Living Our Mission: Energy Star Award, Interweave Film, Youth Training Event

+ UUCA has received a 2009 Energy Star Award! UUCA was one of five facilities to receive this prestigious award in 2009 in the category of Houses of Worship. We are the first UU congregation and the first congregation in Georgia to receive this award. For more than a decade, EPA has worked with businesses and organizations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through strategic energy management practices. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR, a building or manufacturing plant must score in the top 25 percent based on EPA’s National Energy Performance Rating System. To determine the performance of a facility, EPA compares energy use among other, similar types of facilities on a scale of 1-100; buildings that achieve a score of 75 or higher may be eligible for the ENERGY STAR. The EPA rating system accounts for differences in operating conditions, regional weather data, and other important considerations.

+ We’re a loving community that provides support and care for others through both the best and the most difficult of times. Recently, our Interweave group screened the film, “My Girlfriend Did It,” which dealt with the difficult issue of intimate partner violence in lesbian relationships. The impact was so powerful. Interweave member, Mikel Walters, says, “I greatly appreciate Interweave showing this film. Same-sex intimate partner violence is an issue in our community too big to be ignored. There have been several deaths by same-sex partner IPV recently but they don’t make the news, the paper or even into the official records.  So thanks to all responsible for highlighting this issue in our community. Many LGBTQIQ community organizations have actively refused to shed light on this issue.”

+ As a faith community committed to giving to the world youth who are passionate leaders, UUCA hosted a district youth training event March 26th – 28th.  Over 40 youth and adults from across the Mid-South attended.  Participants spent the weekend participating in workshops and deep reflection about their UU spirituality and spiritual identity.