Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This week, more than any other time, my prayers are focused on you, that you may be blessed by God’s guidance as you minister in Christ’s name amidst the challenges and opportunities of Holy Week.  Yesterday’s gathering at the Hynes Convention Center provides a most vivid reminder of all that we are capable of – from unconscionable violence to unlimited self-sacrifice.  The themes of Holy Week and Passover are everywhere apparent.  The need for hope, the temptation to despair, the opportunities for generosity and sharing have never been greater.  I pray and trust that God will provide you with just what you need to be the minister God has called you to be.

I also ask you to please take a minute to join me in a timely opportunity for witness.  On May 2, representatives of Better Future Project / 350 Massachusetts and Students for a Just and Stable Future (SJSF) will meet with Governor Patrick to ask the Governor to implement the platform outlined in the Climate Legacy Campaign: Ban the Worst, Build Only the Best, and Begin to Price the Rest.  Click here to go to a Google Form to read the letter and add your name.  Just as the UCC has led the nation in our vote to divest from fossil fuel companies, the Commonwealth can lead the nation in setting clean energy standards.  Your name will add to the moral weight of this message.

Holy Week blessings,

The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal,
Conference Minister and President


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