Guest blogger: Hannah Shultz, a third year at Candler School of Theology (Emory University), pursuing her Master of Divinity.
December is my favorite time of year. I love going home for the holidays, seeing friends and family, baking cookies, and decorating the Christmas tree. I must admit that I get into the whole Christmas craze! Continue reading
GIPL Board member and frequent guest blogger, Susan Varlamoff offers her favorite eco-friendly tricks for the holiday season:
Make Natural Decorations: Rather than buying plastic ornaments, wreaths, and decorations shipped from overseas, make your own from pine cones, holly, seashells, river stones, and evergreen branches. Christmas tree lots often will give away branches they’ve trimmed off the bottom of trees. 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
Written by Colin Christopher, this blog was originally posted on August 16, 2018 by Blessed Tomorrow. Blessed Tomorrow is a coalition of diverse religious partners united as faithful stewards of creation. Together, we inspire our communities to take action today on one of the greatest moral challenges of our era — protecting our shared home.
A few weeks ago, award-winning filmmaker Mawish Raza and I made the unlikely journey to Houston in the middle of July to make a film about climate change and the Muslim community. Everyone knows that Houston is hot and humid, but our time there included temperatures rising to 105 degrees. Some of our camera equipment was on the verge of melting. While there, many people mentioned to us that summer temperatures continue to rise year after year 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
Our guest blogger today, Seema Ahmed, is a member of the West Cobb Islamic Center in Marietta, Georgia, sharing her practices during Ramadan that inform her commitments to Earth care.
Ramadan, which begins Thursday, is the holy month in which Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset. This is a month where one can evaluate where they are in life and how to be a better person, while strengthening their relationship with God. It is also a reminder to count your blessings and to give charity to those in need. Continue reading
The shortest day of the year has just given us the longest-running nightmare of an energy project here in Georgia. On this Winter Solstice, the Public Service Commission voted unanimously to continue the Plant Vogtle nuclear project despite billiions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule.
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GIPL has so much to be thankful for from 2016. We were humbled and overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters during end-of-year giving. Because of you, we can continue doing this work in 2017!
Here are a few more reasons why we give thanks today:
- $55,000 in energy-efficiency grants awarded in 2016 to help 17 congregations reduce their carbon footprint and save money on their energy bills.
- 75 solar installations on homes and businesses completed during the Solarize Athens campaign. (800,000 lbs of CO2 pollution avoided!)
- 75 classes & presentations led by GIPL staff & volunteers.
- 300 GIPL friends and counting who made financial gifts to fund our mission.
- Ten years of GIPPY Award celebrations and four GIPPY Awards given to faith communities to recognize their exemplary work in faithful environmental action.
- 65 signed up for Solarize Decatur-DeKalb thus far, and more will come through January 31, 2017!
We also launched our Green Team Registry as part of our larger efforts to bring together Creation Care congregations across the state. Register your congregation today and stay connected! There is much about which to be thankful in spite of the environmental challenges we face still in Georgia. We are committed to ongoing efforts to ensure a sustainable future for Georgia, powered by clean energy. We are grateful to be on this journey with you and are ever-more energized by the momentum of the faith-based environmental movement here in Georgia.