Green Sanctuary News

Save the Date

On Friday, March 13 at 6:30 PM, the Sustainable Living Committee is showing the film “A Prayer for Compassion.” Compassion and peace are central tenets of major religions and this documentary discusses how we relate our beliefs to our interactions with people and animals. The film supports our 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; and our 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Conservation Training Partnership

Conservation Training Partnerships (CTP) is a program that works with and supports teens and adult volunteers in local conservation efforts to benefit their community.

Applicants are paired up as a teen and adult from the same community. The team first participates in an interactive two-day field workshop where they learn how to apply mapping/web technology to address various conservation efforts. After the workshop, the team carries out a conservation project in their town.

Participants learn:

  • Innovative, user-friendly mapping technology
  • How to tackle environmental projects with the support of UConn faculty
  • How to make a tangible impact in their community

Many past and current adult participants are retirees who care about the environment and enjoy working with youth. CTP is currently recruiting participants for its 2020 program. Workshops take place in June at different locations throughout the state; the entire program is free for all teen and adult participants.

For more information contact Nicole Freidenfelds, UConn Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) at Nicole.freidenfelds@uconn.edu or 860-486-6933.

Library of Things

Our committee is working out details to make the LoT (Library of Things) a reality. This will allow members of UUS:E to borrow a variety of tools from one another, and save having to buy a tool for only occasional use. Learn more and sign up to participate here: uuse.org/sustainable-living/lot.

Did you know? Jane Fonda, inspired by Greta Thunberg and others, teamed up with Greenpeace and other groups to start Fire Drill Fridays in Washington D.C. to tackle our climate crisis. Learn more here:
https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/take-action/

Fun Food Fact

The earth freely provides food for our sustenance, and when we work with the earth, we enable it to provide for all our needs. One simple food that grows well in more arid areas is the lentil, which offers hope for areas suffering from climate change. One cup of cooked lentils provides 20 grams of protein as well as zinc, iron, fiber, and many other nutrients. India, Turkey, and Canada are the largest producers of lentils.

Check out this beautiful message for 2020 on You Tube from Dr. Vandana Shiva at her farm in India. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV4H-Pu4qYE “Let’s sow the seeds of love.”

The Sustainable Living and Climate Action Committee, who led UUS:E through the process of becoming a certified Green Sanctuary congregation, invites you to join us for our regular monthly meeting on each second Tuesday at 7:00 PM in Room 2.

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.