Charter: Green Sanctuary/Climate Change Task Force
Name of the Task Force
Green Sanctuary/Climate Change Task Force of First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington
The Green Sanctuary/Climate Change (GS/CC) Task Force is grounded in the Seventh Principle of the Unitarian Universalist Association—”Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part”—and the 2006 Statement of Conscience titled “Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change.”
We seek to align ourselves with the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Green Sanctuary initiative and the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for the Earth.
The mission of the GS/CC Task Force is to work at First Parish among its members and friends, and in the wider world, for practices that sustain life on Earth, such as reducing carbon footprint and conserving resources.
The Committee will link with members of the congregation to:
- Initiate and support educational programs to raise awareness
- Engage with activists in the congregation and in the community
- Encourage environmental mindfulness as a spiritual practice.
Mission Linkage and Annual Objectives
Our congregational mission statement refers to countering the injustices and excesses of our time. Climate change and its consequences relates to this objective.
The objectives for the GS/CC Task Force are to work with members of the congregation to:
- Establish Green Sanctuary practices to support the congregation’s Green Sanctuary Policy. Engage members of the congregation in discussion of these practices.
- Send application for accreditation to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Green Sanctuary Program. Carry out the requirement to achieve accreditation.
- Carry out educational programs.
- Set specific goals for the Task Force to accomplish
The work of the GS/CC Task Force is funded through the congregation’s Social Justice Committee.
The GS/CC Task Force shall report in writing to the congregation in conjunction with the congregation’s customary annual reporting process.
The GS/CC Task Force will report to the Board liaison in a manner convenient to the chair and the ParCom member.
Authorities Reserved to the Board
ParCom will support appropriate congregation-wide policies with regard to the work of the GS/CC Task Force.
ParCom may disband the GS/CC Task Force at its discretion.
Relationship to the Professional Staff
The Minister is an ex-officio member of the GS/CC Task Force. The GS/CC Task Force will advise the Minister regarding Green Sanctuary initiatives.
Leadership and Membership
The GS/CC Task Force has a chair and a person who takes notes at the meeting. Membership is open to any interested persons in the congregation. Currently there are 10 members.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Chair
- Schedule the GS/CC Task Force meetings and arrange for meeting space.
- Create the meeting agenda with input from members of the GS/CC Task Force.
- Facilitate the meetings of the GS/CC Task Force.
- Start and end meetings on time.
- Make sure there is a person to take the meeting minutes and distribute them to task force members.
- Report pertinent information about GS/CC Task Force activities to the Parish Committee and the Minister.
- Delegate and encourage equitable distribution of tasks among members with sensitivity to their talents and interests.
- Communicate with GS/CC Task Force members and related staff regarding task force business and assigned tasks.
—Approved by the Parish Committee, September 5, 2011