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United Church of Canada General Council 42 – Fossil Fuel Divestment Motions

(Cover) Letter to United Church congregations, presbyteries and conferences

Author: TSP Congregational Board and the Climate Justice Group

Description: A letter inviting others working on climate justice issues to contact the TSP Climate Justice Group.

(Longer) Letter to United Church congregations, presbyteries and conferences

Author: TSP Climate Justice Group

Description: An in-depth invitation to join the fossil fuel divestment movement and support the GC 42 fossil fuel divestment motions linked below.

General Council 42 Fossil Fuel Divestment Proposal

Author: TSP Climate Justice Group

Description: Background and official motion being submitted to General Council by Trinity­ St. Paul’s Pastoral Charge for the “United Church of Canada Foundation and the United Church of Canada Treasury to take active steps to sell their holdings in the 200 largest fossil fuel companies.”

General Council 42 Fossil Fuel Pension Fund Proposal

Author: TSP Climate Justice Group

Description: Background and official motion being submitted to General Council by Trinity­ St. Paul’s Pastoral Charge for the United Church of Canada Pension Board to take several steps to demonstrate its compliance with responsible investment.

Winter 2015 Pamphlet about General Council 42 Motions to become a Fossil Free United Church of Canada

Summer 2015 Pamphlet about General Council 42 Motions to become a Fossil Free United Church of Canada

Author: Greg Powell and the TSP Climate Justice Group

Description: Elegant tri-fold pamphlets summarizing the call for United Church of Canada fossil fuel divestment.

Background to Divestment Motions approved by Trinity St. Paul’s Board

Author: TSP Climate Justice Group

Description: Approval of GC 42 fossil fuel divestment motions by Trinity St. Paul’s Board on November 18, 2014. Submitted by the Climate Justice Group and endorsed by the Public Witness Circle.


 

TSP Congregational Fossil Fuel Divestment Materials

Fossil Fuel Divestment: A Primer

Author: Greg Powell and the TSP Climate Justice Group

Description: A vital document articulating the TSP Climate Justice Group’s understanding, beliefs, and commitments to climate justice, and the development of fossil fuel divestment as the proposed TSP response.

Pamphlet outlining Trinity St. Paul’s motion to divest from fossil fuels at 2014 Annual General Meeting

Author: Greg Powell and the TSP Climate Justice Group

Description: Elegant tri-fold pamphlet summarizing the call for the congregation of Trinity St. Paul’s to divest from fossil fuels.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Motions approved at the TSP 2014 Annual General Meeting

Author: TSP Climate Justice Group

Description: Wording of the motions approved by the TSP congregation.

PRESS RELEASE: Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church Votes to Divest from Fossil Fuel Companies

Author: Jeanne Moffat and the TSP Climate Justice Group

Description: Announcement of TSP’s decision to divest from fossil fuels at the Annual General Meeting on Feb 24, 2014.

Trinity St. Paul’s Commitment to Climate Justice and Environmental Sustainability

Author: TSP Stewardship Circle

Description: A policy statement from 2010 outlining TSP’s commitment to climate justice as part of a congregational five year plan.

Women’s Voices: Earth Day Sunday Reflections for Worship Services

Description: It is easy to feel overwhelmed, but we can find hope in stories of community actions to confront environmental injustices. We know about the indigenous communities on the frontlines of environmental resistance in our country, and we ask you to listen now to stories of women on the frontlines in different parts of the globe.

Divesting TSP

Description: This resource leads you through the story of Trinity St. Paul’s United Church’s journey of divestment of our congregational funds from fossil fuels. We hope you’ll learn from our reflections on our story and our activities!


 

Background Documents Informing the Decision to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Tar Sands and Divestment: A Moral and Economic Imperative

Author: Social Justice and Community Engagement Committee for Bathurst United Church 2014-2015

Description: A background document with references on why it is imperative to divest from the Tar Sands from an Indigenous sovereignty and environmental impact point of view.

KAIROS Policy Briefing Paper – Movement for Divesting from Fossil Fuels Gaining Strength

Author: John Dillon

Description: A comprehensive and referenced case for fossil fuel divestment.

Talking to the Hand: Why Engagement With Fossil Fuel Companies Offers So Little Promise

Author: Shelley Alpern

Description: An article outlining why shareholder engagement is no longer an option and fossil fuel divestment is a compelling alternative.


 

Statements from Leaders and Organizations Supporting the Call for Fossil Fuel Divestment

DIVEST & REINVEST NOW! – A Statement from Theologians, Ethicists and Religious Leaders in support of fossil fuel divestment and clean energy reinvestment by faith communities

Signatories to the Divest & Reinvest Now Statement

Author: Divest and Reinvest Now!

Description: Religious leaders who have signed the Divest & Reinvest Now! statement as of Sept 20, 2014


 

Broader Resources for Climate Action

Handout #1 

Handout #2

Authors: Jim Kirkwood, Diane Meredith, Ann Russell and Madeleine Endicott

Description: Climate justice and divestment resource handouts with website links and contact information

Catholic Divestment Guide

Authors: GoFossilFree.org

Description: A step-by-step guide to running a divestment campaign in a Catholic faith community.


 

TSP Climate Justice Group in the Media

Wrecking the climate is bad business

Author: Stephen Bede Scharper  in the Toronto Star, Monday March 24, 2014

Quitting big oil and gas

Author: Cory Ruf in the United Church Observer, January 2015

Divestment Strategy

Author: Christine Boyle in the United Church Observer, May 2014

Description: Media articles featuring the work of the TSP Climate Justice Group

‘Blessing of the bikes’ helps churches make climate change a local issue
Author: Ron Csillag in the Washington Post, June 9, 2015

Divestment Strategy

Author: Christine Boyle in the United Church Observer May 2014

Faith leaders need to find their voice on climate change

Author: Christiana Figueres (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) in the Guardian, May, 2014

This Worked: Free of Fossil Fuels

Author: Jeanne Moffat in UCC Mandate, May 2015

Churches, religious orders oppose carbon pollution

Author: Joe Gunn in the Western Catholic Reporter, Sept 23, 2015

List of religious divestment efforts, Green Faith (USA)

Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church Votes to Divest from Fossil Fuel Companies (TSP press release)
Author: VOWpeace.org, Feb 2014

Media coverage in 25 media publications across Canada of the UCC decision to divest from fossil fuels, a number referring to TSP.

Fossil Free Faith at TSP United Church: An interview with Jeanne Moffat
Author: Greening Sacred Space, Nov 2, 2015

The divestment iceberg
Author: Mike Milne in the United Church Observer, Jan 2016


 

TSP Climate Justice Group’s “Divestment Diaries” and TSP Times articles

Newsletter #1 – May 21, 2014

Newsletter #3 – June 9, 2014

Author: Jim Kirkwood and the TSP Climate Justice Group

Description: Newsletters containing climate justice movement updates and helpful resources.

TSP Times Article March 2014

TSP Times Article June 2014

TSP Times Article September 2014

TSP Times Article December 2014

TSP Times Article February 2015
TSP Times Article April 2015
TSP Times Article June 2015
TSP Times Article September 2015
TSP Times Article November 2015
TSP Times Article January 2016
TSP Times Article April 2016

Author: TSP Climate Justice Group

Description: TSP Times articles providing overviews of the work of the Climate Justice Group

 

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