Hi Ho, the Rattlin’ Bog, traditional Irish folk song, performed by the UU Church of Kent Choir
The UUCK is proud of its 2017 accreditation by the UUA as a Green Sanctuary. The church qualified for this designation after completing intensive “green work.” This included the completion of four action plans that centered on an environmental justice project; worship and celebration; religious education; and sustainable living. A few of the numerous projects were:
- Food for All, a partnership with Kent Social Services, the Center for Hope, and the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank, seeks to ensure food for all community members in need.
- Precious Water: Cultivating Awareness and Action, including:
- Members’ participation in the Cuyahoga River Clean-Up annual event.
- A fundraiser to support the Kent Bog Preservation (a choir CD, Hi Ho, The Rattlin’ Bog).
- Conducting FrogWatch Workshops and Certifications.
- A Sunday Service Time for All Ages Story: The life cycle of a plastic water bottle; since then, the UUCK has been selling re-useable water bottles.
- Planning a rain garden system for the area around our new building.
- Sunday Services focusing on environmental justice (e.g., Hunger for Justice).
- Earth Day dinners, which evolved to become a monthly Vegan Potluck.
- Conducting an Environmental Justice film and group discussion series (e.g., This Changes Everything, Cowspiracy, Dirt, and Fed Up!).
- Offering a Permaculture course.
- Creating a permaculture site plan for the UUCK campus.
- Promoting recycling as part (and the greening) of church events and among UUCK community members.
More information about the UUA Green Sanctuary program can be found at https://www.uua.org/environment/sanctuary