Ringing for Change
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Rev. Jim Antal, Minister and President of the Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ, invites all MACUCC churches to ring their steeple bells in a call for action on climate change...
Beginning June 22, 2008, one by one, United Church of Christ congregations throughout Massachusetts have begun to ring their bells 350 times to educate their communities about the peril of global warming and our common cause to address it. Some of the church bells are too old to take 350 rings – and some churches don’t even have steeples or steeple bells -- so hand-bells are used as substitutes.
Our goal is to have 350 of our almost 400 UCC churches ring their bells before the 350th day of the year (December 15). Many say that the likelihood of that proportion of UCC congregations agreeing to do anything in common is remote, but I believe that this is an expression of the kind of hope that can give us the confidence that the human family can change our behavior to assure that our children can enjoy the same kind of Eden into which we were born.
For a complete list of chruches involved, media reports, and more visit the MACUCC website here: http://www.macucc.org/news/350challenge.htm