Sightings from the Treehouse: Work with Creation, Not Against It – Part 2

Sightings from the Treehouse is an investigative blog series on climate change and the environment, from GIPL’s Power Wise Director Bob Donaghue. You can read all the blogs from the series here. _________________________________________________________ Is there a comprehensive, strategic approach to reverse or stall climate change? Not according to Paul Hawken, author, entrepreneur, and environmentalist. The …

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Embracing Sustainable Celebrations

Americans collectively throw out one million tons of trash every week between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. That’s 25% more on average than any other week of the year. We desire to spend this time gathering with loved ones to remember with gladness and thanksgiving the goodness that fills our collective life. Yet, our cultural experience of this festival …

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Creation Consciousness as a Spiritual Discipline

Outdoors was always my favorite place to be when I was growing up.  My neighborhood had about 20 kids who played basketball, rode bikes, caught fireflies, climbed trees.  We were free to roam without any worries or restrictions.  On Saturdays, I tagged along when my dad got his exercise by walking 4 miles in a …

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EcoDistricts: Midtown Sustainable Neighborhood Developments

In 2012, Midtown became the Metro-Atlanta pilot of a new model for sustainable neighborhood development called an EcoDistrict. Now Sustainable Atlanta has named the communities of Atlanta University Center, Lakewood Heights, and Lithonia as the metro area’s newest EcoDistricts. The organization defines an EcoDistrict as “a self-defined area that is committed to achieving ambitious sustainability performance goals, implementing both …

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A Fair Feast? A Thanksgiving Reflection

A Fair Feast? The longer I grow into my passion for good food, the more I realize it was pretty much inevitable.  I was raised in the South where hospitality is not just a formality, where you can always smell the kitchen from the street.  My mother is a well-rounded cook with a particular expertise in baking …

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Honey Bees – A Blessing of God

Mahmooda Rehman lives in Cobb county with her family. She is a member of Ahmadiyya Muslim community, serves as the women’s auxiliary outreach director and Humanity First representative, an international humanitarian and disaster relief organization. Her writings have been published in Marietta Daily Journal and Patch. She believes in service to humanity, interfaith dialog and …

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Sharing With Our Younger Earth-Keepers

Aside from the usual heat we encounter in August, many also prepare for  the new rhythms of school calendars and the (hopeful) return from vacation of many of your congregation members – especially your younger members. Probably, most of our partner congregations are preparing faith-based educational classes and events for children & youth. If that’s …

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