UU Plant-Based Eating Club
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Welcome to the website page of the UU Plant-Based Eating Club! While we are housed at FUUSN, we welcome anyone who is UU or aligned with UU values as reflected in the seven principles and who desires to learn about and eat nutritious and delicious plant-based, whole food meals.
Enjoy a plant-based, whole foods meal with us at an upcoming Potluck Dinner! Attend one of our upcoming events! See Upcoming Events section for more information.
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to join our e-mail list, get more information, and/or sign up for an event.
Who We Are
- We are a group of congregants and friends who desire to learn about and eat more nutritious and delicious meals together using plant-based whole foods.
- Members are primarily interested in learning how to prepare truly delicious, plant-based, healthy meals and sharing the joys of eating with others from our local UU community. We are all exploring the powerful ways food can sustain and improve the health and vitality of people and the planet.
- You are welcome to join us no matter what your dietary practices are, as long as you are interested in supporting other group members in their pursuit of a whole food, plant-based lifestyle and are considering it for yourself whether in whole or in part. Any food items brought to our community dinners should comply with the principles set forth below (e.g., no animal products of any kind and ideally limiting the use of highly refined ingredients).
What We Do
- Potlucks – We gather approximately every six weeks for a plant-based meal, each bringing a dish to share with the group (including the recipe so others can recreate it later). We are following prevailing COVID19 safety protocols when gathering together or when necessary, are meeting via Zoom.
- Educate – We present and discuss information about healthy plant-based eating during our regular potlucks and periodic events such as film night, community read, farm tours, and forums. We also periodically provide vegan options at UU congregation events.
- Explore and connect – We explore and connect with the broader plant-based eating community through meals at vegan restaurants, attendance at local food conferences, and links to organizations/blogs focused on vegan eating.
- Socialize – We provide a supportive small group community for like-minded eaters to get to know each other and share their passion for whole food, plant-based eating.
What We Eat …and Why
Whole food, plant-based (vegan) eating:
- Plants, no animal products – We strive to eat only plants in their whole form or with minimal processing. Plant-based or vegan eating eschews eating all animal products including meat, dairy, and eggs.
- Whole food, minimally processed – Plant-based eating is often referred to as a vegan diet although a vegan diet can also include highly refined plant products such as soy protein isolate, white flour, sugar, and vegetable oils. Potato chips and soda are vegan but certainly not healthy. Our choices are guided by the growing body of peer-reviewed, scientific evidence of the ways in which whole plants promote good personal and planet health while animal products and highly refined plant foods detract from it.
Healthy vegan food includes:
|* Leafy green vegetables||* Fruits||* Legumes/beans|
|* Other vegetables||* Whole grains||* Nuts and seeds|
|* Herbs and spices|
This does not include:
|* Meat||* Fish||* Dairy||* Eggs|
|* Other animal-based products (honey, gelatin, etc.)|
Many members of our group strive to limit the use of highly refined plant foods such as:
|* Sugars||* Flours (especially white flour)|
|* Salts||* Oils (yes, even extra virgin olive oil|
|* Highly processed foods, including meat substitutes such as Beyond, Impossible,etc|
Alcohol: Some members also enjoy wine or beer during our community meals.
Why We Eat This Way
- Multiple reasons – Each member of our group is pursuing a whole food, plant-based lifestyle in accordance with that person’s values, which may or may not be the same.
- Compassion for animals – Some members are guided by compassion for animals and have a deep ethical commitment to reduce animal suffering. We respect and admire such strong ethics and are happy that our plant-based eating habits reduce animal suffering, but this is not a primary driver for everyone in our group.
- Environmental sustainability – Many of our members recognize the tremendous burden livestock farming places on soil and water resources, as well as the significant contribution livestock makes to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. The science is clear; plant-based eating promotes planetary health.
- Personal health – In general, the members of our group are very interested in the positive health impacts of a whole foods, plant-based diet. The science is clear; plant-based eating promotes personal health.
- UU Principles – In general, our dietary choices are guided by our shared Unitarian Universalist values, and particularly the seventh principle of respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. These choices are also consistent with the 2011 UU Statement of Conscience on Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice.
- There is considerable diversity among members as to where we are in our individual plant-based eating journeys. Some of us have been at this for several years and are quite knowledgeable regarding the nutritional science and meal preparation. Others are “dipping a toe in the water” to explore new tastes and ideas, and hoping to cut through the confusing nutritional messages promoted by food corporations and reported in popular media. We do not mean to be purists nor police each other’s eating habits. We simply try to select food that is both delicious and nutritious based on the best available evidence, and enjoy it with each other.
- As noted above, you are welcome to join us no matter where you are on your journey – even if you are just at the first step of considering whether this is for you – as long as you are interested in supporting others on their journey towards a whole food, plant-based lifestyle and are considering it for yourself whether in whole or in part.
Please join us for one or more of these upcoming events:
Potluck Dinner – Sundays December 12, January 9, February 13 6-7:30 pm EST
- Location TBD, will be held in members’ homes
- Small groups of up to 9 attendees (required to be fully vaccinated for COVID). Plan to bring a plant-based, whole foods dish to share (no animal projects including eggs, cheese, dairy).
- RSVP to Club’s e-mail list. The hosts will be in touch to coordinate logistics and menus.
Click Photos for pictures of UU Plant-Based Eating Club events and food!
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Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry (uuam.org):
The Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry (UUAM) empowers individuals, chapters, and congregations to build justice and compassion for animals. The UUAM website contains a list of publications, events, projects, opportunities for community, an inspiring music video, and many other resources helpful for those interested in animal issues.
Interfaith Vegan Coalition (veganspirituality.com/interfaith-vegan-coalition):
The Interfaith Vegan Coalition (IVC) is comprised of vegan religious and spiritual groups and individuals working together to provide animal liberation materials, resources, and support to activists. The IVC helps spiritual and religious communities bring their scriptural and heart-centered values of love and compassion into alignment with their daily actions, worship practices, holiday rituals, prayers, and community activities.
Boston Vegetarian Society (bostonveg.org):
The Boston Vegetarian Society provides education, community, and outreach to encourage healthy plant-based eating for the benefit of animals, the environment, the climate, and public and personal health.
Movies & Videos
|* A Prayer for Compassion||* Cowspiracy||* Vegucated|
|* What the Health||* Seaspiracy|