Dear SOC friends and colleagues:

We hope that you are enjoying the slower rhythms of summer and the beauty of God’s Creation to their fullest!  And we hope, too, that you will be as thrilled as we are by the good news that an emergency resolution put forth by Rev. Jim Antal, Massachusetts Conference minister, in response to the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord was passed by an overwhelming majority at the UCC General Synod in Baltimore this past week.  To read more about the resolution, follow this link:


If your church would like to show its support of the resolution, the national UCC’s environmental justice office has designed church yard signs with the message: WE LOVE PLANET EARTH/WE SUPPORT THE PARIS ACCORD.  To read more about this initiative, visit  If you would like a sign: Here is where one can get the sign graphic so that it can be taken to a local print shop or uploaded for yard sign orders on the website of an office supply store like Staples:

Finally:  We hope you’ll join us for one of the following events, coming in August.  Now more than ever, we need to come together as people of faith to love, protect, and preserve God’s Creation.  Hope to see you soon.

AUGUST EVENTS CALENDAR:  For more information on any of these events, please contact Rev. Karen Richardson Dunn/

“Effective Advocacy for Environmental Justice: August Lunchtime Series”/Noon until 1:30 p.m./Dates and locations, below

For those of you who signed on to participate on the CJN Testifiers’ Team and Legislative Phone Bank Team — and for those who are simply interested in learning how to become more effective advocates for environmental justice — please join the Creation Justice Network and our co-sponsors for one of the following three brown-bag lunchtime discussions led by such experts as Yadkin Riverkeeper Will Scott and Southern Environmental Law Center attorneys Thomas Lodwick, Mary Maclean Asbill, and Brooks Rainey Pearson.  They will speak on the most challenging environmental issues facing our state today, and suggest ways in which we can become stronger voices of faith  for the environment, through powerful public testimony and smart communication with our North Carolina representatives and lawmakers. Feel free to bring a lunch to enjoy during the presentations!

Asheville: Thursday, August 3, First Congregational UCC — with Thomas Lodwick, Southern Environmental Law Center (co-sponsored by Creation Care Alliance of WNC)

Winston-Salem: Friday, August 11, Parkway UCC — with Will Scott, Yadkin Riverkeeper (co-sponsored by RISE Together NC)

Chapel Hill:  Monday, August 14 (tentative), United Church of Chapel Hill — with Mary Maclean Asbill and Brooks Rainey Pearson, Southern Environmental Law Center (co-sponsored by 350.Triangle)

“Energy 2050:  Understanding the Present Reality and Possible Futures of the US Energy System” with Dr. Daniel Vermeer, EDGE program, Duke University,

Asheville: Thursday, August 3, First Congregational UCC, 6:30 till 8:00 p.m. (co-sponsored by Creation Care Alliance of WNC and Transition Asheville)

We are rapidly running out of time to address climate change by decarbonizing our energy system – and the stakes could not be higher, profoundly impacting our climate and natural resources, economy, and quality of life.  By framing our energy decisions in the context of the current system and a realistic view of the alternatives, we can make choices that are better for people and the planet.

Daniel Vermeer, Ph.D.,  is Associate Professor of the Practice of Energy and Environment at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and director of Duke’s Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE). He is lead contributor to policy documents issued through the World Economic Forum, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the United Nations Foundation.

Coming in September: Our first-ever Creation Care Film Festival … and get ready for Meighan Pritchard, November 2-4, at Parkway UCC!

With all blessings,

The Creation Justice Network Team