Bireh Doleket – Our Burning Fortress

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech HaOlam, She Natan Lanu Hizdamnut L’takein Et HaOlam. Blessed are you, Adonai our God, Creator of this majestic beautiful universe, our tiny planet included, and everyone and everything on it, we thank you for giving us this opportunity to repair the world. Amen.

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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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Healthcare Sector Major Contributor to Global Climate Crisis: Study

GIPL Board member, Neha Pathak, MD, shares her perspective on the climate crisis we are facing around the world and how the global healthcare sector is contributing to a variety of issues of climate change.  This article was originally published in Medscape on September 11, 2019.  If the global healthcare sector were a country, it …

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The Sacramental Gift of Time

How do I treat the sacramental gift of time? – K.J. Ingram  Those words are situated above my desk, written on a small scrap of paper, greeting me multiple times daily. They shaped my thoughts as I prepared for a sabbatical this summer (thanks to the GIPL Board and staff!). They have given me pause …

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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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Sightings from the Treehouse: Lessons from the Anthropocene

After researching and writing 20+ blogs over two years on climate change and the faith community, several themes and actions have organically emerged. They will be summarized below to pull together the threads identified through the Sightings blog series.  These suggestions hopefully will help the faith community understand the current state of creation and steps …

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Committing to a Low-Waste Holiday Season

Guest blogger: Hannah Shultz, a third year at Candler School of Theology (Emory University), pursuing her Master of Divinity.   December is my favorite time of year. I love going home for the holidays, seeing friends and family, baking cookies, and decorating the Christmas tree. I must admit that I get into the whole Christmas craze!

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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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Why I Went Solar

Solarize Newton-Morgan is a community-based solar photovoltaic group purchasing program that helps homeowners, businesses and nonprofits save on the cost of solar by leveraging the power of bulk purchasing — the more that participate, the greater the savings! Sara Vinson is one of our Solarize Newton-Morgan Ambassadors. She reflects…

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Coastal Green Team Summit: Profoundly Located

On October 20, the GIPL team gathered with forty Creation care champions for the first ever Coastal Green Team Summit. The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Ayres from Candler School of Theology kicked off the gathering reminding us that we are “profoundly located.” And indeed, we were profoundly located at First Baptist Church Saint Simon’s Island. For …

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Sightings from the Treehouse: Wish Upon a Star

Recent discoveries and research suggest life is not an earth-only experiment.  The building blocks of life could be widespread throughout the universe.  Carbon and water are two vital ingredients for life along with a temperate climate.  During Thomas Berry’s life (1914-2009), he saw many discoveries in astrophysics which fed into his thinking for the new …

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