Celebrate Earth Day
Earth Day 2017 Resources
A special sermon for your 2017 Earth Sunday service
A huge “thank-you” to long-time UU Ministry for Earth board member Cindy Davidson for crafting this strong sermon on climate change to share with UUs during this challenging Earth Day season and beyond.
Her sermon – “Truth Telling and Movement Building in the Climate Crisis” – builds on the themes that UUMFE articulated during a strategic planning process last fall. In brief:
Strategy: Stark truth-telling with humility
Focus Areas: Adaptation and disaster preparedness
- Actively fostering community building
- Promoting leading edge policy and implementations
- Voicing faith grounding, including acceptance of the predictions/predicament and grief
The numerous “telling the truth about climate change” sections of the sermon provide easy-to-understand examples and explanations plus concrete calls to action. We hope you are both enlightened and challenged by the content and acquire new tools for working collaboratively to meet the challenging and difficult times ahead.
Cindy is currently serving as the ministerial intern at Community UU Congregation of White Plains, NY, while she completes her Master of Divinity degree at the Meadville-Lombard Theological School. Before relocating to Westchester County, she had been an active lay leader of First Parish in Lexington, MA, for fifteen years, including successfully guiding her congregation to Green Sanctuary accreditation. In addition to serving on the UUMFE board, she is also a GreenFaith Fellow and continues to follow her passion for environmental and climate justice.
Order of Service covers
For 2017, we offer five Order of Service cover designs, downloadable PDFs in both letter and legal size. The image in the first one listed relates to Cindy's sermon; the second one (pictured right) is an Earth Day Celebration; and the other three covers feature inspiring natural scenes. Clink links to view and/or download.
- Climate Change Effects – letter size or legal size
- Earth Day Celebration – letter size or legal size
- Mother Earth – letter size or legal size
- Spring One – letter size or legal size
- Spring Two – letter size or legal size
Honor your congregational Eco-Hero
Each year, UUMFE invites congregations to honor an Eco-Hero with a special certificate during an Earth Sunday service or other occasion. Your Eco-Hero is that dedicated, hard working person who has made a significant contribution to your church's Earth ministry this past year. Download this Eco-Hero information sheet for details.
This year, we offer six new certificates with themes ranging from climate change, to Standing Rock, to inspiring natural scenes and an Earth Day celebration (downloadable as PDFs):
- Climate Change Effects
- Climate Change is Happening
- Standing Rock
- Earth Day Celebration
- Mother Earth
We will publish the names of all Eco-Heroes, along with a one- or two-sentence description of their work, on the Congregational Eco-Heroes page. You may include the name and description with your Earth Day registration (last two items on the form).
An Invitation from the UU Young Adults for Climate Justice
This Earth Day Sunday, or any Sunday, consider bringing the voice of a UU young adult into your service or the pulpit. Our 100 Services for Climate Justice campaign, launched last year in conjunction with Commit2Respond, is eager to work with congregations and young adults who wish to take part. See a map of the services led by UU young adult ministers, seminarians, and lay volunteers to date and a list of their sermons here.
Other worship resources
Created in 2014, our Previous Worship Resources page will house an increasing variety of Earth Day and environmental justice sermons and other worship elements as they are created each year. You will also find sermons on a variety of environment related topics on UUMFE's sermons page.
Ideas for Earth Day projects
We encourage you to explore the “Take Action Topics” of past Earth Days below. And, these tables of Earth Day activities from registered congregations – 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 – contain many inspirational ideas. Learn how to engage your community through press and publicity for your Earth Day events on the Spread the Word page.
- Introduction To Key Concepts of Sustainability (2013)
- Building Sustainable and Resilient Communities (2013)
- Climate Action and Climate Adaptation Plans (2013)
- Ecosystems and Biodiversity (2013)
- Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (2013)
- Waste and Consumption (2014)
- Socially Responsible Investing (2014)
- Energy and Climate (2015)
- Immigration and Environmental Justice (2012)
- Water Justice (2011)
- Ethical Eating and Food Justice (2010)
- Environmental Justice (2009)
Get on the Earth Day Map!
Within a day of registering, your event will appear on the Google map below. You can check out what congregations across the country are doing by clicking on the pointers – green is a worship service and red is another activity. Events are listed on the map in order of receipt. For a listing by state, see our 2017 event table.
Environmental Film Library
While developing a list of relevant films for Earth Day 2013: Working Towards Sustainable Communities, we found so many that UUMFE created a separate Environmental Film Library for the Resources section of the website. We added quite a few new films for 2015. If you would like for us to include a film, send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Environmental Film Library” in the subject line – be sure to include links, etc. and a suggested category for the listing.
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