|Exciting changes are afoot at UUMFE, and one of them is a new e-newsletter! Instead of extensive quarterly PDFs, we will now be sending you a monthly email that rounds up one story for inspiration, one action for activation, one tool for education, and one opportunity for connection—all in service of resourcing you for the vital work of faith-grounded environmental justice. Let us know what you think!
Environmental Justice Forest Takes Root at General Assembly
New Orleans, host of the UUA General Assembly this June, was filled with environmental justice creativity and organizing! From an Opening Celebration that featured 10-foot painted trees contributed by UU groups and congregations from across the continent, to a Saturday morning worship that included Earth-loving puppet theater, to a nine-workshop track of environmental justice programming contributed to by many frontlines activists, Unitarian Universalists proclaimed throughout General Assembly: “the seas are rising—and so are we!” Read the whole story.
Create Food Justice Through Community Gardens
Help the Mountain, a UU retreat center in North Carolina, fulfill their goal of starting a “food forest for environmental justice”! The food forest will be a place for farm-to-table food for the Mountain’s kitchen and education for people of all ages on environmental sustainability, regenerative farming, and ecosystems. Donate to their Faithify campaign before it ends in two days.
p.s. Start an environmental justice garden of your own! Many UU congregations grow a food garden on their grounds that can serve myriad justice purposes. Check out the “church gardening questionnaire” from Flourish Magazine to get started.
“10 Years after Katrina: Resilience, Recovery, and Reality”
Produced by the Greater New Orleans Organizers Roundtable in 2015 to commemorate ten years since Hurricane Katrina, this 30-minute film focuses on the realities of New Orleans after the storm, with a particular focus on the effects of climate change and “disaster capitalism.” Watch it for free online.
Join the Climate Action Roundtable
The next Climate Action Roundtable is tomorrow, Wednesday July 12, at 8pm EST / 5pm PST. Don’t miss it! Sign up for the mailling list to get the call-in details.
These monthly calls are an opportunity for UU activists, congregational Climate Action Teams, and friends from around the continent and world to come together for conversation about spiritual resources, current events, storytelling, questions and struggles, and calls for action and solidarity towards climate justice.
“Inspiration” photo of Earth-loving puppet theater by Rose Gallogly. “Activation” photo of gardeners courtesy of the Mountain.
Visit UU Ministry for Earth online at uuministryforearth.org.