Coffee & Something Stronger with Rabbi Ariel Root Wolpe
January 11, 2022
Rabbi Ariel Root Wolpe is the founder and director of Ma’alot. Originally from Philadelphia, Ariel studied religion and music as an undergraduate at Emory University and was ordained at Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, where she focused on Hasidic commentaries and feminist interpretations of Jewish history and ritual. After ordination, Ariel studied Jewish music as a Rising Song Resident and in Philadelphia.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Rev. Chebon Kernell
November 23, 2021
Rev. Chebon Kernell is an ordained Elder in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is formerly the executive secretary of Native American and Indigenous Ministries for the The United Methodist Church’s General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM). Rev. Kernell is an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and is of Muscogee Creek heritage.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Keya Chatterjee
October 19, 2021
Keya Chatterjee is the Executive Director of U.S. Climate Action Network (USCAN). She is the author of the book The Zero Footprint Baby: How to Save the Planet While Raising a Healthy Baby. Her work focuses on building an inclusive movement in support of climate action.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Mark Elliot
September 21, 2021
Mark Elliot is an award-winning Storm Specialist and On-Camera Meteorologist for The Weather Channel. Mark has been part of The Weather Channel broadcast team since 2004, and since then, has been a part of the coverage of just about every type of weather phenomena.
ECO-TERRA CHRONICLES with Neesha Powell-Twagirumukiza
September 7, 2021
Neesha Powell-Twagirumukiza is a coastal Georgia-born-and-raised movement journalist, essayist, grant writer, cat parent, spouse, and auntie living in Atlanta/occupied Creek territory. Their writing has been published in publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, the Oxford American, Prism, Scalawag, and VICE. Their website is neeshawrites.com.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Senator Rev. Kim Jackson
August 24, 2021
Senator Rev. Kim Jackson, an Episcopal priest from the rural South, made Georgia home more than 10 years ago. She was raised in a hardworking family, where love of God, family, and country were prioritized. In 2018, the Georgia House of Representatives commended her for her “tireless efforts on behalf of the disenfranchised, disenchanted, and dispossessed” (GA House Resolution 1188). Now serving as the Vicar at the Episcopal Church of the Common Ground, Kim co-creates Church with people who are unhoused in downtown Atlanta.
Special Episode: Coffee & Something Stronger with Dr. Erica Holloman-Hill
August 17, 2021
Dr. Erica Holloman-Hill is the founder of Ayika Solutions, Inc. and Program Manager for West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA). In January 2012, she became the first African American woman to obtain a doctoral degree from the 2nd oldest college in the US, the College of William & Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). Dr. Hill’s area of expertise lies in the field of marine science, environmental risk assessments (human and ecological), community-based participatory research (CBPR), participatory action research (PAR), and environmental justice.
ECO-TERRA CHRONICLES with Paulita Bennett-Martin
August 10, 2021
Paulita Bennett-Martin is the Field Representative for Georgia at Oceana. With roots in Belize and Florida, oceans are Paulita’s foundations for life. Personally and professionally, she cares about people and all the ways they intersect with nature and place whether on land or at sea. Paulita works for Oceana on ocean conservation policy campaigns and has a research background in ocean plastic pollution and fisheries in the Caribbean and the U.S.
Special Episode: Coffee & Something Stronger with Don Moreland
August 3, 2021
Don Moreland is founder of Solar Crowdsource, a platform to facilitate Solarize and peer-to-peer crowdfunding programs to help rapidly accelerate the growth and reduce soft costs of solar in Georgia, North Carolina, and US Virgin Islands. Since 2016, Solar Crowdsource has presided over 15 Solarize programs comprising over 6 megawatts of new solar capacity.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Karyn Bigelow
July 27, 2021
Karyn Bigelow is the Co-Executive Director of Creation Justice Ministries. Karyn has served as the policy advisor and project manager as well policy analyst and research analyst at Bread for the World, focusing on the intersections of climate change, food security and racial equity. She is a steering committee member of the American Baptist Churches’ Creation Justice Network and on the Leadership Committee of the Pan African Young Adult Network.
ECO-TERRA CHRONICLES with Jessica McQuain
July 13, 2021
Jessica McQuain is a Field Organizer for United Campus Workers of Georgia Local 3265. She is an organizer, writer, and gardener as well as an independent scholar in the field of Southern literary studies, examining women’s writing through an ecocritical and trauma-informed lens. She participated in the Sierra Club Georgia docuseries “Rising From the Ashes” on the dangers of coal ash and the need for an environmental justice approach in the cleanup.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Tejas Kotek
June 29, 2021
Tejas Kotak, is the Transit Chair for the Georgia Sierra Club. Tejas serves on the Georgia Sierra Club Board as well. He works there to expand and improve transit throughout the State of Georgia. His day job is as a transportation planner at the Atlanta Regional Commission where he works on project evaluation, safety planning, and resiliency issues.
ECO-TERRA CHRONICLES: Storytelling of Ecological Injustice on the Land with Elder Johnnie M. Washington
June 15 & 16, 2021
Elder Johnnie M. Washington, a retired college professor and a member of Grant Chapel Presbyterian Church in Darien, Georgia. She is active in the work of Presbyterian Women, a member of Savannah Presbytery Council, and serves on the Racial Reconciliation Committee.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Dr. Carol A. Newsom
April 27, 2021
Dr. Carol Newsom is the Charles Howard Candler Professor Emerita of Old Testament at Candler School of Theology. Her research focuses on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the biblical wisdom tradition, the book of Daniel, and apocalyptic literature. She co-edited the acclaimed Women’s Bible Commentary (Westminster John Knox, 3rd ed., 2012), now in its third edition, which explores the implications of and challenges long-held assumptions about the Bible’s portrayal of women and other marginalized groups.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley
April 20, 2021
Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley serves as Board Chair for Interfaith Power & Light. He is the former Pastor of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Atlanta, where he served for nearly 25 years. In 2011, Rev. Durley was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame for his contributions during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Sevim Kalyoncu
April 13, 2021
Sevim Kalyoncu is the Executive Director of Green Muslims. Growing up in Alabama surrounded by woods and creeks, Sevim discovered at an early age that her most direct connection with God came through nature. To this day, she still finds peace in natural surroundings and holds a deep concern regarding humankind’s responsibility as vicegerent of the earth.
Roundtable Discussion of Pres. Biden’s “Build Back Better” Plan
April 6, 2021
Codi Norred, GIPL; Jillian Eller, Sierra Club Georgia Chapter; and Almeta Cooper, Moms Clean Air Force-Georgia came together for a special episode of Coffee & Something Stronger. President Joe Biden announced his vision for “The American Jobs Plan,” with a goal to “build back better” across the country. Learn more about the plan here.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Rev. Kate Buckley
March 23, 2021
Rev. Kate Buckley is the Parish Associate for Congregational Care & Visitation at St. Simons Presbyterian Church. Kate was raised within the walls of St. Simons Presbyterian and was joyfully welcomed as Parish Pastor in the Fall of 2019. She received her BA in journalism from University of Georgia and her Masters of Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary.
Coffee & Something Stronger with leea allen
March 16, 2021
leea allen is Minister of Faith & Justice at Virginia Highland Church. They grew up in Nashville, Tennessee in the Black Baptist church tradition, and was inspired by the legacies of faith leaders who made advancements in the movement for justice in their local congregation and communities across the South.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Hannah Shutlz
March 9, 2021
Hannah Shultz, Program Associate, joined the GIPL Team in February 2021, and she works directly with congregations to assist with developing sustainable spaces and practices, launching a Green Team, or taking environmental action in their communities. Hannah’s interest in the intersection between justice, theology, and the environment led her to Candler School of Theology at Emory University where she received her Masters of Divinity (MDiv) with a concentration in Justice, Peacebuilding, and Conflict Transformation.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Kenneth Winston, JD
February 9, 2021
Kenneth Winston, JD is Director of Policy & Outreach for Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light (NE IPL). Winston is an attorney who for over a decade represented the Nebraska Sierra Club. He then worked for Environmental Leader Senator Ken Haar on Climate Based Issues. He has been an attorney on the Keystone Pipeline cases.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Sarah Ogletree
February 2, 2021
Sarah Ogletree, M.Div is the North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light Program Coordinator. Sarah is a graduate of the sustainable development program at Appalachian State University where she minored in Appalachian studies with a focus in environmental justice. She earned her Masters of Divinity at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, where she received a concentration in religious leadership and ecology.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Khalfani A. Lawson
January 26, 2021
Khalfani Lawson is the Associate Director of Student Life & International Student Services at Columbia Theological Seminary. One of Khalfani’s most influential theological influences is Michael Eugene Archer – better known as, D’Angelo. D’Angelo’s album entitled “Voodoo” is a favorite. Khalfani thinks it is a great representation of the multifarious ways Christianities are lived throughout the African Diaspora.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Cameron R. Thomas
January 19, 2021
Cameron R. Thomas is the Director of Diversity Enrichment and Relations at Samford University and Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Cropwell, AL. In his role at Samford, he oversees the development of an enhanced and diverse curriculum across all undergraduate and graduate programs.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Brionté McCorkle
January 5, 2021
Brionté McCorkle is the Executive Director of Georgia Conservation Voters. She has spent her career training activists, advancing equity and inclusion in the environmental movement, and organizing grassroots voters.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Beth Remmes
December 15, 2020
Beth Remmes is a Facilitator for The Work That Reconnects, leader of the Earth Care Team at Unity Atlanta, a member of the Unity Worldwide Ministry Earth Care Team, a member of the Board of Directors for Georgia Interfaith Power and Light, and co-founder of The GIPL Four Directions Fund. She also facilitates GIPL’s Sacred Activism workshops.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Hermina Glass-Hill, MHP
December 8, 2020
Hermina Glass-Hill is GIPL’s Coastal Engagement Associate. She is a Creation Care steward, scholar activist, writer and grassroots organizer in Coastal Georgia. Guided by the African philosophy of Ubuntu, her work intersects environmental justice, storytelling and the earth-honoring traditions of Black folk, human ecology, climate change, and coastal conservation.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Whitney Brown
December 1, 2020
Whitney Brown is GIPL’s Communications Director. She has worked in the non-profit sector for 13 years, with a background in marketing/communications and fundraising.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Anton Flores-Maisonet, MSW
November 17, 2020
Anton Flores-Maisonet, MSW is the Founding Director of Casa Alterna, a Friend-in-Residence at Atlanta Friends Meeting, a Community of Practice Consultant for Forum for Theological Exploration, and a Student in the Certificate of Spiritual Direction program at Columbia Theological Seminary.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman
November 10, 2020
Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman is the Executive Director & Riverkeeper at Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI). He previously served two and a half years at Ogeechee Riverkeeper based in Savannah where he worked as the organization’s outreach coordinator.
Coffee & Something Stronger with John A. Lanier
October 13, 2020
John Anderson Lanier is the Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and one of the co-founders of Drawdown Georgia. Lanier’s passion for environmental stewardship was sparked by his grandfather – Ray’s example and story, and he never tires of sharing this story with others.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Lindsay Harper
September 29, 2020
Lindsay Harper is the National Core Support Team Coordinator at Arm-in-Arm. Lindsay has worked for several years to implement sustainability projects and
programs that generate positive images of communities of color and empower the global community through education.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Rev. Susannah Tuttle
September 15, 2020
Rev. Susannah Tuttle is Director of North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light (NCIPL) and the North Carolina Council of Churches (NCCC). Rev. Tuttle has been at NCIPL since 2011, and she and her team frequently collaborate with GIPL.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Joelle Novey
September 1, 2020
Joelle Novey is the Director of Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA). She comes to IPL-DMV from DC-area congregation, Tikkun Leil Shabbat, an independent Jewish community in Washington DC ,which hosts speakers from social and environmental justice organizations, and regularly holds potlucks for over 150 people without the use of disposable tableware.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Brandon Hatton
August 25, 2020
Brandon Hatton, CAP/CRCP is the Senior Vice President of Wealth Management at The Hatton Group of Raymond James. A consistent, process-driven individual, Brandon enjoys the fulfillment that working with people brings while also reveling in the rules-based, methodical nature of portfolio creation and maintenance. In his free time, Brandon enjoys cycling, walking, sailing, cooking and adventure dining.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Kaleia Martin
August 18, 2020
Kaleia Martin is the Southeastern Climate Justice Organizer for the Climate Reality Project. She is a community advocate who firmly believes in the power of individuals and communities to make extraordinary change. She is an institutional organizer who understands that in order to create sustainable change, root causes need to be identified and addressed at the policy, system and environmental level.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Alice Keyes
August 11, 2020
Alice Keyes is the Vice President of Coastal Conservation for One Hundred Miles (OHM). She is an active member of the Glynn County 4-H Advisory Council and a founding board member of the Alliance for Water Efficiency. She is a graduate of the Institute of Georgia Environmental Leadership and in 2012, was honored with the Georgia Association of Water Professionals President’s Award for her work in water conservation.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Avery Davis Lamb
August 4, 2020
Avery Davis Lamb is the Resilience Intern at Creation Justice Ministries. He is a student, writer, and activist, studying the intersection of Christianity and the environment at Duke Divinity School and the Nicholas School of the Environment.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Rev. Dallas Conyers
July 28, 2020
Rev. Dallas Conyers is the Program Coordinator of South Caroline Interfaith Power & Light (SCIPL). In addition to her leadership at SCIPL, Rev. Dallas Conyers works as a Body Restoration Specialist: teaching yoga, foods for healing, and spiritual reestablishment to help people become ABLE to live out their creation purpose. She is a certified Sustainable Agriculturalist, Beekeeper, and Greenhouse Husbandman.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Rev. Jenny Phillips
July 21, 2020
Rev. Jenny Phillips is the Senior Technical Advisor for Environmental Sustainability for the United Methodist Church’s Global Ministries. She directs Global Ministries’ renewable energy program and leads the EarthKeepers program, which equips United Methodists for Creation care ministry. Rev. Phillips also serves on GIPL’s Advisory Council.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Arshad Anwar
July 14, 2020
Arshad Anwar is Resident Imam of Roswell Community Masjid. He began his pursuit for Islamic learning after graduating high school and attending the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan. He graduated with a B.A. (Honors) in Usul-ud-Din (Principles of Religion) with a specialization in Tafsir and Quranic Sciences, and was blessed to study both in and out of the university with scholars from around the world.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Shantha Ready Alonso
July 7, 2020
Shantha Ready Alonso is the Executive Director of Creation Justice Ministries. In her time as Director, she has prioritized racial-ethnic equity as a driving force for protecting, restoring, and more rightly sharing God’s creation. Shantha holds a Master of Social Work and a Master of Pastoral Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and Eden Theological Seminary.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Gordon Rogers
June 30, 2020
Gordon Rogers is the Executive Director and Riverkeeper for the Flint Riverkeeper (FRK). Founded in 2008, FRK works within the entire Flint watershed, comprising much of West and South Georgia. Beginning as springs in East Point, the river flows under Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport, mingles with major tributaries in Coweta and Fayette counties and then flows over 340 miles to the Georgia and Florida State borders.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Dr. Elizabeth Corrie
June 23, 2020
Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Corrie is Associate Professor in the Practice of Youth Education and Peacebuilding and the Director of the Religious Education Program at Candler School of Theology. Her teaching draws on commitments to both peace with justice and the education of young people, particularly the development of teaching and ministry that empower people for global citizenship.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Rev. Brendolyn Jenkins Boseman
June 16, 2020
Rev. Brendolyn Jenkins Boseman is Pastor and Lead Servant of Hudson Memorial CME. Rev. Boseman is also Founder and Executive Director of The Imani Group, Inc., a community based non-profit organization. She works tirelessly in the areas Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Social Justice and Youth Leadership Development.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Chandra Farley
June 9, 2020
Chandra Farley is the Just Energy Director at Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE). In this role, Chandra develops local and regional strategies to advance energy equity through coalition building, leadership development and community engagement.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Rev. Dr. William Brown
June 2, 2020
Rev. Dr. William (Bill) Brown is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. Dr. Brown has abiding interests in the use of scripture in the life of the church and the world, particularly in the context of ecology and justice. Specific interests include creation theology, faith and science dialogue, the Psalms, and wisdom literature (Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes).
Coffee & Something Stronger with Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal
May 26, 2020
Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal is Senior Rabbi of Ahavath Achim Synagogue. He also serves on the GIPL Advisory Council. He founded the Community Beit Midrash, a learning center at which a gathering of Jewish educators and leaders of all stripes come to teach and learn together. He is also the creator of The Hunger Project, a community of advocates helping to bring hunger relief and food stability to Georgians.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Rev. Michael Malcom
May 19, 2020
Rev. Michael Malcom is the Executive Director of Alabama Interfaith Power & Light and the People’s Justice Council. Rev. Malcom is also a licensed and ordained United Church of Christ Minister and the Founder of Martha’s Corner, Inc. He serves as the Environmental Justice Representative for the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Rev. Hunt Priest
May 12, 2020
Rev. Hunt Priest is the rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Savannah, Georgia. Rev. Hunt’s professional and spiritual interests beyond preaching, teaching, congregational development, and pastoral care include contemplative spirituality, peace, and justice work in the Holy Land and our own country, discovering ways to stem the corrosive impact of fear on our civil society and working with congregations to be better stewards of God’s beautiful gift of creation.
Coffee & Something Stronger with Rev. Dr. Jennifer Ayres
May 5, 2020
Rev. Dr. Jennifer Ayres is Associate Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Candler School of Theology. Her research interests include religious environmental education, social activism and religious identity, faith formation in the context of popular culture, and feminist practical theology. She is the author of three books, most recently: Inhabitance: Ecological Religious Education (Baylor Univ. Press, 2019).