General Synod Resolutions of the United Church


Theological Rationale

Theological Rationale
God calls Christians to be responsible stewards of God's creation, which includes ensuring the right of future generations to inhabit a livable planet.

Psalm 24 declares "the earth is the Lord's" and Genesis 1:31 proclaims, "God saw everything God had made, and indeed it was very good."

God's counsel to Job, "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth" reminds us of the sacred character of God's creation and warns us against human efforts to exert godlike power over the earth.

Christian responsibility to God requires stewardship toward the natural world and compassion and justice toward the most vulnerable members of the human family. Those who love and serve God cannot help feeling concern that the harmful effects of climate change most severely touch the most vulnerable of the world's population.

Climate change is not simply a matter of scientific observation; it is becoming the story of God's children in need.


With the near unanimity among scientists about the causes of worldwide climate change and the new public interest in responsible care of the earth, it is appropriate, in fact imperative, that members of the United Church of Christ recommit ourselves to the care of God's precious earth and reaffirm our efforts to educate and advocate for responsible policies and practices.

the impact of global warming, as currently predicted and understood by leading scientists and scientific bodies around the world in reports of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as well as in reports of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Academy of Sciences, will dramatically and negatively alter God's gracious gift of creation;

the effects of global warming are already clearly evidenced in the melting of glaciers and shrinking of the polar caps, threatening the polar bear with extinction and the Native Peoples of the Artic with loss of food resources, land, ancient traditions and ways of being in the world;

experts speak with a profound sense of urgency and clearly state that the window of opportunity to avoid catastrophic climate change is rapidly diminishing;

he predicted impact of global warming will have a disproportionate impact on those living in poverty, least developed countries, the elderly and children and those least responsible for the emissions of greenhouse gases