Resources for the Congregational Year

Important Dates

  • Indigenous Peoples Day: Monday, October 9, 2017

Many Indigenous peoples worldwide are on the frontlines of climate change and environmental degradation, and are providing leadership on environmental justice. This Indigenous Peoples Day, honor this reality and leadership as a congregation. Access Indigenous Peoples Day resources from the Unitarian Universalist Association.

  • World Water Day: Thursday, March 22, 2018

Today, the right to water is more at risk than ever before around the continent and the world, as communities from the Gulf Coast to Flint, MI, to Bellingham, WA, struggle against the effects of corporate greed and climate change. Check out water justice resources from UUMFE.

  • Earth Day 2018: Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day is a time for Unitarian Universalists to reflect on what has been accomplished in the past year to further environmental justice, and recommit to creating a world in which current and future generations will be able to survive and thrive. Access past Earth Day resources from UUMFE and stay tuned for updated resources by January 2018.

  • Check out this calendar of even more environmental dates worth honoring.

 

Religious Education Resources

  • Adult RE: “Our Place in the Web of Life,” 2nd edition

This five-workshop curriculum, created for UUMFE by Dr. Mark Hicks and Pamela Sparr and available online, invites participants to look deeply at the consequences of their actions on people and the environment. Find out more.

  • Children’s RE: “We Are All Connected”

This great series includes “Butterfly Creepy Crawlies” and “Sounds of Nature”: two wonderful curricula that provide 8-10 sessions of worship, stories, crafts, music, and other hands-on activities for children of all ages.

  • Discussion courses from Northwest Earth Institute

Many UU congregations have made use of the wonderful study guides from the Northwest Earth Institute on a variety of topics, many of which align with UU statements of conscience. Select UUMFE/Green Sanctuary as your "connection" at checkout and NWEI will share some of the profit with UUMFE.

  • The Carbon Footprint Game

Congregations in the National Capital Region have developed a successful Carbon Footprint Game for multi-generational engagement, using a large cut-out "Big Foot" to represent the large carbon footprint of the average USAmerican and stickers to represent personal commitments to "stamp out Big Foot".

  • Environmental film library

Film screenings are a great way for congregations to engage members and the wider community in environmental justice education. UUMFE has compiled a comprehensive list of movies on topics including climate change, energy, resilient communities, adaptation, ecosystems, and food systems.

 

Worship Resources

  • 100 Worship Services Campaign

UU Young Adults for Climate Justice is in the middle of a campaign to deliver one hundred worship services on climate justice with young adult voices and leadership. Find out more and organize a young adult-led service!

  • Sermons on environmental justice topics

Get inspired by some of UUMFE’s favorite sermons.

 

Action Resources

  • Climate Action Roundtable

Represent your congregation on this monthly call for UU activists and congregational Climate Action Teams to share stories, news, and calls to action—connecting and learning from each other and building the UU resistance against environmental injustice. Learn more and sign up.

  • Environmental Justice Practitioners’ Network

UU climate justice leaders gather for monthly webinars to deepen their faith grounding and benefit from guest speakers on wide-ranging, cutting-edge environmental justice topics. Learn more and sign up.  

  • UU State Action Networks

Twenty-two U.S. states have an organized UU state action network, and many of them are active on environmental justice issues. Get connected!