Green Sanctuary News

Fracking Waste Ban Update!

All concerned about banning the dangerous waste products from hydraulic fracturing, especially Manchester residents, please help. First, everyone from every town, please contact your state senator asking him or her to co-sponsor SB 103. The state bill, which was weak before, has been strengthened to ban wastes from all hydraulic fracturing and related production, processing, storage, etc.

Manchester residents, please plan to attend the 7 PM town council meeting on Tuesday, April 3, and plan to speak briefly but strongly during the residents comment period, in support of 1) a strong town resolution to ban all fracking wastes, and 2) in support of passage of the SB 103, which is now in the state senate.

Stay tuned, as there may be updates before April 3, but please come out to support this ban that Kat Dargan was working on, even while she was sick with the flu.


Join Mary Lawrence and others for a showing of the Film Eating You Alive on Thursday, April 5, at 7 PM at the Buckland Hills theater. More information and the trailer can be found here: Learn why Americans are so sick, who’s responsible for feeding us the wrong information and how we can use whole-food, plant-based nutrition to take control of our health—one bite at a time

Get Smart!

UUS:E is now accepting shoe phones for recycling (no laces, please). Call 1-800-CONTROL for details.

Community Garden

Mary Lawrence has made exciting strides in planning the Unitarian Universalist Society: East Community Garden outside the Garden Level entrance. The University of Rhode Island has donated 150 packets of seeds, including flowers, and organic vegetable seeds. There will be a meeting on March 18 for all those in the UU community who might be interested in volunteering in the garden.


We can help our planet, and earn some money for UUS:E by recycling such items as cell phones/pagers & accessories, GPS & radar detectors, calculators, eBook readers, iPads, tablets, iPods, small digital/video cameras, as well inkjet cartridges (but not laser/toner cartridge). If an inkjet cartridge is leaking, please enclose it in a plastic bag. Deposit your items in the Planet Green box, located in the vestibule beside the water cooler. From there, Duffy Schade will send them to PlanetGreen which produces “highest quality remanufactured toner and inkjet cartridges. UUS:E also receives a percentage from sales of these cartridges. So if you are low on ink, check If you have questions contact our office.


Looking for some good books?

Here are some that might be of interest. The first one is by our friend Mary Lawrence of Well On Wheels. Mary is a vegan chef and tells a compelling story about her journey into veganism. Her new book is titled, Eat Vegan With Me: Creating Community through Conversation and Compassionate Cuisine. In addition to delicious recipes and menu plans, she gives reasons to eat vegan, including for health, for the environment, and for compassion toward animals. The book is available from Amazon.

UU Ministry for Earth has an offer for a FREE book! Author and minister Rev. Jane Dwinell is offering free copies of her book Freedom Through Frugality to interested UUs while supplies last. From the book’s introduction: “The world needs frugality right now. We are living beyond the means of the earth—spending more resources annually than can be restored, regenerated or replaced. Experts agree that moderating the quantity and resource intensity of our consumption is a key to our survival.”

Contact Rev. Jane at with the subject “Freedom Through Frugality,” and include a mailing address in your message.

This Blessed Earth by Ted Genoways follows a Nebraska farm family for a year. This is a gripping story about one farm family whose property is in the way of the Keystone XL pipeline. The book helps us understand how farming has changed since World War II. The USDA, seed companies, chemical companies, farm equipment companies, irrigation systems, banks, and others impact how farmers grow our food.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a 17-year old indigenous climate activist and hip-hop artist. He has recently written a book, We Rise, the Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet. He is also one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the federal government, Juliana v. United States. Our Children’s Trust and Earth Guardians are suing the government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property by engaging in actions that cause climate change. SLC, RE and Rev. Josh will be highlighting this issue in a multi-gen service on Earth Day.

To borrow any of these books, contact 860-646-5151 or

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Changes Name and Meeting Place.

The Manchester chapter of CCL is now The Greater Hartford Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby. The name change reflects the growth of our Manchester CCL chapter and desire to include more people from the whole capitol region. We are now meeting at Goodwin College on Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT. GPS set to 195 Riverside Drive—the first smaller building on the right—Room 201. We will continue to meet every 4th Thursday of the month at 7 PM.

Farmers Market opens in Manchester. The Spruce Street Market will be open for business every Wednesday evening from June 21 through October 4 from 5 to 8 PM. Local produce from local farmers. Check out our Vegan Recipes: and enjoy those veggies while doing your part for Mother Earth. Remember you can still get a CSA Membership and a steady supply of local, organic produce by joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). A few farms in the state offer CSA memberships and these tend to sell out, so find which ones are near you at

Got a Green Thumb? Even without one you can help weed and care for the gardens around UUS:E on Wednesday mornings. You may find people already there to work with you.

A Good Read is New York Times best seller Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses and Citizens Can Save the Planet by Michael Bloomberg, former New York City Mayor and Carl Pope, Sierra Club former executive director .

Equal Exchange Products

Available in the meetinghouse lobby on the second Sunday of the month. They are organic and fair trade. If you would like to order a full case of Single-Serve Cups from Equal Exchange, contact the office at A case of six boxes (12 cups per box) is $50. We will have boxes of six available without pre-ordering for $8.50. More information about Equal Exchange Products, click here.