The Program Council of this church, along with members of the congregation, over the course of the year worked to develop an allchurch focus; something that could build connections between Social Justice, Worship and Youth Religious Education. We decided to focus on the Wabash River. The all-church project involves people of all ages and helps us, as a congregation, interact with the community. It connects us with our faith, each other, and the wider community. It helps us affirm and promote the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part. We invite others to create events that fit into this theme and help us focus our faith. Rae Schnapp, Ph.D., Wabash Riverkeeper and member of our church, agreed to be the project coordinator.
Notes from the Wabash Riverkeeper 5/2012
We got our feet wet (sometimes literally) with our all-church project on the Wabash River. On Friday, April 13 our UU team helped collect data about the water flowing into the Wabash River in our area. Results are interpreted in colorful maps on the website www.wabashriver.net. On Saturday, April 21, we helped De-Trash the Wabash. Our team collected trash mostly at Mascouten Park (on North River Rd. at the bottom of Happy Hollow Hill). In addition to cleaning up an important river access area, participants had a blast! It was very hands-on dirty work but rewarding, too. Most unusual find: Amanda Estes found a newspaper box.
On Sunday April 22, Earth Day, our youth participated in a Children’s Chapel where they learned about how pollution gets into the Wabash River, and how we can keep it out.
Thanks to all who contributed time and energy to making these events successful! Stay tuned for future events, including:
- June 16, fun canoe/kayak trip coordinated by Rae Schnapp and Eric Thiel (firstname.lastname@example.org), 10 am to 2 pm. Begin at Peter’s Mill on Wildcat Creek, paddle to Wabash. Please bring sack lunch!
- July 14, Booth at River Fest. We will be greeting people, explaining how environmentalism is an important part of our tradition, and inviting them to participate in our August river cleanup.
- August 4 (Rain Date August 11), UU Church-specific river clean-up event. We will be out on the river when the water is low and more trash is exposed.
Rae Schnapp, Wabash Riverkeeper