My Ballot Is Here – What Do I Do Next?

Michigan Absentee Ballots will be in the mail next week if you are registered and have requested one.  Remember that all Michigan voters are now able to vote by mail, but you need to be pro-active about it.  Don’t delay, make sure that your vote counts, and BE A CLIMATE VOTER!  Here’s a how-to guide […]

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September Styrofoam Collection

People’s Church will be collecting foam for recycling on Wednesday, September 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Thursday, September 24 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the back parking lot, near the shed.

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Is People’s Church ready to be a Cool Congregation ? Cool Congregations is a stewardship program developed by Interfaith Power and Light that provides certification for congregations that achieve different levels of greenhouse gas reductions in their facilities. It offers a structured approach and support resources, and also includes a challenge to individual congregants to engage in lowering […]

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What Do We Know About Our Solar Panels After (nearly) 2 Months? The People’s Church solar photovoltaic system was fully installed on June 1, and the first full day of generating electricity was June 2.  We now have a lot of data, and 1 ½ billing cycles to help us begin to understand the impact […]

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The Regenerative Neighborhood By Daniel Z. Bair Sometimes it seems so close at hand. I can feel it under my feet in the wooded edge of my backyard. Below I’m presenting a small part of my vision for what I’m calling the regenerative neighborhood. This idea stems primarily from my 14 years working in agriculture, […]

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Coronavirus and Climate Justice by Cybelle Shattuck In the midst of this pandemic, while home-bound and spending (too much) time online, people are excitedly sharing videos of nature “recovering” in the absence of humans. We marvel at majestic mountains unobscured by air pollution and delight at wild animals romping through towns. Our hearts lift—we feel […]

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Climate Corner

How you can fight the climate crisis. HOW TO STAY AT HOME AND SAVE THE EARTH Friday, April 24 is Arbor Day – PLANT TREES FROM HOME!  For a small donation, ArborDay.org and 8Billiontrees.com will plant 10 trees for you in a part of the world where deforestation is causing the climate to […]

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A Proposal: People’s Church Should Join the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition

The Green Sanctuary Committee recommends that People’s Church join the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition (KCCC) to affirm our commitment to work actively toward alleviating and remediating Climate Change.  Part of the business at the People’s Church annual meeting on May 17 will be to consider and vote on this proposal. This aligns well with much […]

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Green Spot—Update on Net Zero

Last year the Green Sanctuary Committee created the Net Zero Task Force to work with the Finance and Building & Grounds Committees, to explore the possibilities for People’s Church achieving net zero carbon emissions. After several months of discussions, interviews with outside experts and contractors, and examination of the church building components, a plan of […]

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Climate Corner – How you can fight the climate crisis

Get Motivated Lights blazing away? This is a great time of the year to save money and reduce your personal carbon footprint by switching to LED light bulbs.  Even if you’ve been changing over to LEDs, take an inventory to see which bulbs you still need to replace.  Then go straight to your favorite hardware […]

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KPL Book Discussion, Sun. February 16, 12:30 p.m.

The Green Sanctuary Committee of People’s Church is pleased to participate in the Kalamazoo Public Library’s Reading Together 2020 by sponsoring a book discussion of Jonathon Saffron Foer’s We Are the Weather.   All are welcome to this discussion, whether you have read the book or not. Join us in Room L2 to learn about the […]

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Climate Forum, Sunday, February 23, 12:30 p.m.

Presentation: “The Green New Deal” with Dr. Denise Keele Snacks will be available.  We’ll meet in Room 19.  

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Climate Forum in 2020 The tide is rising, and so are we. The task is mighty, and so are we. The land is holy, and so are we. This is where we are called to be. —Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman and Yotam Schachter 2020 is going to be a year for climate action, a time […]

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Alternative Giving 2019 This year you can resolve to have a greener, cheaper, more meaningful holiday season through alternative giving! Instead of just going to the mall and spending more than you should, create your own original presents, purchase green products that express your values, or make a donation in someone’s name. Use your imagination! […]

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Sunday Service, November 17 – 10:45 a.m., “Our Power, Our Future” Rev. Rachel Lonberg & People’s People

How are we both as individuals and a faith community called to respond to the reality of climate change?

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A Climate of Change: Creating a Net-Zero Church, by Tom Hackley What is Net Zero? If oil company A, natural gas company B, and coal company C provide 100% of the energy needed to operate your home, you are using 100% carbon based energy, or Net 100.  But, if you can conserve 30% of your energy needs by […]

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The Climate Strike Was Just the Beginning of Local Climate Action When a crowd of about 1,500 gathered at Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Festival Place on September 20, a number of People’s people were there to emphasize the need for significant and prompt action to combat climate change. There were inspiring and informative speakers, including several of […]

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Help Available for Some with Lead-based Paint in their Homes Do you live in an older home? Do you have young children? Are you wondering whether you have lead-based paint in your home that may be putting your children at risk? The City of Kalamazoo has received a grant for lead-based paint hazard intervention. You […]

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The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) promotes wildlife habitats in many ways. One is through the Wildlife Habitat Certification Program. This involves the property owner surveying an area for elements that promote wildlife survival, such as sources of food, water, cover, and places animals could raise their young . The property owner also adds elements, if […]

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Green Spot – Plastic? Paper? Cloth?

Which grocery bag leaves the smallest carbon footprint on the planet?

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Help Save the Earth and Have Fun Doing It!

By Allen Webb Join in on Kalamazoo Earth Day, Saturday April 20, noon to 5 pm in Bronson Park! Three years ago, myself and a group of people concerned about climate change decided to resurrect Earth Day in Kalamazoo and make it a fun and educational event where people could learn about the dangers facing […]

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Using Food System Education to Promote Agroecology (a talk, with film clips), Sunday, March 24, 12:30 p.m. Join us in Room 19 at 12:30 pm on March 24 as Green Sanctuary presents Bruce Ferguson and Helda Morales discussing their work in agroecology at ECOSUR, a research center in Chiapas, Mexico. Using clips from their newly […]

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Environmental Film Series, Sunday, Feb. 24, 12:30 p.m.

On February 24, we will dig deeper into the growth of renewable energy generation with Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution.  Solar and wind energy installations have increased and costs have decreased dramatically over recent years. After the film, we will hold a discussion about the potential for solar energy in our church and community.

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The Styrofoam collection was a big success! Next drop-off date will be March 23 so plan to bring materials to church March 10 and 17. The Green Sanctuary Committee is presenting an Environmental Film Series over the next few months. We start with Paris to Pittsburgh on January 27. This documentary describes exciting climate actions […]

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How We Will Manage Our People’s Church Land

Our Board of Trustees has adopted a new policy, the Land Management Plan for People’s Church. The introductory paragraph states our vision and the goal of the plan. The grounds surrounding People’s Church form an outdoor church space that is important for the religious life of the church members. Unitarian Universalism encourages people to recognize […]

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Styrofoam Recycling! Just in time for the holidays, there is a new option for dealing with polystyrene (brand name Styrofoam). Cooper Township has opened their quarterly foam recycling program to people outside the township. They accept peanuts, packing materials (e.g. the foam that protects electronics during shipping), egg cartons, and food containers that have been […]

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The Coffee Cart is Open Want an easy way to help you live your values? Make sure you buy and drink fair trade, organic, shade grown coffee. The coffee we sell and serve on Sundays is from Higher Grounds, a Michigan company that buys its beans from small farmer cooperatives thus helping them get a […]

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10th Street Cleanup, Sun. Oct. 14, 1:00 p.m.

The Green Sanctuary Committee of People’s Church is sponsoring the Fall Clean-Up of 10th Street from West Main to H Street on Sunday, October 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Come and pick up trash along the road to help beautify our church neighborhood. A light lunch will be provided as well as materials needed […]

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PFAS 101 New stories about PFAS contamination in Michigan seem to be in the news every week, so here is a brief introduction to the issue. PFAS is short for per- and poly-fluoroalkyls, a large collection of chemical compounds that repel moisture and resist heat. Two subgroups mentioned in news reports are PFOA and PFOS. […]

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Palmer Nature Sanctuary Hike, Saturday, August 19

The Green Sanctuary Committee, along with the Michigan Nature Association, is sponsoring a hike through parts of the Palmer Sanctuary on Sunday, August 19. The hike will be led by a Michigan Nature Association naturalist, and is sure to be a great time. Following a bring-your-own sack lunch after the Sunday service, we will carpool […]

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Help the Homeless While Recycling! St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on West Lovell Street in Kalamazoo has a very interesting social justice program called “Partners in Housing Transition.” It provides basic home furnishings for formerly homeless families after they have secured access to housing. They work with 11 partner agencies who provide referrals of families with […]

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Citizenship Advocacy Opportunity: Changes to Michigan Environmental Policy The Michigan State Legislature is about to pass some bills that affect the Department of Environmental Quality’s ability to protect our environment. The House just passed bills creating an Environmental Rules and Review Committee and a permit appeal panel that would have authority over the DEQ. The […]

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Sustainable Living with Building and Grounds The Building and Grounds crew at People’s Church continuously looks for ways to be good earth stewards while caring for our nearly fifty-year old church. Much of this work takes place behind the scenes and may not be obvious, but it is vital to our congregation’s efforts to live […]

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As part of our commitment to the 7th principle—caring for all life—People’s Church worked through the process to become certified as a Green Sanctuary. Now there is another certification on the horizon! Within the next year, the church property will be certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation. Green Sanctuary Committee […]

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Update on Kalamazoo River Superfund Site The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named the ”Allied Paper Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River site” as a Superfund Site in 1990. This site includes 80 miles of the Kalamazoo River from Morrow Dam to Lake Michigan and 3 miles of Portage Creek between Cork Street and the Kalamazoo River. The […]

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Palmer Memorial Nature Sanctuary The Palmer Memorial Nature Sanctuary is maintained by the Michigan Nature Association (MNA), and is located west of Schoolcraft.  Its land was donated by the Palmer Family; Reverend Palmer was minister at People’s Church from 1934-1956.  This land provides a great place to hike, learn, and practice stewardship. A large part […]

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How much risk should we take with the Great Lakes?  by guest author Rev. Deb Hansen When it comes to Enbridge’s Line 5, a broad section of businesses, local and tribal governments, organizations, editorial boards, and faith communities across the political spectrum are saying publicly — none.  As we’ve seen with lead in Flint’s drinking […]

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Citizen Science—Join a Christmas Bird Count! Each December and early January, birders help record the numbers and species of birds in specific areas by participating in a Christmas Bird Count project that began in 1900. This information is compiled to give researchers an idea of how many birds there are and where they are. The […]

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Alternative Giving This year you can resolve to have a greener, cheaper, more meaningful holiday season through alternative giving! Instead of just going to the mall and spending more than you should, be creative by creating your own original presents, purchasing green products that express your values, or making a donation in someone’s name. Here […]

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10th Street Clean-Up on October 8

We are planning to clean the trash from both sides of 10th Street from West Main (M43) to H Avenue after the service on Sunday, October 8. Your help is needed! A light lunch will be provided for volunteers. Bring a reflective vest and protective gloves if you have them. We will follow MDOT guidelines […]

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Palmer Preserve Nature Walk, Sat. Sept. 9, 3pm

Come along for a guided tour of the Palmer Memorial Nature Preserve on Saturday afternoon. John Bagley, of the Michigan Nature Association will lead us through this rare prairie fen ecosystem, home to 25 percent of the state’s endangered plants, animals, and insects. We will get a chance to see how the native fire-adapted plants […]

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Environmental Stewardship and Activism By Cybelle Shattuck For people who care deeply about being in right relationship with nature, these are worrisome times. The foxes (climate deniers, fossil fuel CEOs) are in charge of the hen house and there are weekly stories about new threats to the environment. But all is not lost. As citizens, […]

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Caring for Our Outdoor Church By Cybelle Shattuck This summer, the Green Sanctuary and Building and Grounds Committees are developing a land management plan for People’s Church. The grounds are a part of our church; they provide space for spiritual practices, religious education, remembering loved ones, and cultivating right relationships with animals, insects, and plants. […]

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By Julia Kirkwood To Know Your Water Is to Love Your Water Michigan is blessed with water! MI is water rich.  You are within 5 miles of water anywhere in MI! Clichés about Michigan water but nevertheless true. By the numbers; MI is surrounded by 4 Great Lakes with 3,049 miles of shoreline, 10,000 inland […]

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Earth Day. Spring. April Showers. They all prompt us to think about gardens. The daffodils and tulips are blooming. So are the forget-me-nots. Lilies, hostas, and other later blooming varieties are making their presence known. Where are the native plants? If you’re lucky you might have some blood root or Virginia bluebells blooming, but maybe […]

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Spring Road Clean-Up, Sun. April 30, 1:00 pm

The Green Sanctuary Committee of People’s Church is sponsoring a Spring Clean-Up of 10th Street from West Main to H Street on Sunday, April 30 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. All necessary gear and material will be provided along with the MDOT safety training video. Youth are encouraged to volunteer, but parental permission is required […]

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Climate Ready Kalamazoo: Working for a Safe, Healthy, and Sustainable Community

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7PM Schneider Hall, Room 2000, WMU Haworth College of Business Communities in Michigan are developing Climate Action Plans (CAPs), in which they assess the best ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that destabilize the global climate and plan ahead so they are ready to protect citizens from the effects of […]

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Composting 101 Recap On Sunday, January 15, the Green Sanctuary Committee sponsored a composting workshop presented by Tomme Maile and Amy Newday.  About a dozen People’s people attended. Composting involves layering carbon sources (leaves and other brown, woody material); wet, fresh vegetable scraps; and dirt.  This helps the food scraps decompose, and results in rich […]

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Composting 101 Recap On Sunday, January 15, the Green Sanctuary Committee sponsored a composting workshop presented by Tomme Maile and Amy Newday.  About a dozen People’s people attended. Composting involves layering carbon sources (leaves and other brown, woody material); wet, fresh vegetable scraps; and dirt.  This helps the food scraps decompose, and results in rich […]

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Composting 101, Sunday, Jan. 15, 1p.m.

Do you want to learn more about how to compost at home?  Green Sanctuary is presenting Tomme Maile, experienced composter indeed, in a workshop on January 15.  Plan to stay after church, enjoy the potluck and then come to Tomme’s workshop at 1 pm in Room 19.  You’ll get practical information and hands-on demonstrations to […]

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Stewardship of Our Church Land Last year, a group of People’s people gathered to share visions for the use and care of our outdoor church home, the grounds surrounding our building. We discussed challenges such as lack of space for adding trees to the Memorial Garden, the children’s need for a large grassy area, […]

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Envisioning Our Outdoor Church, Sun. Oct. 30, 12:15pm

Please join the discussion about the future of our church lands. We are beginning the process of developing a Land Management Plan for the church grounds. It will outline short-term and long-term goals for care and use of the lands, with attention to enhancing use of our “outdoor church.” The Plan will build on […]

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Standing with the Standing Rock Sioux

On September 25, the Green Sanctuary Committee had signature sheets at a table in the foyer to sign in a Letter of Support for the Standing Rock Sioux, and invited anybody who would like to participate to add their name. The tribe is protesting installation of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is being routed […]

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Michigan’s Natural Wonders On July 10, a group of People’s people spent an afternoon exploring an extraordinary prairie fen ecosystem—and getting a bit muddy. Prairie fens like the Palmer Memorial Nature Sanctuary are particularly valuable areas for conservation because they comprise 0.01% of the land in Michigan, yet 26% of the state’s endangered, threatened, […]

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By Sue Salvat As I write this, I await the arrival of the monarch butterflies on their journey north.  Last year I first saw them in my yard at the end of June, and that was the start of an amazing summer.  My neighbor and I had only four milkweed plants between us, but […]

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Special Nature Walk, Sunday, July 10

People’s people and their friends are invited on a tour of the Edwin and Margarita Palmer Memorial Nature Sanctuary. This rare prairie fen is a haven for endangered plants and animals. Come experience the beauty of this special ecosystem on lands where Rev. Palmer spent his summers. Noon: Potluck salad lunch at the church […]

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What About Our Water? The lead poisoning in Flint has increased people’s awareness of issues with water quality and quantity.  On April 16, the Kalamazoo Environmental Council hosted a discussion featuring John Paquin, Environmental Services Program Manager for the City of Kalamazoo; Duane Hampton, Associate Professor of Geosciences at WMU; and Pat Crowley, Kalamazoo […]

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Ethical Eating for Omnivores By Pat Nelson and Bob Swicker Vegetarianism may be the “greenest” diet, but omnivores can also eat more sustainably. Triple benefits may accrue from considering how we buy our meat.  Buying local (1) helps the environment; (2) is healthier; and (3) offers options that are more humane than the incredibly […]

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Adopt-A-Highway, Sunday, May 1, 1:30p.m.

The Green Sanctuary Committee of People’s Church is pleased to announce that we will be returning to 10th Street as our Adopt-A-Highway project this year. We will pick up roadside trash from People’s Church to West Main (M-43). If there are more than 8 volunteers, we will extend along 10th Street to the North […]

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Land Visioning Gathering Notes

Click here for the Land Visioning notes from the January 24, 2016 gathering.

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Stewardship of Our Outdoor Church Home On January 24, members of People’s Church gathered to discuss visions for the use and care of our outdoor church home. The gathering included members of committees that maintain our grounds and Memorial Garden as well as folks from Religious Education, Peace and Nature Camp, Green Sanctuary, Archives, […]

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Stewardship Workday at the Palmer Nature Sanctuary, March 5

Please join the Green Sanctuary Committee for a day of stewardship in the beautiful prairie fen that once belonged to Rev. Edwin and Margarita Palmer. We will be trimming invasive buckthorn. Requirements: waterproof boots, ability to hike 1/4 mile over uneven ground, and a joyful spirit.  March 5, 10:00am-1:00pm (carpooling from People’s Church at […]

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Climate Justice and Faith

Responding to Climate Change In December 2015, representatives from 195 nations met in Paris for the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) and developed an international agreement for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change. After 20 years of effort, the world community finally reached an accord! This February, members of the Kalamazoo […]

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Eating Seasonally in Kalamazoo By Aliisa Lahti One of my favorite ways to celebrate the cooling weather and changing of seasons is to bake whole sweet potatoes and halved squash to share with my family.  The house is warmed by the oven and that first taste of creamy, savory, sweet squash is so good […]

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Alternative Giving

This year you can resolve to have a greener, cheaper, more meaningful holiday season through alternative giving! Instead of just going to the mall and spending too much, be creative by inventing your own original presents, purchasing green products that express your values, or making a donation in someone’s name. Here are some suggestions. […]

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Sunday Service, December 27 – 10:45 a.m., Boxing Day Service

We will hold a brief Sunday service, followed by a service project. Please bring in any old computers to donate to computer literacy training.

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Trash clean-up on 10th Street

People’s Church is conducting a trash clean-up on 10th Street between West Main Street and H Avenue. This event is expected to last from about 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 25. It will begin after the lunch that will be provided by the Green Sanctuary Committee. Participants must be […]

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Adopt-A-Highway, Sun. Oct. 25, 12:30pm

The Green Sanctuary Committee of People’s church is pleased to announce that we will continue our stewardship of 10th St. as our Adopt-A-Highway project. Our Autumn Road Clean-up will take place on Oct. 25. There will be a lunch for volunteers after the Sunday service and we’ll head out to the road at 12:30. […]

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Green Spot: Environmental Justice at People’s Church

To become a Green Sanctuary, a church must complete two environmental justice projects. The Green Sanctuary Committee’s challenge was to explain the complex justice work at People’s Church. “Environmental justice” is the antithesis of injustice. The idea emerged in recognition that environmental benefits and burdens are unequal in the US. Some neighborhoods have parks and […]

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People’s Church is a Green Sanctuary!!!

The following is a letter from the UUA. Dear Connie and members and friends of People’s Church, It is my deep pleasure to tell you that your congregation has achieved Accreditation as a Green Sanctuary. Congratulations! Getting to this place requires so much dedication, skill and care which seem to abound in your community. […]

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Volunteers needed for Spring Cleaning at People’s Church on May 30 at 1pm

Winter snows have melted and it is time to tidy our church grounds. Please come share the joy of time outdoors working alongside friends. Bonus benefits: building friendships, putting down roots in the community, and a sense of accomplishment as our combined efforts beautify our church home. Tasks: mostly weeding and trimming. Most tools […]

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Sunday Service, May 24 – 10:45 a.m., Green Sanctuary Service

With the Green Sanctuary Committee
The Green Sanctuary Committee will describe projects that have been undertaken to help the church be more environmentally sustainable.

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Adopt-A-Highway – Sunday, April 19

Spring Adopt-A-Highway The Green Sanctuary Committee of People’s Church is pleased to announce that we will be returning to 10th Street as our Adopt-A-Highway project this year. Our tentative plan is to hold our first clean-up along 10th street from People’s Church to West Main (M-43) on Sunday, April 19. If there are more […]

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Parental Permission Slip for Adopt-A-Highway

People’s Church will be hosting a clean-up of 10th Street on Sunday, April 19.  Youth are encouraged to volunteer, but parental permission is required for those from 12 to 17 years old (see below).  Please let Cybelle Shattuck (scybelle@umich.edu) or Allan Hunt (hahunt@gmail.com) know if you can help out. Parental Permission […]

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The Green Spot

Spring Adopt-A-Highway The Green Sanctuary Committee of People’s Church is pleased to announce that we will be returning to 10th Street as our Adopt-A-Highway project this year. Our tentative plan is to hold our first clean-up along 10th street from People’s Church to West Main (M-43) on Sunday, April 19. If there are more than […]

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UUs Commit2Respond to Climate Justice UUs played a big part in the People’s Climate March in New York last September 21, and the action continues. Climate Justice Month will be observed from March 22 to April 22, between World Water Day and Earth Day. Each week has a theme: reveling in connection with the […]

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Palmer Sanctuary: Living Legacy of Environmental Stewardship at People’s Church

Stewardship of the environment is a deep-rooted value in the People’s Church community. Several ministers who have served our church knew that spending time in nature was important for restoring body and spirit. Each year, Caroline Bartlett Crane took refuge in a lakeside cottage to rest so she could persevere in her social work. And Rev. […]

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A fall view of the Sanctuary with Paw Paw Lake in the distance

Green Sanctuary: Presentation on Palmer Sanctuary – Sunday 2/8, 12:15pm

The Green Sanctuary Committee invites you to stay after the service next week, on Feb. 8, to attend a presentation about the Edwin & Margaretta Palmer Memorial Sanctuary.  John Bagley, a representative of the Michigan Nature Association will be on hand to describe the rare plants, insects, and animals in this unique prairie fen nature […]

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The Green Spot

American homes use approximately 25 percent of all the energy consumed in the U.S. Natural gas prices remain low and heating oil and propane prices are dropping. Still, most of us can improve efficiency and reduce our heating costs with just a little attention to detail. As an additional benefit, using less energy also […]

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People’s Church has renewed its membership in Michigan Interfaith Power and Light, a non-profit organization that works to help faith communities become better stewards of the earth. Its primary focus is on mitigating climate change through two key actions:   Helping faith communities reduce energy use in houses of worship and members’ homes Advocating […]

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Adopt-A-Highway Returns: 10th Street Cleanup, Sunday October 12, 1:30 p.m. (tentative)

The Green Sanctuary Committee of People’s Church is delighted to announce that we are taking on 10th street as our Adopt-A-Highway project this year. Our tentative plan is to hold our first clean-up along 10th street from People’s Church to West Main (M-43) on Sunday, October 12 following the Second Sunday lunch (around 1:30). […]

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Environmental Justice Connection: Eat Safe Fish

Most of you know that the Kalamazoo River is a “superfund site” due to all the PCBs from the historical paper mills. This has also resulted in unsafe fish to eat as PCBs build up in the fat of fish. The PCBs then get transferred to whatever eats them. There are certain species of […]

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Green Lunch on Water Sustainability

When: Wednesday, April 9th 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Where: Western Michigan University – Southwest Campus, Bronco Room, 2785 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Featured Speaker: Dr. Steve Kohler Director of Environmental Studies Program at Western Michigan University (WMU) . He will talk about sustainable uses of freshwater, that is one of the […]

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Green Spot

Earth Day will soon be upon us and the Green Sanctuary Committee thought we should provide a short update on projects currently being worked on. The goal is to submit our action plan report to the UUA at the end of the summer for review. To be certified as a Green Sanctuary, a congregation […]

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Faith & Sustainability – Friday, March 28, 7 PM

This Adult Education Series explores the potential of religion to motivate more environmentally sustainable behavior. We’ll explore beliefs, values, stories, rituals, and community structures in several of the great world religions and look at how faith communities draw on these resources in their efforts to live more sustainably. Cybelle Shattuck will lead this class. […]

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Green Spot: February Focus “Tap Water = People’s Water”

Find out why “Tap water is the People’s water.” Read about the Green Sanctuary campaign to ban bottled water from People’s Church. Encourage your children to share their water wisdom through art. We have little to lose and much to gain by being mindful of our consumer choices.

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CFKToday – Electronics Recycling at People’s

Did you get some new electronics over the holidays? Have old cell phones, laptops, MP3 players, DVD players you don’t know what to do with? People’s member, Kimberly Ginn has helped establish a collection site at People’s for CFKToday! CFKToday is based in Loveland, Colorado and all consumer electronics that they collect (except […]

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Green Spot – Alternative Giving by Allan Hunt

With the arrival of colder weather, our thoughts turn to the upcoming giving season. This year you can resolve to have a greener, cheaper, more meaningful holiday season through alternative giving. Instead of just going to the mall, be creative by inventing your own original presents, purchasing green products that express your values, or […]

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Green Spot – September 30th

MAKE A DIFFERENCE… with the coffee you drink!  Your morning cup of coffee can really make a difference in other people’s lives and in the future of our planet. So are you drinking your values? Does your coffee come from a company that trades with farmer-owned cooperatives that: provide a dignified wage to their […]

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The Green Spot

Environmental Justice The word “environment” conjures images of wilderness, but our environment is all around us—it’s the air we breathe, the water we drink, the spaces we inhabit. Environment is where we live, work, learn, and play. Environmental justice describes the idea that everyone deserves to live in healthy conditions that promote physical and […]

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Green Spot – Ozone Action Days

OZONE ACTION DAYS The Federal Clean Air Act requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards for six pollutants, including ozone and particulate matter. These two pollutants are continuously monitored by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and reported in the Air Quality Index (AQI) for the region. […]

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Many People’s Church members are interested in alternative energy and energy conservation for a variety of reasons. Some cite sustainability, others—lower environmental impacts (relative to conventional energy technologies and fuels) and perhaps some just like feeling virtuous. The church’s Green Sanctuary Committee encourages a sustainable lifestyle for both individual church members as well as […]

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