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Congregations taking the lead in 2018

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Interfaith collaboration is off to a good start this year in Colorado, with an Earth Day and Faith Climate Week panel hosted by the Baha’i Center with IPL, with Jewish, Muslim, and Christian representation as well as a universalist focus on how all life is sacred and interconnected.
UCC has held events and sermons around the Our Children’s Trust Case.  For the second year, Congregation HarHaShem in Boulder has held an interfaith environmental symposium, this year with a fabulous keynote by the director of Cultural Survival, an Indigenous rights advocacy organization working worldwide to support implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Suzanne Benally (Navajo and Santa Clara Tewa from New Mexico) is from the Shiprock area. 
Matthew Fox has launched the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality locally and GreenFaith has been organizing meetings in Boulder.  Notes from both Matthew Fox’s April talk and Fr. Richard Rohr’s Earth Day weekend sessions at the Arvada Center with Contemplative Outreach will be posted soon.
Jefferson Unitarian Church is hosting our citizens and people of faith climate, next system conference on Sept. 21-22, 2018.  If you want to join the organizing team, contact us!
Young woman holding sunflowers with more UUs in background at 2014 People's Climate March in New York City.
Faith Folks Continue to Show Up at Climate Marches such as the People’s Climate March in New York City and the Science and Climate Marches last spring.

All life is interconnected. From the forest to the sea to humanity itself, each thread of being is woven into a single fabric of existence. We embrace nature’s beauty and are in awe of its power. We care for our environment so that it may sustain life for generations to come, an especially important responsibility because those who are most impacted by environmental destruction are often those with the least power. Creating a sustainable way of life is central to our view of a just and compassionate world.

Other examples of what congregations are doing:

  • Green Sanctuary Program
    Our congregations demonstrate their commitment to environmental justice by aligning their values with their actions through becoming certified Green Sanctuaries. For 15 years the Green Sanctuary program has helped more than 230 UU congregations live out this commitment through spiritual connection, education, sustainable living, and social justice. Newly updated since 2012!
  • Ethical Eating
    We recognize the moral consequences of our food choices and pay attention to the impact of our involvement in the food system. Starting in 2011, UUs across the country committed to engage with eating as an ethical issue. Learn more through the ethical eating study guide and worship resources.
  • Divestment and Socially-Responsible Investment
    In 2014, Unitarian Universalists became one of the first religious groups to commit our financial investments to environmental justice. We have called on our denomination, our congregations, and our individual members to engage with how investments can be socially responsible, using available resources.
  • UN Climate Justice Initiative
    This initiative builds the UU climate change movement through education, advocacy, and collaboration with other climate change voices at the United Nations in order to promote a viable world with mitigated climate change.

Worship, Learn, and Live Your Faith

Worship

Education

  • Resource Guide for the 2006 “Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change” Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Statement of Conscience
  • Demonstrating Our Values through Eating (DOVE): a free food education curriculum written for Unitarian Universalists. The six-week course incorporates video, discussion, cooking sessions, and supplementary materials on themes of health, justice, compassion and sustainability.
  • Our Place in the Web of Life“: Download this introductory curriculum designed by the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth (UUMFE). In five sessions, the curriculum is a thorough introduction to environmental justice advocacy in a Unitarian Universalist context. Using highly-participatory techniques, the lesson plans take you through a journey exploring your values and the consequences of the choices you make
  • Climate Change Religious Education Curriculum: This curriculum has been developed by the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO), and many of the solutions discussed are from the UN.

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Partnership

Effective justice ministry depends on partnership, since climate change and environmental destruction touches everyone. UU partners for environmental justice work, beyond the Unitarian Universalist Association, include UU State Action Networks, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, the UU College of Social JusticeUU Ministry for Earth, and the UU United Nations Office Climate Change Task Force. UUs also form interfaith partnerships, such as with GreenFaith and Interfaith Power and Light.

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For more information contact socialjustice@uua.org.

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