An important principle of Unitarian Universalism is “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” Because of this principle our church organized a ministry team to discuss how we as a church might better follow this principle both as an organization as well as in our individual lives.
The Green Sanctuary Ministry Team is committed to building awareness of environmental issues and generating an interest for personal lifestyle changes among our fellow UUs as well as the general community. Its members strive to build a sustainable world as well as a connection between spiritual practice and environmental consciousness.
To accomplish these goals, among other things, the Green Sanctuary does the following:
Collaborates with the Properties Ministry Team to ensure that use of our buildings and grounds is done in such a way as to lessen our impact on the earth. Accomplishments have included converting to high-efficiency lights throughout the church, eliminating in-ground sprinkler watering of the lawn, and reducing our air conditioning use.
Chooses a yearly theme to focus the work of the team. Starting in the fall of 2019, the Green Sanctuary’s theme will be “Faith and Climate Change.” To educate the congregation and community members on the theme, the Green Sanctuary hosts many events, educational opportunities, and leads an Earth Day worship service.