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.

Projects and Activities

Cape Candidate Survey

In June 2016 the Green Sanctuary Committee undertook a project to learn more about the environmental issues our local candidates considered most important and how they would work to solve these issues if elected. We partnered with 11 other organizations to reach as large an area on the Cape as possible when disseminating the results.

All candidates for the Legislature and the County Commission, 22 in all, were sent a simple one-page survey. We received 10 responses in turn. Another 12 did not send in responses, although they had received a second mailing and extended deadlines. [It should be noted that 4 of the 12 are Representatives in the Legislature that was in session until the morning hours of August 1.]

At the link below, we list contact information of all the candidates that were surveyed as well as the content of the responses we received.

Read the survey results »

Cape Environmental Action (CEA) campaign

Green Sanctuary committees from the Unitarian Church of Barnstable, First Parish Brewster Unitarian Universalist Church, and the Falmouth Fellowship, are working together as Cape Environmental Action(CEA), to sponsor a reuseable bag education campaign, "Get Drastic, Reduce Plastic!"
The reasons why this campaign is important are many. Learn more (PDF 309Kb) »


Commit2Respond Month

Climate Justice Month followup

Suggestions for maintaining your passion for Climate Justice:

  1. Spend time this summer getting outdoors and enjoying this place; slow down enough to see what’s changing and how your love is called into action. Read Naomi Klein’s article and Wendall Berry’s concluding quote.
  2. Live your life in alignment with the more beautiful world you know is possible, rather than living out of fear, or believing that you have never done ENOUGH, been good ENOUGH, etc. Read Charles Eisenstein’s book.
  3. Mark your Calendar for October 7, the first of 4 Fridays for an ALL CHURCH BOOK READ ON CLIMATE CHANGE of the book, Active Hope that Rev. Dr. Kristen Harper and Susan Starkey will facilitate. Learn more » (PDF opens)


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, Thursday, Friday mornings• 9:00 - 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday afternoon• 1:30 - 5:30 p.m..
Ph: 508 362-6381 • P.O. Box 285 • 3330 Main Street • Barnstable, MA • 02630-0285