Featured Event —


 July 8, 2016

Social time, 6:30 (snacks welcome) Program, 7:00 

    Rupert Cutler, Roanoke’s own national wilderness expert, will introduce an hour-long film that exposes the failure of the federal government and national conservation groups to protect wilderness. “American Inspiration: Wilderness,” an hour-long film, is a no-holds-barred critique of the state of American wilderness. Rupert says that while agencies responsible for managing these lands reassure us that all is well, it is not. “Their misinterpretations of the Wilderness Act have allowed one degradation after another,” Rupert says. “These unwise decisions have come at the behest of local and national political pressure usually related to the profit motive.”


    Before moving to Roanoke in 1991, Rupert was president of Defenders of Wildlife and assistant executive director of The Wilderness Society. He also was managing editor of National Wildlife magazine, senior vice president of the National Audubon Society and editor of Virginia Wildlife. In 1977, President Carter appointed him assistant secretary of agriculture for conservation, research, and education. Rupert was founding executive director of Virginia's Explore Park and the Western Virginia Land Trust, now the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy. Since retiring in 1999 he has been a member of the boards of directors of the Western Virginia Water Authority and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation.  He served for six years on Roanoke City Council.

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