GIPL is in the midst of celebrating fifteen years of faithful environmental action. Officially launched in 2003, GIPL strives to serve the 15,000 faith communities across Georgia in practices of environmental stewardship and sustainability. We are grateful to be where we are and to have had the support of thousands through these many years.
In the ten years I have worked in this space, I believe even more that people of faith have a particular offering for the environmental movement. For starters, we operate influential organizations that can show the importance of being good & faithful stewards, especially when it comes to conserving energy and water. We can make choices based on our faith values about what we consume. We can make connections on the environmental impact of the production and manufacturing of goods we utilize as houses of worship.
Yet, what I believe to be most important is that the sacred texts of all the world’s religions invite us to see ourselves and the world with a different lens. We are created as more than consumers – the way the market economy wants us to view ourselves. We were created in love, to love and to be loved. This requires living in relation to others, both human and non-human. Living into that reality means that we see the world with eyes of love, which moves us into acts of gratitude and compassion that bring healing to a hurting world – an earth being ravaged.
People of faith see value in a world that is not being destroyed for our sake. People of faith see value in a world that has endless beauty for future generations to experience. People of faith see value in acting on behalf of the voiceless among us, including Creation that stands tall as trees, peaks as mountains and flows as rivers.
No doubt we have our work cut out for us. The earth continues to feel the pressure of our abuse. Creation still groans for our loving response. As GIPL is in the midst of celebrating fifteen years of faithful environmental action, now more than ever our actions need to be bolder and evermore hopeful for our sake and for the sake of the earth. Won’t you join us?
Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley