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Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church
A liberal, welcoming congregation serving the North Shore of Massachusetts since 1966

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Green Sanctuary

Our mission



To lead the Congregation and the Community in living our Seventh Principle-
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.


Green Sanctuary Certification:

In February 2020, Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church received its certification as a Green Sanctuary Congregation.  Soon we plan to include more specifics about that milestone here.


Who we are:

The Green Sanctuary Team essentially is composed of the entire congregation. A small group of “Stalwarts”, chaired by Iain Goddard, attends regular monthly meetings and does much of the coordination work for events and projects. “Friends” are anyone who wants to be on the email list for Team discussions and notices. “Everybody” includes all the congregation: minister, staff, members, and friends of the church.

 What we do:

As stated in our Mission Statement (see above) we have a leadership and coordination function for NSUU activities and practices that put us more in harmony with the environment, Nature, and Mother Earth. We see this as an effort that will go on for our forthcoming centuries. As an initial milestone, we are undertaking the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Green Sanctuary Certification process (see below).

In addition, we feel we have a responsibility to our community – Danvers and the North Shore – to participate in common actions of environmental defense and climate justice. We monitor several organizations that are active in these fields and help publicize their activities to the congregation.

 Examples of activities led by the Green Sanctuary Team include:

The Electric Vehicle charging station installed on our church building.

Susan Haas and Iain Goddard harvesting the NSUU Community Garden; produce is donated to the Danvers food pantry.

Protests against the construction of a gas-fired electric “peaker” plant in Peabody – with Cheryl Ferris, Bob Gamer, State Rep. Sally Kerans, Bill Graham, Iain Goddard, Rachel Williams.


The annual “100-Mile Potluck” where all ingredients should come from within 100 miles of home.


NSUU members on one of our Sunday Strolls, in local state parks and green spaces, held in the spring and the fall.


We participated in Interfaith Power & Light’s “Faith Climate Justice Voter” campaign, including collecting climate justice voter pledges from members and participating in get-out-the-vote text banks.