We’ve Gone Solar!
Our solar panels are now fully operational! Many thanks to those who funded the project, to the House and Grounds Committee, to Gary Martin for all of his work as liaison to the SunBug team, and to Harry Voorhees and Gary for their work to plan the project and get it approved by both the local Historic District Commission and the Old Center Historic District Commission. It took a lot of work. We think the panels are beautiful… and they are generating electricity!

We, the members of the North Parish of North Andover, understand that the action-plan we have completed is a beginning of the congregation’s work to integrate environmental awareness, sustainable practices, and environmental justice in our church community, our personal lives, and our wider communities, AND, we plan to continue the work that needs to be done, until Earth is once again a healthy Sanctuary for all. – North Parish Annual Meeting (5/22/2011)

In January of 2012 the North Parish became an accredited UUA Green Sanctuary congregation, which intentionally works “to restore Earth and renew Spirit.” During the 2012-2013 church year, staff and members of the Green Sanctuary Task Force invited the congregation to engage with issues of environmental justice through:

Education and CelebrationWeir Hill Hike -1

The Green Sanctuary Task Force Film Series showed Tapped (about the impacts of Bottled Water), Bag It (about the impacts of plastic bags), and Genetic Roulette (about genetically modified food). The children also saw parts of two of these films and engaged in two, month-long challenges to reduce or eliminate single-use items. In worship, we observed and celebrated the Autumn Equinox/Rosh Hashanah, Samhain/All Souls, the Winter Solstice/Yule, Imbolc/Candlemas, Spring Equinox/Easter, the Summer Solstice and Earth Day Sunday. The Earth Day service was followed by a potluck and congregational hike. The 2013 Summer Fun Program for children will once again incorporate the children’s garden.

Direct Action

The Senior Youth spent a day doing trail clean-up in North Andover. The NP gardeners worked the gardens, and the children made birdfeeders for the church grounds. The RE Program now serves snacks out of re-usable snack bowls. The whole congregation was invited to participate in a month-long “Reduce Your Use” challenge to reduce or eliminate single-use plastic items from our lives. An outreach collection went to Groundworks Lawrence for their Share-a-Share program to support healthy families and local farmers.

Gary Martin SCALegislative Action

On Earth Day Sunday, we collected and sent personal comments regarding the Keystone Tar Sands Pipeline to the State House during their public comment period.

If you would like to get involved with our Green Sanctuary initiatives, please contact us.