On July 2nd, the United Church of Christ became the first national faith organization to divest its pension fund and other investments from fossil fuel companies.

The UCC, which traces its origins back to 1620 and has about 1.1 million members in 5,100 congregations, voted on Monday to divest in stages over the next five years.

« This resolution becomes a model for all faith communities who care about God’s creation and recognize the urgent scientific mandate to keep 80% of the known oil, coal, and gas reserves in the ground, » said Reverend Jim Antal, who helped lead the UCC divestment campaign.

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