Green Sanctuary

Green Sanctuary is the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s commitment to the Earth by creating a sustainable life style. Stewardship of our one and only planet is important. We draw our life and breath from the Earth so Earth Stewardship is our moral obligation.

The purpose of Green Sanctuary is to keep our congregation informed of the many ways we can improve our stewardship, both individually and institutionally. Green Sanctuary committee meetings are where the planning goes on, and new people are always welcome to join us with new ideas. We’ll be meeting the second Wednesday of every month at 10:00 in the Fireplace Room. If this time isn’t convenient for you, please feel free to send your ideas and suggestions for us to discuss. Everyone is welcome to come out for the various activities we offer. These include: 1) Seasonal Celebrations, enjoying Nature outdoors; 2) Our information table, to keep you informed about sustainable living, etc; 3) Environmental programs, often cosponsored with other groups; 4) Environmental Justice projects.

For more information contact Nancy Peterson.

Green Sanctuary Committee Meetings

We welcome people to join us at our committee meetings. Our meeting time is noon on the second Wednesday of each month. We plan environmental awareness programs and events for our congregation to participate in. Please join us if you’re interested in helping plan these activities.

    Green Sanctuary News

  • Change is Our Choice – Creating Climate Solutions Join us for a book discussion course, “Change is Our Choice, Creating Climate Solutions.” Course topics include why the climate crisis needs you, what you need to know about the scientific evidence, finding your own carbon footprint, the climate of denial, the global and local movements to address the crisis, how the change is our ...
  • Climate Justice Workshop: January 29th With Rev. Fred Small, 12-2pm at UUSS following the Sunday service on January 29th, please join us in an interactive workshop “Give Light: Spiritual Nurture for Climate Activism” led by Rev. Small. As we face the grave danger of climate disruption, how can we respond with knowledge, strength and hope? He will help us deepen our ...
  • Green Sanctuary: Climate Justice The Paris Agreement One Year Later:  A year ago, our Climate Justice project was a petition (presented for signatures to both our congregation and the Greenmarket) to President Obama to sign on to the Paris Climate Agreement.  We were fortunate to have a president who signed the agreement, and went on to meet with the ...
  • Green Sanctuary: November 2016 RECYCLING?  AREN’T WE ALREADY DOING THAT?  The answer is:  Yes and No!  While we were still FUSS, we worked on implementing recycling through the City curbside program.  We had a number of problems with it, so we contracted with County Waste, a private company, solving some of the problems.  But we’re far from having the ...
  • Green Sanctuary & Climate Justice: Sept. 2016 Watch for environmental advocacy at our Sunday tables.  Labor Day Potluck Picnic: September 4th after Sunday Service Bring a dish to share. Bring your own picnic ware.  Beverages will be provided. Locavore Lunch: Sunday, September 25th after Sunday Service:  We will celebrate the local harvest at the annual Green Sanctuary fundraising luncheon. Donations support Climate Justice Projects. Carbon Offsets ...
  • Green Sanctuary & Climate Justice Advocating for Our Interdependent Web of Life Peebles Island The Green Sanctuary Spring Outing attracted UUs from area congregations for a picnic and a scenic hike. Where the Mohawk River meets the Hudson, this state park in Cohoes, New York, is a lovely spot to visit in summer.  A short walk from the CDTA bus brings you ...
  • EARTH CIRCLES SUMMER CALENDAR Join us for Full Moon Drumming: August 18th, 7-8PM—around a fire in the garden (or in the sanctuary if rain) All are welcome.  In a circle all are equal. We drum on the full moon as part of global peace initiative.  Every circle is different depending on the needs of the group, but often includes a story, ...
  • Earth Circles – Full Moon Drum Circle and Summer Solstice Celebration Monday, June 20, 7‐8 pm Look for us around a fire in the gardens behind the church. We will drum inside under the dome if it rains. Bring instruments and a short reading if you have one. All are welcome!
  • Green Sanctuary & Climate Justice Advocating for Our Interdependent Web of Life! May was one very active month for climate justice. The May 9th Advocacy Day was informative and exciting. Interfaith Impact provided information packets and had lined up visits with leadership in the senate and assembly. We spoke with staff of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, the head of the Senate Energy Committee, the Senate Chair of Crime and Corrections, ...
  • Green Sanctuary and Climate Justice Planning Meeting – June 1 Do you have ideas for climate and environmental action you would like to see included in next year’s program? Green Sanctuary and the Climate Justice Project will be holding our planning meeting for the 2016-17 church year on Wednesday, June 1st at 10:00am in the Fireplace Room. If you have ideas you’d like to have ...
  • En Plein Air – Art Outside with Earth Circles and Ecos Around the area starting in May. Here for more info: http://goo.gl/tWggvf. Sign-up by emailing ArtOutsideNENY@gmail.com. It is fun to “paint” outside in the open air with friends. Once the weather is kind, Melinda Perrin will set up a tentative monthly schedule to paint once a week (most likely Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and occasional Saturday ...