Unity of Traverse City - Level B

From the time the grounds upon which the church was built were acquired in 1984, there has been a reverence of nature within the spiritual community. Our campus grounds consists of over 20 acres of wooded property, with our main building being surrounded by birch, white pine, oak, and cedar trees.

There has always been a healthy respect for and recognition of the plant and animal life that co-exist on the property.

We are located in a city that has a high emphasis are environmental care. We are blessed to be located alongside a multitude of bays and lakes, including Lake Michigan. There is also a strong focus on locally-grown foods and a fair percentage of the population utilizing hundreds of miles of walking trails and/or riding bicycles for transportation.

This culture has been expressed within Unity of Traverse City in many ways. We also recognize that there is more than we can try to do.

EarthCare Program actions that have been and remain ongoing at Unity of Traverse City include:

Inspirational Events 

  • Sunday celebration services in honor of Earth Day.

  • Prayers, meditations, and music that include references to nature, our oneness with all creation, and the                          interdependence of all life.

  • Sunday youth classes held out of doors, incorporating our relationship with nature.

  • Presence of a stone labyrinth built by our congregation that winds through a wooded area of our property, and which       includes trees that stand in the pathways of the labyrinth. It is often the site for weddings and many other sacred             ceremonies and celebrations.

  • Hosting an annual celebration of World Labyrinth Day on the labyrinth.

  • Presence of an outdoor amphitheater, also constructed by our congregation, that nestles amongst the trees and trails       on our grounds. It, too, is the site of ceremonies, concerts, and church picnics.

Campus and Greater Community Activities 

  • Campus recycling program which includes the recycling of all paper, plastics, cardboard, metals, glass, junk mail, ink       cartridges/toners, batteries, light bulbs, toxic paints and cleaners.

  • Minimization of waste through 1) The use of washable cups, plates, and utensils during Sunday morning fellowship           and weekday meetings, and 2) programming of thermostats on a seasonal basis to conserve energy.

  • Water conservation through: 1) A sprinkler system focused only on grass and plant areas, with watering done prior to        7:00 a.m.and 2) mulch being placed around planted areas, as well as the trail leading into the campus labyrinth.

  • Community promotion of earth care and sustainability of the planet via a partnership with a local community food            co-op, a local leader in environmental awareness and education.