Our purpose is to educate, inspire, organize, and support congregational and personal practices that honor and sustain our planet Earth. Our church has been accredited as a Green Sanctuary by the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Green Sanctuary Action Plan for 2016-2017

The First Unitarian Church of Chicago has become a Green Sanctuary. Our purpose is to educate, inspire, organize, and support congregational and personal practices that honor and sustain our planet Earth.

Worship:
Hold 2 or 3 environmentally oriented worship services.

Education:
Encourage the inclusion in children’s religious education of lessons that help build a spiritual connection with Earth and nuture good stewardship practices.

Multi-media/format environmental education for adult consisting of a combination of movies, guest speakers, plus occasional tours, and an environmental book reading and discussion group.

Environmental Justice:
Work with the Southeast Environmental Task Force to fight enviromental threats facing the southeast side of Chicago.

Sustainable Living:
Promote recycling at all events involving church members.

Encourage less electricity use in the church, through the installation of additional motion sensors and solar powered walkway lights paid for from the Green Sanctuary funds.

Household hazardous waste, plus some computer electronics collection, for the mid-southeast side, once a year.

Lead or participate in cleaning up a beach near Hyde Park as part of the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ annual Adopt-A-Beach cleanup on the third Saturday in September.

The Green Sanctuary Group is affiliated with the Unitarian Universal Ministry for Earth, a nation wide organization, www.uumisinisryforearth.org.