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Garnering Support and Excitement for the Green Sanctuary Program

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Emerald Coast (UUFEC) in Valparaiso, FL, became an accredited Green Sanctuary congregation on September 23, 2009. Their accreditation application made it clear that they had garnered and excitement support from the entire congregation for the Green Sanctuary program. UUFEC's accreditation application (PDF, 30 pages) included pictures of the congregation engaging in projects as well as testimonials on how the Green Sanctuary Program goals had become infused in congregational life.

Courtesty of the UUFEC Green Sanctuary Committee:

Here is UUFEC’s Green Sanctuary formula for enthusiasm.

It’s an acronym for good G.R.E.E.N. fun which reflects Unitarian Universalist (UU) Principles:

G is for the GLOBAL GREEN MOVEMENT.

May our small grassroots part in this massive efforts ripples across the world.

R is for RESPECT.

Everyone’s input is valued as a unique vantage point on how to address environmental challenges. Inevitable conflicts are approached with unconditional love.

E is for ENERGIZED.

Intergenerational input energizes our green efforts. All ages arewelcomed to pitch in. Our Green Committee members included four UU Youth with refreshing ideas—ages six, nine, fifteen, and seventeen—and two seniors. Older children helped toddlers with simple green tasks—litter pick up, recyclable sorting, Gandhi-style pencil sharpening. Tweens and teens motivated elders. Our treasured seniors set good examples, shared stories of their own perseverance on past hard issues, and offered loving support.

E is for EMPOWERMENT.

Green Committee delegated to the congregation. No matter whovolunteered, we eagerly shared the green tasks with trust in eachperson’s ability and dedication. Then we accepted the results with appreciation, not scrutiny.

N is for NEVER say NO.

The reciprocal of empowerment, the congregation received input from the Green Committee. All ideas, even the seemingly far-fetched, were gladly accepted. Any and all suggestions, materials, and energy from UUFEC congregation were met with oodles of appreciation.

For more information contact greensanctuary @ uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

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