Georgia Mountain Unitarian Universalist Church Reflects on Their Four Directions Fund Grant

In 2017, GIPL was pleased to provide a seed grant through our Four Directions Fund to Georgia Mountain Unitarian Universalist Church. One of ten grant recipients, Georgia Mountain UUC has a vibrant Green ministry that engages people within and beyond the four walls of the church.  This past year, the congregation collaborated with several local organizations …

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Why is Environmental Racism an Issue of Faith?

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 …

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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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St. Peter Claver Regional Catholic School Receives a GIPL Grant

Congratulations to St. Peter Claver Regional Catholic School in Decatur for receiving a GIPL Energy Efficiency Matching Grant!  This Catholic school is one of 11 members the Catholic Pilot Project. 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 …

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African Spirituality Formed a Backdrop to the African American Environmental Experience

By Valerie Rawls I am the granddaughter of a preaching Mississippi sharecropper, who was the son of enslaved and emancipated parents. My grandfather straddled two cultures–one African with limited to no ties to Africa, and the other American. 

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St. Mary’s Catholic Church and School in Rome Receive GIPL Grants

St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Catholic School in Rome are two of 11 members of 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 …

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Saint Anne's Episcopal Church Receives a GIPL Grant

Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta Awarded $10,000 GIPL Matching Grant for Energy Efficiency Project During the December 2017 grant committee meeting, the committee was very impressed with the completed and on-going energy efficiency projects Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church and Preschool had completed within the past couple years.  Two projects in particular are its solar …

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From Darkness to Light

During this time of growing uncertainty, as climate catastrophe looms, and the inequality and dysfunction of social and political systems are exposed, it is more important than ever to be in a supportive community which inspires creativity, courage, and collective action.

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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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Refugees Benefit From Energy Efficiency at Clarkston Church

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 …

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Orchard Planting at First Afrikan Church

On February 26, Fruit Forward Orchards teamed up with First Afrikan Church and Creation Care Gardens to plant an orchard of service berry, apple, fig, and pear trees on the church campus. The church already had an existing ‘elder pear’ tree, and more were planted to honor this legacy. The intergenerational activity took place after …

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A Letter for Science and Creation

This letter was originally published by American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters. William P. Brown is a professor at Columbia Theological Seminary and was a founding member of Earth Covenant Ministry in Atlanta, now part of GIPL.  Dear President Trump, Vice President Pence, Members of the Trump Administration and 115th Congress, As an …

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