Care for Animals & The Laws of Kashrut

Today’s guest blogger is Bella Hoffner-Martin, a congregant of Congregation Bet Haverim in Atlanta, where she just celebrated her bat mitzvah last weekend. Bella now has become a full-fledged member of the Jewish community which includes embracing the moral responsibility for one’s own actions; eligibility to be called to read from the Torah and lead or participate in …

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Passover: Placing Ourselves in the Story

David Miron-Wapner shares a powerful message that was delivered at The Temple in Atlanta on March 23 during Shabbat service. David was in Georgia to attend the Eco-Symposium on Theological Education hosted by Columbia Theological Seminary. David is Board chair of The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development based in Israel.  As we anticipate Pesach, I …

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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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Sightings from the Treehouse: Work with Creation, Not Against It, Part 1

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 posts from the blog series here.  Creation has evolved over billions of years and has formed ecosystems that contain both living and non-living components that interact as a unit. The …

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Creation Care Champion: Bobby Mclendon

GIPL is excited to announce a new initiative to share the stories of individuals who have been our partners, allies, and inspirations in this work of caring for creation.  These “Creation Care Champions” have worked diligently in their communities drawing the connection between environmental concerns and their various faith traditions, revealing a common appreciation for the community of life, justice, stewardship, and awe. We …

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Sustainability Concert Returns for Second Year

Decatur-area churches are coming together once again to offer this free community concert that celebrates Creation and our shared efforts to care for it. Co-hosted by Holy Trinity Episcopal Parish and its Green Team, this special event to be held on Saturday, September 30, is filled with spoken word and song so as to inspire …

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Creating Equitable, Environmentally-strong Communities

This summer GIPL launched a new initiative that seeks to best serve African American churches in Georgia. The hope is that GIPL can learn how these particular faith communities can inform and participate in the shared responsibility to steward the earth through their particular cultural and theological perspective. We are excited to announce that Valerie Hill Rawls has …

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Ramadan: The Power to Change

This guest reflection was written by Arshad Anwar, Imam of Roswell Community Masjid, a mosque that was awarded a GIPL Power Wise grant to support their environmental stewardship efforts. The first few days are the toughest. Giving up eating and drinking for around sixteen hours is not easy. Your body feels week and your mind keeps …

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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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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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Fair Trade For All

Do you know where your coffee, chocolate, or spices come from? Do you know the work conditions of the producers? Do you know how your purchases impact the environment? Do you know what “fair trade” really means? Many consumers in the West would answer these questions with a resounding ‘no’. We are often worlds away from the sources of …

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GIPL's Light Award—St. Philip A.M.E. Church

This year’s Light Award was given to Saint Philip AME Church at the Ninth Annual GIPPY Awards in March. Accepting the award for St. Philip was Voncile Hodges, Executive Director of the Saint Philip Community Development Corporation. GIPL’s Light Award is presented to Saint Philip AME Church in Atlanta for its excellence in education and outreach to the community with …

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