We believe it is our compassionate responsibility to care for the earth.
There are few things more important as the air and water we consume. Bluegrass is committed to being an example and playing our part in preserving these precious resources.
As a church, we not only practice, but we encourage our congregation to practice compassionate and considerate environmental care. We are actively working to reduce our carbon footprint by recycling, using paper products made from recycled materials, and by using electricity generated by wind power. In an effort to reduce the use of paper, our weekly bulletin is available online.
We sell Fair Trade coffee and chocolate produced by small farmers in the Global South who meet high standards of environmental protection and sustainability.
We also participate in the zero-waste TerraCycle Program by asking our members to bring in their used plastics to be sent to a center that upcycles, recycles, and repurposes them without environmental impact.
Bluegrass embraces the United Church of Christ’s positions on environmental justice and supports the denomination’s environmental ministries.
WE TAKE ENVIRONMENTAL CARE SERIOUSLY
In an effort to reduce the use of paper during our worship services, our regular Sunday morning bulletins are available to view on your mobile device at bluegrasschurch.org/bulletin.
TerraCycle works with more than 100 major brands in the U.S. and 22 countries overseas to collect used packaging and products that would otherwise be destined for landfills.
Acradia Power is a free service that connects you to clean energy and helps you spend less on your power bills. They are your connection to clean energy and savings.
THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST & THE ENVIRONMENT
The United Church of Christ has a long history of environmental activism.
UCC Ministers coined the phrase, “environmental racism” and played a leading role in giving birth to the environmental justice movement in the 1980s.
The UCC has formed a special partnership with a leading climate change organization called 350.org so that church green teams are now becoming 350 affiliates.
The UCC has been actively involved in standing alongside those struggling for justice in places like Flint, Michigan and Standing Rock.
The UCC is building a powerful environmental network that stays connected through a blog and e-newsletter called The Pollinator.
UCC churches are deepening and expanding their commitment to the environment by becoming Creation Justice churches.
The UCC maintains an Environmental Justice Minister who directs the denomination in its environmental causes and activism.