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The purpose of the Green Sanctuary Committee is to support the People’s Church community in our efforts to live in accord with our values.

 As a liberal religious congregation, we begin with a definition of religion that focuses primarily on the nature of our relations. Knowing that we are necessarily related, as a biological fact (made of the “stuff” of the universe), we seek to understand the nature of those relations and aim to live toward and in “right relations” or in ways that honor life as broadly as possible.  This means that we take seriously the fact that we are part of the earth and part of the interdependent web of life, and therefore strive to live harmoniously, ethically, justly, and sustainably upon the earth and with all other living things.  Easy to say — much more complicated to understand and to do.  Within the framework of Green Sanctuary, we try to identify perspectives, tasks and actions that we, as individuals and as a congregation, can undertake to move us closer and closer to our aim of right relations with the earth and with Life.

                                                                                                                Jill McAllister, Former People’s Church Minister (1998-2013)

In our long-range planning, People’s people have affirmed that they want their congregation to be “as green as possible.” The Green Sanctuary program is helping us work toward that goal.

A Green Sanctuary is a congregation that:

  • Has received official recognition for completing the Green Sanctuary Program.
  • Lives out its commitment to the Earth by creating sustainable lifestyles for its members as individuals and as a faith community.
  • Is committed towards creating a religious community that has a fundamental, bottom-line, commitment to living in harmony with the Earth.
People’s Church became a certified Green Sanctuary in May of 2015 by undertaking several projects in the areas of:

    1.  Worship,
    2.  Religious Education,
    3.  Environmental Justice, and
    4.  Sustainable Living.

In 2015, the Green Sanctuary Committee initiated discussions with church members on how we can be better stewards of our church land.  We are currently working on a land management plan to address the issues and goals that came out of those discussions.

Please contact Connie Ferguson if you are interested in joining the Green Sanctuary Committee.