Two red Chevy Bolts

Two red Chevy Bolts parked next to one another at First Universalist Church in Denver, Colo. The one on the left is mine 😉 [Photo by Christof Demont-Heinrich]

editor's blog iconHow many Unitarian Universalists does it take to park an electric car?

Apparently not very many compared to many other religious denominations. Electric cars are quite common in Unitarian Universalist church parking lots.

I discovered  this — once again — last night when I pulled in to the parking lot of the First Universalist Unitarian Church in South Denver, Colo. and discovered a red all-electric Chevy Bolt that looks exactly like my own red Chevy Bolt.

Naturally, I parked directly next to that Bolt — and proceeded to take pictures, being the EV-angelical that I am 😉

Also parked in the First Universalist Church parking lot on this beautiful mid-June evening: two Tesla Model 3s.

Out of 10 cars sitting in the lot at 6:50 p.m. last night, four were 100 percent electric.

And this is not the first time I have seen something like this in a Unitarian Universalist Church parking lot. In fact, at the Unitarian church I regularly attend in Parker, Colo. — Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church, which has only about 120 full-time members, three of us now have Chevy Bolts — and two others have Chevy Volts.

Red Chevy Bolts in Unitarian Church parking lot.

Looking out from inside First Universalist Unitarian Church at my red Chevy Bolt + another red Chevy Bolt. [Photo by Christof Demont-Heinrich]

I am proud to say that I influenced the two other Chevy Bolt owners. I first began leasing an all-electric car in 2014, starting with a 2014 Nissan LEAF. I switched to leasing a 2017 Chevy Bolt in September of 2017. Within four months of me getting my Bolt, two other Prairie Unitarian Universalist church members had bought Bolts!

In case you don’t know much — or anything — about Unitarian Universalism, it is what I would call a very progressive and also even secular leaning “religion”. Unitarian Univeralist churches tend to made up of of people who come from a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds, ranging from Catholic and Jewish to Protestant and Buddhist to Pagan and atheist. I, for instance, am what I call a “devout” agnostic 😉

Many Unitarian Universalists are environmentally conscious as well, which explains the comparatively high number of electric cars you are likely to find in a Unitarian church parking lot — as compared to the parking lot of almost any other church in the United States.


Indeed, First Universalist Church, where I saw my Bolt’s “twin” last night, recently completed a several million dollar renovation which turned the church into an official net-zero building, meaning the church produces as much of its own energy — via solar and geothermal — as it consumes.

Now, if we can just get the parking lot outside of First Universalist to fill 100 percent with electric cars, themselves all powered by renewable energy generated electricity, that would be REALLY cool 😉

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