The Rev. Jim Antal
Jim Antal is a denominational leader, activist and public theologian. He has been the leader of the Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ for 12 years. An environmental activist from the first Earth Day in 1970, 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 the resolution with a 97% super-majority. 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), which organizes various ecumenical environmental activities including the Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast. Antal’s vocation includes the spiritual discipline of non-violent civil disobedience.
Antal served churches in Shaker Heights, Ohio and Newton, Massachusetts. In the mid-80’s he served as Executive Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (USA), an interfaith pacifist organization. Antal began his ministry as a chaplain and teacher at several schools, including Northfield Mount Herman and Andover. He is a graduate of Princeton Universtiy, 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 from Peace and Justice.
Beginning in July 2018, Antal will intensify his work as a UCC’s national spokesperson on climate change. His new book, CLIMATE CHURCH, CLIMATE WORLD, will be published in March 2018. Look for him and his wife, Cindy Shannon, cycling through the hills of Vermont, and follow him on Twitter @JimAntal.