As a congregation of the United Church of Christ, Bluegrass embraces the UCC's positions on environmental justice and supports the denomination's Environmental Ministries. Our congregation is in the process of being certified a UCC Creation Justice Church

  • 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 organization called, 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.


Don't Throw Away Your straws. Bring them in!

When you stop in at the fast food restaurant or make a quick swing through the drive-thru, the most natural thing in the world is to grab a straw. Thankfully, some restaurants are beginning to ask, but often, when you go out for a sit down meal the servers usually bring  a straw automatically.

We know that some people prefer to use a straw, and some people require them. So we're making it possible to do something useful with the billions of straws that find their way into our waste stream by participating in the TerraCycle plastic straw program.

Just bring your plastic straws to Bluegrass and drop them in the box located in the fellowship hall. We will return them to TerraCycle where they will be upcycled, recycled or repurposed into something fun and useful.

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. It repurposes that waste into new, innovative materials and products that are available online and through major retailers.

Today, TerraCycle is a highly-awarded, international upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products and repurposes the material into affordable, innovative products. TerraCycle is widely considered the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable, post-consumer waste.


Arcadia Power is a free service that connects you to clean energy and helps you spend less on your power bills. They aren’t a utility and they don’t replace your utility, they are simply your connection to clean energy and savings.

Arcadia monitors your energy usage and prices alongside the market to find you lower rates and match 50% of your usage with clean energy from wind farms.  They are continuously working to save you money with lower rates while making sure your monthly energy usage supports clean energy. All at no cost to you.

Learn more and sign up for Arcadia.

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s  annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth's ecosystems can regenerate in that year. Over the past 20 years, it has moved up two months, this year to July 29, the earliest ever. This means that humanity is currently using nature 1.75 times faster than our planet's ecosystems can regenerate, equivalent to 1.75 earths. Humanity first saw an ecological deficit in the early 1970s. Overshoot is possible because we are depleting our natural capital, compromising the  planet's future regenerative capacity. 

Learn more about Earth Overshoot Day.