The Green Sanctuary Program

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.

As a way to start taking action, many congregations use the Green Sanctuary Program. This comprehensive program for congregational involvement was created and nurtured by UU Ministry for Earth until 2008, when the Green Sanctuary Program was given to the UUA to administer. We decided that our greater faith community would benefit from the higher visibility offered as a program of the UUA. However, UU Ministry for Earth continues to provide resources and to foster sharing of ideas, plans, and programs among all congregations striving to green their communities.

Green Sanctary LogoFor the application process and forms, see the Green Sanctuary pages on the UUA website. As of July 2012, Rev. Karen Brammer oversees the Green Sanctuary Program. Please direct specific questions and comments about the program or your congregation's process to There is also a list of certified Green Sanctuaries on the UUA website.

UU Ministry for Earth will continue to support congregations. UUMFE's annual Earth Day materials and other topics in this "Take Action" section of the website provide a wealth of Environmental Justice action ideas – see the left panel navigation bar. Our Resources section has many materials to support your efforts, some of which you may order from UUMFE. For workshops, worship services, and programs, contact the UUMFE office For informal communication with other congregations, go to UU Ministry for Earth's Facebook page.

Join one or more of the UUA email discussion lists. The archives are searchable, so we suggest that you first check the archives before posting a question to the list as your question maybe have already been answered. Sign up on the UUA website for one or more:

  • Green Sanctuary
  • Global Warming
  • Ethical Eating Network