Religious institutions have historically been at the forefront of social change, and action on climate is no exception! Many religious congregations in Massachusetts have committed to divestment from fossil fuels, and Massachusetts activists have played a leading role in divesting two national religious organizations (the United Church of Christ denomination and the Unitarian Universalist Association).
Non-profit organizations and foundations are also divesting from fossil fuels. Many organizations invest money in stocks and bonds, have endowments that do, or have pension funds with fossil fuel assets.
Check out this partial list of religious institutions in Massachusetts that have committed to divest from fossil fuels:
- United Church of Christ- National
- Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
- American Friends Services Committee- Northeast Division
- Massachusetts United Church of Christ
- Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
- Unitarian Universalist Society of Northampton
- First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist
- First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Cambridge
- First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Hingham
- First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist, Newburyport
- Follen Church Society Unitarian Universalist, Lexington
- First Congregational Church, Amherst
- Universalist Area Church at First Parish, Sherborn
- Church of the Covenant, Boston
- Check out this sample institutional resolution! You might also want to check out the United Church of Christ divestment resolution and the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence divestment resolution.
- Plus, take a look at the amazing resources produced by GreenFaith here!
- We'd love to help you divest your church, temple, mosque, or community group! Get in touch any time -- email Emily Kirkland, firstname.lastname@example.org.