GreenUP Ministry Team

In 2014, members of United Parish began meeting and discussing how this church can work together to raise awareness of environmental issues in our community and in our world.

Since then, they have hosted various workshops and informational meetings, including a recent movie, Merchants of Doubt, with excellent discussion afterwards. They have participated in the Climate March in NYC and other key Brookline climate events, hosting the final event for Brookline Climate Week with Michael Dukakis.  In addition, GreenUP is inviting all to participate in the global Break Free from Fossil Fuels" initiative organized by in support of a just worldwide transition to renewable energy and in peaceful resistance to the international fossil fuel industry. 

Inhouse, they have partnered with the Building and Grounds Maintenance Ministry Team to change all lighting to LED, and is working with staff and members to "green-up" Coffee Hour by decreasing the use of paper products.

Mission Statement:

GreenUP of United Parish in Brookline is committed to reducing the carbon footprint of United Parish and fostering its stewardship of God’s world. As caring and faithful Christians, we wish to reduce our negative impact on and improve our harmony with God's creation. We also wish to empower and educate the United Parish congregation, Brookline/Boston community, and beyond to reduce their own impact on the environment. We strive to reach these goals through outreach, education, service, and activism.


Upcoming GreenUP Events

Latest GreenUP News

GreenUP Climate Change Event
Posted: Oct 11 2018 - 4:01pm

Climate change is caused by carbon pollution. And carbon pollution causes and worsens asthma and chronic lung disease. It hurts children, the elderly and the poor most of all. Those who have done the least to cause it and have the least resources to adapt suffer the most. That's unjust and our faith calls us to act now!

United Parish's GreenUP Ministry Team encourages anyone who is interested to attend the MA Interfaith Power & Light Annual Conference:
Monday, October 22, 2018 7-9 pm
Plymouth Church in Framingham
87 Edgell Road
Framingham, MA 01701

Contact if you're interested in carpooling to the conference.

Keynote speaker: Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator; Director of C-CHANGE (Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Topic: Children's Health: The Front Line in Battling Carbon Pollution

Speaker: Nathaniel Stinnett Founder & Executive Director of the Environmental Voter Project
Topic: Environmental Politics: The Importance of Voting in Every Election

Recommended donation $20. For more information contact Vince Maraventano at or 617-244-0755. Advance registration required at so we can plan properly.

Sponsored by Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light: A Faith-based Response to Climate Change

Green your way to Church
Posted: Jul 12 2018 - 12:33pm

On Sunday August 26, the Green UP Ministry Team hopes you will join us in lowering your carbon footprint on your way to church. Will you walk, bike, take the MBTA or perhaps carpool? If you do, we will recognize you with a lapel pin (it's green, of course!) AND enter you into a raffle to win a water bottle for your future journeys. If the only way you can get to church is by car, you can still get the pin and enter the raffle, if you 'offset' your trip with a small donation to the environmental action group Have fun, get some exercise, do something good for the planet and maybe even win a prize!! (and, if you're sipping an iced coffee or latte on your way to church, don’t get a throwaway cup, please use your refillable travel mug. Show us the mug and you can have an extra raffle entry!!!) For more information, contact

Summer Book Groups
Posted: Jun 27 2018 - 9:54am

It's time for Summer Book Groups at United Parish!

Adult Deepening and GreenUP have picked some inspiring books to share this summer. We hope that reading and discussing these books will help us all to grow in mind, body, and spirit over the summer months!

Starting with the theme of justice in July, Adult Deepening will host two sessions to discuss Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Through the stories of eight families in Milwaukee, Desmond transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving America’s urgent problem of housing insecurity.

Evicted will be offered in 2 sessions (please choose one):

- Sunday, July 15 from 11:30 -1:00 in the Deepening Room (bring your own lunch)

- Thursday, July 19 from 7:30 - 9:00 in the Deepening Room

GreenUP polled adults at the Strawberry Festival to choose a Barbara Kingsolver novel, Flight Behavior, which takes on the complex and contentious issue of climate change through a transfixing natural event discovered by a woman on a farm in rural Tennessee. It is a suspenseful, engaging story with compelling characters and relationships. It connects this unique, localized event to a global challenge, and the farm family to the wider world of competing factions—religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians.

This book group will be offered on Thursday July 26 at 7pm at Grainne O'Malley's.

In August, we’ll recharge our spirits when we read and discuss An Altar in the World, by Barbara Brown Taylor. After moving on from a profession as an Episcopal priest, she learned to find God beyond the church walls by embracing the sacred as a natural part of everyday life. Brown Taylor invites us to discover altars everywhere we go, through exercises and stories that challenge us to live with purpose, pay attention, slow down, and relish the world we live in.

An Altar in the World will be offered in two sessions (choose one) :

- Sunday, August 12 at 11:30 am -1 pm in the Deepening Room (bring your own lunch)

- Thursday, August 16 at 7:30-9 pm in the Deepening Room

A limited number of books are being purchased and will be available on Sunday, July 1 after worship or in the Church Office, for a suggested donation of $10 each. Questions? Contact Lisa W. or Debra H. or email