Georgia Interfaith Power & Light is seeking an Executive Director who can lead people of faith in Georgia as they recognize and embrace their call to care for creation. The ideal candidate will lead, grow, and manage GIPL’s expanding role in our community. He or she will ensure the organization continues in its mission to engage communities of faith in stewardship of creation as a religious response to global climate change, resource depletion, environmental injustice, pollution, and other disruptions in the creation and as a direct expression of our faithfulness.
I was not planning on testifying at the EPA’s Clean Power Plan public hearings held in Atlanta, July 29th and 30th. Even though I had scheduled a slot, I was not preparing to speak. For those of you who know me, I know this is surprising. Since my slot was on the second day, I asked myself what would I be able to offer when so many other deeply intelligent, thought leaders had spoken before me? As I sat and listened to testimony after testimony, I realized there were two things happening. First, I did have something to add that was not being said. That testimony is below. Secondly, even though there were broad themes that were told over and over and over, each individual who spoke in favor or opposition had at least one nugget of unique, valuable information to share. Over 1,600 hundred people were scheduled to testify in Atlanta, I was only able to capture a few dozen testimonies, but if you get the chance, check out Day 1 of Testimony and Day 2 of Testimony to get a feel of what people said.
Also, this is not a direct copy of what I said since I was not prepared to speak. I had jotted down some notes and spoke from where I speak most of the time…the heart. This will be my written submitted testimony.
Kate McGregor Mosley Appointed Interim ED
Georgia Interfaith Power & Light announces that it is beginning a national search for a new executive director. At its meeting last night the board named Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley as Interim Executive Director to ensure the continuity of the organization during the search process. The search and appointment was prompted by the resignation of Rev. Alexis Chase who is leaving GIPL to become Vicar at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Atlanta.
This blog complements “Solar Spirit” – 50 Religious Groups Practicing Creation Care with Solar Panels, posted March 6.
Creation Care merges faith with proactive solutions to protect God’s creation. Next week, the season of Lent begins for millions of faithful people around the world. To mirror the 40 days of Lent, here are 40 churches, religious schools and faith-based organizations around the world that are putting their faith to work by promoting wind energy.
Florida-based company proud to offer safest, highest quality church chairs on the market
ChurchPlaza (www.churchplaza.com), a 28 year old Sarasota, Florida-based national and international provider of church chairs, church seating and other quality products to the large American and International church markets, announced that it is the first church and sanctuary chair provider in the world to announce full compliance with all existing and pending US, International and Industry Association standards regarding raw materials and components used in ChurchPlaza church chairs.
United Methodist Church hosts Interfaith Conference on Faith, Creation Care and Sustainability
February 6-10 will be an exciting time for people of all faiths in Atlanta. The United Methodist Church will be hosting the interfaith Caring for Creation Conference at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.
The Conference will highlight renowned Dr. Matthew Sleeth and his wife Nancy as keynote presenters of the conference. A former emergency room physician, Dr. Matthew Sleeth felt like he was straightening deck chairs on the Titanic saving a patient at a time while the whole ship (Earth) was going down. Together with his wife and two children, he began to bring his lifestyle in line with his values, cutting back on their fossil fuel by two thirds and electricity use by nine tenths. Following a new calling, Dr. Sleeth resigned from his position as chief of the medical staff and director of the ER to teach, preach, and write about faith and the environment throughout the country.