Striving to a be a sustainable congregation is one of the ways we work toward a vision of healthier, more ethical future.

At Fourth Universalist we compost, use environmentally friendly materials whenever possible, and work so our building’s ecological footprint might be lessoned. We volunteer with local non-profits, including Harlem Grown, that help ensure a sustainable future for generations to come. And we gather to learn and connect through book talks, movie nights and rallies like the Climate March.

As Unitarian Universalists, we live with a deep awareness of our climate crisis and the deep environmental injustices of our time. We commit to four practices, grounded in Unitarian Universalist principles:

  • Environmental Justice: We partner with marginalized communities who are hit first and hardest by environmental crisis.  In partnering with these communities we are able to address human and environmental needs at the same time.
  • Worship and Celebration: As we work together towards a cleaner, more just and sustainable world, worship inspires our work and reminds us of what is most sacred and most true.
  • Religious Education: Our workshops and programs for all ages shape attitudes and build practices that are sustainable and spiritually-grounded.
  • Sustainable Living: We treat the world more gently by using fewer resources and being mindful of the choices we make, both as a congregation and as households.

We invite all who share these values to join us on this journey of connection, sustainability, and hope. Contact Rev. Schuyler Vogel at to get involved. And join our broad and growing movement for climate justice with Commit2Respond.