On Sunday, December 30th, I’ll be speaking at Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists, on the topic of “Living GREEN.”
It’s a topic near and dear to my heart: What choices can we make in the course of our day to day living to leave a smaller ecological footprint on the world, while leaving a bigger, more socially meaningful one?
I believe “Living Green” is nothing more and nothing less than living with intentionality. I’m the first to admit I fall far short of the lofty noble goals of the eco-friendly lifestyle, but like any worthwhile effort, the journey is as important as the destination.
At the surface, living an ecologically sustainable lifestyle may look principally to be about conscious consumerism. But at heart, it’s about understanding that everything we do – from what we buy to what we eat, to what we say and how we act – affects everything else.
In the Unitarian Universalist tradition, we call that the “Interdependent web” , at the heart of our 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. – and at the heart of what I love about my chosen faith, that it so richly, creatively and meaningfully recognizes that we are all connected.
Or, as Walt Whitman put it: “For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you…” In this capacity, “living green” becomes more than an ecologically conscious lifestyle: It becomes a socially conscious one, one that recognizes our responsibility to care for one another, as well as our environment, and that nurturing one nurtures the other.
Join me, Sunday, December 30th, at Spirit of Life UU, at 18412 Burrell Road in Odessa, FL, at 11 am to consider a fresh, Green start to your New Year.