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Celebrating Earth Day
April 22. Unitarian Universalism’s seventh principle: “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part” makes this a day to celebrate religiously. Themes can include: earth-centered spirituality; connecting to the divine through nature; caretaking of the environment; the interdependent web. Another day to celebrate these themes is Arbor Day, the date of which varies from state to state.
In 2015, we invite all Unitarian Universalists to join in Commit2Respond, a UU/interfaith effort to ground climate justice in a spiritual foundation.
The Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth envisions a world in which reverence, gratitude, and care for the living Earth are central to the lives of all people. Their purpose is to inspire, facilitate, and support personal, congregational, and denominational practices that honor and sustain the Earth and all beings. They affirm and promote the seven principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association, including: "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part."
From Tapestry of Faith Curricula
Unitarian Universalist Perspectives
- UU World Articles on Earth Day
- Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth
- Earth Day: An Alphabet Book by Gary Kowalski
Words for Worship Services
- A Child’s Chalice Lighting of Gratitude for the Earth
- Like the First Hint of Green
- All Our Relations
- Blessing of the Animals -- St. Francis Day
- Bring Us Close to the Earth
- Communion with Earth and Sky
- Earth Day Prayer: In the Spirit of Indigenous Traditions
- For an intergenerational worship service on ecology
- Garden Prayer
- Meditation on Planting
- This Is How We Are Called
- We Thank You Sky for Your Blue
- As surely as we belong to the universe
- Children of the earth and sky
- Committed to Respond
- Once More
- Water! Earth! Air! Fire!
- Communion Circle