In 2018, GIPL launched a special initiative to serve seven African American congregations in Atlanta, seeking to address barriers to engagement and to expand awareness of environmental justice and eco-action from the African American perspective. The African American Creation Care Program seeks to empower the participating leadership within these congregations to recognize and respond to the biblical mandate for Creation care.


The intent of the pilot project is to provide quality experiential learning as a collaborative effort among all project participants by:

  • reflecting upon their relationship with God and creation, by increasing biblical ecological knowledge;
  • conducting Power Wise energy audits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and realize significant operating cost savings; and
  • developing a vital Creation Care Ministry within the congregation,   developing an action plan that integrates Creation care and environmental justice into the work of the church’s ministry teams, committees and governing councils.

2018 Program Participants:

Radcliffe Presbyterian Church
Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Stephens, Jr.
Green Team Lead: Mabel Jones

Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Rev. William E. Flippen, Jr.
Green Team Leads: Carolyn Johnson

Pulse Church
Rev. Billy Honor
Green Team Lead: James Ginn

The Word of God Ministries
Rev. Larry Hill
Green Team Lead: Adrienne Couther

Rush Memorial United Church of Christ
Rev. Michael Malcom
Green Team Lead:

Friendship Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Richard Wills
Green Team Lead:

The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin, Sr.
Rev. Dr. Richard C. Flippin, Dir. of Organization & Ministry Programs
Green Team Lead: Victoria Phifer

Documents for Pilot Participants


Green Team Resources

GIPL Programs

An Introduction to Environmental Justice

Suggested Reading


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