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Faith communities –
creating sanctuaries for the living world

Coming into right relationship with the rest of the living world includes making room on the land we occupy for other creatures to thrive. Faith communities can provide wildlife habitat and demonstrate environmental stewardship on the land around their buildings as public witness to their devotion and care for Creation.

Let your life speak: Join the movement in Northern Virginia.

​​​We invite all faith communities to join us

in this simple plan:


​1. Educate yourselves.

Share the good news about how we can each play a part in rescuing the birds, frogs, butterflies, and all the threatened wildlife of Northern Virginia. Do a book reading using Nature's Best Hope by Doug Tallamy. Or show a 25-minute segment of the movie Hometown Habitat to your congregation followed by discussion, either online or in person. Find other suggestions here.


2. Apply the principles of Earth stewardship to your landscaping practices.

3. Host a public dialog. 

Hold the same Hometown Habitat showing or other educational events in a public forum and invite other congregations to join you.

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Give them a play space
that connects them to nature

June 2020 Faith Community Symposium

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Herndon Friends Meeting

Help us help each other.

  • Get on our email list for periodic updates about this movement. Use the form on the footer below to sign up. 

  • Share your ideas and progress on our Facebook forum, Sowing Seeds of Stewardship (NOVA). 

  • Let us know of your plans so we can report on and coordinate this effort in Northern Virginia. 

Need help?

Virgnia Native Plants, Unity of Fairfax

Unity of Fairfax

Native plants for the sanctuary


Members of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Arlington have been decorating the church with native plants - cut flowers in the growing season, and berries and seedheads in the winter.

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