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Green Sanctuary Program Fiscal Year 2010 3rd Quarter Report

Green Sanctuary program accomplishments

  1. The Congregational Stewardship Blog continued to host Green Sanctuary postings through May. The Green Sanctuary Blog was launched on June 8th. General Assembly environmental programming, First Parish in Needham, MA, and All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC were the first posts featured on this newly thriving blog. Expect to see 1-2 entries each week.
  2. Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church in Portland, ME and the UU Church of Saco and Biddeford, ME joined Morristown Unitarian Fellowship as the first congregations to engage in the Green Sanctuary Re-Accreditation Process.  It’s clear that their designation as a Green Sanctuaries has given their congregations the energy and enthusiasm for continued commitment to environmental practices.
  3. The Green Sanctuary Program encouraged congregations to register Earth Day events and 40/40/40 activities with the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth (UUMFE). Over 150 congregations registered Earth Day events.
  4. The Green Sanctuary Program provided congregational environmental justice projects to the UUMFE and Emily Kao, winter 2010 Environmental Intern in the Advocacy & Witness Washington office, created a searchable/sortable Excel spreadsheet of the environmental justice projects including links to congregational websites where you can find more information on the projects.
  5. In partnership with the Renewal Project, we invite UU congregations to participate in the Renewal Web Festival by submitting your own personal stories (videos, photos, graphics, writings…) at about engagement in the religious-environmental movement, specifically focusing on how commitment to the environment has affected your experience of faith.
  6. Program Manager, Robin Nelson, attended and spoke at the UU-UNO’s Spring Seminar: A Climate of Change on the Hearts: Faith Based Perspectives on Climate Change panel, led a Green Sanctuary webinar for the Mass Bay District, attended and provided a workshop at the Joseph Priestly District Spring Conference, attended and spoke at the Renewal Interfaith Premier event in Los Angeles, and attended, presented a workshop, led a discussion group, and spoke at Plenary honoring those congregations who achieved Green Sanctuary Accreditation in FY10 at General Assembly in Minneapolis.

Up-Coming Important Dates

  • 10/10/10 Day of Action
  • Ohio Meadville District Green Leadership Conference, October 23 at First UU Church, Youngstown, OH (Robin Nelson, Program Manager for the Green Sanctuary Program panel discussion about resources and programs for congregations interested in increasing their green involvement)
  • Northern New England District Sustainability Conference, November 5-6
  • EARTH DAY, April 22nd
  • General Assembly 2011: Charlotte, NC June 20-24

Green Sanctuary Statistics for the UUA

3 Re-Accreditation Candidacy, 130 Accredited, 120 Candidates

Total congregations participating 253

Total congregations entering re-accreditation candidacy in FY10 4th Quarter = 2

Total congregations accredited in FY10 4th Quarter = 6

Total congregations recognized as candidates in FY10 4th Quarter = 10

*Reminder: Green Sanctuary candidacy, accreditation, and re-accreditation applications are accepted year-round. Please send an electronic version of your application to uua_greensanctuary @ or rnelson @ whenever your application is ready. Turn-around time for applications is approximately one month.

This report was generated on July 27, 2010.

For more information contact uua_greensanctuary @

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Friday, July 20, 2012.

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