At the November 14 service, which was organized by the Green Sanctuary Committee, committee chair Eileen Hiney shared some wonderful news: The UUA's Office of Congregational Stewardship Services has formally recognized First Parish Bridgewater as an Accredited Green Sanctuary. The October 18 letter from Robin Nelson is posted in the Upper Parish Hall (in a hallowed location over the coffee urn).
An excerpt from the letter describes part of our success and encourages us to keep building upon it:
"Your application offers strong evidence of the positive environmental consciousness that has developed in your congregation, resulting in new behaviors and new lifestyle choices by members individually and by the congregation as a whole. We were especially inspired by the way you brought children and families together through your programming as well as working with other churches. Your Kids to Camp project seems to have been successful in both getting children to camp and creating a partnership with the Easton Nature Camp. You now have a great foundation for continuing action in the future."
A certificate will soon be placed prominently in our building, and we will be among the new Green Sanctuaries recognized at the 2011 General Assembly in Charlotte, North Carolina.