Learning & Training

Unitarian Universalists are called to do more than simply take individual actions; we take action in community and must constantly strive to learn more about the threats to our biosphere and to frontline communities, as well as the intersections of racial, economic, and environmental injustice. UUMFE actively supports this learning for UUs and UU congregations.

Grounding & Training

 

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Environmental Justice Framework & Resources
Introductory resources on environmental justice as a framework and movement that is grounded in the needs and leadership of people of color, poor and working-class people, and other communities disproportionately affected by environmental injustice and climate change.
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Issue Areas
Top resources related to the issue areas UUMFE focuses on, including climate change, ecological justice, energy, food justice, front-lines solidarity, social justice and human rights, and sustainability.
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Resources for Organizing & Taking Action
Tools to support effective, impactful, and spiritually robust environmental justice organizing and action, for congregations, teams and groups, and individuals.

Webinars & Podcasts

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Environmental Justice Practitioners’ Webinars
This monthly webinar series deepens participants’ faith grounding, learning, and skills for environmental justice. Guest speakers share on wide-ranging, cutting-edge environmental and climate justice topics. Prior webinars are now available online!
UU Climate Action Roundtable
A monthly call for the UU Climate Action Network to discuss spiritual resources, current events, storytelling, struggles, and calls for action and solidarity. Minutes and audio recordings from past calls are freely available via google drive. Join the mailing list to get monthly call invitations and updates.
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The Climate Workshop Podcast
This listener-supported podcast, launched by UUs Peter Bowden and Tim DeChristopher in December 2017, is dedicated to working through the challenges of the climate crisis. The podcast features many different speakers with a goal of broadening the public conversation around climate change.
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Fortification: Spiritual Sustenance for Movement Leadership
This podcast, produced by the UU campaign Side with Love, features interviews with organizers and activists about the role of faith in their lives, reflections and lessons from justice movements, the current political moment, and how faith communities can resource, support, and engage with today’s leading justice movements.

Curricula & Study Guides

 

“Our Place in the Web of Life,” 2nd Edition
This five-workshop curriculum, often used as a centerpiece of the Green Sanctuary Program, invites participants to engage deeply with the role of “place”—geographic, biological, social, cultural, and economic—in the racial, economic, and environmental justice consequences of their congregation’s behavior, and create an action plan for deepening the congregation’s accountability.
UUMFE “Green Papers” Series
Free and available online, this series of four papers, created collaboratively by over thirty UU leaders, are designed to stimulate thoughtful comment, interaction, and action on the part of UUs, small groups, or congregational teams. Each paper ends with questions for discussion and reflection.
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Earth and Spirit: Bringing Ecology into Adult Religious Education (PDF)
A compilation of resources to support Unitarian Universalists in creating adult religious education programs on UU faith and ecology, including materials on theology and spirituality from major faith traditions, an annotated index of curricula and other resources, sample course plans that have been used by UU congregations, and other sample courses and guided meditations for workshops and retreats.
Discussion Courses from Northwest Earth Institute
The Northwest Earth Institute provides wonderful study guides on a variety of topics, many of which align with UU statements of conscience. Select UUMFE/Green Sanctuary as your “connection” at checkout and NWEI will share a portion of the proceeds with UUMFE.

For Children & Multigenerational Groups

 

The Carbon Footprint Game
Congregations in the National Capital Region have developed a successful Carbon Footprint Game for multi-generational engagement, using a large cut-out “Big Foot” to represent the large carbon footprint of the average U.S. resident and stickers to represent personal commitments to “stamp out Big Foot.”
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Climate Change Religious Education Curriculum
The Unitarian Universalist Association United Nations Office offers a religious education curriculum about climate change for 4th through 5th graders that can be adapted for use with other age groups as well.
We Are All Connected: Butterfly Creepy Crawlies (PDF)
This ten-session curriculum for children of all ages includes worship, stories, crafts, music, and other hands-on activities such as learning how to feed butterflies, where dragonfly babies live, how to race hermit crabs, and more about other creepy crawlies.
We Are All Connected: Sounds of Nature (PDF)
This eight-session curriculum for children of all ages uses music, stories, crafts, and other hands-on activities to help participants connect with each other, other cultures, and the myriad rhythms of nature.
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Nurturing the Spirit-Nature Connection (PDF)
This resource for religious educators includes a comprehensive index of Earth-oriented children’s religious education resources (sorted both by nature-themed topics and by title), a UU supplement for the curriculum “Hands-On Nature,” the story parable “Pluto, the Adopted Planet,” a sample intergenerational service, the six-lesson “Story Beads Curriculum,” and the resource “Energy Activities for Faithful Youth” from the Interfaith Coalition on Energy.

Films & Books

 

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UUMFE Recommended Films
Film screenings are a great way for congregations to engage members and the wider community in environmental justice education. This comprehensive list of UUMFE-recommended movies includes films on topics including climate change, energy, resilient communities, adaptation, ecosystems, and food systems.
UUMFE Recommended Books
UU congregations often engage as a community in congregation-wide book reads, establish book libraries in the congregation, or reflect on books together as part of small group ministry or covenant groups. This page lifts up books that are particularly good in this context, inspiring deep reflection, learning, and action on environmental justice topics—as well as links to additional topic-specific UUMFE book lists.

Action Kits & Posters

 

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Climate Justice Month Toolkits
Toolkits from the 2017, 2016, and 2015 Climate Justice Month campaigns are available for individuals and congregations to use any time for a month of reflection, action, and new commitments to environmental and climate justice, in ongoing Earth Day and Climate Justice Month observances.
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Global Warming Action Kit: Volume 1 (PDF)
A collection of activities for congregations, including the thought-provoking play by Doug Stewart “Mother Earth vs. World’s People”; quotes about global warming / climate change; a “Global Warming 1-2-3 Pledge” and action guide; the “Ten Tree Challenge”; an Eco-Footprint Reduction Toolkit; UUMFE’s Clean Power Pledge; and information on carbon offsets and green power.
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Global Warming Action Kit: Volume 2 (PDF)
A collection of activities for congregations, including a model for putting on an art show; a model for the action “Prayer Flags for the Planet”; the play “Final Exit” by Doug Stewart; sheet music and lyrics for songs by folk singers Dan Berggren and Linda Pelham; sermons and sample worship services on global warming; models from congregations that have carried out carpool Sundays; a model for deepening the Global Warming 1-2-3 Pledge with Steps 4, 5 and 6; a model for setting up an environmental educational resource in your public library; a list of films and other resources on global warming; and more.
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Global Warming Poster Set (PDF)
Created by EcoMinds, a project of the Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance, these six posters illustrated with colorful watercolor paintings call on views to conserve energy, buy green power, plant trees, use less gas, and reduce/reuse/recycle. Each poster prints well on 11×17 or 8.5×11 paper. If you need a larger print (24×34 inches) please contact UUMFE.
The Global Education Project
The Global Education Project is a Canadian non-governmental organization with a 15-year history of publishing fact-packed educational wall posters and producing live events to educate about important issues.