On October 10, 2010, Unitarian Universalists across the country participated in the 10/10/10 Global Work Party. Coordinated by 350.org, the 10/10/10 Global Work Party is an international grassroots initiative encouraging politicians to take action against global warming. More than 7,000 events comprising the 10/10/10 Global Work Party were held in 188 countries. With encouragement from the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, eighty-nine Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) congregations and two Unitarian Universalist statewide networks supported the 10/10/10 Global Work Party.
“I am truly impressed to see so many Unitarian Universalists taking part in the 10/10/10 Global Work Party,” said UUA President Rev. Peter Morales. “It’s a beautiful example of the connection between our faith and service to others, and creates a positive, lasting bond between Unitarian Universalists and their wider communities. I look forward to seeing this work extended year after year.”
Unitarian Universalists planned a variety of events across the country. Members of the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, Ohio, volunteered at the Blaine Community Garden. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St Augustine, Florida, hosted a Global Work Day and Sustainability Fair. Activities at the fair included gardening, learning about vermiculture, and writing letters to elected representatives. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton, New York, celebrated both the 10/10/10 Global Work Party and the congregation’s recognition as a UUA Green Sanctuary, by announcing their gift of a solar panel to President Obama.
To see photographs from these and other 10/10/10 Global Work Party events supported by UUA congregations, visit the photo album on the UUA’s Facebook Page.
Environmental justice is central to the social justice work of the UUA and its member congregations. The UUA has supported environmental protection for more than forty years, and the 2006 General Assembly of the UUA voted to pass a Statement of Conscience on the Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change. In 2009, more than ninety UUA congregations participated in the 350.org International Day of Climate Action.
Media Coverage of UUA Congregations Supporting 10/10/10
“Small carbon footprint big attraction at Sunday’s building walk-through,” Shore News Today, October 13, 2010.
“Solar Panel to Obama,” WIVT/WBGH News Channel 34, October 12, 2010.
“Binghamton group offers solar panel to White House,” The Press and Sun-Bulletin, October 11, 2010.
“Interfaith garden joins 350.org celebration,” Lexington Patch, October 11, 2010.
“Local efforts to fight global climate change planned Sunday,” WAMC Northeast Public Radio, October 8, 2010.
“Sustainability fair Sunday,” The St. Augustine Record, October 8, 2010.
“10-10-10: Goal to plant 350 trees by this Sunday,” Peninsula Daily News, October 7, 2010.
“Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation is hosting a 350.org Work Party on October 10, 2010 at 11:30 a.m.,” The Weekly, September 27, 2010.
“Faith to Face Poverty Week puts hidden topic out in the open to boost awareness and aid,” The Post-Cresent, September 27, 2010.
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