Committee Reports, May 2021


Climate Action Group

There are many possible ways to work against climate change. Last month, the Climate Action Group wrote about Biomass and Plastic Producers’ Responsibility legislation, both of which are on-going.

This month, we are preparing a contest to challenge our congregation to decrease our consumption of meat (especially cafo meat), milk, and other foods derived from animals. You could win a prize. Ezra Klein recently wrote in the New York Times that “even if all fossil fuel emissions ceased today, the food system would still push warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, which most scientists consider unsafe.”

Dietary changes could make a big difference. For instance, producing a quarter pound hamburger produces as much greenhouse gas as producing three pounds of peanut butter--but three pounds of peanut butter will last for many meals. The Meat-Eater's Guide to Climate Change and Health, is available here.

So, what will you have to do to win? Not too much. What will you win? Well, it won’t be a $100 savings bond (like in West Virginia) or a chance at a million dollars (like in Ohio). Stay tuned.


Small Group Circles

Small Group Circles have been exploring "Embracing Change" in our May groups. Always something worth thinking about but seems all the more apt as we are awakening from the pandemic limitations, with spring flowers and vaccinations all around us. Alan Watts writes, "The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." How do you go about embracing change?

We have one more session in June and then our summer break. We may be offering some groups in the summer. On our minds will be planning for next year. It's a wild card to see how many people prefer to remain on Zoom or who wants to return to in-person meetings. Each have value and benefits. It's lovely to sit in someone's living room but there is also an appeal to not having to leave the house in order to meet with others. Either way, SMC offers structured, safe, and convivial conversations and connections where we can explore our spiritual beliefs and learn from others. FMI: please email Katie Olmstead; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Bike Path Clean Up Teams

Join the Sunset Team as we clean the USNF segment of the bike path on May 24 at 4 PM. Our segment runs from Veterans Field to the west and Pleasant Street to the east. Please bring your own gloves and a trash bag. If you have "grabbers" that can go out doors, please bring them as well for reaching under low bushes and shrubs. Please Note: the Roundhouse parking lot is closed for construction. We will meet closer to the path itself. Any questions, contact Katharine Nelson.

A second team cleans at 8 am on the 1st Wednesday of each month (next meeting is June 2). Anyone is welcome. Anne Lombard