In 2014 our congregation voted to undertake the work necessary to become a designated Green Sanctuary Congregation. This is a project we are committed to, although we have not yet undertaken the final phase.
Green Sanctuary is a Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) program designed to guide congregations on a path of assessment and discovery followed by action related to environmental justice and battling climate change. The Green Sanctuary program is an opportunity for congregations to engage in an in-depth review of the church’s activities related to the last of our seven principles: “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”
The Green Sanctuary journey provides a framework for us to work together to deepen and broaden our commitment to the Earth, to conservation and environmental action, and to justice through designing and implementing projects in the following areas: worship and celebration, religious education, sustainable living, and environmental justice.
Given the increasingly urgent need for courageous action to fight climate change and the environmental and human injustices that it causes (climate justice), we are all called upon to commit to a new level of congregational engagement. Green Sanctuary congregations are infused with a spirit and passion to join others in life- and planet-saving work.
Responsibilities as a Green Sanctuary Church:
- Ensure compliance with the UUA’s Green Sanctuary Program
- Coordinate Annual Earth Fair
- Work to improve the environmental sustainability of the church grounds
- Work to minimize the negative environmental impact of the church buildings
- Work to minimize the negative environmental impact of materials used by the church
- Work to balance the negative environmental impact of church activities with the benefits of those activities
- Provide environmentally relevant information to congregation members and to the community at large