Upcoming Community Events

Saturday, April 29, 2017: People’s Climate March, Washington DC, NYC, and Hudson:  “We Resist.  We Build.  We Rise.”  March for climate, jobs, and justice.  On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we will be in the streets of Washington D.C. to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet.

Washington DC: To take the bus from SCHENECTADY:  Leave at 11:15 pm Friday April 28th from Union College, College Park Hall parking lot off Nott Street. Return approximately midnight, Saturday April 29th.  This makes it possible for us to travel to Washington and get a night’s sleep before the Sunday service with our ministerial candidates.   To sign up for the bus and for other Capital District travel options, go here.

There is a march in NYC starting at noon at Washington Square.  Our nearest marches will be the Hudson Valley People’s Climate March, starting at 11:00 a.m, and the Glens Falls People’s Climate March, starting at 10:00 a.m. These events are the ones for you, if you’re concerned about being bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for our service with our ministerial candidates.

Monday, May 1, 2017: Interfaith Impact Legislative Advocacy Day, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Legislative Office Building, Room 211, Empire State Plaza, Albany: Would you like to join us in advocating with our State Legislators for Climate Justice, Health Care for All, and Halting Solitary Confinement? Join with Interfaith Impact, a statewide advocacy organization that brings together Unitarian Universalists with members of other denominations that share our values.

The morning includes lobbying guidance from experienced advocates and briefings on the issues by experts before we meet in small groups with elected representatives and their staff: no prior lobbying experience needed! This is a great opportunity to connect with our state elected officials about climate and social justice issues important to our community and to our planet’s future.

The Legislative Office Building is easily accessible by CDTA – get transit directions here. You will need to bring your own lunch.

Registration is free, but please do let the organizers know you’re coming so they can plan teams! To register, e-mail info@interfaithimpactnys.org with your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, what congregation you are from, and whether or not you are a clergy member.

About Green Sanctuary

Green Sanctuary is the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady’s commitment to the Earth by creating a sustainable lifestyle. 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 normally meet on the second Wednesday of every month at 10:00 in the Fireplace Room – e-mail Nancy or check the UUSS calendar before coming to confirm the date, as this occasionally changes!  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 and Climate Justice projects.

For more information contact Nancy Peterson.

    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 ...

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