We, the Green Sanctuary Committee, encourage individual members to support these practices in church and to strive to incorporate them into daily life.
As a Green Sanctuary-accredited congregation, First Parish has made a commitment to respect and care for our planet Earth.
At First Parish coffee hours and events, we use

  • Cloth napkins
  • Fairly traded organic coffee and tea
  • Real dishware
  • Real silverware

In our kitchen, we use

  • Non-toxic, responsibly sourced cleaning products
  • Chlorine-free, plant-based dish detergents
  • Eco-friendly hand soap
    In our rest rooms, we use
  • Essential oil-based air freshener
  • Reusable cloth towels
  • Eco-friendly hand soap
  • Paper products made from 100% recycled paper
    In our sanctuary, we use 
  • Programmable thermostat
  • Projection of service components (music, readings, graphics) to reduce
    paper and printing

Throughout the church, we use

  • Green (solar) electricity
  • Energy efficient light bulbs
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products
  • Practices that reduce waste of resources (natural light, use of both sides of paper, water conservation)
  • First Parish recycles paper, cardboard and Styrofoam and hosts a community-wide metal recycling drive annually


Green Sanctuary Committee Report 2015-16

The Green Sanctuary Committee’s mission is to promote in our congregation and its members a
respect for the interdependent web of all existence – the Seventh Principle of Unitarian Universalism.We look at all aspects of our congregational life – spirituality, physical structure, educational programs, and involvement in our community — to examine how we can be better stewards of the earth. In 2010, the Unitarian Universalist Association formally recognized First Parish as an Accredited Green Sanctuary. Our Action Plan, submitted as part of our certification process, provides the foundation for our continuing action in the future and our activities this year.
Committee activities this year included:
a. Organized summer service, Bats and Conservation, presented by Maria Armour, BSU.
b. Conducted adult RE program, viewing of Tapped.
c. Facilitated the eighth annual Kids to Camp service April 10, 2016. Through this environmental justice project, FP members have made donations enabling us to send 6 children to the Easton Sheep Pasture Nature Camp.
d. Provided “Green Tips” in Bridging each month.
e. Maintained informational Green Sanctuary Bulletin Board in Upper Parish Hall.
f. Continued to purchase environmentally-friendly products for use in the church (recycled paper products, dish soap, green cleaning supplies and bathroom air fresheners).
g. Continued the provision of cloth towels in both bathrooms to reduce use of paper towels.
h. Continued to recycle glass, plastic, paper, and foam in the kitchen bins. Continued to encourage use of non-disposable tableware at all church events. Continued use of cloth napkins at all church functions serving food.
i. Organized the seventh annual community-wide metal recycling event with new partner Bridgewater Recycling, through which we filled a container to overflowing with metal and collected $100. in cash donations. Over seven years, our one-day drive has netted more than $1,500 in food for the Bridgewater Food Pantry.
j. Served and promoted the use of Equal Exchange Fairly Traded Organic Coffee at all church functions and for home use among members.
k. Actively participated in Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance initiative for Bridgewater that was passed with a 7-1 Council vote.
l. Participated in Green Sanctuary UUA environmental justice webinar.

Committee Members:
Deb Baumgarten, Janet Dye, Pat Hart, Ginger Irish, and Susan Irish