July was Plastics-Free Month! Fourth Universalist proudly launched its inaugural Plastics Challenge on July 14th, 2020! For four weeks, the environmental justice team offered guidance and support to congregants who want to reduce their use of plastic – focusing on food, personal care, and household products. You can watch the launch video below!


At Fourth Universalist, we are deeply committed to environmental sustainability and confronting systems that perpetuate and profit from environmental destruction and climate change.

At Fourth Universalist we compost, use environmentally friendly materials whenever possible, and work so our building’s ecological footprint might be lessened. We volunteer with local non-profits, that help ensure a sustainable future for generations to come. We offer space to Extinction Rebellion, as they seek to radically disrupt systems of environmental oppression. And we organize and march and educate, through participation in the 2019 NYC Climate Strike.

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. This includes composting, reducing our congregational plastic use, and participating in events like MulchFest each year.

If you would like to get involved in these efforts, I invite you to contact our Senior Minister, Rev. Schuyler Vogel, at revschuyler@4thu.org, or our Environmental Justice Team, led by Liz Wolfe and Barbara Woods, at envirojustice@4thu.org. We look forward to being in touch!