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"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
Tri-Conference Annual Meeting Highlights

The delegates of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Conferences of the UCC voted overwhelmingly in favor of forming a new, unified conference. More information about this historic vote here .

Delegates of the CTUCC voted in favor of a Resolution of Implementation for Transparency of Information About (Energy) Infrastructure Development , brought by the CTUCC Environmental Ministry Team. This Resolution was inspired by the Cricket Valley Energy natural gas power plant currently under construction in Dover, NY. The emissions from the plant will travel across the stateline into Kent, Sherman, and New Milford area of CT, whose residents were not notified in time to voice any concern during the permitting process nearly ten years ago. The Resolution calls on members to get informed and educate others about energy infrastructure, and to advocate for legislation to promote complete transparency of information on energy projects. Many thanks to Katherine Freygang, co-chair of the CTUCC Environmental Ministry Team for writing the resolution!
Water is Life Welcome
Recap: The 8th Annual Water is Life Walk on the Housatonic (Howsatunnuck) River

Guided by Spirit, Grandmother (Uncí) Carole Bubar-Blodgett had chosen the Housatonic (Howsatunnuck) River to receive and share in this healing Walk. The ceremonial walk began at the headwaters of the Housatonic River in Washington, MA with a new moon ceremony on May 15, and, after collecting headwaters from several locations in MA and NY, followed the river through northwest CT all the way to the Long Island Sound. The Walk closed with a new moon ceremony on June 13th in Stratford, CT.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in this year's Water is Life Walk. The act of walking the water in community, of helping to feed and pray for the water at obstructions and confluences, of asking permission to cross the water every time it passed under us, was deeply grounding and nourishing for me. Grandmother Carole was generous with her wisdom and stories, with her gratitude and humor. I am deeply moved and inspired by her commitment to sending our intentions for clean water for the seventh generation from now. May it be so!

We were also honored to be joined by Sachem Hawk Storm, hereditary Chief of Schaghticoke First Nations , who shared about the Schaghticoke's rich history and presence in the watershed and region, and his outlook that water is not just life, but that We Are Water, and that what we do to the water, we do to us. Mitakuye Oyasin!

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A bipartisan carbon pricing bill passed the Massachusetts Senate with unanimous support! Thanks to Citizens Climate Lobby and many advocates for their tireless work!

Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Missioner for Creation Care for both the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, represented a faith-based perspective on carbon pricing beside a scientist, a politician and an economist on a panel at Westfield State University in May 2018. Read about her experience and her reflections here .

Public Act 18-82, An Act Concerning Climate Change Planning and Resiliency, to reduce ghg emissions and prepare for long term impacts of climate change.

Public Act 18-50, An Act Concerning Connecticut's Energy Future, advances development and deployment of affordable clean energy.
July 12, 6-8 pm
Trinity College
Washington Room, Mather Hall
300 Summit St., Hartford 06106

350 CT, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, CT League of Conservation Voters and over a dozen other Connecticut-based climate action groups are organizing a public gubernatorial forum for CT candidates, focusing on clean energy issues, climate change and environmental health. Hear from candidates on both sides of the political ticket about where they stand on climate change adaptation, renewable energy, green jobs, and many other important issues. The forum is free, but space is limited: RSVP ASAP to Christine McMorris, administrator of Trinity’s Program on Public Values, at (860) 297-2352 or email christine.mcmorris@trincoll.edu.
Recommended Reading
Climate Church, Climate World
How People of Faith Must Work for Change
by Rev. Dr. Jim Antal
This is a captivating, and easy-to-read and easy-to-apply book, with discussion questions and preaching suggestions. “Antal urges the church to embrace a new vocation, one focused on collective salvation and an expanded understanding of the Golden Rule (Golden Rule 2.0). He suggests ways people of faith can reorient what they prize through new approaches to worship, preaching, witnessing, and other spiritual practices that honor creation and cultivate hope.”
Greetings from Week 1 of Silver Lake Conference Center summer camp!

So far, camp is awesome - laughter and singing and happy faces abound! From the joyful cacophony in the dining hall to the contemplative quiet at evening worship and all of the ropes courses, games, swimming and playing in between, it seems like everyone is having a blast.

I'm enjoying teaching Earth Avengers sessions in the Silver Lake Garden, and am currently engaged in a disagreement with some greedy four-legged critters, who must think we are growing vegetables for them alone.

There is still room available for a week at camp. Join in the fun!

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Youth Climate March
Saturday, July 21, 2018

"We are the ones we've been waiting for"

The mission of the Zero Hour movement is to center the voices of diverse youth in the conversation around climate and environmental justice. Join the march in Washington D.C. or at Sister Marches in cities across the country.
September 8, 2018

People are rising up around the world on September 8th to demand real climate leadership from every level of government. Together, we’ll show that people everywhere are committed to a just transition away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy for all. Check for local actions ! Current actions listed for Hartford, Boston and NYC, among many others.
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