Environmental Justice News
"He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" 

Micah 6:8 NRSV
Be The Church PCM
Rev. Brooks Berndt, UCC Minister for Environmental Justice, invites churches across the UCC to connect through the good environmental stewardship work that you are doing. He has made information available about all of the UCC churches that are Creation Champions - from recognized green churches to churches with solar panels, to those with community gardens , and those that have divested from fossil fuels.

Should your church be added to one of these lists? Do you want to start an initiative like this in your church? Find out more here , and sign up for the Pollinator , the UCC Environmental Justice Blog.
Loving Our Neighbors

We are sending up prayers for all who are suffering, and who will continue to suffer from natural disasters of late, including the hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and earthquakes. If you feel called to help fund the recoveries, UCC Disaster Ministries is there for you. Thank you.

Recognizing that climate change played a role in creating the conditions for stronger storms and wildfires, please help grow climate action in our local, regional, national and global communities, in addition to the immediate relief efforts. One way is to call your legislators and tell them to support Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act) . Among other things, this legislation would require 100% clean, renewable energy-sourced electricity in America by 2035; a moratorium on new fossil fuel projects; a ban on fossil fuel exports; and 100% zero-emissions car sales by 2035.
Great News!
Hartford, Glastonbury became 25th and 26th CT Towns to Ban Fracking Waste

Congratulations to all who helped out by circulating petitions, sending emails, growing awareness, and showing up at the meetings!

Next up... Bristol and Southbury? See below.

Take Action!

Ban Fracking Waste in Bristol
Date:  Wednesday, Sept 20
Time: 5:00 pm for public comments
Location:  Bristol City Hall
Address:  111 North Main Street, Bristol. 

Current state law will allow the privately-owned, for-profit HazMat facility in Bristol to apply for permits to handle toxic, radioactive fracking waste. Please show support for a ban on fracking waste by calling and emailing the Bristol City Council, and publicize and attend this Ordinance Committee Meeting.

Information on Fracking Waste Ban for Southbury, Oxford, Newtown area Residents
Date: Thursday, Sept. 21
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Southbury Public Library
Address: 100 Poverty Road, Southbury

Jenn Siskind, from Food & Water Watch, encourages all towns along the I-84 corridor to pass fracking waste bans, where tanker trucks filled with toxic, radioactive fracking waste will be traveling once regulations are finalized and permits are given. Please help publicize, attend and join the effort in your town!

Recommended Reading
UCC Minister for Environmental Justice
Co-authored by Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt, UCC Minister for Environmental Justice, Shantha Ready Alonso, Executive Director of Creation Justice Ministries, and Scott Hardin-Nieri, Director of Creation Care Alliance Western North Carolina and Associate Pastor of Green Chalice of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Interfaith Environmental Events
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Spring Glen United Church
Address: 1825 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT

Please join us for the 5th Annual Climate and Creation Stewardship Summit! The focus of this year’s Summit is on water, both on land and in the oceans. It will consist of panelists, speakers, and workshops on climate change and environmental issues as they relate to sea level rise, water resource management, ocean pollution, lead in urban water supply, energy conservation, biodiversity loss and impact of toxic chemicals on human health.

Suggested donation is $30, which will cover continental breakfast, lunch, and materials. Register today!
Rev.Margaret Bullitt-Jonas
Making the Creation Connection: Christians and Environmental Justice
A Day with Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center
Address : 660 Great Pond Road, North Andover, MA

In this day-long retreat, Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas will offer a three-part framework to transform hearts and minds about our environmental responsibility as Christians and to inspire bold and faithful action. More information and registration here .

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