By Bob Ross and Susan De George
Organizing for Overtures for General Assembly
Presbyteries across the country, from Boston to Florida to Seattle to San Jose to San Francisco and many more in between have voted to concur with Hudson River Valley’s overture to divest from fossil fuels. So far, we have 21--YES, 21-- presbyteries on board with divestment, with more to come.
Directly related to our work for divestment, we are also advocating for the church to make significant efforts toward undoing environmental racism and creating environmental justice. To these ends, there are two overtures, each of which is making its way through Presbyteries.
Is your Presbytery interested and able to concur on any of these three overtures? If so, please let us know if there is anything we can do to support your efforts. You can email Susan De George at email@example.com for answers to questions or more information..
Volunteer at General Assembly
There will be work to do once we get to General Assembly. If you would like to join us in St. Louis as a Fossil Free PCUSA volunteer, we would love to have you! Whether you can help us for only a few hours or for the entire General Assembly meeting, there are ways in which you can make a difference. There will be opportunities to work at our booth in the exhibit hall, speak at open hearings, pray at prayer vigils, organize with other Presbyterians, and more! Just email Bob Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be in touch.
Walk to General Assembly
We are also planning to walk to General Assembly! Joined by our Presbyterian Peace Fellowship family and folks from around the Presbyterian and non-Presbyterian world, we will be participating in the PCUSA Walk for a Fossil Free World. If you feel called to participate in any part of this walk, you can register for it here.
See you in St. Louis in four months!
By Emily Brewer and abby mohaupt
What big action do we do to make the urgency of climate change clear to the Presbyterian Church (USA)? After five years of talking about overtures and thinking about strategy, it’s become clear that we need to do something that visually represents the dramatic implications of climate change.
So, in January, a group of people from Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and Fossil Free PCUSA announced a 260 mile journey from Louisville to St. Louis this June—a walk that will center the stories and experiences of communities on the front lines of climate change. More details about the walk are available at www.pcusawalk.org.
From January 31-February 3, we traveled from New York City to Chicago and back, holding public conversations in Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Princeton.
We’ve had good, energetic and enthusiastic interactions with people, as people have supported the walk with their ideas and money. Some people have even registered for the walk. Here are the three things that we’re really coming away with:
Want to support the walk?
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