Earth Stewardship

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, 
so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
—Romans 15:13

Feeling overwhelmed by the climate crisis and economic injustices? There are actions we can take! There is an increased focus on environmental justice in the 2022 legislative season in Massachusetts, and it’s an opportunity for us as a faith community to contact our legislators to let them know what bills are important to us. First Church’s Earth Stewardship group encourages your advocacy on the following bills:

  •     Building Justice with Jobs (S.2226 / H.3365) The building justice with jobs bill puts thousands of people to work retrofitting over one million homes in this decade to make them safer, healthier, and more energy efficient. Bill prioritizes retrofits to environmental justice and lower income communities.
  •     The Future of Heat & Transition to Clean Energy (S.1447 / H.2230, S.2148 / H.3298, S.1197 / H.1954) These bills provide gas customers with opportunities to connect to non-emitting renewable thermal infrastructure. They would create incentives for gas companies to transition from gas to neighborhood-level thermal systems as well as require the retraining of individuals currently working on gas pipeline infrastructure for comparable jobs using renewable energy.
  •     Transitioning to Electric Vehicles S.2136 / H.3288, S.2170, H.3372) Given that transportation produces the largest source of fossil fuel emissions (approximately 40%) in the state, legislation is proposed to ease the transition to electric vehicles by creating cash incentives for moving from a gas-powered to an electric vehicle. There is also legislation that requires electrifying bus fleets, and other publicly owned vehicles, to 100% electric by 2035.

Upcoming Events

Climate Revival! Launching a year of climate justice and resilience!

Thursday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Join Creation Justice Ministries virtually to launch a year of “Resilient Creation & Restored Communities: Voting for Climate Justice in 2022!” At this event, we will LEARN what’s at stake for our communities and climate in 2022, COMMIT to a year of engagement for resilience and restoration, and PRAY for a revival of climate justice. Read more here.

Bending Toward Justice 2022

Saturday, January 22 at 9:00 a.m.

Join the Diocese of Western Mass. for their third annual gathering to pray and discern the work of justice in this place, at this time. Sponsored by the Social Justice Commission of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, this online gathering is open to all who work for justice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Read more here.

2022 American Climate Leadership Summit

Monday, March 28 through Thursday, March 31

Only 6% of Americans talk about climate change regularly, even though 78% are concerned. We know that climate change is already affecting us, and that every person every day can be part of the solution. Your climate leadership can make a difference. You can help inspire more Americans to climate action. Sign up to participate in the 11th Annual American Climate Leadership Summit (ACLS 2022) which will take place virtually March 28-31, 2022. ACLS 2022 is for climate leaders of all levels. Save the date and register now here!

SNEUCC Virtual Events

Faith and Food: Stewarding Creation for Healthier Communities
Thursday, February 17 at 12:00 p.m.

Register here

This free, online worship, hosted by the Health and Wellness Ministry and the Environmental Ministries team, will explore how faith informs our relationship with food as well as our relationship to others and all Creation. Eating is a regular activity that connects us with Creation and others around the world and challenges us to consider how we care for the earth to ensure health for all. Recognizing our responsibility as stewards of creation, we will consider how faith and food relate to matters of justice and health for individuals and communities. Read more