Green Sanctuary (environmental justice)


This group is dedicated to supporting our denomination’s seventh principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Our members consist of individuals with an interest in environmental issues and environmental justice. We are an official “Green Sanctuary” church through the Green Sanctuary program of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, Congregational Stewardship Services and are focused on continued education and outreach in our congregation and the wider community.

A Story, A Video

January 2018 Planning Session participants
The Unitarian Church of Barnstable is a certified Green Sanctuary and has a story to tell (PDF opens); and a video in which we share the importance of building our community of environmental justice seekers (YouTube video opens).

Pictured from left in the back row: Jan Hively, Lois Fournier, Susan Brinckerhoff, Carol Ewing, Steve Berglund, Susan Starkey. Front row: Sue Wall Oleyer, Sheila Place, Rev. Dr. Kristen Harper, Kahren Dowcett
Not Shown: Sue Phelan, Larry Gordon, Erica Jansson, Danielle Herschler, Steve Thomas

Step-by-Step - a program to reduce our carbon footprint

The Green Sanctuary Committee of the Unitarian Church of Barnstable began sponsoring a program in February, 2017,  to support us as Householders and as a Church as we learn to reduce our carbon footprint in measurable ways. This program is part of the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative (5C's) initiative. Take the first step and join the 17 households who have already pledged from our congregation.

Our collective pledges will hopefully add up to over 20% reductions. You can do this in a few different ways: Read our Cape Cod Top Recommendations (and the associated detailed document) and select your favorite new actions to take; or go to the online Carbon Calculator and plug in your data to learn about your carbon footprint and then see the choices you can make to reduce your footprint; and/or read a Success Story to learn more.

Go to the Carbon Calculator »


Success Stories:


Projects and Activities


Green Sanctuary Logo

The goals of the Green Sanctuary committee are to:

  • Build awareness of the significance and complexity of environmental issues.
  • Encourage personal lifestyle changes.
  • Engage in community action on environmental issues.
  • Strengthen the connection between spiritual practice and Earth consciousness.
  • Work to heal environmental injustices.

We meet one Sunday per month. New members and new ideas are always welcome.

Church Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday mornings • 9:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Ph: 508 362-6381 • P.O. Box 285 • 3330 Main Street • Barnstable, MA • 02630-0285