Members are Rev. Roger Burkhart, Eric Chamberlain, Sue Moore, Marge Shepardson, Robin Walkup, and Rev. Robert Grabill, Chair.
A Resolution of Christian Witness on the Rights of Nature
(Adopted by the gathering body of the New Hampshire Conference at Annual Meeting, October 17, 2020)
Right of Nature Resolution
(as Declared by the UCC General Synod 33 in July of 2021)
“The Earth is the Lord’s and all that it is in it”. The UCC has proclaimed three Great Loves as our mission: Love of Neighbor, Love of Children and Love of Creation. We, the Environmental Justice Mission Group of the New Hampshire Conference UCC, commit to acting on our Love of Creation through Earth care, education, advocacy and activism to implement the biblical principals of taking only what we need, healing the harm we do to the Earth, and keeping the Earth in repair for the future.
And God saw everything that had been made, and behold, it was very good. --Genesis 1:31a
What brings joy to your heart, peace to your spirit, a smile to your face? For many of us the unfolding of the seasons, the rising and setting of the sun, the intricacy and beauty of nature is a central aspect of our lives, what it means to be human, the place where our spirits are most fed. What would you be willing to do for the planet you love, for the beauty of the Earth, for the Creator who called it good?
Believing deeply that all creation is formed by a loving God, and that we are called to be wise and compassionate stewards of this good Earth, the Environmental Justice Mission Group of the NH Conference UCC is committed to joining in this holy work. Scripture reveals a God who comes to us in many ways, making a lasting covenant through nature and cross, rainbow and empty tomb. The God of scripture and human experience, revealed in the magnificent and the miniscule, vast cosmos and tender crocus, in a newborn child, the wisdom of age, is also the One who calls us to participate in loving, healing and restoring all creation.
Responding to that call, the Environmental Justice Mission Group seeks to engage others in deeper appreciation for the beauty, wonder and awe toward the natural world and to take up the call to care for the integrity of creation. We invite others to work with us to translate the love we feel for creation into tangible acts of celebration, education, preservation and restoration on behalf of Earth. This work takes the form of:
The Mission Group is welcoming of others who care about God's creation and whose faith leads them to act with compassion, creativity and courage to fulfill our calling as stewards and caretakers.
For further information about the Environmental Justice Mission Group, its work, resources or events, please contact Chair, Rob Grabill, or watch the NH Conference website for updates to our weekly e-newsletter, The Weekly News
Meetings are currently being held via Zoom on the first Monday of the month, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm.
Climate Nexus – climate impacts in NH, and how to communicate about climate change
University of NH (UNH) has very active climate and sustainability programs. One link that leads to research reports and other information: https://sustainableunh.unh.edu/climate-solutions-new-england
NH Climate and Energy Profile, Georgetown Climate Center
NH Climate Action Plan, 2009 and other NH Dept. of Envtl. Services climate programs
Antioch University in Keene – climate search on their web site
October 17, 2020: The New Hampshire Conference, UCC Annual Meeting
Rev. Dr. Robert Shore Goss has also submitted a Resolution for the Rights of Nature that the New Hampshire Conference will consider at its Annual Meeting on October 17th. Bob shares his thoughts on why it is important to publicly support the Rights of Nature in this document.
September 30, 2020: The Rights of Nature - 7:30 pm via Zoom
The Environmental Justice Mission Group along with the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College Green Team invite you to an online program with Rev. Dr. Bob Shore Goss, a UCC Environmental Justice Council Trainer, retired UCC clergy/theologian; former pastor of the first Creation Justice Church of the UCC; and current member of the Federated Church of Marlborough, NH.
August 26, 2020: Becoming a Creation Justice Church - 7:30 pm via Zoom
The Environmental Justice Mission Group along with the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College Green Team invite you to an online creation justice program with Brooks Berndt, UCC Minister for Environmental Justice.
May 20, 2020: Answering the Call: Environmental Justice Is Health Justice
Statistics and studies have demonstrated the link between COVID-19 death rates and environmental injustice. This webinar addresses this link from three perspectives: scientific research, front line experience and government response, The webinar features: Senator Cory Booker, Francesca Dominici, and the Rev. Lionel Murphy.
Resources related to this webinar
May 2020: A Conversation with Bill McKibben
The Earth Is the Lord's: A Webinar with Rev. Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr.
The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr. was a central leader in the launch of the environmental justice movement in the 1980s and 90s. He coined the phrase "environmental racism" and played instrumental roles in the Warren County civil disobedience campaign, the landmark Toxic Wastes and Race report and the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit.
In this special address marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Chavis will focus on the role of faith communities in resisting those powers that would seek to rule and desecrate what is not theirs. Click on the image to watch this webinar.
The Youth Climate Movement: A Webinar with Jamie Margolin
Click on the image to watch a rebroadcast of the Creation Justice Webinar with Jamie Margolin, Youth Activist with the Climate Movement.
United Church of Christ Webinar: Panel on Food Justice
Standing Rock and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance.
EnergyMatters E14 - Eco-Spirituality
View the complete segment on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/-rHWevN7wIY
Webinar on Climate Change
Watch a Replay of the People of Faith as Climate Messengers webinar by Dr. Katherine Hayhoe of the University of Texas, sponsored by the UCC Environmental Justice Council. Dr. Hayhoe is an evangelical Christian and environmental scientist.