Feliz Navidad

  Dear Friends, At our favorite Mexican restaurant last week, Gail and I enjoyed tacos, burritos . . . and Santa. As we were eating our dinner, we noticed him sitting near the front of the dining room fanning himself with a laminated menu (I can imagine that red suit and those boots were a tad too warm for our […]

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Rare Sightings

  Dear Friends, This week, the Sandy Springs City Council met to discuss the once-rare but now more frequent sightings of coyotes in this area. Representatives from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources were present to explain coyote behavior and safety precautions. Coyotes aren’t a new addition to the metro Atlanta suburbs, but they do seem out of place for […]

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Saying Grace

Dear Friends, On Thursday in this country, thousands of people will gather around various dining room tables in small and large groups for what has become America’s tradition of eating and expressing thanks. Thanksgiving holiday is, like many traditions we celebrate, grounded partly in fact and partly in myth. I imagine many of us learned that the first Thanksgiving occurred […]

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Creating a State of Clean Energy

  As the first congregation in Georgia to put solar panels on the roof and as a designated Green Sanctuary congregation, Northwest continues to be very interested in the spread of clean energy production. Many of us have wondered what happened as incentives for solar power seemed to disappear and were further shocked when Georgia Power requested a 45%-55% tax […]

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Getting Saved

  Dear Friends, I spent the day Monday fasting for a medical procedure. To take my mind off of my growling stomach, I joined Gail on the sofa to watch one of the many Superman movies that have been filmed over the years. This one was made in 2006 and had the same cast of characters I remembered – the […]

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Do It Your Way: A Personal Response to the Climate Crisis

  It’s been recognized for decades that the traditional plant-based diets of populations around the world are the healthiest and that the industrialized production and delivery of animal products are not sustainable with 7 billion people on the planet now (and 200,000 added daily). While we haven’t been able to stop cutting down the rain forests for meat production, perhaps we can […]

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Northwest Gives Comment to Public Service Commission

Public Service Commission Members

Dave Zenner, head of the Earth Ministry Team at the Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Northwest), and congregational president Keith Kreycik gave comments today before Georgia’s Public Services Commission (PSC). Both Northwest members spoke in opposition to a proposal by Georgia Power to charge a fee to solar power producers for use of the electrical grid. Zenner provided background on Northwest’s […]

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Vote for Imran Battla of WAWA

  Here’s an exciting thing you can do for our Green Sanctuary partner in conservation, the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA). With a vote for Imran Battla for the Cox Conserves Hero award, you will directly affect the ability of WAWA and the community it serves to speak up in their neighborhood preservation. Please pass on the link and directions to friends and […]

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Precycle

To precycle means to consciously think ahead to keep excess packaging and end product out of landfills. Start or increase the amount you precycle with these five ideas: Take your own bags. A very collapsible string bag (we have them in the Bookstore) makes this easy to do. Aldi leads in this area as they do not give out bags […]

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Fair World Project

Laura Montgomery recently gave an important Worship Associate sermon on Fair Trade problems and the Fair World Project (FWP) that works to correct them. Equal Exchange Coffee and other products we provide in the church are fine, but don’t count on others. Here’s the story: Certified organic foods have adopted legally enforceable standards, but no such standards exist for Fair […]

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