A Green Sanctuary
We love our beautiful green space and invite you to enjoy this sanctuary of peace. Being an accredited Green Sanctuary is one of the ways Starr King works toward our vision of a healthy and sustainable future.
As we enjoy our Green Sanctuary, we also live with a deep awareness of climate change and profound environmental injustices. In response we commit to four practices grounded in Unitarian Universalist principles, especially the 7th principle of respect for the interdependent web of existence:
- Environmental Justice: We partner with local organizations and the UU Ministry for Earth to reach out to marginalized communities who are hit first and hardest by environmental crisis. If you feel the call to environmental justice, consider getting involved!
- Worship and Celebration: As we work together towards a cleaner, more just, and sustainable world, worship inspires our work and reminds us of what is most sacred and most true. Take a “nature bath” in our garden, and enjoy our annual Earth Day Fair.
- Religious Education: Our workshops and programs for all ages shape attitudes and build practices that are sustainable and spiritually-grounded. Our youth are learning to grow their own garden!
- Sustainable Living: We treat the world more gently by using fewer resources and being mindful of the choices we make, both as a congregation and as households.
Accreditation as a Green Sanctuary
The Green Sanctuary Program is an accreditation process sponsored by the UU Ministry for Earth. We achieved the status of Green Sanctuary in 2010. Our Green Sanctuary Committee continues to keep this principle alive in our congregation.
The process of achieving accreditation began with an environmental audit that included our facility, current management practices such as recycling or grounds maintenance, and programs such as religious education and worship. We made numerous changes and continue to search for additional ways to become more sustainable. Other committees who work closely with our Green Sanctuary:
- Grounds Ministry, who put the “green” in green sanctuary and maximize our use of native, drought-resistant plants
- Interior Ministry, focusing on our kitchen, cleaning, and waste disposal practices
- Religious Exploration Council encouraging environmentally relevant learning, such as working in our vegetable garden
- Worship Committee ensures we keep environmental topics in our worship services and even makes sure to purchase sustainable candles!
We invite all who share these values to join us on this journey of connection, sustainability, and hope.