Celebrating a Green Field Day

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 …

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Celebrating Earth Day Through Diversity

Earth Day 2018 was April 22, and we are thrilled that so many of you celebrated!  GIPL invited congregations and houses of faith to share their plans for their Earth Day Celebrations.  Over the coming weeks, the GIPL team will be sharing a few of those stories.  The youth of Roswell Community Masjid reflect below …

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Our Beautiful Earth by GIPL Board Member Gary Garrett

Gary Garrett is a GIPL Board member and attends Kirkwood United Church of Christ in Atlanta. In honor of Earth Day, the GIPL blog features Gary’s reflection on the impact of his own church’s commitments to stewardship and sustainability. Kirkwood UCC won the GIPPY Light award in 2014 for excellence in worship and education for …

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Solarize Atlanta is Here!

Atlanta’s first community-based solarize program officially launches Thursday, April 12, on Atlanta’s Westside at Monday Night Brewery’s Garage from 7 to 8:30pm. The launch follows months of work, and just in time for Earth Day, the Solarize Atlanta Coalition  chose Creative Solar as the installer for all residential roof projects and Hannah Solar as the …

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Eco-Friendly Vacation Bible School Program

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 …

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Tu B'Shvat: A Jewish Earth Day

This reflection was written by Myrtle Lewin, an active congregant of Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Atlanta. The name Tu B’Shvat means the fifteenth of the Jewish month of Shvat. It became a special day because of a commandment in the Torah that instructed Jewish farmers to contribute 10% of the fruit from their orchards to …

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Compost as a Vision of Grace

Compost as a Vision of GraceI’m the kind of person who takes pictures of piles of what others call “trash”—used paper plates smeared with BBQ sauce, the green beans some toddler spit out, greasy napkins and the like—and then posts the photos on Facebook (which rarely get any “likes”!). I see the potential of this …

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GIPL Celebrates 10 Years of GIPPYs!

On Sunday afternoon, April 17, friends from far and near gathered in the Social Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta for an interfaith celebration for the Earth and to celebrate ten years of GIPPY Awards. GIPL honored these four faith communities: Power Award – Northminster Presbyterian Church of Macon Light Award – Honey …

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Dennis Creech to Keynote 10th Annual GIPPYs

Make plans to kick off Earth Week with GIPL by attending the 10th Annual GIPPY Awards featuring keynote speaker Dennis Creech of Southface.  Creech has been a leader in sustainability initiatives for the past four decades. As co-founder and director of Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta, he is part business manager, energy advocate, and community organizer. Most …

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Genesis 1: A Call to Clean Up our Act!

Genesis 1: A Call to Clean Up our Act! by Rev. Karen H. Webster Executive Director of  Healthy Seminarians-Healthy Church Initiative GreenFaith Fellowship Class of 2015 I originally wrote this theological reflection and litany for the “Healthy Cleaning Matters” seminar that we, the Healthy Seminarians – Healthy Church Initiative, held at Columbia Theological Seminary in …

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Earth Day Sermon from Central Presbyterian

“Your Vision for Creation” by Rev. Anthony Damelio Preached at Central Presbyterian Church, Sunday 21 April 2013 Genesis 8:13-22, 9:8-17; Revelation 7:9-17 Way back in high school, one of my classmates’ fathers was the pastor at a local non-denominational church. It was one of many megachurches that flourished in suburban Cleveland, but at that time, …

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Celebrate Earth Day all season!

GIPL encourages faith communities across Georgia to celebrate Earth Day  all season long. While officially Earth Day is April 22,  people of faith are preparing for earth-honoring worship, prayer and witness beginning this weekend. And although we believe that every day is Earth Day, this is the time of year set apart to honor the gifts of …

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