The earth is our home. We are part of this world and its destiny is our own. The Green Sanctuary provides a framework for congregational study and reflection, plus individual and collective action. Although people sometimes disagree on specific environmental issues, we all accept the call to action that affirms our seventh principle in which we “promote respect for the independent web of all existence of which we are a part”. Sustainable living, concern for our environment – these are the issues that this committee pursues. This is a profound commitment to our Seventh Principle. The UU Church of Amherst received official accreditation as a Green Sanctuary in August 2009.
In addition to UUCA’s solar panels and recycling during during social events, including coffee hour on Sundays, UUCA participates in a Paper Recycling Program. Abitibi provides the green dumpster in back parking lot for specific types of paper products (newspapers, mail, magazines, advertisements); they do not accept plastic coated boxes, cardboard, or corrugated boxes .