Green Sanctuary News

A UUS:E Library of Things is coming! A library of things can loan out kitchen appliances, tools, gardening equipment, electronics, toys and games, craft supplies, musical instruments, recreational equipment, and more. We’ll be sending out a survey with more information to see how many at UUS:E are interested in loaning and borrowing. We are still developing this idea, but so far we are thinking that we will limit the library to UUS:E member and friends (you must appear in the directory). A volunteer would facilitate the library and a prospective lender or borrower would contact the facilitator to receive the list of items in spreadsheet format and/or to request an update to the spreadsheet. A borrower would sign a waiver and present the signed waiver to the lender as a condition to borrow the item(s). The spreadsheet and waiver might look something like the ones linked below.

The Greater Hartford Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) chapter is resuming thanks to the efforts of Janet Heller and Ellen Castaldini. CCL works to pass bipartisan legislation, including the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act that our congregation voted to support. If you are interested, see the link below or contact Janet Heller janet.heller@snet.net or Ellen Castaldini ellen.castaldini@gmail.com. The next CCL meeting is Sunday, Sept. 8 from 3 – 5 PM at the Unitarian Society of Hartford. https://citizensclimatelobby.org/chapters/CT_Greater_Hartford/

“Our house is on fire.” These are the words of young climate change activist Greta Thunberg. On September 20, millions of us will walk out of our workplaces and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. Connecticut students are asking adults to join them for a Climate Action on Friday, September 20 (time TBA) at our State Capitol in Hartford to kick off a week of local events. Check the 350.org website for details.

Save the date of Friday, October 18. We will show the film Advertising at the Edge of the Apocalypse. Scholar Sut Jhally explores the devastating personal and environmental fallout from advertising, commercial culture, and rampant American consumerism. https://www.mediaed.org/advertising-at-the-edge/

Join us! The Sustainable Living Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM and welcomes newcomers. Our next meeting is September 10.

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 uuseoffice@uuse.org. A case of six boxes (12 cups per box) is $50. More information about Equal Exchange Products,

click here. http://uuse.org/community/social-justice-activities-and-concerns/social-justice/equalexchangeinterfaithstore

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 janedwinell@gmail.com 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 uuseoffice@uuse.org.

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: http://uuse.org/sustainable-living/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 http://ctnofa.org/CSAs.htm

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 . https://us.macmillan.com/static/smp/overheated/

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 uuseoffice@uuse.org. 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.