Michael Black of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church shares his congregation's journey to energy efficiency. The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, the founder of the national Interfaith Power & Light campaign, is featured in this video. Produced by Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL).
Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Atlanta is the latest Georgia congregation to go solar. The church mounted two sets of solar thermal collectors last April on the rooftops of the Campbell-Egan and Oglesby buildings.
This installation is made possible by the Grants to Green program of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. It will take care of Central's substantial hot water needs, including hot water for Central’s main kitchen, which provides daily meals for the Child Development Center and Sunday lunch for the congregation; the Central Night Shelter, including water for the kitchen, showers, and clean towels for shelter guests; and hand washing and other general use by Central staff and visitors 7 days a week throughout the church.
In ancient times our ancestors made or purchased idols to which they could bow in devotion. Archaeologists find these idols when they unearth ancient communities.
We twenty-first century souls have our idols, too. We call them Stuff. They begin as necessities -- basic clothing, pieces of art or decoration, furniture or automobiles or toys. We need some of these things. The rest is Stuff.
Most of us are gearing up for a relaxing holiday weekend, thanks to our forefathers (and mothers) who founded this country and gave us cause to celebrate our independence. If you are like me, you'll relish in the extra time to linger with family and friends at a picnic or neighborhood parade or watching the night sky all a-glow with sparkling fireworks (or even just fireflies). You may find yourself breathing a little more easily because of the relaxed pace of the extended weekend. But that deep breath may come not so easily for some, literally.
My Sunday School class is awesome! They push me. They aren’t “green”. They are mostly quite a bit more seasoned in life than I am. This is the one place where I consistently get out of my “green” sandbox and into where most people are living their lives. At least in regards to issues of sustainability, environment and the now almost universally accepted dreaded term “green”. This doesn’t mean that they don’t care about the environment in general or that they aren’t open to my perspective. God bless them for that! It’s just not something that is on their radar on a daily basis like it is for me. My honest belief is that I am not fit for the general population anymore because I am so dang green!