commit2Respond page.  

People's Climate March – New York City, Sept. 21, 2014

People's Climate March LogoMark your calendars! Rev. Peggy Clarke, consultant with the UU Metro New York District, is organizing UUs through this Meetup site. If you plan to go, be sure to register so you can keep up with plans as they unfold. Find more information on the new Facebook page.

Read Bill McKibben's article in Rolling Stone: "A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change," learn about the march and explore transportation options on the main website, and check out the Facebook events page.

The march was conceived by 350.org and many, many other organizations have joined in for the planning and execution of the event, timed to coincide with the UN summit on the climate crisis.

Historic National UU Gathering In Detroit

Many people who do not live in Detroit perceive the city as an example of the nation’s despair and the demise of "The American Dream." Yet, Detroit proved a perfect setting for Group portrait of Collaboratory participantswhat later may be seen as a watershed event in UU history.

Twenty-nine UU leaders from around the nation recently came away from a strategic gathering there energized and inspired by local activists and committed to an ambitious action plan for congregational organizing and ministry which weaves together racial, economic, and environmental justice. Read more about the "Environmental Justice Collaboratory."

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