Welcome to UU Ministry for Earth

Request for Proposal: Environmental Justice Practitioners Network Web Portal

(Nov. 27, 2017) UU Ministry for Earth is in need of a web application for individuals and organizations to share news, network, and organize in groups. UUMFE is accepting proposals in response to a Request for Proposal in order to find a qualified source to provide a web portal for individuals and organizations to share news, network, and organize in groups. Our goal with a web portal for individuals and organizations to share news, network, and organize in groups is to:

  • Catalyze community connections and collective action towards ecological, climate, and environmental justice
  • Catalyze news and resource sharing to empower learning and transformation towards ecological, climate, and environmental justice
  • Increase our networks’ capacity and impact towards ecological, climate and environmental justice

Find out more by reading the Request for Proposal (can be downloaded as a PDF). Notification of intent to submit is due on Dec. 13 and deadline for proposal submission is Dec. 18.

Hurricane Relief Fund Seeks Donations

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A Disaster Relief Fund has been opened for our UU friends and neighbors in Florida and the Caribbean—including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands— who have experienced extraordinary devastation following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.   
For Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has joined with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) to establish the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. Half of all funds raised will go to at-risk populations served by UUSC partners and the other half of the funds will support Unitarian Universalist congregations and members of those congregations most affected by the storm.
For Hurricanes Irma and Maria victims, UUA staff is working closely with leaders in the UUA’s Southern Region to learn where the need is greatest and to distribute recovery funds efficiently. We are grateful for the generous support this fund has already received and we continue to process new gifts daily.
UU congregations in the regions affected, as well as recognized UU entities involved in recovery efforts are eligible to apply for recovery FUND GRANTS HERE  Congregations receiving hurricane recovery funds will have discretion to provide financial assistance to families directly affected by these storms.
The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice is organizing volunteers to help with disaster relief efforts associated with Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out their ONLINE VOLUNTEER FORM and someone will be in touch with you.

Climate Justice at UUA General Assembly

Come on in for the Climate justice programming at the Unitarian Universalist Association's annual General Assembly in New Orleans, June 21-25, 2017. 
 "The Seas are Rising and So Are We" is the rally cry for the Commit2Respond nine-workshop track of environmental justice and climate justice programming at the Assembly.  This track coordinates with the theme for the gathering in New Orleans of "Resist and Rejoice," dedicated to awakening and deepening UUs' commitment to working in solidarity with people on the margins.

. . . . . . . . . . NEW! Author Talk Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Early - Refinery Town . . . . . . . . .

Tues., May 16, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

 Veteran labor reporter Steve Early will be the inaugral author for this NEW WEBINAR SERIES sponsored by UUMFE.  Steve tells a tale of a town remaking itself in the face of over a century of degradation by powerful industrial interests. The story of fifteen years of successful community organizing by local workers to address crime, violence and industrial decline is inspiring and highly complimented in the Forward by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Author Talk Webinar with Steve Early
May 16, 2017 at 7 p.m. EDT, 4 p.m. Pacific.

People's Climate March Events


Join UUs acrosst the country in Washington, DC for the 2017 People's Climate March and events happening before and after the March.  Check out the EVENTS LIST to meet up with UUs and others as we create our messages through art, connect and plan for future actions.
Check out these tips and links for SHARING YOUR PHOTOS of the MARCH, including Sister Marches, and your Earth Day events.

Climate Justice Month – March 22 - April 22

Unitarian Universalists and other people of faith and conscience continue to build resistance to climate change and add our moral voices to the movement for climate justice.  With our third annual Commit2Respond Climate Justice Month we will cycle through a month of reflection and action.  For 2017, Climate Justice Month  will take place from World Water Day (March 22) to Earth Day (April 22), and we will continue on to the April 29th Peoples’ Climate Marches for Climate, Jobs, and Justice.  We will take inspiration from Joanna Macy's Spiral of the Work That Reconnects -

"The activist's inner journey appears to me like a spiral, interconnecting four successive stages or movements that feed into each other." -- Joanna Macy

Each week of Climate Justice Month we will provide resources for your reflection and action through this spiral, including ‘opening to gratitude, owning our pain for the world, seeing with new eyes, and going forth.’

Visit the Commit2Respond campaign website to check out the plan for the month and to sign up for weekly inspirational and resource rich emails.

Our special contribution to Climate Justice Month resources includes the  2017 UUMFE Earth Day Resources to inspire your  celebrations and actions. The materials include a newly crafted sermon, “Truth Telling and Movement Building in the Climate Crisis," by the Cindy Davidson, UU Ministry for Earth board member   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 bring you this sermon to provide inspiration and to encourage its broad use by worship leaders, lay and professional. Feel free to download the sermon to use in its entirety, or to extract and modify it to fit your needs.

Follow the links on our Celebrate Earth Day homepage for other resources, including

-- The 100 Sermons for Climate Justice campaign  of our UU Young Adults for Climate Justice network;
-- Eco-Hero Certificates and Guidelines to honor your congregational members who have made a special contribution to Earth ministry;
-- Special Earth Day Order of Service Covers;
-- Registration of your Earth Day events for a drawing; 
-- More ideas for your event planning.
-- Consider a donation to UU Ministry for Earth as part of your celebration.  An Order of Service insert with UUMFE and membership information (print two sided and cut in half) – may also be used as a handout at your program table.  The UUMFE brochure is also available for download.

Mark Your Calendar!

Upcoming EJ Events

Holiday Greetings to All

Standing Rock Permit Halted

The Sacred Fire at Oceti Sakowin Camp, the moment they announced the news on Dec. 4, 2016 — and the first place the news was announced anywhereSource: Andrew Stern/Mi

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Statement on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Decision to Not Grant Easement
Posted on December 4, 2016. Filed to: News, Press Releases
Cannon Ball, N.D.— The department of the Army will not approve an easement that will allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe. The following statement was released by Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II.
“Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes. We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and commend with the utmost gratitude the courage it took on the part of President Obama, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to take steps to correct the course of history and to do the right thing.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all of Indian Country will be forever grateful to the Obama Administration for this historic decision.  READ MORE.


Call to Standing Rock: Dec. 4th Interfaith Day of Prayer

Standing with Standing Rock

Letter from Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Bismarck, ND:

Last Sunday night, in below-freezing temperatures, unarmed water protectors just north of Standing Rock survived shocking assaults from water cannons. Many were traumatized, and some needed emergency room care. In the aftermath of these attacks, and in the months prior, my congregation has received countless messages from people around the country – and world – asking, "What can we do?”

Meanwhile, we have received one of the most important invitations we are ever likely to receive, as people of faith and conviction. Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle, has called upon each of us to join him at Standing Rock on Sunday, December 4th, for an Interfaith Day of Prayer. In solidarity with indigenous people and mutual love for the water, it is my hope that you and your communities of faith will participate in this history-making day.


UU Solidarity with the Lummi Nation: Faithify Campaign a Success – Thank You!

GA 2015 Public Witness Photo(July 2016) Last year, UUs at General Assembly participated in a Sacred Public Witness with representatives from the Lummi Nation, making a spiritual commitment to climate justice and partnership with communities on the frontlines of environmental destruction.

Lummi climate justice leaders are organizing a sacred journey of a large totem pole, and they request our financial support. “The totem pole itself is not a sacred object. It’s something which facilitates a sacred gathering of people.” says Jewell Praying Wolf James, the head totem pole carver of the House of Tears Carvers and representative of the Lummi Sovereignty and Treaty Protection Office (quoted from Whatcom Watch, 9/15/13, by Rena Priest). The purpose of the totem pole journey is to bring together, honor, and strengthen relations between tribes, NGO’s, the faith-based community, and civic leaders opposed to proposed fossil fuel export projects and to lay a foundation for a broad-based alliance to press for action to address climate change.

Click Here to Donate: http://www.faithify.org/projects/2016-totem-pole-journey/

Let's make sure that Unitarian Universalists are a committed part of that coalition. We have just 8 days to raise $4,500 for the totem pole journey, or none of the funds already raised will be granted. Please donate what you can to support the Lummi climate justice warriors, and share this message with your Unitarian Universalist community ASAP.

Click Here to Donate: http://www.faithify.org/projects/2016-totem-pole-journey/

Totem Poles GraphicUnitarian Universalists participated along the way of the 2015 totem pole journey, with ministers Rev. Kate Lore and Rev. Katherine Jesch in Portland, Rev. Carmen TenEyck-McDowell in Tulalip, Rev. Paul Beckel in Bellingham, and Rev. Todd Eklof in Spokane providing blessings to the totem pole.

To follow the 2016 totem pole journey closely, keep an eye on journey’s webpage and  Facebook page. To learn more about recent happenings in the Lummi struggle to defend their sacred lands from fossil fuel mega-projects, read this recent blog post on Commit2Respond.org.

Rising sea levels from climate change are expected to inundate at least 5,000 square acres of Lummi Nation land in this century --- let’s not forget our 2015 sacred public witness to stand with the Lummi Nation in the struggle for climate justice. Please share this message and support as you are able.

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 Spring/Summer Newsletter 2016

The UUMFE Spring/Summer newsletter is now available. Contents include:

  • Opportunities for Environmental Justice Engagement at Columbus GAnewsletter icon
  • Message From the Board
  • Highlights From Earth Day 2016
  • Celebrating Our Eco-Heroes
  • Rising Waters Confab II.
  • Sustainability Works: New Curriculum From NWEI
  • Feeling Virtuous, Being Virtuous
  • Commit2Respond Connects and Inspires
  • Congregational Study Action Issues (CSAI) – How Shall We Proceed?
  • Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret – Guest Opinion and Film Review
  • Taking a Stand on Climate Justice
  • Pacific NW UUs Participate in Break Free Action in Anacortes, WA
  • Your Support Is Needed and Appreciated
  • Appendix: (1) 2016 Proposed Congregational Study/Action Issue: Climate Change and Environmental Justice; (2) The Principles of Environmental Justice; and (3) Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change, 2006 Statement of Conscience

Celebrate Earth Day

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Check out UUMFE's 2016 Earth Day materials, which include a new sermon by Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell and much more!

UUMFE Winter Newsletter 2016

(February 16, 2016) The UUMFE Winter newsletter is now available. Contents include:

  • The Climate Justice Gospel
  • Earth Day 2016: Environmental Justice to Climate Justice
  • Message from the Board
  • Honor Congregations – Thanks!
  • UUSJ Journey: Solidarity with Original Nations and Peoples
  • My War Against Hope
  • The Paris Agreement Opened Doors – Now We Need to Step Through
  • Climate Justice Reading Club
  • Northwest Earth Institute Updates Its Energy Curriculum
  • Book Review: The Whale and the Supercomputer
  • Tim DeChristopher Inspires UU Audience With Call for Non-Violent Action
  • Connecting To Earth Through Art
  • LRE Week at Star Island: Sustainability + Faith
  • Commit2Respond Announces Climate Justice Month 2016
  • Save the Date for General Assembly in Columbus, OH
  • Why I’m Not that Enthusiastic About the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement
  • Sunday Soul
  • Your Support Is Needed and Appreciated

Twelve Days of COP21 for Our Climate Moment/um

COP21 logoThe world is watching as the 21st session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) begins. UUs will be well represented by our UU United Nations Office delegates and other UUs traveling to Paris to witness and advocate for climate justice.

UUMFE contributor Rev. Gail Collins-Ranadive has compiled ‘Our Climate Moment/um’ to help us connect to the work our friends and leaders are doing on our behalf in Paris. For each day of the conference you will find a quote and inspiring image here on the UUMFE website to help you reflect and cope with the day’s proceedings. Details here.

UU Elizabeth Mount Participates in #ShellNo Action in Portland

#ShellNo Action - Elizabeth MountElizabeth Mount, a member of the leadership team for UU Young Adults for Climate Justice network (UUYACJ) and a Meadville Lombard seminarian, was one of the thirteen Greenpeace activists suspended below the St. John’s bridge in the recent #ShellNo action in Portland, OR. Watch Elizabeth’s witness statement before the action here. Learn more on the UUYACJ website and listen to network coordinator Aly Tharp’s interview of Elizabeth. Above: screenshot of Elizabeth Mount in the Greenpeace video.
Update, Aug. 3: great eye-witness article at Resilience.org.
Update, Aug. 13: article in UU World online

Sacred Public Witness with Lummi Nation

Saturday, June 27, 4:45-6:15
Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR

In the face of the overwhelming reality and impacts of climate change and environmental destruction, we need each other. Together, we can celebrate life. Together, we can deepen our commitments to justice. Together, we can change the world. Our climate is changing, yet we have hope. Our world is in crisis, yet we have faith.  Read More. . 

UUMFE Fall Newsletter 2015

(September 22, 2015) The UUMFE Fall newsletter is now available. Contents include:

  • Commit2Respond: Moral Imperative for newsletter iconClimate Justice
  • Message From the Board Chair: Beyond the Catchy Phrase
  • Matthew McHale Ordination – Congratulations!
  • Nurturing Nature: Letting the Beauty We Love Be What We Do
  • We Have a Pope
  • The Road Through Paris and More Climate Justice News and Tools
  • Book Review: American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood
  • Updates fro the UU Young Adults for Climate Justice
  • What the Frack?
  • Your Support Is Needed and Appreciated

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