We are working to become a Green Sanctuary.  This is one of the ways we work toward a vision of healthier, more sustainable future.  To contact our Green Sanctuary committee, email green@esuuc.org.

Green Committee Events

The Green Committee has a series of events coming up over the next few months. I hope you will be able to join us for all of them!

First, on Saturday July 21, the Green Committee is sponsoring a campout at the church. Come one, come all! Bring your tents and sleeping gear, chairs, and food to share. We will have a fire suitable for smore’s making and such. We will play games, sing songs, tell stories, and generally enjoy one another’s company. We plan to be there by around 5 to start setting up.

In August, on Saturday the 11th, we are sponsoring a trip to Morris Farm, an organic, pick your own veggies, farm! Address: 110 Slebodnik Rd, Irwin, PA 15642. Phone: (724) 446-3521. On Saturday’s the farm is open from 2 to 5. For those who are interested, we will plan a carpool, with more details to follow. The Farm’s website is morrisorganic.com. It has more information about the farm, and the price list for produce picked.

In September, on either Saturday September 8 or Saturday September 15, we will have a Corn Roast and Canning party at Bonny Rocket-Wagner and Tim Wagner’s house! This should be loads of fun, and we get to eat roasted corn! More detail will be included in the September newsletter entry, but knowing how fast the September calendar can fill up, we wanted to let you know about it well in advance of the actual date.

Green Committee Project

The Green Committee is continuing to plan a garden project that will require a great number of plastic bottlecaps. Rather than discard any you may find yourself with, please bring them to church. A collection box is in the community room. When we have enough, we will create a beautiful surprise! All colors are needed! Thanks for your help.

You may have noticed that our project to get rid of weeds in the labyrinth is meeting with some success. We have been using a more organic weed killer made of non-edible vinegar, isopropyl alcohol, dawn dishwashing liquid, and salt. As the weeds die off we will need to remove them, but hopefully this will then keep our labyrinth in better condition over the summer and throughout the year! Please feel free to remove any weeds you see, dead or alive, at any time! The help is much appreciated!

The Green and Labyrinth Committees have also begun phase 2 of the labyrinth project by completing the planter boxes located on the side of the church, and these have now been planted. We have a soaker hose on a timer in the first box and are doing an experiment with watering the second box. For that box we are using 2-liter bottles with holes poked in the bottom, and filled up on a weekly basis. In theory anyway! – we are in need of probably 5 to 10 two-liter bottles! If you have any you’d like to get rid of, we’d appreciate your bringing them to us. If you leave them in the community room, we’ll get them and get our experiment under
way!

 

 


 

Earth Hour – MARCH 24, 2018, 8:30 TO 9:30 PM
WHAT IS EARTH HOUR? – AN HOUR LONG EVENT
Around the globe, millions of people, businesses, and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights, and make noise for climate change action. This year Earth Hour is at 8:30pm on 24 March 2018.  RUN BY YOU

Earth Hour belongs to you. Each year, millions of you come together to make Earth Hour happen. Coordinated by WWF and other volunteer organizations, together we’re shining a light on the need for action on climate change.

CREATING IMPACT
Earth Hour is more than an event. It is a movement. Over the last 10 years, we have achieved massive environmental impact. Together with your support, we’re helping change laws, lives and our planet! How great is that?

 

 


Unitarian Universalist congregations that have been recognized as a Green Sanctuary live with a deep awareness of our climate crisis and the deep environmental injustices of our time. They commit to four practices, grounded in Unitarian Universalist principles:

  • Environmental Justice: We partner with marginalized communities who are hit first and hardest by environmental crisis.  In partnering with these communities we are able to address human and environmental needs at the same time.
  • Worship and Celebration: As we work together towards a cleaner, more just and sustainable world, worship inspires our work and reminds us of what is most sacred and most true.
  • Religious Education: Our workshops and programs for all ages shape attitudes and build practices that are sustainable and spiritually-grounded.
  • Sustainable Living: We treat the world more gently by using fewer resources and being mindful of the choices we make, both as a congregation and as households.

We invite all who share these values to join us on this journey of connection, sustainability, and hope. Contact a Board Member to get involved. And join our broad and growing movement for climate justice with Commit2Respond.