Green Sanctuary in  the Desert

By Isabelle

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Campaign ended on: April 01, 2017
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Our small congregation, San Juan Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Farmington, New Mexico,  has developed a plan to beautify our grounds, so that our church is pleasing to the eye and spirit. The project will give our church visual spiritual appeal.  The growth of a fellowship is dependent not only on what we do, but also on how we are perceived initially by visitors.  This will be our first step in developing the sustainable living portion of the UUA’s Green Sanctuary Program.

By contributing to this fund, you help our fellowship to hire local xeriscapers to professionally upgrade our building exterior and to reduce our water needs and carbon footprint. Our community is located in the arid high desert region of New Mexico and our sanctuary is close to the center of the historic downtown.  We are in a position to demonstrate to the larger community how successful an environmentally friendly space can be. We believe this project will result in increased community activities and new members to participate in our congregation.

We plan to partner with local businesses so that we can maintain our congregation’s belief that sustainability includes our relationship with our community as well as with our world.  Our project will be promoted to organizations in the neighborhood and by visitors as a pioneer of community-minded conservation and sustainable landscaping on the exterior, and of pride in our Seven Principles on the interior.  This will be a good faith-good neighbor endeavor.

The Farmington Children’s Museum, Farmington Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, Farmington Chamber of Commerce, and Farmington Downtown Association have all used our grounds to host community events and outreach in the past.  Such community use leads to visibility of our faith and principles, and we would like to continue this relationship. A local non-profit, the New Beginnings Organic Community Garden, will co-host workshops on xeriscaping and sustainable living projects with members of the San Juan Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship after the project is complete.

Our small city has no other explicitly “Welcoming Congregation”. We are the only sanctuary embracing principles such as individual worth and dignity, unrestricted spiritual search, and outreach to the community without judgement.  People who are seeking an inclusive worship philosophy will be more likely to return once our project is complete.

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