The Unitarian Universalist Church is a congregation of liberal religious voice in Lancaster County PA. We are brave, curious, and compassionate thinkers and doers. We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to make a difference for the good. We have a track record of standing on the side of love, justice, and peace. We became a certified Green Sanctuary Congregation in 2014. The application process required the committee to consider 3 areas among congregation members and friends (personal lifestyle choices, congregational programs, and practices, outreach and activism in the larger community). Projects in 4 different areas were required for accreditation. The following projects were completed in each area:
Worship and Celebration (2)
- Earth Day magazine collection
- Summer Solstice event (hike in Lancaster County Central Park)
- Bless the Animals – ceremony in Buchanan Park
Religious Education (2)
- Butterfly release on Easter and at Bridge Ceremony
- Created a Native Garden on site – spearheaded by 5th & 6th grade Faith Development class
- Green Sign Education program
Environmental Justice (2)
- Working to end Hydro fracking in Marcellus Shale – showed movie “Gasland” and had a speaker Mike Sturla
- Support Washington Elementary School garden
Sustainable Living (4).
- Bike Rack
- Green Information Kiosk
- Green Tour of Lancaster County
- TerraCycling and other recycling efforts
Additional projects have included:
- Annual Native Plant Sale
Stream restoration – tree planting with Chesapeake Bay Foundation and at Overlook Community Park
Presented “Beyond Fast Fashion” series about the clothing industry and how to reduce impact on the environment (film, workshop, clothing swap) Fall ‘19
- Hosted native plant speaker Doug Tallamy
- And much more!
Some current projects at our congregation include:
- Recycling and Terra Cycle
- Environmental book donations to UUCL library
- Native Garden Care Team
- Neighbor Clean-up in fall and spring
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