Our national organization, the Unitarian Universalists Association (UUA), has a national Green Sanctuary Program for congregations to proclaim and live out their commitment to the Earth and sustainable lifestyles. In 2011, our Congegation received official recognition for completing the Green Sanctuary Program. More information about the Program may be found on the UUA website.
The congregation voted to strive to:
- Build awareness of the significance and complexity of environmental issues;
- Encourage personal lifestyle changes consistent with our UU Seventh Principle;
- Engage in community action on environmental issues;
- Strengthen the connection between spiritual practice and Earth consciousness; and
- Work to heal environmental injustices.
Growing Our Community Garden: We plant and maintain a community garden at our church site. Produce from the garden is distributed to local disadvantaged communities in cooperation with Casa San Francisco, a local service organization, through their food banks in Milton and Lewes. The garden also supports our Green Sanctuary efforts.
On Tuesday, May 1st the Social Justice Committee rototilled and prepared the garden for planting. The Delaware Coast Press covered the event. Click Lewes Church Goes Green for the full story.
Delaware Interfaith Power and Light (DEIPL): In January 2012, we became the first Delaware congregational to join the newly formed Delaware Interfaith Power and Light (DeIPL). The mission of DeIPL is to mobilize a religious response to climate change by promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation to ensure a livable planet for ourselves and future generations. John Sykes, a member of our congregation, is the President of DeIPL. One of their offerings is a home energy audit workshop, developed by our Green Sanctuary Program for our congregation. Visit the DeIPL website for additional information about the program.