Green Sanctuary

Be it resolved that as members of First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington, Massachusetts:

We recognize the seriousness of the challenges posed by dramatic climate change. Life on our beautiful planet is threatened by an exploding population, destruction of the environment, and excessive use of fossil fuels.

We have a responsibility to be mindful of the environmental consequences of our choices for the sake of the human community, all other species and the resources that sustain them now on earth, and for future generations.

We value the seventh principle of our Unitarian Universalist Association: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.


We strive to be a green sanctuary congregation whose way of living as a religious community is grounded in sound environmental policies and practices.

We seek an identity as a religious community that enables us to embody a green way of life.
We ask that when members and staff make decisions concerning First Parish—its maintenance, the use of its facilities, its programs, and its outreach to the community—they seriously consider environmental factors as well as issues of cost, functionality, and aesthetics.

We seek Green Sanctuary Accreditation from our Unitarian Universalist Association.

—Adopted by the First Parish Congregation November 14, 2010