The seven principles of Unitarian Universalism assert the interconnectedness of all life as a moral and ethical guide for UU congregations and church members.
That’s why MDUUC takes care to treat the natural world in ways that help it sustain life, both human and nonhuman, for generations to come. And, since environmental degradation and pollution disproportionately affect the most vulnerable and least powerful communities, caring for the environment helps advance our social justice work as well.
WHAT WE HAVE DONE AND ARE DOING
- MDUUC takes part in the UU denomination’s Green Sanctuary program, which commits the congregation to environmental justice and incorporates sustainability into worship and religious education.
- The planning and construction of Bortin Fellowship Hall employed green building techniques, including sustainably produced bamboo flooring.
- The church kitchen uses ceramic cups and plates to eliminate disposable items, such as styrofoam and plastics, that would otherwise end up in the landfill. And recycling bins for used batteries and spent compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are available for congregants by the hallway entrance to the sanctuary.
- The Giving Orchard with 80 fruit trees was funded by MDUUC members, with the leadership of the Green Group, and planted on the downhill side of the sanctuary by The Urban Farmers. Fruit from the orchard will go to feed people who otherwise have little or no access to fresh food.
- Solar power has supplied a large proportion of MDUUC’s electrical needs since the March 2012 implementation of a $200,000 project to install photovoltaic cells at the church.
- The Green Group sponsors a range of ongoing activities and educational campaigns on environmental issues and initiatives.
For more information about how to get involved in MDUUC’s environmental justice work against climate change, contact the chair of the Green Group.