Sacred Activism: Finding the Courage to Move Through Despair to Empowerment

Sermon at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation, October 20, 2019 given by GIPL Board member, Beth Remmes.  In the spiral of the Work That Reconnects, as well as in many indigenous and faith traditions, we begin with gratitude. Thank you for inviting me here today to talk about Sacred Activism and asking me to facilitate a …

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Columbia Drive Digs Down Deep

“When I saw kids from the community involved, and persons with food insecurities helping themselves to God’s bounty, I knew that we had been blessed with something wonderful.”      At Columbia Drive United Methodist Church, community involvement is a key indicator that the church is fulfilling the mission and mandate of Jesus Christ to “go into all …

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Nacoochee Presbyterian Church Reflects on their Four Directions Fund Grant

In spring 2019, GIPL was pleased to provide a seed grant through our Four Directions Fund to an inspiring butterfly garden project at Nacoochee Presbyterian Church. After noting a lack of forage and habitat for butterflies, Monarchs in particular, and lack of forage for pollinators like bees, Nacoochee Presbyterian Church decided to take action. Bees …

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2nd Annual Green Team Summit A Success

GIPL held our second annual Green Team Summit on Sunday, January 27, 2019.  We are grateful to The Temple for hosting us again this year!  To celebrate the end of our 15th Anniversary year, John Anderson Lanier, Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation offered a keynote address during dinner.He offered the following inspiration, …

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Congratulations to our 2018 Energy Efficiency Grant Recipients!

This year, the GIPL Power Wise Energy Efficiency Matching Grants Committee awarded 23 grants, totaling $50,000, to congregations and schools across the state of Georgia.

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St. Matthew Catholic Church Receives GIPL Grant

St. Matthew Catholic Church in Tyrone is one of 11 members the Catholic Pilot Project. This project, whose full name is the “Laudato Si’ Action Plan Pilot Project,” came to life when the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta decided to run a pilot project to support this group of parishes and schools in making environmental …

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Sightings from the Treehouse: I Mourn for the Children

Let’s start out with a basic fact.  Global temperatures are 1-degree C over pre-industrial levels.  With that increase we are seeing: Melting of the Arctic and Antarctic, Accelerating sea level rise, Ocean acidification, Global ecosystem disruption, Spread of vectors and diseases, Extreme storm intensification, Increased drought and flooding Expansion of wildfires

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St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church Receives GIPL Grant

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Cleveland, Georgia is one of 11 members the Catholic Pilot Project. This project, whose full name is the “Laudato Si’ Action Plan Pilot Project,” came to life when the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta decided to run a pilot project to support this group of parishes and schools …

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Install Solar. Plant Trees. Eat Your Veggies!

Last week was a real doozy. I was just beginning to digest the intense news that came from the United Nations’ IPPC latest report on rising global temperatures and the fact that we have far less time to turn this ship around. Then came Hurricane Michael, delivering a catastrophic blow to people and places I love along the Gulf Coast & …

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Four Directions Fund Grant Recipient: Emerson UUC Nesting Box Project Creates Healthy Habitats

In 2017, GIPL was pleased to provide a seed grant through our Four Directions Fund to Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church. One of ten grant recipients, Emerson UUC has a vibrant Green ministry that engages people of all ages. This past year, the congregation took on a nesting project, creating nesting houses for a variety of animals.

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Why Did I Become a Green Team Lead?

by Rich Gittens, Green Team Lead for GIPL African American Clergy Engagement Pilot The short, easy answer is … Valerie Hill-Rawls, who has the very long title of, “GIPL African American Creation Care Environmental Justice Pilot Community Engagement Project Manager.”  Some months ago Valerie made a presentation at my church, Emmanuel Lutheran, and talked quite passionately about …

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The Earth is the Lord’s: new policy from the General Assembly

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.

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