Biodiversity Sunday Resources – May 17, 2020

Biodiversity Sunday — May 17th, 2020 — sits between Endangered Species Day on May 15th, and the International Day for Biodiversity on May 22nd. Use this Sunday as a time to celebrate biodiversity, and to learn and act together in community to recognize the emergency of Earth’s 6th mass biological extinction (aka Holocene extinction or Anthropocene extinction). This webpage will be updated periodically with additional resources — please email any resource recommendations to office[at]


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Call to Arts! Join the Procession of the Species for GA 2020!

Lining up for the procession – Photo by Doris Marlin

UU Ministry for Earth (UUMFE) is particularly inviting UU communities to learn about threatened and endangered species in their local areas, and to co-create an artistic representation of one or more local endangered/threatened species to bring to the UUA General Assembly (GA) in Providence, RI, June 24-18, 2020 for a Procession of the Species in their honor. Biodiversity Sunday is the perfect day to create your species art! 

This UU community art ritual (inspired by a 25-year old tradition) began on Endangered Species Day in 2019, shortly after the publication of a United Nations report estimating that one million species out of the estimated 8 million species of Life on Earth are at risk of going extinct in the coming decades. This culminated in a beautiful ceremony at the 2019 General Assembly in Spokane, WA.

The 2020 Procession of the Species at the GA in Providence, Rhode Island, promises to be another profound witness to the sacredness and fragility of our Earth. UUMFE is partnering with the UU Animal Ministry, UUA, and volunteers from all across the denomination to bring this special witness event together.

Get started by reading through the 2020 Procession of the Species Toolkit, and signing up your congregation to participate:

Procession of the Species Toolkit

Be sure to fill out the RSVP form below you have a species art piece in progress!

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