Featured Event —

THOREAU’S 200TH Birthday

July 14, 2017 - Social time, 6:30 (snacks welcome) Program, 7:00


     Rupert Cutler will lead a celebration of one of our most influential writers, Henry David Thoreau, know widely for Walden; or, Life in the Woods.  The book was a modest success, and it wasn't until much later that it reached a much wider audience. Over the years, Walden has inspired and informed the work of naturalists, environmentalists, and writers. Thoreau’s essay on "Civil Disobedience," a non-violent approach to political and social resistance, has  inspired leaders of protest movements around the world.


        Dr. Cutler is a native of Detroit, with an undergraduate degree in wildlife management from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree and doctorate from Michigan State. Rupert moved to Roanoke in 1990.  He was the founding executive director of both Explore Park and the Western Virginia Land Trust (Blue Ridge Land Conservancy).  He served on Roanoke City Council from 2002 to 2010. His contributions include: Editor of Virginia Wildlife, magazine of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; managing editor of the National Wildlife Federation’s magazine, National Wildlife; assistant executive director of the Wilderness Society; senior vice president of the National Audubon Society; executive director of Population-Environment Balance, and president (CEO) of the Defenders of Wildlife. Rupert lives in downtown Roanoke.

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



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