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Gratitude for the Earth

With The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal , guest preacher  in worship            

Special Advisor on Climate Justice to UCC General Minister and President

Author: Climate Church, Climate World  

  -Discussion after the service with Jim

Climate Change  is the greatest existential threat of our time. The Rev Dr Jim Antal is a denominational leader, climate activist, author and public theologian. He serves as Special Advisor on Climate Justice to the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. Antal’s book, CLIMATE CHURCH, CLIMATE WORLD, was featured on Earth Day in the Chicago Tribune (2018), in Christian Century Magazine (2019) and by the AAR (2020). From 2006-2018, Antal led the 350 UCC churches in Massachusetts as their Conference Minister and President. Antal is a graduate of Princeton University, Andover Newton Theological School, and Yale Divinity School, which recently honored him with the William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice. In 2019 Antal was honored as recipient of the UCC’s social justice prophet award. An environmental activist from the first Earth Day in 1970, Antal wrote and championed three groundbreaking national UCC resolutions: in 2013 the UCC became the first national body to vote to divest from fossil fuel companies; in 2017 the national UCC Synod voted to declare a new moral era in opposition to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord; in 2019, the UCC national Synod became the first Christian denomination to endorse the Green New Deal

Video Recordings of Past Services

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March 15 – Recorded at the church by Tom
March 22 – Wonderful interactive zoom service. Ken, Benjamin, Gabrielle and Pastor Laurie.
March 29  – Topic is grief, Ken, Benjamin, Gabrielle and Pastor Laurie.
April 5 – Palm Sunday, with Ken, Benjamin, Gabrielle and Pastor Laurie.
April 5 – Donkey Odie tells his story for Palm Sunday with David G.
April 9 – Good Friday with Ken, Benjamin, Gabrielle and Pastor Laurie.
April 12 – Easter Sunday Service with Ken,  Gabrielle, Benjamin and Pastor Laurie
April 12 – Children’s Time, Easter Sunday, with Enriquita KittyKat and Edmund Caterpillar
April 19 – Sunday Service
April 19 – Children’s Time with Mirabelle Fairy and David G.
April 22 – 50th Anniversary of Earth day
April 26 – Sunday Service
April 26 – Children’s Time with Enriquita who learns how to be kind even when she can’t go out
May 3 – Sunday Service
May 3 – Children’s time (repeat of April 26)
May 10 – Sunday Service (Family Friendly service that includes Children’s time and story telling)
May 10 – Children’s time story: “The Waiting Room”
May 17 – Sunday Service
May 24 – Sunday Service
May 31 – Sunday Pentecost Service
June 7 – Sunday Service – (Sermon, scripture, sermon response only)
June 14 – Sunday Service (27 minutes)
June 21 – Sunday Service (34 min)
June 28 – Sunday Service  (22 min)
July 5 – Sunday Service (27 min)
July 12 – Sunday Service (34 min)
July 19 – Sunday Service (28 min)
July 26 – Sunday Service with Rev. Lynice PInkard (unedited)
August 2 – Sunday Service with Rev. Lynice PInkard (27 min)
August 9 – Sunday Service  (35 min)
August 16 – Sunday service, 1 hour
August 23 – Sunday Service with Teresa Jenkins and Laurie Manning
August 30 – Sunday Service 52 min
September 6  Passcode: vNf2@NJB – Sunday Service
September 13 Sunday Service
September 20 Sunday Service  Passcode: FQ?RA@0L
September 27 Sunday Service
October 2 Sunday Service
October 11 Sunday Service
October 18 Sunday Service
October 25 Sunday Service
November 1 Sunday Service
November 2Calm in the Storm Vespers service of music, meditation, readings and silence (this is uneditied as of publication time, so scroll forward a minute or two)
November 8 – Sunday Service
November 15 – Sunday Service with Jim Antal – Passcode required  z#mP#hD9
November 22 – Sunday Service with Benjamin Mertz
November 25Still Thankful Vespers service of music, meditation, readings and silence
November 29 – Sunday Service – Passcode required: ^rW7VcFs
December 6 – Sunday Service
December 13 – Sunday Service – Passcode required:  1#ULY.85
December 20 – Magnificat Sunday Service
December 21 – Longest Night Vespers service of music, mediation, readings and silence  Passcode required: 3Q+54v9P
December 24 – Christmas Eve Celebration
December 27 – Sunday Service
January 3 – Sunday Service – Passcode:  89&ZCzmf
January 10 – Sunday Service – Passcode:  Gvn#M=F7
January 17 – Sunday Service – Passcode:  7JRTA8@8
January 24 – Sunday Service – Passcode:  &n*1TZ5s