UUCM's Green Sanctuary Program is an important component of our Social Justice work and is guided by the seventh UU principle: "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." In 2009, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) formally recognized our congregation as an accredited Green Sanctuary. Read the acknowledgement letter.
A Green Sanctuary is a UU congregation that lives its commitment to the Earth by creating a sustainable lifestyle for its members as individuals and as a faith community. Sustainable living is a choice: We choose to live in a way that nurtures life, builds relationships, and rejects material consumption as the sole determinant of happiness.
- Build awareness of the significance and complexity of environmental issues.
- Encourage personal lifestyle changes.
- Engage in community action on environmental issues.
- Strengthen the connection between spiritual practice and Earth consciousness.
- Work to heal environmental injustices.
Green Sanctuary Program accreditation requires the involvement of the entire congregation. In 2005-06, the congregation chose to pursue this accreditation, from among several possible social justice programs. A Green Sanctuary Committee was then sanctioned by the Board of Trustees.
- Worship Collaboration
- Environmental Justice
- Religious Education
- Sustainable Living
In 2006-07, we conducted an internal audit of existing environmental actions and programs, and then developed an action plan for implementing our 12 activities. We received our accreditation in 2009, after completing all 12 activities.
- Counting trees on the UUCM property.
- Helping to plant native oaks.
- Learning about low carbon diets.
- Learning about barn owls, an important local natural predator, through a visit from the Hungry Owl Project.
Through the Green Sanctuary accreditation process, we learned that UUCM had been taking important steps to help our environment for a long time. The 12 activities we implemented to obtain accreditation built upon an already solid foundation of environmental action. We are committed to continuing these ongoing, daily activities in our congregation and in our homes.
- Pay attention to and implement in your own home the Green Alerts listed on the back of each Sunday's order of service. Have a suggestion? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Reduce first, then Reuse, and then Recycle.
- Stop junk mail. Download a free kit at StopJunkMail.org.
- Properly dispose of all electronics: Marin Computer Resource Center, Renew Computers, Marin Freecycle.
- Eat "low carbon" meals.
- Reduce your total carbon footprint. Learn how at Carbonfund.org.
- Act locally: Sustainable Marin.
- Learn about a state-wide religious response to climate change: California Interfaith Power and Light.
- Participate in UU Ministry for Earth's environmental initiatives.
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