You might already be familiar with Greg Johnson's work. Greg is a Seattle-based oceanographer and served as one of the hundreds of lead authors of the most recent report to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Along with teams of many other scientists, he reviewed and assessed the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information related to climate change. This most recent report, with stark warnings about significant changes in the earth's climate and their impacts, was published last year.
Or you perhaps you know Greg as that climate scientist/artist/haiku guy. He's the one who distilled the 2000-page IPCC report on the physical science of climate change into 19 illustrated haiku, making it accessible to people worldwide through simple images and clear language.
Fossil Free UMC invited Greg to share what he, as a citizen and parent, thinks we, as a church, need to know about the implications of our investments. Of course, he replied with pictures and poems.
Oily lucre breeds
moral conflict, corruption.
Harms weak, innocent.
Burning coal, oil, gas--
kills God's plants, creatures children--
boosts heat, drought, storms, floods.
faith, stewardship, charity,
not greed, consumption.
Even bankers note
We believe that care of God’s creation includes caring for all of God’s people. In 2009 the Bishops’ Call to Hope and Action stated “We cannot help the world until we change our way of being in it.” This is true for our ways of being with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) children of God. We call the church to affirm the breadth and depth of the ways in which our LGBTQ siblings reflect God’s image. Inspired by the 1972 statement that began the first General Conference conversations about LGBTQ United Methodists, we believe that LGBTQ people, no less than others, are persons of sacred worth.
The United Methodist Church has a fossil free investment fund! Wespath announced today that the Equities Social Values Plus Fund is fossil free as of April 1. This is a huge step in acknowledging the deep desire of United Methodists across the connection to to align the church’s investments with the creation care values expressed in the Social Principles.
The Pacific Northwest and New York Annual Conferences Will Divest from Fossil Fuels.
WATCH: United Methodist Bill McKibben on why the UMC needs to use its moral voice on fossil fuels now.
$118.8 million dollars. That’s how much money The United Methodist General Board of Pension and Health Benefits lost in one year due to stock investments in more than 100 of the top 200 coal, petroleum and natural gas companies. It didn't have to be this way.
UMC-affiliated scholars sound moral alarm on climate change, calling General Conference to screen fossil fuels from church investments.
United Methodist seminarians tell GC delegates its wrong to profit from wrecking the planet.
The timid economics of moderation found in so much of the Church is a far cry from Wesley’s dauntless embrace of Biblical teachings on ethical earning, simple living, and extravagant giving.
We can expect that more lay, clergy and episcopal leaders around the world will be called to intervene in conflicts that arise in response to circumstances created by our rapidly changing climate.
It is with hope and trepidation that I watch as the denominations that mean so much to me consider divestment.