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
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
- Register your Green Team
- Pilot Project Green Team Lead PowerPoint
- Steps to Forming a Green Team
- Sample Stewardship Policy
- Green Team MOU
- Prayers & Liturgy
- Earth Day Resources
- Classes & Workshops
- Four Directions Fund/Sacred Activism Workshop
- Green Team Implementation Template
An Introduction to Environmental Justice
- VIDEO: Environmental Justice, Explained
- Moms Clean Air Force: Social Justice Q & A
- GASP: Why Environmental Justice?
- VIDEO: Robert Bullard – The Genesis of Environmental Justice
- VIDEO: Warren County
- VIDEO: PCB Protest in Warren County, 1982
- Father of Environmental Justice, Robert Bullard
- A Look at Environmental Justice in the United States Today
- Civil Rights Commission to hold hearing on environmental justice
- A Dozen Bible Passages for Preaching a Creation-Care Sermon
- Beyond Earth Day: 10 Ideas for Environmental Advocacy and Activism in Your Church
- Environmental Racism: An Ecumenical Study Guide
- Smells like Progress: Growing Up in Cancer Alley
- Climate Change: The Evidence and Consequence for the African American Community
- Environmental Justice Begins with Awareness, Advocacy
- ‘They chose us because we were rural and poor.’: When Environmental Racism and Climate Change Collide
- They Don’t Call it “Cancer Alley” for Nothing
- Why Did I Become a Green Team Lead?
- Lessons & Law by Esme Murdock, Ph.D.
- Why is Environmental Racism an Issue of Faith? by Valerie Rawls
- African American Spirituality Formed a Backdrop to the African American Environmental Experience
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