On October 20, the GIPL team gathered with forty Creation care champions for the first ever Coastal Green Team Summit. The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Ayres from Candler School of Theology kicked off the gathering reminding us that we are “profoundly located.” And indeed, we were profoundly located at First Baptist Church Saint Simon’s Island. For that we are deeply grateful! Continue reading
GIPL is preparing for our first ever Community Garba Celebration, in honor of the Hindu holiday Navratri. Navratri is a nine-night, autumn festival which celebrates the triumph of good over evil and honors the different forms of Goddess Durga (Source: https://ndtv.com). This year, Navratri begins at sundown on Tuesday, October 9 and ends Thursday, October 18. In honor of this festival celebration, we are offering a post that originally ran in The Huffington Post on September 27, 2014: 5 Reasons you Should go to a Garba Raas Dance During the Hindu Holiday of Navratri. Continue reading
GIPL partner, Roswell Community Masjid, celebrated a Green Field Day on April 28th as a part of their larger Earth Day celebrations. The event was open to the community and promoted sustainability through recycling and providing reusable water bottles. We are grateful for this reflection from RCM member Lubna Merchant:
We have been taught to believe that “If a Muslim plants a tree or sow’s seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, it is regarded as a charitable gift (sadaqah) for him.” (Bukhari) Continue reading
Atlanta’s first community-based solarize program officially launches Thursday, April 12, on Atlanta’s Westside at Monday Night Brewery’s Garage from 7 to 8:30pm. The launch follows months of work, and just in time for Earth Day, the Solarize Atlanta Coalition chose Creative Solar as the installer for all residential roof projects and Hannah Solar as the installer for all commercial roof installations. GIPL’s Executive Director Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley shared her excitement for this campaign, “This community-led initiative is working hard to bring solar to a diverse array of neighborhoods across the city of Atlanta, and ensure that clean energy is accessible to a cross-section of Atlanta’s residents, places of worship, nonprofits and business.” Continue reading
This past Sunday, we welcomed over 125 participants at our first annual Green Team Summit. We’re celebrating that at least 57 congregations were represented at the event! We were inspired by the Keynote Presentation by Veronica Kyle and the many workshop leaders who covered engaging topics on sustainability. We are grateful to The Temple for hosting us and the Rothschild Social Justice Institute. We are convinced this was the perfect way to launch GIPL’s 15th Anniversary this year! Plans are underway for the 2019 Green Team Summit, and we hope you’ll join us.
This reflection was written by GIPL Board Member, Susan Varlamoff. Susan is a retired program director from the University of Georgia’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. She is a parishioner at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lilburn.
I felt a scientific and moral imperative to participate in the People’s Climate March in Washington D.C. on April 29.
As an environmental scientist, I understand the link between climate change and human behavior, and as a Catholic, I feel a deep responsibility to safeguard our natural resources for succeeding generations. As a mother of three sons and two grandchildren, I want to leave the Mother Earth in good standing to nourish their bodies and souls. And I know time is not on our side. Continue reading
This reflection was originally shared on Beth Remmes’s blog Earth · Spirit · Action.
I often vacillate between the sacred and profane and my experience at the People’s Climate March was no exception.
When the line-up came out for the march, I was so moved by the care and collaboration that went into the plan. I looked at it and thought that I could be with the Guardians, Keepers of Faith or Many Struggles, One Home.
Part of me felt most drawn to the first two, but the sign that I was inspired to make and the fact that I was marching with our local Sierra Club chapter, landed me in the last section. Continue reading
Scottish mountaineer and author, W.H. Murray, wrote “The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.”
This has been true for me at various times in my life, but the most powerful example of the Divine rushing in occurred this past fall. During the weekend of September 8th-10th, I went to the Rowe Center in Massachusetts for a workshop with Joanna Macy. I had studied her writings and framework for The Work That Reconnects for the last six years, and was so grateful to have the opportunity to learn directly from her.
Towards the end of the workshop, there was an opportunity to share our intentions for going forth. There was not time to hear from everyone, but I was one of the lucky few who was selected to share how I planned to “commit myself.” I declared that I wanted to teach The Work That Reconnects in faith communities. I was on the Education Committee at Georgia Interfaith Power and Light and was on the Unity Worldwide Ministries EarthCare Team, so it seemed that this was an accessible and powerful audience.
Within two weeks of arriving back in Georgia, I met an amazing woman who would help this dream become a reality. Continue reading
Last Wednesday, GIPL friends joined over 175 Georgians at the State Capitol for a day of advocacy on behalf of our state’s precious waterways and for all those whose lives depend on clean, safe water across Georgia. Capitol Conservation Day, held annually by the Georgia Water Coalition (GWC), is an opportunity to tell our state representatives and senators that we value water for our families, our economy, our health, all of creation and future generations. Continue reading
Rev. Woody Bartlett, GIPL Co-Founder and current Board Member, wrote this text for Holy Trinity Parish‘s Voices for the Earth event on November 5th. Please enjoy these inspiring words and view more event photos here.
The 18th Century English hymnist, Isaac Watts, states as well as anyone that God is everywhere present in the Creation. God is behind the mountains, the stars, the creatures, everything. “Everywhere that I could be, thou, God, art present there.” Let us sing together one of Watts’ most compelling hymns, “I sing the almighty power of God”.
But our present day experience is far from the awe-inspiring vision of Isaac Watts. We humans have often had a crushing impact upon the Earth. Just take Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, as it is described by John Prine in “Paradise”.