Environmental Justice

Social Concerns
The Rev. David Wilson, conference superintendent of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church, attaches banners from his conference to a fence near the Dakotas Access Pipeline, Highway 1806, near Cannon Ball, N.D. File photo by Dave Stucke, Dakotas Conference.

Court ruling temporarily halts Dakota pipeline

United Methodists have supported the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its efforts to protect both water quality and its spiritual home.
Mission and Ministry
Stacey Abrams, shown in this 2014 file photo, urged United Methodists to “do right by the earth,” during the Festival of Homiletics, which was held online because of COVID-19. Abrams attends Columbia Drive United Methodist Church in Decatur, Ga., and is the daughter of two United Methodist elders. File photo courtesy of Stacey Abrams.

Preaching can highlight climate crisis

United Methodists spoke about environmental justice at an online gathering devoted to the art of preaching.
Mission and Ministry
A well pad for a hydraulically fractured gas well lies at the end of a gravel access road near Plum Run, W.Va. Aerial photography flight courtesy of SouthWings.

Photo Feature: Preaching creation care in the land of fracking

The continued rise of fracking activity in West Virginia has divided not only communities but also churches — usually between those who stand to profit and others concerned about the long-term environmental impact.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Deidra Wright shows off some of the bounty of the community garden at Columbia Drive United Methodist Church, which she founded. Photo courtesy of Columbia Drive United Methodist Church.

Creation care gets traction as priority

United Methodist efforts to be environmentally friendly are on the rise. EarthKeepers training through Global Ministries is a popular way to get started.

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