Giving Thanks to GIPL: A Reflection from Morningside Presbyterian Church

Our green team was in its infancy – wanting to save all of God’s creation.  Bombarded with too many ideas, directions, and projects to consider, we were floundering.  Hannah Shultz, our GIPL Green Team coach, arrived just in time to help us with focus and organization.  She helped our team identify projects that were both …

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Will The Water Bring Us Together?

A watershed is a system defined by the flow of water particular to a specific geographical location.  It accounts for how the continuous movement of water through a particular place affects the creatures and the resources belonging to that place. While people of faith are most often organized according to their religion or common belief …

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Composting as an Act of Practicing Resurrection

Where do I put my coffee cup?! And the lid? And the bag from my pastry? We’ve all been there staring at the landfill, recycle, and compost bins, worried about putting our morning breakfast run trash in the wrong bin. Composting has become a lot more common in the past few years, so educating ourselves …

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The Fields are Ripe for Harvest: Tending to God’s Creation

Hannah Shultz, GIPL’s Program Associate, offered a sermon for First Presbyterian Church – Savannah’s Wednesday, April 21, 2021 evening service. FPC Savannah participated in GIPL’s Power Wise program, receiving an energy audit in May of 2016, and they have an active Green Team. Below is the manuscript from Hannah’s sermon.

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Our Personal Obligation: Caring for Creation

Ever wonder why things that are  important are often right up under our noses?  Recently, I had an occasion to examine one of them – “water”- with a group of school-aged students, led by Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL) and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK).  Usually, the Goodsell United Methodist Church Education and Enrichment Program is …

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You mean we have to get IN the water?: Glenn Memorial UMC River Clean-Up

The looks of fear behind the masked faces were impossible to hide… “You mean we have to get IN the water?” My twenty five middle and high schoolers stared blankly at me as if I had lost my mind. These teenagers had assembled on a cool June morning with the intent of picking up trash …

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“The Earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.” Psalm 24:1

Holy Family Catholic Church is nestled on a gently sloping hill with a winding creek that runs behind a backdrop of large oak trees.  What makes Holy Family unique, however, is its blend of English, Spanish, and Portuguese, speaking parishioners.  This diversity naturally brings vibrancy to the faith community.  It also creates a lot of …

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The Archdiocese of Atlanta Laudato Si Initiative

The Archdiocese of Atlanta Laudato Si Initiative (LSI) began in March 2020 and is a seven-year effort based on the concept of integral ecology…meaning the connectivity of everything.  With Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter Laudato Si as a moral compass, the LSI will build on the momentum of the Archdiocese of Atlanta Laudato Si Action Plan, the Annual Green Mass, and experience gained from the …

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Welcome Hermina Glass-Hill, GIPL’s New Coastal Engagement Associate

Welcome to the GIPL Team, Hermina! Hermina Glass-Hill is a Creation Care steward, scholar activist, writer and grassroots organizer in Coastal Georgia.  In her role at GIPL, Hermina works with Georgia coastal faith communities to assist with greening their worship practices – whether by coordinating a Power Wise energy audit or assisting with the launch of …

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Innovation for the Planet: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta’s Carbon-Offset Fund

by Sue Certain, UUCA Climate Action Team It began in 2018 when Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta (UUCA) members Sue and Gordon Certain took the trip of a lifetime to visit Australia and New Zealand, 10,000 miles away.  Since he was 10, Gordon had wanted to see Ayers Rock (now renamed Uluru).  They saw kangaroos, …

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Nacoochee Presbyterian Church Goes Solar!

Caring for Creation is an important part of the Outreach Ministry of Nacoochee Presbyterian Church. In 2017 our pastor, Bob Prim, and the Earth Ministry Committee (sub-committee of Outreach) presented a Lenten study series to our congregation based on the book, Care for Creation (a franciscan spirituality of the earth) by Ilia Deleo, O.S.F, Keith …

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Sins of the Same Vine

“People who fight against white racism but fail to connect it to the degradation of the earth are anti-ecological — whether they know it or not. People who struggle against environmental degradation but do not incorporate in it a disciplined and sustained fight against white supremacy are racists — whether they acknowledge it or not. …

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