Green SanctuaryStewardship 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, the Board of Trustees, and staff.

People shared information about current uses of the grounds, maintenance challenges, and visions for future activities or additions to our landscape.

As we shared our experiences, we learned: the children need a large open space in which to gather; there is a shortage of space for new trees in the Memorial Garden; and it takes many hours to maintain the labyrinth.

People also shared ideas for addressing challenges and decided on the following next steps:
Organize a Land Management Task Force to develop a comprehensive management plan. The process will include creation of a map noting current land uses and special features (e.g. notable trees) and information to guide future activities such as best sites for solar panels and potential building expansion.
Organize a Memorial Garden Task Force to address space and mapping challenges.
Create a Land Stewardship Project Directory with names of people who do not have time to serve on task forces but would like to participate in one-time events such as seasonal workdays.

All who wish to participate in these groups are warmly invited to contact Cybelle (

Click here for the full notes from this meeting.


Workday at Palmer Memorial Nature Sanctuary

Saturday, March 5, 10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

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 9:30am).

For information, contact Cybelle Shattuck (

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