Speaker Series-Climate Change

Speaker Series-Climate Change

Sponsored by the Environmental Justice and Adult Ed. Teams

This is a Big deal. The big deal is climate change. Our UCC synod believes that it is not only important that scientists line up to talk about it, but people of faith must join the conversation. According to climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University, the most important thing we can do is to talk about it. Watch Ms. Hayhoe’s TED talk on the topic below:

All three talks will be after church in the Buxton Room. Grab your coffee and a snack and head in for some great information and discussion!

September 29, 2019 @ 11:30: Dr. Raymond Bradley, Climatologist

Dr. Raymond Bradley, research director of the Climate System Research Center at UMASS will speak on his own and the climate center’s research on climate change. His work indicates that the warming of the earth’s climate system in the twentieth century cannot be explained by natural mechanisms.

Dr. Raymond Bradley is a climatologist and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Bradley is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the world’s leaders in climate study and has written thirteen books on climate change. He has worked in the Arctic, Greenland, Norway, and Faroe Islands, among other places around the globe.

November 3, 2019 @ 11:30: Rev. Jim Antal, climate activist, author and public theologian.

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 in the Chicago Tribune on Earth Day 2018, and in Christian Century Magazine on Earth Day 2019. Antal received the 2019 Steward of Creation award from the National Religious Coalition for Creation Care.

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. In 2017, Yale Divinity School honored him with the William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice.

January 26, 2020 @ 11:30: Dr. Marty Nathan, Climate Activist

As part of the Adult Education Team’s winter series on Climate Change, Dr. Marty Nathan  will be talking at First Church on Sunday, Jan 26th, 2020 after church.    The title of her talk will be “Responding as a Community to the Climate Emergency”.

Dr. Nathan is a Family Practitioner at Baystate Brightwood Health Center and has been a life long social and climate activist who has become the area’s leading spokesperson on the climate crises we all are facing.  Her articles appear regularly in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and the Springfield Republican. The link to her latest article, “The Temperature is Rising and So Are We”, is https://www.gazettenet.com/Nathan-column-27382406.   It is an excellent review of her knowledge about the climate emergency, action steps we all can take, and a sample of what we will be learning on Jan 26th.