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Thanks to several of you who answered our request to “tell Gary” when our compost bin was full to the top.  CUCC has the wonderful problem of over-filling our compost bin with some regularity and not just on special occasions.  We over-filled it again recently when no all-church special events were happening.

Justice in a Changing Climate voted to obtain a second compost bin for one year.  For one year, we will pay the extra monthly $21.67 ($260 total) for it out of our Helen Abel Brown Justice in a Changing Climate Reserve Fund.*  During the year, we can all evaluate whether we really do need the second bin long-term and how we would pay for it in the future.

Keep bringing that compost!  (And remember to flatten and fold your pizza boxes to conserve space.)

If you would like to be part of CUCC’s climate justice work, contact Gary Smith at smithgk@mindspring.com.


*Fun fact:  In 2005 beloved CUCC member Helen Abel Brown left a bequest of $50,000 to CUCC. Church leaders had decided to follow Helen’s interests by awarding $30,000 to for the maintenance of “God’s House,” $10,000 for education at CUCC, and $10,000 for projects of the Do Justice and Community Outreach Ministries.  A call for ideas for how to spend the $10,000 for justice and mercy work brought forth two suggestions by small groups already working in the areas of elder justice  and of climate change.

At the May 2007 congregational meeting, the climate justice group was ready to request that CUCC establish the Justice in a Changing Climate initiative; the congregation approved and our JCC work began.  Then the congregation turned to discussion of how to use the justice portion of Helen’s bequest.  While there was interest in the elder justice work, the congregation decided to apply Helen’s gift to the JCC work, creating a $10,000 reserve.

Helen and her husband Harlan. Helen honored Harlan by commissioning the tryptic that hangs in our narthex.

Helen and her husband Harlan. Helen honored Harlan by commissioning the tryptic that hangs in our narthex.

The Helen Abel Brown Justice in a Changing Climate Reserve Fund has extended CUCC’s climate justice work for 17 years, being used for everything from small contributions to community groups to replacing the roof on the Vaughan Fellowship Hall so that CUCC could install our solar array.  In the years since, individuals have donated for special JCC projects so the reserve fund continues to support CUCC’s climate justice work; the JCC is not funded through CUCC’s annual budget.

We thank God for our friend Helen whose generosity, practicality, and love of God and CUCC continue to inspire us.
Read about Helen here.