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.