Here is an urgent message from Vermont Conference UCC Minister, Lynn Bujnak, followed by a message from Pastor Tom Kinder:
With the unanimous support of the Board of Directors and the Department of Justice and Witness Ministries (formerly Department of Missions) a Resolution will be brought to our Annual Meeting calling on the Vermont Conference, UCC to sponsor the Green New Deal Resolution to the General Synod. The text of this Resolution can be found here: http://www.vtcucc.org/mt-content/uploads/2019/04/ucc-synod-2019-green-new-deal-resolutiond08_vt.pdf.
Climate Change is a compelling moral and faith issue. The Green New Deal Resolution calls on multiple levels of our denomination to both advocate and take concrete action within and beyond our congregations for the sake of all Creation. You can read the FAQ’s for the General Synod Resolution here: http://www.vtcucc.org/mt-content/uploads/2019/04/green-new-deal-faqsfor-synod2019-emergency-resolution_d04.pdf. I am proud to think that our “brave little” Conference has an opportunity to be a leader in something that matters so much. I urge you to have some discussion in your church before Annual Meeting. I know the timing is very tight, but Holy Week is not a bad time to struggle with how we put our faith into action, particularly during a time of polarization in the public and private spheres. – Lynn
Dear Church Family,
We will have an opportunity to express our opinions about this during worship on Sunday, April 14th, and to discuss it after refreshments. Please let me know right away if you would be interested in representing our congregation at the Vermont Conference Annual Meeting to vote on this resolution. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace and peace,