Green Sanctuary 2030  

UPDATE 12-14-2021

 In the New Year, we will be exploring more about what it means to be a Green Sanctuary and the steps that can lead us in that direction. This process varies, depending on the fellowship, and the vision that is created by its members.  At OUUF, there are already many ways we demonstrate “respecting the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part” (7th principle), which is the basis of this project. Those ways will be acknowledged, along with potential future directions.  As community involvement is a key aspect of Green Sanctuaries, your input will always be needed and welcome.  We look forward to sharing more information in the months ahead. We wish you blessings in this holiday season!
                    “The earth is what we all have in common.”  –  Wendell Berry
Please let us hear from you with comments and/or questions.
Pat Dusel:
George Will:
John Toppenberg:
Brian Berardo:

The Board has given the approval for OUUF to pursue the UU Green Sanctuary 2030 accreditation.

What and why is Green Sanctuary 2030 accreditation?  As we know, the climate-change crisis with Global warming is the existential threat to human species and the web of life.   We have to reduce greenhouse gases by 45% by 2030 or we may pass the point of reversing global warming.

The U.U.G.S. has a Roadmap for Congregations to follow that assists congregations to rise to this crisis.  What we would do is the congregation would perform a self- assessment, write a plan and complete projects across Environmental Justice, Climate Justice, Worship and Celebration, Religious Education and Sustainable Living.

This is not as complicated as it may seem as so many members are already involved with above listed activities.

For more detailed info. check out= Green Sanctuary 2030 Process for Accreditation online. This is just a brief introduction, more information to follow.  

For more information contact: Co-chairs Pat Dusel at or Sandy Goodwick at   

Being a Green Sanctuary is one of the ways we work toward a vision of healthier, more sustainable future.
As a recognized Green Sanctuary, we live with a deep awareness of our climate crisis and the deep environmental injustices of our time. We commit to four practices, grounded in Unitarian Universalist principles:

  • Environmental Justice: We partner with marginalized communities who are hit first and hardest by environmental crisis.  In partnering with these communities we are able to address human and environmental needs at the same time.
  • Worship and Celebration: As we work together towards a cleaner, more just and sustainable world, worship inspires our work and reminds us of what is most sacred and most true.
  • Religious Education: Our workshops and programs for all ages shape attitudes and build practices that are sustainable and spiritually-grounded.
  • Sustainable Living: We treat the world more gently by using fewer resources and being mindful of the choices we make, both as a congregation and as households.

We invite all who share these values to join us on this journey of connection, sustainability, and hope.