Day 1: Celebrating

Universalist and Unitarian minister Rev. Thomas Starr King shared, in an 1863 sermon entitled “Lessons from the Sierra Nevada,”

I believe that if, on every Sunday morning before going to church, we could be lifted to a mountain-peak and see a horizon line of six hundred miles enfolding the copious splendor of the light on such a varied expanse; or if we could look upon a square mile of flowers representing all the species with which the Creative Spirit embroiders a zone; or if we could be made to realize the distance of the earth from the sun, the light of which travels every morning twelve millions of miles a minute to feed and bless us, and which the force of gravitation pervades without intermission to hold our globe calmly in its orbit and on its poise; if we could fairly perceive, through our outward senses, one or two features of the constant order and glory of nature, our materialistic dullness would be broken, surprise and joy would be awakened, we should feel that we live amid the play of Infinite thought; and the devout spirit would be stimulated so potently that our hearts would naturally mount in praise and prayer.

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Climate Justice Month, Week 1: Rejoicing

Today marks the first day of Climate Justice Month, the day we start thinking together about changing everything.

Our current crisis requires transformation. It’s less about changing a few individual behaviors and more about imagining radical new ways of living.

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It's Time to Grow

Six months ago you marched in New York for the People’s Climate March—in person or in spirit—and proclaimed that it is our moral charge to respond to climate justice. That it will take everyone to change everything. That now is the time for unprecedented collaboration across all of our differences, to save the world and ourselves. 

Commit2Respond is an answer to that charge. It’s time for collaboration and collective action. Since September we’ve been growing, building connections, and sharing our ideas and wisdom.

Now we are ready to grow. 

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Healing the Waters, Healing Ourselves

There is a potent stream running from the 50th anniversary of the civil rights struggle in Selma, through the fast-growing movement of Black Lives Matter, to our Unitarian Universalist-inspired Climate Justice Month, which begins on World Water Day this Sunday. The stream springs from stories of pain, resistance, and renewal, and it is enlivened by the truth that these stories are intricately and inherently connected.

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Get Ready

Are you ready? On World Water Day, March 22, Commit2Respond will begin its first major collective campaign. Climate Justice Month will launch us into a fully-fledged movement, but only if we all join together.

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Sign Up for Climate Justice Month!

Climate Justice Month is coming!

From its very beginning, Commit2Respond has been building toward a month-long period of spiritual transformation and commitment between World Water Day and Earth Day 2015. Now it’s time to sign up and spread the word!

From March 22 to April 22, we will embark together on a spiritual journey for climate justice. 

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Media and Promotional Materials

This is your movement. All of us are leaders in the struggle to defend our world and our rights. Help grow the movement by inviting your loved ones and other people of faith and conscience to join you in committing to respond, using the sample blurbs, graphics and more on this page.

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Unitarian Universalist Association Headquarters Earns LEED Platinum

LEED Platinum badge

I am pleased to announce that the Unitarian Universalist Association has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification for our new headquarters building located at 24 Farnsworth Street in Boston's Innovation District.

LEED certification, awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, is recognized across the country as the premier mark of achievement in green building. Platinum is the highest of the four possible LEED certifications.

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Lighting the Way

“To change everything we need everyone.” This slogan of the People’s Climate March spoke to the coming together of people from every community and interest group, and also the fact that the march coincided with the United Nations Climate Summit in New York.

In order to halt climate change we need all countries to join the struggle.

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What Do You Think?

Commit2Respond is a grassroots initiative. Every one of us has the ability to help co-create something that can change the world—and you are invited to help shape the direction of this powerful initiative.

We know that Commit2Respond will empower us to grow the climate justice movement, advance the human rights of affected communities, and shift toward renewable energy. But how?

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