Envisioning a world in which we all value and protect the environment on which our lives and communities depend.

The Green Sanctuary Committee encourages awareness, appreciation and action in support of the environment on which we all depend. We promote worship that deepens our connection to the natural world, educational programs for all ages and service projects that benefit our local area and beyond.

Do you share our vision?

Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist achieved accreditation as a Green Sanctuary in 2012. This program of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) encourages our congregation to grow in appreciation and care for the natural world and all who depend upon it.

Accreditation is really the beginning, a first step in our work to create a sustainable and environmentally sound society.  The Committee continues to champion and guide the process by creating and supporting programs and activities in four areas:

  • Worship and Celebration
  • Religious Education
  • Sustainable Living
  • Environmental Justice

Our ongoing programs and activities include support for environmental films as part of the Movies with Meaning program; an organic vegetable garden and donations of garden produce to the Palatine Food Pantry; educational events and lectures; support for Earth Day celebrations; two farmers’ markets per year; celebration of the Summer and Winter Solstices; and much more.  We also support other groups in their environmental programming.

Join us!

We meet the 2nd Sunday of each month in classroom 6 at 12:15 (11:15 in the summer). To contact the committee co-chairs, send an email to greensanctuary@ccuu.org.

Countryside Garden

To further strengthen the connection between our spiritual practices, the earth, our green sanctuary effort, and our social action commitment, Countryside gardeners plant and tend garden plots located on the church campus. Among other uses, the fruits (and vegetables!) of our labors are donated to the Palatine Township Food Pantry.

Interfaith Green Partners

Walks in the Woods and Prairie

Explore the treasures of our local Deer Grove nature preserves. Find spring ephemerals in May and June. Enjoy the beauty of the native prairie in July and August. In September go for an early fall walk. Finally in October experience fall as it returns to the prairie. Walks will be guided by stewards and naturalists that know how to find those treasures. All ages are welcome!

2017 Schedule ~ 3rd Sundays, 2-3:30 pm

  • May 21 & June 18: Grove 5 (enter off Quentin, then turn right at the stop sign where the road divides and go to the first parking area on the right, near the end of the road)
  • July 16 & August 20: Deer Grove East (DGE Parking –left where road divides, meet at end of road)
  • September 17: Camp Alphonse (end of the road)
  • October 15: Deer Grove East (DGE parking – left where road divides, meet at end of road)

Download the flyer and map.

Solar Panels

Solar Panels have been installed on the roof of our church building and put into service in December 2017. The investment in this renewable energy source demonstrates one of the congregation’s commitments to sustainable living. The following graph provides real-time indicators of both the solar generation and consumption of electrical power at the church.