Featured Event —


Aug. 12, 2016 - Social time, 6:30 (snacks welcome) Program, 7:00

    This engaging ninety-minute film reveals how Edward Abbey's anarchistic spirit and riotous novels influenced and helped guide the nascent environmental movement of the seventies and eighties. Through interviews, archival footage and reenactments, this documentary captures the outrage of Abbey's friends who were the original ecowarriors. In defense of wilderness, these early activists pioneered monkeywrenching, a radical blueprint for wrenching the system. 

     Diana Christopulos, president of the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club, will introduce the film. Diana bought her first Edward Abbey book, The Monkeywrench Gang, at a National Park Service store on the south rim of Grand Canyon in 1987. She was immediately hooked on Abbey. "He was using the 'Don't tread on me' flag before most modern Tea Partiers were born, but he was as concerned with big business as he was with big government. He was an Easterner who ended up in the West; I am a Westerner who ended up in the East. His work is the finest blend of natural history, fierce anger, wry humor and coloring outside the lines that I have ever seen."

   Before moving to Salem, Diana was State River Protection Chair for the Texas Chapter of the Sierra Club. Besides her AT leadership, she is on the board of the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy. 

(For the record, sponsors of Earth Friendly Friday, the Sierra Club and the Unitarian Universalist Green Team do not condone destruction of property.)

This program is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke and the Roanoke Group of the Sierra Club. Programs are held on the second Friday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Road SW, in Roanoke at the intersection with Brandon Avenue. Snacks for the social time before & after the presentation are welcome but not required. For more information contact Dan Crawford at  or 540-343-5080 or visit the Sierra Club website at  Also, please visit the UUCR Green Team website at:


Earth Friendly Friday - UU Church of Roanoke