A Call for More Than a Thousand Sermons in Solidarity
with the Youth Awakening a Nation to Climate Action
In a landmark case called Juliana v. U.S., twenty-one courageous youth have filed a lawsuit against the United States government for its role in causing climate change and violating their rights to life, liberty, and property, while also failing to protect essential public resources. The youth range in age from 10 to 21, and their voices provoke a moment of moral reckoning for our nation. Their day in court is coming, and now is the time for people of faith and conscience to speak out in solidarity.
Learn more about the lawsuit being brought through the dedicated work of Our Children’s Trust.
The damage done to our climate is an issue of justice that particularly impacts the young who are now inheriting our world. Actions taken today significantly impact their present and future. With more than a thousand sermons on this critical issue of our time, the ripple effect upon faith communities and the broader world will be indelible and far-reaching. Moreover, it will be a collective statement that sends a signal to the rest of society of the urgent need to act.
Pledge to deliver a sermon during the coming months in your community of faith. Youth are especially encouraged to join this effort and raise their powerful voices!
In solidarity with the 21 youth of Juliana v. U.S., I pledge to deliver a sermon that seeks Justice for #EachGeneration.
Check here for the latest updates on the case as well as resources provided by sponsoring organizations for those crafting sermons or liturgy.
January 19th Update: The case will not go to trial on February 5th as the U.S. District Court in Eugene, Oregon originally ordered. The plaintiffs and the Trump administration are awaiting a decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals with regard to the government’s petition to have the case dismissed.
Rev. Tracy Howe Wispelwey of the United Church of Christ has created liturgy for a worship service devoted to solidarity with the youth plaintiffs.
Peter Sawtell of Eco-Justice Ministries has reflected on the lawsuit and the significance of declaring a livable future as a right for coming generations.
The Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary has published a series of short articles designed for youth groups, Bible study groups, and church committees who are looking to jump-start a conversation on climate change. One of the contributions lifts up the Justice for #EachGeneration campaign.
Join a webinar on the evening of February 28th that will feature Kiran and Melanie Oommen. Kiran is one of 21 youth plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Melanie is his mother and a pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Eugene, Oregon. They will share about their experiences with the case and the insights they have gained. The call will be co-hosted by Shantha Ready Alonso from Creation Justice Ministries and the Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt from the United Church of Christ. A brief legal update will be given by Coreal Riday-White of Our Children's Trust. Register now to join this live event.
Kiran and Melanie Oommen were an early inspiration for many people of faith in supporting the youth plaintiffs. Kiran is one of the 21 youth bringing the lawsuit, and he is the son of Melanie, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Melanie writes with eloquence about the prophetic actions of the youth. She asks, “What does it look like to live hope when the very fate of our planet is at stake?”
In giving her own response, she declares, “In the enduring hope of those young plaintiffs, our God abides.”
The inspiring efforts of the youth compelled the United Church of Christ Council for Climate Justice to support them and seek other partners in issuing a call for moral voices of faith to be raised in communities across the country. A wealth of partners soon arose.
A special thanks to these sponsors:
Arizona Interfaith Power & Light
Creation Justice Ministries
Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions
Network for Spiritual Progressives
North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light
Ohio Interfaith Power & Light
Rhode Island Interfaith Power & Light
The Shalom Center
Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light
Green Chalice of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Northeast Environmental Justice Center of the UCC
Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth
Unitarian Universalist Young Adults
Faith in Place
Wisconsin Interfaith Power & Light
Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light
To become a sponsoring organization, please contact the Rev. Brooks Berndt, the Environmental Justice Minister for the United Church of Christ.
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