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Green Sanctuary Accreditation: An ERUUF Strategic Goal!

Did you know that Green Sanctuary Accreditation is a current strategic goal for our faith community? Well, it is and all ERUUF members and friends are invited to learn more about Green Sanctuary and to engage in the accreditation process as much as possible. 

The Earth Justice Action Group would like to thank our leadership for this commitment to demonstrate our 7th Principle (as well as the 6th, 2nd, and 1st) in our lives, individually and collectively at higher levels of expression!  The first opportunities to learn more are through active participation in one of the upcoming Green Sanctuary Congregational Engagement Sessions scheduled for 10/8, 10/22, and 11/5, 1-2:30 in the Fellowship Hall. In the meantime, if you are unfamiliar with the Green Sanctuary Accreditation, please familiarize yourself with the process by reading the rest of this handout (from the UUA website) or visit the UUA site yourself at http://www.uua.org/environment/sanctuary.

What is Green Sanctuary?

Green Sanctuary (GS) is a unique opportunity for deep congregational growth and transformation through a commitment to make every aspect of congregational life as sustainable and environmentally responsible as possible. This comprehensive program educates congregations about their environmental impact as institutions and individuals. Action plans seek to increase building sustainability, improve congregational practices, and create relationships within the wider community.

Congregations seeking Green Sanctuary accreditation will educate themselves and create projects in four focus areas:

  • Environmental Justice - Environmental Justice acknowledges that marginalized communities are often hit first and hardest by environmental crisis. Congregations shift from providing charity to working in solidarity with communities most affected by climate change.  
  • Worship and Celebration - As we work together towards a cleaner, more just and sustainable world, worship enables us to stay connected to each other and to celebrate the work we have accomplished.
  • Religious Education - Religious Education shapes more than minds. It shapes the attitudes and practices of children, families and the entire adult congregation while inspiring us to keep working toward our goal of sustainable practices.
  • Sustainable Living - Sustainable living requires us to treat the world more gently by using fewer resources and being mindful of the choices we make.  

 Congregations follow a customized, five-stage process towards accreditation:

Stage 1: Team Building, Congregational Education & Engagement

Stage 2:  Congregational Assessment

Stage 3: Creating an Action Plan

Stage 4: Applying to be a Green Sanctuary Congregation

Stage 5: Gaining Green Sanctuary Accreditation

For more information, contact a co-chair of our Green Sanctuary Accreditation Team (Earth Justice), Denise Frizzell or Albert Hardy.