The Rev. Dr. James Antal
Dr. Antal is a denominational leader, climate activist, author and public theologian.
He serves as Special Advisor on Climate Justice to the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ.
Antal’s book, Climate Church, Climate World, was featured on Earth Day 2018 in the Chicago Tribune.
From 2006-2018, Antal led the 350 UCC churches in Massachusetts as their Conference Minister and President.
Antal is a graduate of Princeton University, Andover Newton Theological School, and Yale Divinity School, which recently honored him with the William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice.
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.