The Green Sanctuary Program is a program of the Unitarian Universalist Association that encourages congregations to practice the UUA’s Seventh Principle: respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. The program is a means by which congregations can work toward focusing on the theological, spiritual and ethical aspects of human activities that affect the health and sustainability of the living earth. Each participating congregation completes at least 12 projects in four focus areas:
- Worship and Celebration
- Religious Education
- Environmental Justice
- Sustainable Living
Heritage Church conducted an environmental audit that provided a snapshot of where the congregation stands with respect to its environmental behaviors. An action plan of projects/events was developed and submitted to the UUA. The actions specified in the plan were completed. Heritage formally became a candidate in 2008 and was recognized by the UUA as a Green Sanctuary in 2009.
The Welcoming Congregation Program is a volunteer program for Unitarian Universalist congregations that want to take steps to become more welcoming and inclusive of people with marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities.
The program grew out of an understanding that widespread prejudices and ignorance about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people existed within Unitarian Universalism, which resulted in the exclusion of LGBTQ people from our congregations. Heritage UU Church began the program in 2002 and completed it in 2004, receiving recognition from the UUA as a Welcoming Congretation in that year.
Today, the congregation is proud that membership includes people who are out as lesbians, as gay men, as people with a bisexual life history, and as transgender persons. People who have or now serve in leadership roles include people who are lesbian, gay, and transgender.