A Green Sanctuary
The Green Sanctuary program proclaims our congregation’s commitment to the Earth. It gives roots and wings to the vision that, together, we can create a world in which all people make reverence, gratitude, and care for the living Earth central to their lives.
As a recognized Green Sanctuary, we live with a deep awareness of our climate crisis and the deep environmental injustices of our time. We 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.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee became a certified Green Sanctuary in May 2006, a denominational designation bestowed upon congregations after undergoing a rigorous program of education, action and consciousness-raising. In April the following year, UUCT became the first church in the Tallahassee area to install solar panels, becoming an inspiration for other churches, businesses and schools to do the same. This 10 kilowatt system supplies most of the electricity needed to power the church’s education building.
UUCT is also part of the local Green Faith Alliance network, involving church leaders who are committed to fight environmental problems with a heightened concern for those more vulnerable populations. Steve Urse and Rosa Ramos Morgan are our UUCT representatives.
Green Sanctuary Posts
Susan Robinson, Tallahassee Green Faith Alliance (TFGA) co-chair, invites all to join a conversation with Climate Up Close, a panel of climate scientists from Harvard, NOAA, UC Berkeley, and NYU Saturday at 11 AM. This event is hosted by Temple Israel, and co sponsored by TFGA (UUCT is a member), The Nature Conservancy, Rethink Energy
Community-wide Meetings are Scheduled for Early December to create a roadmap toward our community’s clean energy future, the City of Tallahassee is hosting another series of community meetings to provide an update on the planning process and seek the community’s input on next steps. To support community-wide participation, multiple dates and venues are available (both
Just in case you were unaware that our Church is a formally accredited “Green Sanctuary,” I want to share some background. In May of 2006, UUCT formally applied for accreditation as a “Green Sanctuary” UU Church after a multi-year quest. The Green Sanctuary Committee led the church through the accreditation process to satisfy a checklist