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Almost since its beginning in the United States, Unitarian Universalism (UU) has held special reverence for the earth. Unitarian forbears such Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau and other Transcendentalists saw divinity in nature. Thus, nature is sacred, not something to be dominated or simply used.
Today, reverence for the world is incorporated into our faith's Principles and Sources. One principle affirms and promotes "respect for the interdependent web of all existence" of which we are a part; one of the sources of Unitarian Universalism recognizes the important role that "spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature" plays in our religious practice.Visit a Unitarian Universalist congregation now - we welcome you!
From Pagans to eco-feminists to religious naturalists such as Rachel Carson to a host of other UUs for whom care the environment is an integral part of faith, UU congregations are bustling meeting places for earth-centered spirituality and activism.
Our congregations participate in the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA's) Green Sanctuary Program, get resources and support from Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, and engage in social activism on issues of environmental justice. UU children and adults learn respect for the earth in our religious education classes and our worship services.
Chances are that a Unitarian Universalist congregation near you is planning something special in honor of Earth Day, which we celebrate on Earth Day Sunday, April 26th. We invite you to drop by for a visit.
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