Unitarian Universalism’s 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Unitarian Universalists see ourselves as one thread in a single fabric of all existence. We embrace nature’s beauty and are in awe of its power. We have a responsibility to care for our home and stand together with those most affected by pollution, environmental destruction, increasingly severe natural disasters, and other impacts of climate change.
Vegan initiatives: Eating a vegan diet saves a significant amount of energy and water. Did you know that producing one pound of beef takes 2500 gallons of water, yet to produce a pound of potatoes is only 60 gallons of water? And that methane gas released from cows contributes more to climate change than all the automobiles in the world? By eating more of a vegetarian or vegan diet, our congregation is able to conserve significant amounts of energy and decrease the impacts of worsening global warming due to the animal farms. We host Vegan Potlucks (our most famous being our Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck held every November) and other activities to encourage people to explore a vegan diet.
Renewable energy: December 2021 – Installation of our rooftop solar panels – learn more, here.
Climate Change: Our own Maisie Donohue speaks at Climate Strike on 9/20/19:
We demonstrate our commitment to environmental justice by aligning our values with our actions through spiritual connection, education, sustainable living, and social justice.
The First Unitarian of Wilmington, DE Sustainability and Environmental Justice teams work to provide opportunities for study and action in response to Climate Change. We explore and identify environmental justice issues in the local and broader community. We organize congregational and individual response through education, study groups, sermons, social gatherings and speakers. We are an open committee – members may participate in projects for which they feel a passion, but not make a year long commitment to the team. Since we work broadly across local, state, global, legislative, advocacy, interfaith and socio-economic environmental justice issues, there are plenty of choices for individual or congregational participation. We also seek out and welcome suggestions for Environmental Justice actions which concern the members of the congregation.
Currently, our areas of Environmental Justice work are Advocacy, Education, Sustainability (Ethical Eating* see note), Socio-Economic, Inter-faith Connections, Direct Action, and Worship.