Rev. Brooks Berndt is now approaching the eighth year as the pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Vancouver, Washington. During this time, his church has distinguished itself for its activism on a range of issues including marriage equality, police brutality, commonsense gun laws, child hunger, and environmental pollution. The church's efforts are regularly covered by newspapers and television stations in Portland. The model of collective action at Berndt's church is a central subject of a book he coauthored with the Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr. The book is entitled Sounding the Trumpet: How Churches Can Answer God's Call to Justice. Cornel West has praised it as “a masterpiece…full of deep spiritual truths.” Berndt is now involved opposing plans to ship coal, oil, and gas through the Pacific Northwest. The proposed amount of fossil fuel for these shipments would lead to more carbon pollution annually than five Keystone XLs. Due to a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, the city has emerged as a hotspot in the struggle against global warming.