This page is provided by Oregon Interfaith Power & Light to assist congregations and denominations interested in fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment. During the summer of 2013, an EMO Fossil Fuel Divestment and Reinvestment Task Force is working on a resolution to come before the EMO Board in September on the issue, with recommendations for EMO finances and member denominations and congregations. Please e-mail updates and copies of resolutions or resource materials produced by your congregation, denomination or organization to firstname.lastname@example.org for posting.
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Board of Directors passes fossil fuel divestment resolution.
In 2013, the Board of Directors of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) voted unanimously to approve a resolution to divest EMO's investments from the top 200 fossil fuel companies and commit to a spectrum of strategies to reduce the use of fossil fuels, our carbon footprint and complicity with the fossil fuel industry. It also encourages other faith-based institutions and denominations to consider divestment and the spectrum of strategies. Oregon Interfaith Power & Light, EMO's Public Policy Advocacy, and the EMO Finance Committee are charged to carry out different aspects of the resolution. View the resolution. View Biblical Reflections on Faith and Climate Change Action.
Diocese of Olympia passes fossil fuel divestment resolution.
Read the full story.
Key Bill McKibben Articles
The Fossil Fuel Resistance - Bill McKibben [Rolling Stone]
Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math - Bill McKibben [Rolling Stone]
Playing offense: It’s time to divest from the oil industry, Jan. 02, 2013 by Bill McKibben
Go Fossil Free
Top 200 Fossil Fuel Companies
A Campus Guide to Fossil Fuel Divestment
Fossil Fuel Divestment 101 - Swarthmore Mountain Justice
The Economic Case for Divesting from Fossil Fuels: 10 Keys
Unburnable Carbon - Carbon Tracker Initiative
Do the Investment Math: Building a Carbon-Free Portfolio - Aperio Group
Divest and Reinvest: A Faith Based Guide
More churches calling for divestment
A Complete Guide to Reinvestment
Green Century Fund
Pax World Fund
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) is the pioneer coalition of active shareowners who view the management of their investments as a catalyst to promote justice and sustainability in the world. Many EMO member organizations are members of ICCR.
Go to www.gofossilfree.org for petitions and reports on faith-based divestment efforts and post your own information.
The UCC to divest fossil fuel stocks. Should the Episcopal Church?
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Oregon Synod Divestment from Fossil Fuels Resolution
Story on the resolution passed by the Oregon Synod in May 2013
Another story on the passage of the resolution and part of the back story
Move Our Money, Protect Our Planet Campaign of Shalom Center
Beyond the Letter of the Law: Jewish Ethical Investing in Light of Climate Change
Notes from a Small Planet: Fossil Fuel Divestment
Presbyterian Church, USA
Action of Immediate Witness on fossil fuel divestment.
Passed: Fossil fuel divestment AIW
Local: Four UU congregations pull investments from fossil fuel companies
United Church of Christ
Local: Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ Resolution Urging Divestment from Fossil Fuel companies.
National: Resolution Urging Divestment – Along with Other Strategies – From Fossil Fuel Companies to Address Climate Change.
Original resolution sent to UCC General Assembly.
Resolutions, Statements and Overtures by Denomination – Other Countries
Resolution from the Uniting Church in Australia passed in April 2013
Church of England: General Synod re-affirms the Church of England's commitment to play a leading role in the effort to prevent dangerous climate change, February 12, 2014. Read press release.