40/40/40 Launches in Twenty States or More!

Engineers Without Borders helped launch 40/40/40 in the UU Church of Canton, IL. Photo: At work in La Margarita, Ecuador

So far, congregations in twenty states have registered their 40/40/40 events. Represented so far:  Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont, and Wisconsin!

The UU Church of Elgin, Illinois kicked off its own 40/40/40 blog (http://newuu.com/40days/) and launched its festivities  with a sermon on ethical eating and environmental justice, tabling for 40/40/40 participation, and signups for Fair Trade gift baskets.

The UU Church of Canton, NY used the Sunday Service Kit (PDF) to help shape today’s service, and found that 43 members signed onto the challenge immediately following. Their pulpit guests were students from Clarkson University Engineers Without Borders, who shared their ongoing mission to provide clean sanitary drinking water to remote villages of South America.

If your 40/40/40 service will be next Sunday, be sure to check out the Sunday Service Kit (PDF) and additional worship resources in the updated Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice Worship Resources Supplement.

What’s going on in your congregation? Let’s hear it in the comments. Send your pictures if you’ve got ‘em!

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2 Comments on “40/40/40 Launches in Twenty States or More!”

  1. Edna Weigel Says:

    Members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Southeastern Arizona feel 40/40/40 is too brilliant an idea to be limited to UU’s (after all, we share one planet with all faiths) so we introduced 40/40/40 to the general public at the Sierra Vista, Arizona Earth Day celebration on 4/17/10. We will continue our public outreach at the Bisbee, Arizona Earth Day Celebration on 4/24/10. On 4/18/10, our minister delivered another of the thought-provoking sermons we’ve come to expect; this one on 40/40/40. Go to http://uucseablog.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/40-40-40-sermon-18-april-2010/ to hear this sermon. Our 4/18/10 annual congregational meeting competed for attention so many members took the 40/40/40 handout home to study. We will continue collecting commitments on 4/25/10. Our social director plans a party some time in June (exact date to be determined)at which members who report on their 40/40/40 experiences will enter their names in a drawing for a variety of exciting earth-friendly prizes. We also look forward to having our “Theater for All Ages” present a skit about the impact our food choices have on the planet. So far, we have 39 people signed up to make a total of 160 changes.


  2. If anyone is seeking additional ideas for activities that tie into both ethical eating and environmental justice, they might consider hosting an event in late May as part of the Global Vegan Waffle Party (waffleparty.com). We just reached our initial goal of 40 registered events, but would be happy to double that! While we’ll be hosting around 40 people, much smaller parties are easily possible.


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