Conference Climate Justice Ministries Task Force Report for January

January 12, 2023 | by Sharon Delgado

Conference Climate Justice Ministries Task Force Report for January


Inspiration
This is a short video based on the United Methodist Council of Bishops’ pastoral letter, God’s Renewed Creation: Call to Hope and Action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vmo5A1l21Vw&t=91s
 
Education: Online Webinar Series:  
“Climate Change, Climate Justice, Climate Action: The Basics for Churches”
Thursday evenings at 6:30 every two weeks from January 19 through March 30
 
January 19       1. Climate Change: What is at Stake?
February 2       2. Climate Justice: Who is Most Impacted? 
February 16     3. Climate Action: What Can We Do? 
March 2           4. Climate Action: Comparing Policy Solutions 
March 16         5. Climate Justice: A Global Movement 
March 30         6. Climate Action: The Role of the Church
 
Each session will include prayer, reflection, discussion, and suggestions for advocacy and action.
This online webinar series is being organized by elders Andrew Bear and Sharon Delgado, longtime climate leaders. These webinars will be recorded and made available for later viewing. Email climatejustice@cnumc.org for details and the Zoom Link.
 
Advocacy: Annual Conference and General Conference Resolutions
Members of our conference Climate Justice Task Force are working with the Resolutions Subcommittee of the United Methodist Creation Justice Movement to draft model resolutions related to creation care and climate justice. Our Task Force will consider whether to edit them for our annual conference. One model resolution would add “fossil fuels” to the United Methodist’s current list of investment screens and would be sent on as a petition to General Conference. Contact us for more information or to get involved in this work.
 
Action:  Climate Change and Faithful Banking
Climate Change and Faithful Banking,” a January 4 United Methodist Insight article by California-Nevada elder Sharon Delgado, presents an overview of The World Council of Churches’ initiative, “Climate-Responsible Finance: A Moral Imperative towards Children,” which links the impacts of climate change on the world’s children with a strategy of engagement with banks that are invested in fossil fuels. Speaking from a United Methodist faith perspective, Delgado’s article goes on to “interpret, explain, share, and encourage action related to Third Act’s Banking on Our Future Campaign, which promotes engagement with the top four fossil fuel funders: Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase, and Citibank. The Cal-Nevada Climate Justice Ministries Task Force is participating in this campaign. To find out more, email the task force at climatejustice@cnumc.org.
 
Other Opportunities
 
Federal Funding for Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Church Buildings
In December, Interfaith Power and Light, United Women in Faith, and the United Church of Christ offered a briefing about Federal Funding Resources for Nonprofits and Houses of Worship. Learn about benefits for churches in the Inflation Reduction Act and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, including the new DOE Energy Efficiency Materials Pilot Program, which will offer grants of up to $200,000 to improve the energy efficiency of church facilities.  View the recording here.
 
Global Ministries EarthKeepers Training: March 10-25.
Global Ministries EarthKeepers is a training program that equips US-based United Methodists to launch and grow environmental projects in their communities. Topics include eco-theology, anti-racism, community organizing, and project planning. All participants plan a project during the training. This training includes 8.5 hours of live online training and up to 24 hours of independent/asynchronous training. Applications close on February 13, 2023, or when spaces are filled. Apply Now and find more information here.
 
Introducing the UM Creation Justice Movement Café
The United Methodist Creation Justice Movement Café launches in January with an open invitation to all who care about creation and want to learn more about what United Methodists are doing. This is a virtual space for conversation and connection. Come hear and share the latest from the Movement, hearing from United Methodist voices from across the connection. Watch this space for monthly and special topics and join us to find your place in the Movement. Thank you to Climate Faith Future for cosponsoring these Cafés.
 
United Women in Faith Just Energy for All Monthly Webinars. Next Session: January 2023
Join the monthly Just Energy for All webinars to hear from experts, community leaders and UWF members advocating for just energy solutions in their communities and around the world. Learn about efforts to prioritize women’s voices in climate justice advocacy, reduce air pollution, install solar panels, increase electric school buses, and more. Register Here.
 
Just Faith Ministries Virtual Small Groups
Just Faith Ministries is offering virtual small groups starting in January and February, including
on Faith and Racial justice, Faith and Poverty, and Sacred Water: Oceans and Ecosystems. “Meet people from across the country who, like you, are committed to a more just and peaceful world.” There is limited availability, so register today.
 
United Methodist Creation Justice Movement January Newsletter
Find out more about United Methodist Creation Justice Movement events for January and about the work of its subcommittees in the January edition of the UMC Creation Justice newsletter.
 
Connect with our Task Force
If you are concerned about God’s creation or interested in faith-inspired education and action on climate change, join our climate justice email network at climatejustice@cnumc.org. You can also “Follow” and “Share” our Climate Justice Ministries Facebook page.
 
 


Rev. Sharon Elizabeth Delgado is a retired elder and serves as chair of the Climate Justice committee within the Advocacy and Justice Mission Focus Area.