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.

The Green Sanctuary Ministry held a Congregational Conversation on Sunday, June 1t. After a brief review of our work to date, participants suggested and discussed a variety of great ideas for how our ministry could move forward. We are planning a communitywide accreditation celebration, continuing our outreach to the CVUUS community and larger community, and researching a number of exciting, new, environmental justice projects. To make this possible, we are seeking volunteers to serve on the committee, and/or lead particular projects. Contact Elizabeth Golden at elizabethgolden@shoreham.net or 802-598-2388 if you would like to get involved.

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.