Last week during General Synod, the United Church of Christ voted to begin a process of divesting from fossil fuels. The Washington Post covers the story here.
The original resolution called for immediate divestment, and I did not support it. My reservations were
- Many members of the United Church of Christ, including friends, family, and church members of mine, work for fossil fuel companies or receive royalties for oil and gas.
- A place like Oklahoma would be even poorer and more backward without the profits from fossil fuel companies, jeopardizing other of our social justice aims.
- The best fossil fuel companies view themselves as energy companies and are the institutions with the resources and position to invest in sustainable and alternative energy.
- I also thought we need to start a conversation, not make a final judgement.