Being a Green Sanctuary is one of the ways we work toward a vision of healthier, more sustainable future.

As a recognized Green Sanctuary, we live with a deep awareness of our climate crisis and the deep environmental injustices of our time. We commit to four practices, grounded in Unitarian Universalist principles:

  • Environmental Justice: We partner with marginalized communities who are hit first and hardest by environmental crisis.  In partnering with these communities we are able to address human and environmental needs at the same time.
  • Worship and Celebration: As we work together towards a cleaner, more just and sustainable world, worship inspires our work and reminds us of what is most sacred and most true.
  • Religious Education: Our workshops and programs for all ages shape attitudes and build practices that are sustainable and spiritually-grounded.
  • Sustainable Living: We treat the world more gently by using fewer resources and being mindful of the choices we make, both as a congregation and as households.

For more information, visit Green Sanctuary.

BRUU Climate Change Resolution

passed by Board of Directors on August 20, 2020:

“Whereas climate change is one of the most serious challenges facing the world today, posing serious risks to vulnerable human populations and the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part;

Whereas the solution to the climate crisis is to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (often measured as a carbon footprint); and

Whereas we need deep emission cuts within the next decade if we are to avert irreversible, serious changes in the climate system;

Bull Run Unitarian Universalists (BRUU) hereby resolves to minimize or neutralize our carbon footprint in our own facilities, and to encourage our members and friends to minimize their footprint at home and in their transportation practices.

Furthermore, BRUU calls upon the United States Congress to enact legislation in support of carbon pricing, which economists and policy analysts agree is the most cost-effective and durable approach to achieve deep, economy-wide cuts in emissions. In particular, BRUU endorses the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763), or similar legislation, and we urge Congress to enact such legislation before the end of 2021.

BRUU also calls upon Virginia, Prince William County, Fairfax County, Manassas City, Manassas Park City, and other local jurisdictions to take actions at the state and local level to reduce greenhouse gases and to increase resilience to climate change.”

We invite all who share these values to join us on this journey of connection, sustainability, and hope. Contact green@bruu.org to get involved. And join our broad and growing movement for climate justice with Commit2Respond.