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Thousands Join UUs for Climate Justice Month

UUs rally at the People's Climate March.

By Jill Goddard

Unitarian Universalists (UUs) and other people of faith and conscience across the country are participating in Climate Justice Month from World Water Day (March 22) to Earth Day (April 22).

The month is a time of reflection and spiritual grounding leading to commitment to long-term actions for climate justice.

Congregations and faith groups are worshiping in ways that both honor interconnectedness and also call members forward to deepen partnerships across lines of difference and work for positive change.

For example, the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church of Sarasota, FL, is hosting a series of workshops and a symposium on being good stewards of the environment.

Additionally, each day of the month, individuals and families are engaging in spiritual practices together and learning about how we can collectively shift to a low carbon future, advance the human rights of affected communities, and grow the climate justice movement.

“It is no longer just about saving our planet, but about saving humanity. We all must respond to the call for creating a sustainable future. We hope this period of reflection and discernment prepares us for the challenge ahead,” said the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).

Each week focuses on a different reflection theme with daily messages:

  • Week 1 (Water)—rejoicing in connection with the natural world and its gifts.

“There’s nothing more fundamental to life than water. And that’s why water has always been such a sacred religious symbol—of breath, of purity, of abundance.” —Rev. Dr. William Schulz, president of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). (Read More)

  • Week 2 (Fire)—reckoning with the impacts and injustices of climate change, exploring where our energy comes from.

“Let our broken hearts ignite / the warning fires. / Rouse the town to suffering, / to goodness, and to life.” —Rev. Karen Brammer, Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA’s) Green Sanctuary manager and minister at the Fourth Unitarian Society of Westchester in Mohegan Lake, NY. (Read More)

  • Week 3 (Air)—reconnecting with hope through relationship.

“May we feel the urgency to fight for our air and fight for our future—together.”—Kenny Wiley, UU World senior editor and director of religious education at Prairie UU Church in Denver, CO. (Read More)

  • Week 4 (Earth)—committing to long-term actions to shift energy, advance human rights, and grow the movement.

“Committing to climate justice isn’t about sacrifice. It’s about being alive and connected to Earth and a multi-species community.” —Rev. Peggy Clarke, Steering Committee member for Commit2Respond, Green Sanctuary, and UU Environmental Justice Collaboratory.

Climate Justice Month is organized by Commit2Respond, the new climate justice initiative led by UU groups including the UUA and the UUSC.

What you can do:

  • Join Commit2Respond.
  • Take action and commit to making a difference.
  • Read EcoWatch’s article on Climate Justice Month.

About the Author

Jill Goddard

Jill Goddard was the former Public Relations Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

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