This sample Green Sanctuary Covenant comes from the First Universalist Church of Denver.

“We the members of First Universalist Church of Denver and Participants in the Green Sanctuary Program:

  • Recognizing the vulnerability and interdependence of Earth and all living things;
  • Recognizing the need to protect and maintain the quality of our common natural resources;
  • Recognizing the need to act individually, as a congregation and to join with others to promote environmental justice and to create a sustainable society based on love and respect for out Earth and its diversity of life and resources; and
  • Recognizing our universal human rights to a clean environment

Do covenant:

  • To engage in ongoing activities and projects and to encourage each other in a personal and congregational commitment to living this promise through our Unitarian Universalist Principles, including the Seventh Principle, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”;
  • To incorporate the Seventh Principle values and practices into our worship services, celebrations and religious education programs;
  • To live lightly on the Earth and strive to continually improve our environmental impact; and
  • To affirm and promote programs to raise the awareness of human behaviors and actions that affect the health and sustainability of our living Earth and humanity.”

First Universalist Church of Denver was accredited as a Green Sanctuary on October 27, 2010.  Check out the full list of accredited Green Sanctuaries at the UUA website

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