Resources & Publications

Climate Justice At General Assembly

The theme of General Assembly (GA) 2016 is “Heart Land: Where Faiths Connect.” There will be many workshops and activities that tie this theme to environmental, ecological, and climate justice. These presentations may be of interest to individuals and congregations looking for inspiration and projects for their Green Sanctuary action plans.

Also, come by the UUMFE booth in the Exhibit Hall (#222), a.k.a., “Climate Justice Central.” for UUMFE, UU Young Adults for Climate Justice and Commit2Respond newsletters, action alerts, and sign-up stations.

 

Note:  HR = Hyatt Regency   CC - Convention Center

#221 Building Interfaith Partnerships To Address Climate Justice,  Thursday at 10:45 a.m., HR Union E, UU Ministry for Earth.

Panelists will share how the global events of Paris and Laudate Si get played out in localized environmental justice coalitions.

The Color of Water,  Thursday, 12:00 noon - 12:30 p.m., UUSC, Booth #207, Exhibit Hall C,

Amber Moulton, the UUSC researcher who produced the UUSC report The Invisible Crisis: Water Unaffordability in the United States will be discussing the report in a ‘pop up’ session at the UUSC booth. Moulton will be available for questions and share where to find more information. 

#231 Exploring Regional and Interfaith Grassroots Organizing for Climate Justice, Thursday at 1:15 p.m., CC Union Station Ballroom A, North Texas UU Congregations.

Come for stories and discussion of regional, interfaith, multicultural climate justice organizing that strengthens roots and relationships for localized transformation and liberation.

#257 Sustainable Development and Interfaith Action Against Climate Change, Thursday at 3 p.m., CC Hall F, UU United Nations Office.

Learn about UU delegates’ multi-faith and multinational dialogue at COP21, the United Nations climate conference where the Paris Agreement was adopted, and how we can engage in interfaith climate action in our communities.

#251 Proposed Congregational Study/Action Issues(CSAI) for 2016-2020, Thursday at 3 p.m., CC C220-222, Commission on Social Witness.

Hear advocates for four proposed CSAIs present their issues and respond to questions. Voting for the next CSAI will take place in the General Session II, Friday 8:30am - Noon.

#336 Faith Communities Can Work Together To Reverse Climate Change, Friday at 3 p.m., CC Battelle South, UUs for a Just Economic Community; First UU Church of Columbus, OH.

Faith community leaders will discuss climate change, and practical actions to address the failure of democracy to mitigate its, due to unchallenged corporate power and money.

#355 MORALtorium: The Faith Community and Hydrofracking,

Friday 4:45 p.m., CC Battelle Grand B, UU Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network

The moral implications of fracking, including our health, safety and climate change will be discussed.  Also, strategies will be presented that have resulted in moratoriums that have been successful. Excerpts from the documentary Groundswell Rising will be featured.

 #411 Shared Liberation: Movement Building That Honors Front-Line Communities,  Saturday at 3 p.m., CC Union Station Ballroom A,  Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal.

Through a race, power, and climate justice lens, learn how UUs can stand on the side of love holistically, authentically, and with integrity.

UUMFE Publications and Resources

Environmental Justice Curriculum

The new curriculum, "Our Place in the Web of Life," is available for download. The curriculum includes documents and videos for use in facilitating this 5-part workshop.  
See http://uuministryforearth.org/EJ-Curriculum

Earth Day Resources:

Resources for 2009-2015 Earth Days are in the Take Action section of the website.

Young Adults for Climate Justice:

Find out how UU young adults are engaged in climate justice issues.

Environmental Film Library:

New for 2013! Take a look and send us your suggestions for additional titles. Check back often to see what's new.

PDF copies of the following are available in the store:

(You will be asked to make a donation, which will enable us to update and expand our work.)

GWActionVol1CDGlobal Warming Action Kit,  Vol. 1

A thought-provoking play by Doug Stewart, "Mother Earth vs. World's People;" a large collection of global warming quotes; the Global Warming 1-2-3 Pledge and action guide; the Ten Tree Challenge; 20% Footprint Reduction Toolkit; UUMFE Clean Power Pledge; and information on carbon offsets and green power. 83 pp.

 

GWActionV2CDGlobal Warming Action Kit,  Vol. 2

Includes "Our Warming World" Art Show; Prayer Flags for the Planet; "Final Exit," a new play by Doug Stewart; Songs (sheet music and lyrics) by folksingers Dan Berggren and Linda Pelham; six global warming sermons and worship services; Walk 'n Roll to Church; deepening the Global Warming 1-2-3 Pledge – Steps 4, 5 and 6; global warming films list; info on LEDs, a Community Library Project, and more! 180 pp.

Earth,SpiritCDEarth and Spirit: Bringing Ecology into Adult Religious Education

A 62-page resource with readings and materials on theology and spirituality from major faith traditions, annotated lists of curricula and other resources, syllabus samples, and other materials for workshops and retreats.

 

 

HonorEarthCDHonoring Earth Worship Resource

Includes opening and closing words, sermons, readings, meditations, sample services, rituals, music resources, celebrations, and quotes. 153 pp.

 

 

NurtureCDNurturing the Spirit-Nature Connection

An index of children’s RE resources sorted by nature-themed topics with lessons and songs. Includes annotated resources, intergenerational services, energy-conservation activities for youth, and more. 100 pp.

 

 

Butterfly_coverButterfly and Creepy Crawlies - We Are All Connected RE Lessons

Ten RE lessons for children of all ages, including worship, stories, crafts, music and other hands-on activities. Learn how to feed butterflies, where dragonfly babies live, how to race hermit crabs, and more about other creepy crawlies. Grow in understanding of how important each creature is to the fragile web of life. 64 pp.

 

SoundsNatureCDSounds of Nature - We Are All Connected RE Lessons

Eight RE lessons for children of all ages, with ideas to expand into two or more sessions. The eighth lesson also contains a complete Multi-generational service. The lessons use music to help us connect with each other, other cultures, and the myriad rhythms of Nature. Stories, crafts, music and other hands-on acitivites are included in the lessons. 100 pp. 

 

Sermons

See the Sermons page in the Reflections section of the website.

Global Warming/Climate Action activities, pledges for individual action

See another section of this website: http://uuministryforearth.org/Global_Warming_Climate_Change

For examples of actions that congregations have done, see http://uuministryforearth.org/Congregational_actions_climate_change

Go on a Low Carbon Diet, with courses from The Empowerment Institute

here's how: http://uuministryforearth.org/Low_Carbon_Diet

Discussion Courses from Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI).

Many UU congregations have found that the study guides from the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) make wonderful discussion courses.

Each guide is complete with readings and questions so that the sessions can be self-organized and guided. Menu for the Future and Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics, and Sustainability are excellent accompaniments to the Ethical Eating Statement of Conscience. Change by Degrees: Addressing the Climate Challenge is a good companion for the Climate Change Statement of Conscience. This course was completely updated in May 2015 as Change is our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions, an interactive ebook that integrates video, audio and printed content.

Other courses include: Choices in Sustainable Living; Voluntary Simplicity; Sustainable Systems At Work; Healthy Children, Healthy Planet; Discovering a Sense of Place; Reconnecting with Earth; A World of Health: Connecting People, Place and Planet; Just Below the Surface: Perspectives on the Gulf Coast Oil Spill (a one session discussion course); and, published in 2014, Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice & Sustainability.

The Study Guides can be ordered online at www.NWEI.org. By selecting UUMFE/Green Sanctuary as your "connection," NWEI shares some of the profit with UUMFE.