“ A Time for New Things” — A Summary Report of the 103 rd Annual Meeting
“A Time for New Things" was the theme of President and CEO Brian R. Bodager’s report to members and guests, during the 103rd annual meeting of The Pension Boards-United Church of Christ, Inc. (Pension Boards), held Friday, May 12, 2017, at The Interchurch Center in New York City. The Rev. Dr. Rodney Franklin, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, convened the meeting at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Time), and welcomed attendees.
As she listened to an update Sunday on a resolution passed four years ago urging all settings of the church to divest from fossil fuel companies, Laura Keating texted her pastor, asking if their church had divested.
The answer: no. And not likely to happen due to "oil barons" serving as trustees.
Dismayed, Keating, a Member in Discernment from the Montana Conference, stood up at the hearing and asked: "How can we make changes in churches when the culture is very pro-fossil fuel?"
The Rev. Darrell L. Goodwin, an ordained United Church of Christ minister and member of the United Church of Christ Board, has been named Program Director of the Pension Boards’ Faith and Personal Finance Initiative, a project funded by a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. In this role, he will administer a five-year program of financial education and wellness for UCC authorized ministers from historically underrepresented groups.
Dr. John D. Ordway, who served as Executive Vice President of the Pension Boards from 1975 until his retirement in 1994, died April 3, 2017 in Naples, Florida, at the age of 89.