What does it mean to be a Green Sanctuary?

Created in 1989, the Green Sanctuary (GS) program historically provided a path for congregational study, reflection, and action in response to environmental challenges, worshiping and acting – grounded in justice and Unitarian Universalist values. Each congregation performs a self-assessment, writes a plan, and completes projects in these areas:

* Environmental & Climate Justice  (we’ve done gleaning projects)

* Worship and Celebration,

* Religious Education, and

* Sustainable Living.

Our congregation has completed all of the projects in its plan and is now seeking accreditation. Join us for a Congregational Conversation to explore what we have accomplished so far and what our future direction will be. For more information, contact Elizabeth Golden-Pidgeon.  For more and to prepare, visit http://www.cvuus.org/about-us/a-green-sanctuary/. Childcare will be provided.

Contact Alan Moore with your ideas for future conversations. See more about their format as well as previous topics at http://www.cvuus.org/blog/congregational-conversations/.

G L E A N I N G: A CVUUS Green Sanctuary Environmental Justice Project

Plant and glean at local farms and community gardens and process fresh produce to donate to H.O.P.E. and Charter House. Local gleaning opportunities are organized by The VT Gleaning Collective, an initiative of Salvation Farms, a network of professionally organized community-based gleaning programs.

You can take home some gleaned items if there’s enough. Lily Bradburn coordinates gleaning for HOPE. Contact her at 388-3608 ext.225 or email: lbradburn@hope-vt.org to help with

– In-field harvesting of surplus produce
– Collecting unsold produce at Midd Farmers’ Market
– Delivering produce to HOPE’s food shelf
– Processing produce for winter use

Or help Charter House with their community garden at Porter Hospital next to Midd DogPark on  Saturday mornings Gleans are usually 1 1/2- 2 hrs. Please feel free to stay for whatever amount of time works for you.