James Antal

Jim Antal is a denominational leader, activist and public theologian.  He led the 360 churches of the Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ from 2006 to his retirement in 2018.  An environmental activist from the first Earth Day in 1970, in July 2017 Antal authored a resolution declaring a new moral era in opposition to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. The national UCC Synod passed that resolution with a 97% supermajority.  In July 2013 Antal wrote and championed the UCC’s resolution to divest from fossil fuel companies, the first of its kind in the country.   In 2010 he founded NEREM (New England Regional Environmental Ministries), and continues to write the Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast

Antal’s vocation includes the spiritual discipline of non-violent civil disobedience.  In the mid-80’s he served as Executive Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (USA), an interfaith pacifist organization.  He is a graduate of Princeton University, Andover Newton Theological School, and Yale Divinity School, where he was Henri Nouwen‘s teaching assistant.  In 2017, Yale Divinity School honored him with the William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice. Beginning in July 2018, Antal will intensify his work as a the UCC’s national spokesperson on climate change.  

His new book, CLIMATE CHURCH, CLIMATE WORLD, was published in March 2018.

Blog Posts

Religious Leaders’ Symposium on Climate Crisis – A Few Takeaways - 6/11/2018

World Religious Leaders Confront Climate Crisis - 6/11/2018

Many Voices, One Mission: Born for Such a Time as This - 5/23/2018

Clergy, Environmental Activists Invited to Sign Letter - 5/9/2018

Join Me - Fridays at the State House - 9/27/2017

United Church of Christ Declares a New Moral Era - 7/10/2017

Resurrection People Marching For God's Creation - 4/26/2017

Earth Day Resources and the April 29 People's Climate March - 3/22/2017

Be The Church in a Time Such As This - Message 2 - 1/27/2017

A New Era in the Climate Justice Movement Begins on January 20th at Noon - 1/18/2017

Be The Church in a Time Such As This - Message 1 - 1/17/2017


The Orlando Shootings - A Pastoral Letter from Jim Antal - 6/13/2016

Faith Leaders Communicating on Climate - New Video from Jim Antal - 5/13/2016

Recommended reading: The Pollinator - 4/20/2016

I urge you to join the UCC Keep It In The Ground movement - 4/4/2016

Holy Week message from Jim Antal - 3/22/2016

The Interdependence of Spiritual Discipline and Prophetic Witness - 2/8/2016

Creation is at a Crossroads - THE OPPORTUNITY - 9/23/2015

The Time has Come for Every Pastor and Congregation to Join the Pope in Restoring Creation - 9/14/2015

Julian Bond - Champion of Intergenerational Justice for All (Including Creation) - 8/17/2015

Charleston - Grief, Courage and Witness - 6/19/2015

Connecting With Pope Francis' Call for Climate Action - 6/18/2015

Continuing To Make Each Other Better - Synod 2015 Resolution 16 - 5/14/2015

Exploring interfaith efforts on common earth issues - 5/12/2015

Personal Divestment Workshop on March 22 at First Church Cambridge - 3/11/2015

Recommended Reading: Advice for today's leaders - 1/14/2015

Anticipating Climate Activism Among Churches in the Commonwealth - 12/15/2014

It’s time for all of us to condemn the repeated killings of unarmed black men by police officers who are supposed to protect and serve - 12/4/2014

Preparing for the grand jury announcement from Ferguson - 11/21/2014

Ferguson and What We Can Do - 8/20/2014

An Invitation to the People's Climate March NYC September 21 - Convene Worship on the Streets of NYC! - 8/12/2014

Prayers for our Colleague and Friend Andy Gustafson - 5/14/2014

UCC's landmark lawsuit is an important step in defense of freedom - 4/28/2014

Witnessing for Creation - Opportunities for you and your Congregation - February 2014 - 2/7/2014

Advent and Nelson Mandela - A Pastoral Letter to the Mass Conference UCC from Jim Antal, Minister & President - 12/6/2013

Do not grow weary of giving generously to urgent needs - 11/19/2013

Making God's Love and Justice Real in Every Congregation - 10/21/2013

Introducing New Economy Week - Seven days of action Oct. 12 - 18 - 10/2/2013

Witnessing for Creation - Opportunities for You - 9/9/2013

Engaging Horror - 9/4/2013

Exodus: a march from one way of life to another - 8/28/2013

Why We Divested - 7/19/2013

A Time to Come Together - For One Another and for Creation: Saturday at Old South Church and Trinity Church in Copley Square - 4/23/2013

Providing light for this journey through darkness is what our churches do - 4/19/2013

Our hearts remain broken - 4/17/2013

From the Minister & President: Prayers for Bomb Victims and Boston - 4/15/2013

Ash Wednesday 2013: A Good Day to be Arrested as an Advocate for God's Creation - 2/13/2013

Worship service in celebration of Sue Dickerman to be held April 6 - 1/30/2013

Mass Conference Climate and Environmental updates - 1/23/2013