S: The Story of UUCF's Certification as a Green Sanctuary (2002-2011)
FC: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick The Story of UUCF's Certification as a Green Sanctuary 2002-2011
1: In the spring of 2003, we moved into our new building on Elmer Derr Road. | Some of us came together and formed the Green Sanctuary Committee to address this problem and to plan for candidacy and accreditation in a program then called the Seventh Principle Project of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Nine years later UUCF was certified as a Green Sanctuary Congregation. This album tells the story. | BRIEF HISTORY | In 2002, individuals in the congregation became concerned that plants proposed in the new building’s landscaping blueprints were not appropriate. For example, Bradford Pear trees which are not native and are very invasive had been selected for the parking area. | THEN | NOW
2: WHAT IS A GREEN SANCTUARY?? | A Green Sanctuary is a congregation that lives out its commitment to the Earth by creating a sustainable life style for its members as individuals and as a faith community. | Sustainable living is not about our material comfort (though these choices are an important part of the overall lifestyle). | Sustainable living is about choosing to live in a way that nurtures life, builds relationships, and rejects material consumption as the sole determinant of happiness. | In other words, a Green Sanctuary is a congregation which lives by the UU Seventh Principle to which we as UU's ascribe: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
3: The Green Sanctuary Program was an outgrowth of the UUA-affiliated organization, currently the UUMFE, which introduced | the concept of integrating our environmental consciousness into faith communities. | The National Unitarian Universalist Association provides guidelines by which a congregation may enroll in a program to become accredited as a Green Sanctuary Congregation. | To be accepted for Green Sanctuary candidacy, a congregation must develop an action plan for at least 12 projects distributed among 4 focus areas: * Sustainable living * Religious Education * Worship and Celebration * Environmental Justice | To become an Accredited Green Sanctuary, a congregation must implement and complete their action plan.
4: WHAT IS the GREEN SANCTUARY COMMITTEE & WHAT DOES IT DO?? | Although UUCF's Green Sanctuary Committee was most readily associated with the landscape, the mission was much broader. | The Green Sanctuary Committee was officially sanctioned in 2002 as an ongoing committee with membership representing all aspects of the congregational life, including religious education, worship, communications, buildings and grounds, finance, social justice, and others that are relevant to our congregation.
5: The committee's Charter declares the congregation's intention to seek as a Green Sanctuary congregation. The Green Sanctuary committee coordinates activities and documents their completion. | Mission Statement | The Green Sanctuary Committee of the UUCF upholds the 7th principle of Unitarian Universalism by bringing together our congregation and respect for the interdependent web of all existence through community action and awareness in honor of our ancestors and for the sake of seven generations to follow and beyond.
6: Rod Sauter was our first Chair of the Green Sanctuary Committee, and he and his wife Marie really got the momentum going. | In 2005, Sue Singley accepted directorship of the Circle of Life Cooperative Preschool, then Tom Swigart and Sandra Smith Gill assumed co-chairship. | Sue Singley and Chris Hodge took over when Rod and Marie left in 2004. | When Tom joined the UUCF Board of Trustees, Marney Bruce assumed co-chairship. Marney & Sandi continued as co-chairs until 2010.
7: In 2011, the Green Sanctuary Committee and the Social Action Committee merged to form the Social and Environmental Justice Committee (SEJC). | In the 2010-2011 year, these meetings focused on completing the application for UUCF certification as a Green Sanctuary. As part of our Certification Application, Pam spearheaded development of a plan for our new Watershed Stewardship Project | Linda, Marney, Sandi & Pam Gromen initiated monthly Green Sanctuary Discussion/Action meetings in the Fall of 2010. | The original mission of the Green Sanctuary Committee, to uphold and promote the Seventh Principle, was incorporated into the mission of the new SEJC, chaired by Linda Hallinan.
8: WHAT IS A GREEN SANCTUARY ACTION PLAN?? | As part of the application to UUMFE (UU Ministry for the Earth, formerly Seventh Principal Project) to enroll UUCF as a Green Sanctuary candidate, we submitted an Action Plan of projects designed as an environmental program concentrating on the four focus areas, with 12 specific subprograms under these headings. | It took over 4 years of hard work by many dedicated individuals to to develop and begin implemention of a Green Sanctuary Action Plan !
9: Becoming a Green Sanctuary is a serious commitment on the part of the entire congregation to incorporate the Seventh Principal into our everyday life, both within congregational activities and at home. | WHAT DOES THE GREEN SANCTUARY PROGRAM MEAN FOR ME? | The Green Sanctuary Program helps congregations develop an awareness of environmental issues, encourage personal lifestyle changes, and work to heal environmental injustices.
10: On June 3, 2007 the congregation unanimously | In 2004, UUCF formulated "Four Wishes" for the future. One of these Wishes was to be certified as a Green Sanctuary. | UUCF was admitted to Green Sanctuary candidacy in 2007. | voted to formally commit to this program as a congregation and as individuals.
11: On May 19, the UUCF Board of Trustees unanimously approved a motion recommending application to UUA for accredication. On June 6, 2011 the congregation unanimously voted to formally recommit to this program as a congregation and as individuals.
12: UUCF was officially welcomed by UUA as an accredited Green Sanctuary Congregation on June 25, 2011, at the UUA annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina.
13: Unfortunately, no one from UUCF was in attendance. However, Shauna Saunders, Bill Butler's daughter and a member of UU Congregation of Hillsborough, NC (a Green Sanctuary congregation) represented us at the Saturday reception, and accepted the certificate below.
14: Our 30 page application for certification described 17 projects in the 4 required areas, summarized in these tables. | Religious Education | Environmental Justice | Sustainable Living | Worship & Celebration
15: A copy of the complete application can be accessed on the Green Sanctuary web page of the UUCF web site (www.frederickuu.org)
16: WORSHIP & CELEBRATION | Rev. Robert Hughes, our current Consulting Minister
17: EARTH DAY | We have held special Earth Day Services most years since 2002 to promote the Seventh Principle and the message that every day is Earth Day. Our services often were given by guest speakers such as Katherine Jesch (2004, 2005) and Jim Scott. | Our 2010 service was led by our YRUU teen group. | In 2011 the Earth Day service was planned jointly by Green Sanctuary member Marney Bruce and Reverend Hughes who tied together the themes of Easter and Earth Day.
18: We traditionally have special activities and displays following the Earth Day Service that affirm the Seventh Principle. | In 2005 we held a Greening Charrette after the worship service on April 17th and Katherine Jesch attended. Many congregants attended and the workshop addressed every aspect of our Green Sanctuary goals. Attendees were given the opportunity to vote on the programs that were most important to them. This workshop provided the framework for building our Action plan
19: Each Earth Day, Ed Rau provides an educational display of plant species that have potential importance as future crops or medicines, demonstrating the importance of protecting endangered species, and how each is a strand in the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. | We arrange speakers or programs about environmental justice and sustainability. | In 2008 we featured displays about food shortages, global warming, and possible solutions. Among these, we demonstrated solar ovens. Our teen group made solar oven kits for younger children to construct, | and collected donations for providing solar ovens to refugees in Darfur. | In 2011 we hosted a presentation by Michael Judd, founder and Director of Project Bona Fide in Nicaragua. We also featured posters highlighting our | Green Sanctuary Program and progress in our certification efforts.
20: For several years we have promoted the entire month of April as Earth Month, emphasizing social and environmental justice issues. We usually designate UUMFE as our April (Earth Month) split-plate recipient. | In 2010 and 2011 we also celebrated Justice Sunday in April, with Reverend William Murry as a guest speaker. | Following the service, the Social & Environmental Justice Committee hosted an ice cream social for the congregation (serving local, organic ice cream), and had displays highlighting the ongoing social and environmental justice projects of the committee.
21: Our outdoor labyrinth is a focus for Earth-centered worship. | Our outdoor amphitheater also provides a natural environment for worship and communing with nature. | EARTH-CENTERED WORSHIP | (downloaded from Google-Maps)
22: Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPs) | Our CUUPs group provides celebrations to honor the Earth and its cycles. The group has been practicing at UUCF since 2005. | CUUPs seeks a life more in balance with nature by exploring the teachings and traditions of various pagan and Earth-centered religions and philosophies.
23: CUUPs has worked with our Worship Associates to incorporate drumming, rattling, and chanting into our Sunday services. | CUUPs regularly leads programs honoring the solstice, equinox, and other changes of the seasons.
25: BELTAINE (MAY DAY) | Beltaine is one of the most exciting festivals of the Wheel of the year. UUCF traditionally celebrates with a Maypole dance. | Blessing of the Earth 2011 | Love is the ultimate theme of Beltaine. Not just physical love, but love of spirit, love of life, love of ALL.
26: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION | Religious Education is a central and integral part of UUCF’s congregational life. | We believe in and promote lifespan religious education for all ages.
27: The YRUU teen group, lead by advisors, strengthens their faith together by working on group projects and activities that benefit | Nancy Hutchins oversees our Adult Spiritual Enrichment Program | We embrace social justice, caring for the earth, fairness and peace. | their congregations, their community, and beyond.
28: Nancy Hutchins oversees our Adult Spiritual Enrichment Program. | Our Adult Spiritual Enrichment Classes address myriad ethical and environmental issues, including Discussion Courses from the Northwest Institute. | ADULT SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM | Our Chalice Communities will be discussing study units on Environmental Justice this Fall (2011)
29: Workshops: We sponsored a Green Clean Workshop to educate members in green cleaning techniques and supplies. We have also sponsored workshops on composting and sustainable practices. We have arranged Master Gardening classes on organic and sustainable gardening and on rain gardens. We also sponsor periodic native plant sales. | Displays and Exhibits: The Green Sanctuary Program has regular displays in the atrium of the building and maintains a display cabinet. We have also developed table-top presentations on native plants, composting, landscaping for wildlife, closing the recycling loop, simple living, and more. | Community Project Participation: Currently our congregation is part of the larger Frederick Sustainability movement which includes symposiums and a film series. The SEJC/Green Sanctuary Committee has annually participated in a community event with a table or booth featuring displays highlighting the "Greening of our Faith Community" in the Waste Not! Expos in 2009 and 2010, and Frederick Earth Day in 2011.
30: Earth-Centered Children's Religious Education Programs | The lessons for the month of March 2011 were on earth-centered spirituality: Creation spirituality, Native American spirituality and Goddess religions. | The children have learned about stewardship of the earth, and the interdependent web. | Lora Powell, Director of Religious Education | Summer Religious Education programs have been earth-centered. Summer 2009 focused on Native American stories and earth stewardship, using stories and activities from Keepers of the Earth by Michael Caduto and Joseph Bruchac, to teach about Native American beliefs and their close relationship to the environment.
31: This summer, 2011, a one-room classroom for 3rd-8th grades used The Kids’ Book of Awesome Stuff to explore their connection to the interdependent web. The class also developed a meditation walk around the church grounds, using readings from many faith traditions as well as body prayers and meditations at each “corner” or stop on the walk. | The curriculum for summer 2010 was based on UUA's Tapestry of Faith: Gather the Spirit, a multigenerational workshop series on water stewardship. A favorite activity of the children was a demonstration and story of how difficult it is to keep “your” water clean if “their” water isn’t clean.
32: CIRCLE OF LIFE COOPERATIVE PRESCHOOL | The CLC Preschool, founded in 2004, provides a child-centered and parent-involved preschool program based on the foundation of the Unitarian Universalist Seven Principles and a belief that the family should be involved in their child's development. | The program is designed to be environmentally friendly and healthy for the children and the environment. | A green learning environment is very important. | Susan Singley, CLC teacher
33: The curriculum, derived from the natural world, introduces pre- and early-reading and math skills and teaches children the value of Stewardship of the Earth. | The CLC Preschool provides quality, ongoing, developmental and educational programming for three to four year olds in a weekday program. | The children learn about the environment at an age when they are exploring the world.
34: Green cleaning products and hand soap which use fair trade and organic ingredients are used in the classroom. The wall paint is low VOC. | Paper is recycled, snack leftovers are composted and trash items are up-cycled with Teracycle. | Most classroom equipment and toys are made of sustainable materials. Classroom materials are eco-conscious, and include wooden puzzles and blocks, cloth dolls, shells, sandstones and plants.
35: Organic snacks are served daily which include organic milk and local produce, including that which is harvested by the students from their own gardens. | The playground features several garden areas where strawberries, mint, lettuce, carrots and tomatoes are grown in the spring and eaten by students in the fall. | Learning about nature doesn't stop when the children leave the classroom. Educational field trips such as to a local organic farm are included in the curriculum.
36: The CLC Cooperative built a cob playhouse from mud, sand, straw, bamboo and recycled glass (decoration). | After 3 years of hard work, the cob playhouse was finally completed!!
37: The Earth-friendly program for 17 three and four year old children has been nationally recognized with the 'Green' award.
38: As a cooperative , the CLC Preschool provides a network of support for parents of the three and four year olds at CLC, and keeps costs down for families by having them fulfill duties normally fulfilled by paid staff. | CLC fundraisers are environmentally and socially conscious. Events have included fair trade and organic bake sales, plant sales, and numerous recycling drives, including up-cycling with Teracycle.
39: UUCF is very proud of its preschool!
41: SUSTAINABLE LIVING
42: Site selection for Church: built with designs to maximize connection to earth via windows, views | We worked with builder to assure that building and grounds were environmentally sound | Gravel area of the parking lot is semi-permeable thereby reducing the amount of run-off. | A holding pond maintains erosion control. | UUCF's Building & Grounds
43: The Building includes rescued elements from other structures. | The wood floor in the chapel | Stained glass windows | Rain barrels made from recycled olive barrels were installed to collect runoff and hold water for plants
44: Eco-friendly Landscaping | We changed architect’s landscaping plans from including many non-natives to many native species. | Landscaping now includes native species of trees & shrubs, plants and grasses.
45: Members of the congregation participate in periodic Work Parties to plant and maintain landscaping.
46: The Detention Area for run-off is landscaped with native grasses & plants, but invasive non-native plants continue to be a problem. | There are designated tracts of land on UUCF property to develop into a native plant gardens and wildlife habitats. | 12 Bluebird houses, built by Dick Menzer, have been installed along the edge of the Detention Area. | The Bluebird houses are monitored | and maintained by UUCF's teen group, and are well-used by bluebirds and other species! | The embankments are attractive to burrowing animals and have been invaded by groundhogs. This weakens the holding pond integrity. | Last spring a den of foxes moved in. They prey on the groundhogs (good natural control) and took over and enlarged their burrows (bad for the Detention Area). The foxes also may prey on the neighbors chickens, and can themselves be pests (bad for the neighborhood). So now we have a wildlife management and environmental justice problem to solve: balancing the needs of humans and wildlife!
47: An area above the septic Drain Field is being transformed into a wildflower meadow to cut down on runoff and mowing. | We put papers & cardboard under soil to control existing weeds. | We started with individual plots that were Â“adoptedÂ” by groups and individuals in the congregation. | Later, we held a work party to prepare the entire area with soil, seed with a mixture of native prairie grasses, & mulch. | Spreading Mulch | Creating the Drainfield Wildflower Meadow has proven to be an ongoing learning process to control weeds without using chemicals until the native prairie plants are established
48: Later, in an effort to speed up the project, we held a work party to prepare the entire area with soil, seed with a mixture of native prairie grasses, & mulch.
49: As part of our new Watershed Stewardship Project, the Green Sanctuary Task Force will work closely with the Facilities Management Committee and with our partners in the Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance (MCWA) to improve best land management practices on and around our church grounds. | An arial view of UUCF. The area being considered for the ROW warm season grass meadow is outlined in cyan. The Meadow Plantings are outlined in yellow, and the Detention Area Plantings are outlined in pink. | Our Drainfield Meadow is in need of rehabilitating, and control of invasive plant species has been challenging. Currently the area is being mowed to prevent the many weeds from maturing and setting seed. The Green Sanctuary team has already made important advisory connections through MCWA to create a new plan to successfully re-establish this meadow. | ROW (Right-of-Way) plantings of native grasses are planned on the MD State Route 15 along our property, in partnership with Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (SHA). | A Green Sanctuary plan will be also developed to rethink our plantings and to successfully control invasive plant species in the Detention Area.
50: FACILITIES MANAGEMENT | Building Czar | The ever-present Kubota | New sign for Rt 340
51: Things are definitely looking up! | Intrepid Landscaper | Choir director soars to new heights! | The UUCF Board of Trustees has approved an environmentally-friendly pest control policy, and also endorsed partnerships with Cool Cities & GWIPL.
52: Our completed Energy Audit led us to introduce energy-saving changes which also saved money. | “Last–Person–Out” check list created to save energy in place and in use. | Over 120 energy-efficient CFL’s have been installed in all lights in the building. | Signs posted in all classrooms & bathrooms to turn off lights when not in use. | Zoned heating and individually programmed thermostats
53: Water-conserving commercial dishwasher in kitchen and use of non-disposable dishes and cutlery whenever practical. | Signs posted in bathroom to conserve water & be mindful of our septic system. | Water faucets in the bathroom have auto shut off. | Rain Barrels prevent runoff and provide water for irrigation. | UUCF’s Watershed Stewardship Project, to be launched in the Fall of 2011, will actively engage our diverse congregation in practices that contribute to water conservation.
54: Currently no curbside recycling exists for businesses in Frederick County | For many years, individuals had been taking recyclables from our office & kitchen to their home or to collection points on their own initiative. | UUCF has recently contracted to include mixed recyclable items, including cans, glass, plastic, paper, and cardboard, in addition to trash pickup. It has saved us money in our overall trash disposal! | We have recycled aluminum beverage cans separately as a fundraising effort. | We collect used candles from our services to melt down the wax to reuse | The Circle of Life Cooperative Preschool collects electronics for recycling, and works with Terracycle for upcycling. | TRASH TALK
55: A compost area has been constructed on the church grounds. | Circle of Life Preschool Students compost any snack leftovers each day. | Earth-friendly trash bags and reusable shopping bags are sold on-site, including hemp bags printed with our own logo. | We use ceramic cups & reusable ceramic plates instead of disposable Styrofoam. | Our Circle of Life Preschool uses Reusable plates, cups & utensils. | We purchase recycled paper products for the office &. bathrooms
56: HARVEST TABLE | Several years ago Ed & Marvelle Rau initiated a “temporary” event they called the Harvest Table where excess produce from a home garden was donated and made available for “sale” before and after the Sunday services to other members for a free will donation. | The program proved to be very popular and became an ongoing activity.
57: The Harvest Table tradition has been expanded to include member-grown flowers for gifts at special events such as Mother’s Day, vegetable seedlings for spring planting, and a seed exchange. | Any unsold produce is donated to a local rescue mission that provides meals to homeless and needy families. | All money collected from the Harvest Table is donated to UUCF. The Harvest Table has become a steady annual fundraiser, totaling $1,000 to $2,000 each season
58: PLANT SALES | In 2005, a nursery in Pennsylvania donated native plants to the Green Sanctuary Committee in support of their activities. The plants were used on the UUCF grounds, and for a native plant sale. | Since then, plant sales have been held regularly as fundraisers, as part of the | Harvest Table program, by the Green Sanctuary, and by the CLC Preschool.
60: “Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies." | From Klamath River Project: | “Environmental justice efforts work to address the disproportionate adverse environmental impacts that may exist in minority and low-income communities.” | ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE | "Unitarian Universalists have long stood on the side of love with people who have been silenced " | From UUMFE Green Papers on Environment & Justice:
61: "By putting our UU principles into action, we can celebrate our global interdependence and acknowledge our shared responsibility for the creation of a just and sustainable Earth" | "The scope of changes in environmental policy that are required to respond to the unprecedented global environmental threats we face will require us to think in new ways and build new bridges between justice work and environmental work" | "Environmental policy must now be shaped by our understanding of our interdependence with one another and with the plants, animals, air, water and soil of our Earth home." | From UUMFE Green Papers on Environment & Justice:
62: ELMER DERR RD PROJECT | The project is collaboration with the Alice Ferguson Foundation as part of the Potomac Watershed Cleanup. The trash we remove would otherwise go into a culvert which empties into our waterways. Aquatic animals, plants and birds all suffer from damage to their habitat caused by these human actions. | It is also part of the County Adopt-A-Road project. The county mows the roadside vegetation prior to scheduled work and picks up trash bags after the work is finished. Volunteers take the bags of recyclables home to be disposed of properly. | The project provides a clean roadside for the entire community.
63: Since 2004 we have conducted four trash and recyclables pick-ups per year of a three mile stretch of the county road that leads to our building. This road is just below a busy state highway and receives trash discarded from the highway as well as from the local road. | Volunteers gather early on a Saturday morning, sign in, and are issued safety vests provided by the county. During the clean-up, the workers are followed by a vehicle bearing a warning sign.
64: FAIR TRADE PROJECT | The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s Coffee Project encourages congregations to choose fairly traded coffee, tea and cocoa for use in their churches and homes | In 2004 Sue Singley introduced sales to the UUCF of Equal Exchange Fair Trade coffee, tea, and chocolate. | UUCF's FT project was begun, expanded, and has been managed by members of the Green Sanctuary Committee primarily as a vehicle for consciousness raising re Green Sanctuary's mission, particularly in the areas of environmental justice and sustainable living. | Sue continued the handle the coffee concession until the spring of 2005, when she assumed directorship of the CLC preschool. Sandi Smith-Gill managed the concession until Jane Ladner assumed leadership in 2011.
65: From 2004 to present, our Fair Trade Project has directly supported Fair Trade by purchasing and reselling Fair Trade products. | In March of 2006, the Board approved addition of non-food FT merchandise to the Green Sanctuary Fair Trade inventory. | The project was initially conceived as a way of raising visibility of the Green Sanctuary Committee during Earth Month (April), and of raising consciousness by introducing the congregation to the wide variety of Fairly Traded merchandise available. | We source Fair Trade, organic & eco-friendly merchandise from many vendors, and use local suppliers whenever we can. | The Fair Trade sales are financially sustainable, and make a net profit for UUCF in addition to providing the fellowship coffee and tea supplies.
66: Our Fair Trade Project educates our congregation about fair & ethical supply chains. | We emphasize the concept that is taken directly from Green America’s publications – "following a fair and a sustainable supply chain” | New product lines have been introduced according to themes and have been accompanied by educational material in the form of handouts, informational signs, and Unison articles. | This helps the Green Sanctuary fulfill its mission, and at the same time provides a service for the many members who shop for coffee, tea, chocolate, and gifts at UUCF.
68: FAIR TRADE COFFEE-ETC | Our on-site Fair Trade Boutique sells Fair Trade coffee from Equal Exchange and two other roasters, one of them local. | Our Fair Trade Boutique also sells Fair Trade tea and chocolate from Equal Exchange and a variety of other importers.
69: The Green Sanctuary Committee initiated conversion of all coffee, tea, and cocoa service in the UUCF kitchen to Fair Trade.
70: FAIR TRADE BOUTIQUE | Our Fair Trade Boutique provides a showcase for ethical trading, both on site and at our on-line Fair Trade Boutique.
72: HOLIDAY BOUTIQUES | In December, we have a Conscientious Consumer Holiday Boutique, with many fairly traded and eco-friendly items available for sale | We sponsor special Boutiques to celebrate Holidays such as Mother's and Father's Day, and Christmas in July.
75: We feature fairly traded apparel for the entire family, including consignment material from our annual Fair Trade Fashion Show.
76: Our entire Fair Trade and eco-friendly inventory is on display, including ornaments and eco-friendly gift wrapping | Our CLC Preschool offers organic healthy home baked goods, made with Fair Trade ingredients when available.
77: Artisans from the congregation and the community sell their hand made crafts or imported Fair Trade gifts from their countries.
78: We feature fairly traded apparel for the whole family in our boutique, and showcase it in an annual Fair Trade Fashion Show. | Green America points out that"every stitch of every T-shirt or jacket that we wear was put thereby another human being located somewhere on the planet that we share“ | FAIR TRADE FASHION SHOWS
80: Local vendors cater a healthy luncheon. For several years, Future Professionals from the Temple, a Paul Mitchell School, did make-up and hair on the models.
81: The purpose of the shows is to demonstrate the availability of attractive sweatshop-free, ethically traded apparel for real people at reasonable prices.
82: UUCF’s first annual Fair Trade Fashion Show was held in November 2008. | 2008
84: 2009 | UUCF’s second annual Fair Trade Fashion Show was held in December 2009.
86: 2010 | Third annual Fair Trade Fashion Show, December 2010.
87: Our next Fair Trade Fashion Show is scheduled in April 2012, and will feature a Mother's Day Boutique
88: The Circle of Life Cooperative Preschool took a trip to a local organic farm. | UUCF members visited Fox Haven Farm in Jefferson, VA, where we enjoyed an organic vegetarian lunch. We learned about sustainable farming and living practices, and our heritage from local indigenous people.
89: ETHICAL EATING | The entire month of May 2010 was Ethical Eating Month. | Other topics included: Climate Change and Environmental Degradation; Human Rights, Social Inequality & Environmental Justice; Animal Rights and Human Responsibility; Moving Toward Ethical Eating Practices. | One class put together a display of community-supported agriculture programs in the county and surrounding areas; another created a cost-comparison chart of ingredients for the same meal from a big chain grocery story, a farmerÂ’s market, and the local organic food co-op. | In the children's religious education lessons for the month, developed from the UUAÂ’s CSAI, the Introductory lesson included distributing copies of Food Rules by Michael Pollan to families. | Reverend Hughes gave a sermon which included some consideration of the Congregational Action/Study Issue from GA.
90: MORINGA PROJECT
92: DIG THIS WELL! | The Maasai, the Mara, Musings, & a fresh water well for Oltorotua, Kenya. http://digthiswell.com | Frederick News Post | SUSTAINABLE LIVING
94: from the October 2011 Unison Newsletter
95: WHAT NEXT? | As a certified Green Sanctuary, UUCF will continue to honor and uphold the UU 7th Principle, the Interdependent Web of Life. | The Green Sanctuary Program is now part of the Social and Environmental Justice Committee. One major focus of the Committee will be the Right to Water Campaign of the UUSC. | A major focus of UUCF's environmental portion of the "Got Water?" campaign is our new Watershed Stewardship Project, which will officially kick off at a Green Charrette (workshop) on October 23, 2011. Through this project, we expect to: * Be recognized by MCWA as a Watershed Steward (a property owner who works to improve water quality and wildlife habitat on their property); * Become a watershed conservation leader in the greater UU community by sharing our experiences and stressing the important connections between community and watershed health; * Broaden our connections within our local community through our MCWA partnerships; * Demonstrate to our congregation and others that small changes can result in big impacts when we work together; * Track how our actions to restore and maintain our adopted park have resulted in a cleaner, healthier watershed habitat. * Cultivate watershed stewardship principles and practices in congregation members of all ages.
98: ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS | The text and photos in this album are from many sources, and this album can be considered the product of the entire UUCF congregation. Some are taken from websites, such as the Green Sanctuary Committee website maintained by Tom Swigart, and the UUCF website. Photos have been downloaded from Facebook pages, including that of the Circle of Life Preschool, and individual friends and members of UUCF. Thank you to Mary Bowman-Kruhm for photos which were downloaded from her blog. Much of the section on the CLC preschool was derived from a powerpoint presentation originally done in collaboration with Jennifer Leader for use at several joint CLC/Green Sanctuary community presentations. Pictures for the sections on Fair Trade and the Fashion Show were from collections contributed by many, including Andy Celmer, Ed Rau, Karl Kruhm, Carole Larsen, Pinoake Browning, and Linda Hallinan. Much of the text is excerpted from UUCF's applications to the UUMFE for candidacy, and to UUA for Green Sanctuary certification. Many other individuals, far too many to name, contributed to this compendium, and the Green Team is grateful to all involved for their generosity. Sandi Smith-Gill, October 12, 2011.