Green Team



 You may not be able to change the whole world but you can change the place you live.


 Putting the 7th Unitarian Universalist principle into action in our church and our community: “We Affirm and Promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part”.

(Green Team contact:  Bob Egbert





March 10, 2017 – Social time, 6:30 (snacks welcome) Program, 7:00

Marian McConnell will introduce us to the world of caving in a region known for widespread karst topography and, subsequently, rife with caves. She and her husband Dano are avid cavers, active in the Blue Grotto (local caving club) and the National Speleological Society. In 1994, they bought and moved onto 34 acres in Catawba that includes the infamous Murder Hole Cave, site of a death in 1958, and rich in legends and stories of accidents and adventures over many years. There is so much to tell about this cave she wrote a book about it, published in 2012. The evening will include details about Murder Hole, other wild caves in the area, cave safety and conservation. Marian and videographer David Socky created an award-winning documentary about Murder Hole in late 2016.

Marian is an artist, musician, songwriter, author, caver and biker (Harley Davidson, no less). She retired from a 39-year career with the Veterans Administration in 2014 and works part-time at the Rescue Mission. For over 20 years, she has worked part-time with Roanoke City Parks & Recreation, leading beginner wild caving trips and outdoor adventures, and helps run 3rd Street Coffeehouse. Marian is a member of the Virginia Cave Board.




We gather outside at our street corner one Sunday each month to show our support for climate protection and clean, renewable energy. 


Climate Rally on February 12, 2017

Explore Park Work

Our clean-up on 11/12/2016


The next clean-up will be in the Spring.  Date to be announced.

Park Partners background

  Contact Bob Egbert at if you’re interested in helping or have questions about Explore Park.

 Church Recycling & Composting

The Green Team recycles and composts food scraps and other organic waste.  Contact Lorraine Fleck at for info on our recycling program.


  • Mail, newspaper, magazines, phone books, non-confidential office paper
  • Shredded paper (not loose; put in a paper bag)
  • Flattened cardboard
  • Cardboard milk, juice, and other beverage cartons (rinsed, with or without plastic spout)
  • Cereal, pasta, tissue boxes
  • Paper plates and napkins (no food residue)
  • Paper cups (rinsed)
  • Pizza boxes (remove any greasy parts)
  • Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
  • Brown paper bags
  • Paperback books, hardcover books with covers removed
  • Aluminum and thin metal cans (rinsed)
  • All plastic labelled #1-7 (remove lids, empty container and rinse if needed)
  • Plastic tableware (no food residue)
  • Non-styrofoam take-out containers (no food residue)
  • Glass (all colors, clean, no mirror or window glass)
  • Plastic grocery bags (put in bag provided for this purpose, NOT in recycle bins)

Note:   Remove all visible food waste from containers.


  • Food waste (compost if possible)
  • Wax paper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Aluminum foil
  • Aluminum pie/cake tins
  • Styrofoam
  • Packing material (UPS Store will recycle)
  • Light bulbs
  • Mirror glass, window glass
  • Cords, hoses, wires
  • Hazardous materials
  • Ceramic mugs (broken)
  • China plates (broken)


  • Vegetable matter, including fruits, vegetables, grains, sweets
  • Coffee grounds and paper filters
  • Prepared foods (if no meat or dairy)

Do Not Compost:

  • Animal products
  • Oily foods (buttery, oily, cheesy, etc.)
  • Citrus peels (these take too long to break down with our compost system)