The Psalmist declares what we know deep within, that "the earth is God's, and all that is in it" (Psalm 24). Therefore, as people of faith, we are called to be stewards and lovers of that which God creates, and that which God loves. In these days in which human-driven climate change stands to threaten the very beauty and sustainability that God has created, we as a church are deeply committed to climate justice. We stand especially with the poor around our planet who are most susceptible to rising seas, increasing droughts, and chaotic weather events. This page describes some, but by no means all, of the events and missional commitments Church of the Covenant engages in response to the call to stewards God's planet, our common home.
A Call to Faithful Action- You Are Invited! Sunday September 21, 2014, New York City
Join Church of the Covenant and hundreds of thousands of others for what may be the largest rally and march for climate justice our planet has ever witnessed.
“With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.”- March organizers
Please consider joining us! RSVP to email@example.com if planning to join us, and we will send you the pertinent info about meeting up in NYC.
People's Climate March in NYC: A Call to Faithful Action – You are invited!
When: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Where: New York City, NY
What: In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.
On September 21, we have the chance to join in what may become the largest rally and march for climate justice our planet has ever witnessed. Church of the Covenant community members and faithful people everywhere will join hundreds of thousands of others in New York that day for the “People’s Climate March.” In the words of march organizers, “With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.”
Please come to New York on September 21st with others from Church of the Covenant! Covenant’s Council, our Mission & Advocacy committee, and Rev. Rob Mark all strongly endorse participation in this march—even though it means missing worship that Sunday! (For those who cannot go to New York, worship will happen at Covenant as usual, with Rev. Walter Moczynski preaching in Rob’s stead. We also will provide other ways through prayer and advocacy to show your support if you can’t come to NYC.)
This is an important opportunity to tell world leaders—including President Obama—that it is time to move forcefully and quickly to address the causes of climate change, to take care of those most in harm’s way because of the consequences of climate change, and to finally stand up and protect the sacred wonder that is the world God has entrusted to our care.
The MA Conference of the United Church of Christ is organizing lots of bus options for getting down to and back from the march. Visit the MA Conference of the United Church of Christ website to sign up for the march!
TRAVEL: Buses will be leaving from four locations in Massachusetts: Alewife Train Station, Cambridge; Haigis Mall, UMass-Amherst; Union Station, Worcester; Super Stop & Shop, Jamaica Plain
Two trips are offered: a two-day trip from September 20-21 and a one-day trip on September 21. ALL buses, regardless of date or location, will leave in the morning at 7:30AM and will leave New York at 6:00PM on Sunday. Tickets are priced at $30 for a regular ticket and $15 for a low income ticket. COTC SCHOLARSHIPS have been made available by some generous church members who can't join us in NYC, but want to help pay the way for others. Contact Rob if interested in a scholarship that will cover your travel expenses.
More information on why this march is so important: