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Photo courtesy of d.light  A young boy holds a d.light solar lamp at his home in the Mathare slum, Nairobi, Kenya. Wespath Benefits and Investments has invested about $30 million in solar projects, including d.light.

A young boy holds a d.light solar lamp at his home in the Mathare slum, Nairobi, Kenya. Wespath Benefits and Investments has invested about $30 million in solar projects, including d.light. - Photo courtesy of d.light

Apollo Kagwe, an herbalist in rural Kenya, relies on a solar-powered lantern to light his way home from work and illuminate his household into the night.

“Without it, I would be blind,” he told d.light, the company that sold him his lantern.

Wespath Benefits and Investments, The United Methodist Church’s pension agency, has invested some $30 million in enterprises such as d.light that provide solar-powered lighting and home kits for people who live off the electrical grid.

The investment in solar lights is just one way Wespath seeks to live out church social teachings while carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities to United Methodist clergy and other investors.

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Sustaining Way assumes responsibility for South Carolina Interfaith Power & Light

Sustaining Way would like to announce that we have assumed responsibility for South Carolina Interfaith Power & Light (SCIPL) as of January 1, 2017. We are excited about this new opportunity to have a positive impact on our state. While Sustaining Way will continue to serve the Nicholtown community and other communities through Annie’s House in Greenville, the SCIPL will work to educate and engage the faith community throughout the state of South Carolina to address climate change and bring about a sustainable and equitable future.

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In Light of the Gospel: Solar Energy and the Stewardship of Creation

Solar energy is a potential win/win for churches everywhere,” Elizabeth Scribner noted at a Diocesan Convention workshop"Solar energy is a potential win/win for churches everywhere,” Elizabeth Scribner noted at a Diocesan Convention workshop. “Christians can help heal God’s creation while saving their churches money that would be better spent on ministries than utilities.”

As a member of the Diocesan Task Force for the Stewardship of Creation, I had the pleasure of introducing Elizabeth—who is also my wife—at the Task Force’s workshop on solar energy for churches. Elizabeth’s father, Sam Yates, our fellow parishioner at Cathedral Church of the Advent, founded Eagle Solar & Light in 2016 to provide solar energy and LED lighting to residences, businesses, nonprofits, and churches. While pursuing herPhD in Mathematics at UAB, Elizabeth serves as Eagle Solar & Light’s Technical Adviser.

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IPL Announces 2016 Cool Congregation Winners

Each year Interfaith Power & Light selects congregations from across the country for achieving sustainability goals. Here are the 2016 winners.

Community Inspiration - 2016 Cool Congregation

Community United Church of Christ (CUCC) took to heart the mission of making the world a better place. They did this in two ways:

  • Installing solar panels to reduce the church’s own carbon footprint and
  • Helping those in their community most impacted by climate change to weatherize their homes.

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