2010

January 2010 – All Souls Church

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We honor the way All Souls members are living out their seventh sacred principle of Unitarian Universalism: “We covenant to live with respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”

Greening Greenfield Salutes All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Greenfield

We honor the way All Souls members are living out their seventh sacred principle of Unitarian Universalism: “We covenant to live with respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”

Over the past two years All Souls democratically voted to focus their social justice work on becoming a sustainable Green Sanctuary. In 2008-2009, with property manager, Dan Tinen's help, the Congregation created savings in the church’s  carbon emissions and budget, installing new furnaces and insulation while continuing weatherization projects. They also organized the first Savings Through Energy Management (STEM) training session held in Massachusetts for “energy auditors” from 8 local churches through the Franklin County Interfaith Council. All Souls raised money with a special collection for low-energy, long lasting lightbulbs for the Survival Center, realizing that folks who install low watt lightbulbs, can save up to a quarter of their electric bills.

The Religious Education program participated in a play called “Turtle Island Medicine Show” for  Greening Greenfield.  Then the congregation sponsored an adult education class called “The Low Carbon Diet” led by UCC leader, Becca King and Quaker, Peter Letson. Eighteen households participated in learning how to lower their carbon footprint. Two went on to build new low-energy use homes! At All Souls 2009 Annual Meeting, the Congregation agreed to join Greenfield’s 10% Challenge Campaign to save 10% of the energy, 10% of the carbon footprint, and 10% of the energy money. A win-win solution!  

One of the steadiest initiatives, instituted by Rev. Jeanne Lloyd, are the monthly testimonials, a part of Sunday worship services, offering an opportunity for  each householder to share a story about changing a habit that will save energy and save carbon. Each habit changed is represented by a leaf on a symbollic “tree” in the Sanctuary.  The goal is to change 350 habits, thus helping to keep the atmospheric carbon below 350 parts per million needed to avoid the worst anticipated changes in climate. In October, All Souls is now seeking volunteers for a new “benefits counselors” program. Working closely with the Interfaith Council and Franklin County Home Care, people who volunteer will pledge to become experts in helping each other and the wider community access rebate money to get their houses and apartments insulated and weatherized.

Think Global, Act Local EarthThrives tells the story of what is Green, Sustainable and Local for the Pioneer Valley, MA!