James Antal, ‘78 M.Div.

2017William Sloane Coffin '56 Award for Peace and Justice

Jim Antal ’78 M.Div. is Conference Minister and President of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. Since he was called in 2006, Antal’s leadership has been especially noteworthy in the areas of the environment and climate change. Most recently, he authored a UCC resolution to divest from fossil fuel companies (link is external), which was successfully passed at the UCC’s Synod in July 2013. Antal formerly served as senior minister of Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio. The holder of a D.Min. from Andover Newton, he is the winner of the Rabbi Murray Rothman Prize for his contributions to interfaith community relations and the author of Considering a New Call: Ethical and Spiritual Challenges for Clergy (Alban Institute, 2000).