This article was originally posted on July 3, 2018 by the Presbyterian (PCUSA) Mission Agency.
Another new policy on engaging with issues of climate change–through preaching, embodying, advocating and proclaiming eco-justice– passed last month by the General Assembly environment committee and then by the General Assembly itself is below. Continue reading
For Immediate Release – June 22, 2018
A proposal to fully divest the denomination’s foundation and pension accounts from all fossil fuel companies failed in the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s General Assembly Friday. Fossil Free PCUSA, a project of Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF), led the advocacy effort on behalf of divestment, and their work included a two-week, 212 mile walk from Louisville, KY to St. Louis, Missouri. Forty presbyteries signed onto the overture in advance of the assembly, the greatest number of presbyteries to ever concur on an overture. After four hours of discussion, the assembly voted 332 to 178 against divestment. 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
A reflection by Valerie Rawls
African-Americans developed what in modern terms might be regarded an environmental ethos long before the environmental justice movement, before the civil rights movement, and before they were emancipated and had citizenship rights conferred upon them.
– Mart A. Stewart, To Love the Wind and the Rain
Since 1987, the environmental justice movement has been trying to address inequalities that are the result of human settlement, industrial contamination, and unsustainable development. The United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice (CRJ) published a decisive report exposing the gross disregard for people of color as toxic waste landfills were sited in their communities throughout the nation. Toxic Waste and Race in the United States proved to be a critical foundation for the environmental justice movement that continues today. Continue reading
Solarize Decatur-DeKalb has selected a DeKalb County nonprofit organization as the recipient of a donated solar installation. GIPL has been a partner in the Solarize Decatur-DeKalb campaign, working to make solar more affordable and accessible.
As part of this successful Solarize campaign’s community solar program, Global Growers has been selected by the Solarize coalition to receive a solar array that will provide power to Bamboo Creek Farm, one of their farming locations in DeKalb County. Continue reading
This blog was originally published on Southeast Green by Beth Bond, GIPL Board Member.
If Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs have one thing in common, it is to teach children the joy and love God has for each individual child. Years ago VBS included lots of homemade crafts and songs that every generation knew. Over the years VBS became more scripted, grander, shinier and convenient. Somewhere along the way these highly produced programs which meant well, lost their way. The programs started to feel like kids’ real creativity was being taken away as their crafts became snapped together plastic things. Plastic trinkets from China were given out to help children remember their Bible verses. Elaborate sets were made of throwaway Styrofoam and yards of plastic sheeting. Like everything else it was accepted as the new norm. They weren’t intentionally trying to be wasteful. It just happened.
Beth Bond was a set director for several VBS programs. However, she never bought into using the disposable Styrofoam because she was on a path of Creation Care. She had an epiphany about how out of control it had all become when she saw the closet at her church at the time, full of large garbage bags full of what she calls “CPJ” (cheap plastic junk) ready to be dispersed to over 200 children. All of it imported from China with no attention paid to the distance, materials used, or even who had made it all. Continue reading
Clarkston International Bible Church (CIBC) in Clarkston was awarded a GIPL Power Wise Energy Efficiency Matching Grant to support their in-house energy efficiency efforts. Following their energy audit in November 2014, they applied for a 2016 grant for $10,000 to:
- Provide 21 WiFi thermostats
- Replace 15 Gym light fixtures with T-5 light fixtures
- Replace 258 T-12 light fixtures with T-8 light fixtures
- Replace 110 Sanctuary chandelier lights with LED
The estimated annual energy savings when all energy conservation measures are completed is $8,049 or about 15% of annual energy costs. In addition to the annual energy savings, they applied to the Georgia Power Commercial Energy Efficiency Program for rebates on their projects prior to applying to GIPL. They received $13,276 in rebates reducing their monetary request from GIPL and cutting their overall project costs. Continue reading
by Rev. Alan Jenkins, Oakhurst Presbyterian Church
On Sunday, February 17, much to my mother’s chagrin, I played hooky from church. Accomplices included Presbyterians Jon Houghton (Druid Hills PC) and Edward Amos (Central PC). Mom knows I’ve skipped worship in the past, but what was different? Well, I was going to Washington, D.C. for, yet again, another protest march.