Green Sanctuary

Green Sanctuary LogoIn October 2012, Northwest became the first UU congregation in Georgia to obtain accreditation as a Green Sanctuary and accepted a continuing commitment support the Green Sanctuary program through its four pillars:

  • Worship and celebration
  • Religious education
  • Sustainable living
  • Environmental justice

The congregation pledged to become a Green Sanctuary a year earlier, when the Board of Trustees voted to accept the Green Sanctuary Covenant.

Green Sanctuary Covenant

WE, THE MEMBERS OF NORTHWEST UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION,

  • Recognizing the fragile and interdependent state of our Earth and all living things;
  • Recognizing the need to protect and maintain the quality of our common life-giving natural resources such as water, soil, and air;
  • Recognizing the need to join with others to bring forth a sustainable society based on respect for our planet and all its life-giving resources; and
  • Recognizing our universal human rights to a clean environment:

DO THEREFORE DECLARE

To one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations, our acceptance of responsibility for preserving and protecting the health, vitality, beauty, and diversity of this planet Earth.

TO THIS END

As members of this congregation and participants in the Green Sanctuary program, we pledge our encouragement to one another in a personal and congregational commitment to living this promise through our Unitarian Universalist Principles, including the Seventh Principle, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” In addition to specific projects and activities, we make the following commitments:

  • We incorporate Seventh Principle values and practices into our worship services, celebrations, and religious education programs;
  • We live lightly on the Earth and strive to continually improve our environmental impact;
  • We generate commitment for personal lifestyle changes;
  • Recognizing that the journey is a continuous, and sometimes difficult process, we pledge our willingness to continue to deepen our spiritual interconnectedness with all existence of which we are a part, to expand our knowledge of environmental and environmental justice issues, and to make environmentally appropriate choices in our actions and decisions in the future.”