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Creation Care Champion: Garry Harris

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GIPL is excited to announce a new initiative to share the stories of individuals who have been our partners, allies, and inspirations in this work of caring for creation.  These “Creation Care Champions” have worked diligently in their communities drawing the connection between environmental concerns and their various faith traditions, revealing a common appreciation for the community of life, justice, stewardship, and awe. We hope that you are inspired by their stories and learn from their journeys.

Garry A. Harris is the president of Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG), a consulting firm that provides diverse energy engineering and power generation technical services, sustainable communities planning and implementation, workforce force development, clean energy solutions, industrial and reliability engineering including research, policy and education services.

Mr. Harris is the Creation Care Ministry Leader: Environmental at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Under his leadership the church was awarded “Ministry of the Year” by Georgia Interfaith Power and Light and recognized on Nation Public Radio (NPR) and other media nationally. He was recently selected to the Advisory Board for the Emory University Chandler School of Theology CREATE program (Culture, Religion, Ethics, and the Environment). He was recently selected out a national pool of applicants for a Green Faith Fellowship (Creation Care). He was also selected to Green the Church National Council.

 

GIPL believes that by sharing our stories about the setbacks as well as the victories large and small, we can support, inspire, and grow the community of individuals who understand and respond to the call to care for creation. If you know a Creation Care Champion (even if it’s you!) whose story should be told, please send their contact information to info@gipl.org or just fill out the form below.

Creation Care Champion: Myrtle Lewin

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GIPL is excited to announce a new initiative to share the stories of individuals who have been our partners, allies, and inspirations in this work of caring for creation.  These “Creation Care Champions” have worked diligently in their communities drawing the connection between environmental concerns and their various faith traditions, revealing a common appreciation for the community of life, justice, stewardship, and awe. We hope that you are inspired by their stories and learn from their journeys.

Myrtle Lewin has lived in Atlanta for over 30 years, working as a math professor at Agnes Scott College. She has lived in the mid-west, rural New York, Israel and her native South Africa. These diverse environments have each contributed to the development of her environmental sensibilities. Since retiring, she has invested her energies in a number of local greening/environmental projects, as she has learned a great deal about Judaism’s deep environmental roots. This has provided a focus for her work, as she attempts to understand the connections between environmental issues, poverty, hunger and other social problems. She has worked with GIPL to put together three interfaith tree plantings on MLK Day, with Trees Atlanta, one of her favorite  non-profits.

GIPL believes that by sharing our stories about the setbacks as well as the victories large and small, we can support, inspire, and grow the community of individuals who understand and respond to the call to care for creation. If you know a Creation Care Champion (even if it’s you!) whose story should be told, please send their contact information to info@gipl.org or just fill out the form below.

Creation Care Champion: Bobby Mclendon

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GIPL is excited to announce a new initiative to share the stories of individuals who have been our partners, allies, and inspirations in this work of caring for creation.  These “Creation Care Champions” have worked diligently in their communities drawing the connection between environmental concerns and their various faith traditions, revealing a common appreciation for the community of life, justice, stewardship, and awe. We hope that you are inspired by their stories and learn from their journeys.

Bobby Mclendon is a life-long member of The First Baptist Church of Blakely and continues to be a fierce protector of the environment in the sometimes hostile territory of South Georgia.

GIPL believes that by sharing our stories about the setbacks as well as the victories large and small, we can support, inspire, and grow the community of individuals who understand and respond to the call to care for creation. If you know a Creation Care Champion (even if it’s you!) whose story should be told, please send their contact information to info@gipl.org or just fill out the form below.

Creation Care Champion: John Hitchins

GIPL is excited to announce a new initiative to share the stories of individuals who have been our partners, allies, and inspirations in this work of caring for creation.  These “Creation Care Champions” have worked diligently in their communities drawing the connection between environmental concerns and their various faith traditions, revealing a common appreciation for the community of life, justice, stewardship, and awe. We hope that you are inspired by their stories and learn from their journeys.

John Hitchins is a development/fundraising professional with a passion for sustainability programs. Advocate for conservation with experience in fundraising, education, outreach and event management. He has sixteen years of experience in non-profit and for-profit focusing on delivering 100% client, guest and donor satisfaction.

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Creation Care Champion: Beth Remmes

BOUTIQUE BLOOMS FLOWER SHOPGIPL is excited to announce a new initiative to share the stories of individuals who have been our partners, allies, and inspirations in this work of caring for creation.  These “Creation Care Champions” have worked diligently in their communities drawing the connection between environmental concerns and their various faith traditions, revealing a common appreciation for the community of life, justice, stewardship, and awe. We hope that you are inspired by their stories and learn from their journeys.

Beth Remmes facilitates workshops on Sustainability and Ecopsychology. She is a core member of Unity Worldwide EarthCare Ministry Team and leads the PTA Green Teams at her local schools.

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Whose backs are against the wall?

Our charge became clear during the opening worship session. Right there in black and white one of the conference organizers had the wisdom to print the words of one my spiritual mentors Howard Thurman from his seminal text Jesus and the Disinherited. It reads:

“The masses of men live with their backs constantly against the wall. They are the poor, the disinherited, the dispossessed. What does our religion say to them? The issue is not what it counsels them to do for others whose need may be greater, but what [the Christian] religion offers to meet their own needs.”

After reading the quote, the worship leader asked the group, “Whose backs are against the wall?” It seemed to me that The Spirit had conspired to contextualize the study on climate justice that I had the privilege to facilitate for the South Georgia United Methodist Women’s annual Mission U conference. GIPL was quite honored to be invited to facilitate the study for the lovely women and I was quite excited to be one of GIPL’s representatives. Continue reading

Georgia Builds on Clean Energy Momentum with Commission’s Vote

Final Decision in Approving Georgia Power’s Long Term Energy Plan

Atlanta, GA— The Public Service Commission this past week maintained Georgia’s momentum toward a clean energy future in its final decision approving Georgia Power Company’s long term energy plan.

The decision adds new solar generation while leaving work to do on promoting small-scale and consumer solar. The final decision also takes important steps to bring energy saving benefits to disadvantaged communities.

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) represented  Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GIPL) and Southface Energy Institute in the proceedings on Georgia Power’s 2016 integrated resource plan (IRP) for meeting customers’ energy needs over the next 20 years. GIPL has engaged in the IRP process for over ten years, yielding good results with ensuring Georgia Power embrace energy efficiency and renewables as viable options to meet our state’s energy needs.

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Solarize Decatur-DeKalb Launches to Over-sized Crowd

Solarize Decatur-DeKalb

Following the success of Solarize Athens, GIPL, Decatur Sustainability Board, Environment Georgia and Solar Crowd Source have launched a new campaign in Decatur and DeKalb County – Solarize Decatur-DeKalb. The first town hall was held on June 14 at Decatur First United Methodist Church in downtown Decatur. Organizers were thrilled with the over 150+ in attendance. “It’s always exciting to have to add more chairs for a presentation,” said Beth Bond, GIPL board member. Continue reading

Webinar Series Now Available on YouTube!

GIPL and Hoosier IPL are excited to make our recent 3-part webinar series with the Rev. Dr. Patricia Tull available on Youtube so that you may easily view and share this wonderful exploration of the ways in which faith, particularly Judeo-Christian faith in this series, compels us to care for creation. Please feel free to use these webinars as a resource to engage your congregation in this important work or simply share with those who might find sustenance here. This series entitled “The Spirit is Willing and We are Not Faint” is a great resource for those at any level of comfort and familiarity with the conversations about the connection between faith and the environment. Continue reading