List and describe successful consciousness-raising events sponsored at your congregation

1st Unitarian Church of Chicago

  • Our Sunday First Forums and periodic community forums raise some individuals' consciousness, both on environmental issues and other social justice issues. I am not sure we can measure this in the environmental area, other than in collections that have been taken to support local (Chicago area) environmental organizations

2nd Unitarian Church of Chicago

  • Seed Gathering at North Park Village Nature Center (Service Day): To help the park spread the seeds farther than they would go on their own, to parts of the park being replanted and replenished.
  • Hosting a Green Sanctuary Coffee Hour (Education Hour): Provided snacks, and drinks for the congregation and at the same time sold energy efficient shower heads.
  • Promoting "Green" at Spring Fundraiser (Cantina Night): Recycled Brita water filters were turned into plates, and those same plates were used at the Cantina Night fundraiser.
  • Our Renewable Nation - Cross Country Eco-video Project Comes to Second Unitarian Church: The McCullough family of Sutton began traveling the U.S. in its veggie-powered Beetle visiting renewable energy sites and sustainable companies to make eco-videos for kids.

Beverly Unitarian Church

  • Forums on ecological issues
  • Provide a free charger for electronic cars for public use
  • Worship services
  • Publicize local farmer's markets and ecological events in newsletter
  • Quarterly collection of hazardous and electronic waste for community

Countryside Church UU

  • Group movie outing to climate change film The Age of Stupid 9/21/09.
  • Films: Blue Gold, King Corn, The Real Dirt on Farmer John, The Eleventh Hour, Home
  • Last year's UUSC Justice Sunday service focused on the right to clean water.

Northshore Unitarian Church

  • We showed several films, and had a health care forum.

UU Church of Elgin

  • This year, we had our 6th annual Prairie Fest. It's always had a strong educational component, but for the last two years, it has been exclusively an educational event. Prairie Fest offers presentations and workshops on different aspects of sustainable living

UU Society of Geneva

  • Step It Up, November, 2007 As part of the 2nd of the nation wide events begun by Bill McKibben to call on Congress to set clear, ambitious targets for carbon reduction, we held an event at our local courthouse square. The main event was hearing from 5 of the 9 candidates who were running for Dennis Hastert's recently-vacated House seat. We were also joined by the local chapter of the League of Women Voters who had an informational table and we had the Fox Valley Electric Car Association display several vehicles
  • Earth Hour, March, 2009 Despite atrocious weather, about 35 people, including lots of kids, came to spend the hour in the dark together. A superb baker in our congregation provided local/organic snacks; we had a small group gather around a "campfire" (a bunch of candles in a big, glass jar) in our Sanctuary; but what drew the most attention was our in-the-dark scavenger hunt. Teams worked together to solve ecological clues helping them to find objects throughout our building and win green prizes such as organic fruit leather, Chico bags and bamboo gloves. The event was not hardcore eco, but brought a lot of attention to Earth Hour and showed people that you can care about the Earth without always dealing with the gloom and doom.
  • Awakening the Dreamer, April, 2009 In conjunction with the Pachamama Alliance ( we hosted a seminar they developed, and are offering across the country, called Awakening the Dreamer. This is an intense half-day event where participants learn to look at their lives in terms of sustainability, spirituality and social justice.