Faith groups in Maine are doing great things. Here we highlight their efforts.
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The First Universalist Church in Rockland
Motivated by its members' strong convictions about earth stewardshipand inspired by its energetic Green Sanctuary Committee, this congregation has undertaken a number of exciting projects over the last decade.
Not only has the church made its place of worship more energy efficient by adding window coverings, ceiling fans, repositioned thermostats and a more efficient dishwasher. It has also spawned an exciting volunteer effor called Window Dressers. Begun as an inside storm window building project for the church (which has saved roughly 25% on energy bills as a result) Window Dressers went on to provide inexpensive storm windows put together by volunteer "build teams" to congregants' homes.
Thanks largely to the energetic leadership of founding partners Frank Mundo and Dick Cadwgen, many other windows have been donated to folks in need along the Midcoast, and other churches have become involved in the effort as well. MeIPL plans to work with Window Dressers in 2012 to spread this idea state-wide.
Rockland UU has also been involved with a CSA program and has piloted a community sponsored fishery with local fishermen as well. It has held "low and local" potlucks, lobbied successfully for a "no idling ordinance" in Camden, and worked hard to monitor both state and national legislation in order to help promote a more environmentally conscious and socially just world.