Atlanta's creation care faith community hosted two events on February 7th. During the day IPL (Interfaith Power & Light) chapters and other faith leaders from all over the Southeast were hosted by Georgia Interfaith Power & Light and the US Climate Action Network at the Southeastern Faith Sustainability Summit. That evening participants were asked to join Georgia Interfaith Power & Light at their annual celebration and awards ceremony the GIPPYs. Over 70 faith members from all across Atlanta and Georgia gathered to be inspired but what Georgia's faith communities are doing to promote creation care and sustainability. To read in order read from the bottom up.

 

  • St. Albans created a jail garden with Walton county that fed 2,000 needy families this year #gippys
  • Congregation of the Year - St. Albans Episcopal Church of Monroe Georgia #gippys
  • Churches can participate in the Dirt Wise program which helps them start their own #community #garden #gippys
  • First Christian Decatur runs a thrift store that sells gently used items. #gippys
  • Trailblazer Award - two winners this year First Christian Church Decatur and St. Andrews Presbyterian of Tucker #gippys
  • Light Award goes to Oakhurst Presbyterian. They were the first church to complete Creation Wise certification #gippys
  • St. Gregory installed #solar panels primarily to be a witness to the community of their care for creation #gippys
  • Power Award winner is St. Gregory's Episcopal in Athens. #gippys
  • The awards are now coming! #gippys
  • Okay let me just say Serena of @GreenMuslims just rocks! Wish I could capture all here thoughtful comments. #gippys
  • Dung Beatles actually observe the Milky Way to interact with their own environment #gippys #cool
  • Simple act of composting at a Ramadaan event allowed in a shift of consciousness to prove to participants that everyone can make a change
  • @GreenMuslims works with diverse Muslim groups from small Mosques to student groups all over the US #gippys
  • Knowing God's signs was not enough. I had to learn to Respond to God's gift of nature #gippys
  • Sarina sees nature as a gift from God that reinforces God's covenant with humans #gippys
  • As Sarina grew up in New York City thought that nature was a fantastically other world experience. #gippys
  • @GreenMuslims works with interfaith collaboration to help Muslims understand creation care #gippys
  • @GreenMuslims Sarina Badjhwan is the keynote speaker
  • Okay get ready for the tweets. Can't wait to see who wins.
  • Here for the GIPPYs! (@ Covenant Presbyterian Church) http://4sq.com/11thtVa 

 

  • Morally speaking, everyone should have access to safe, healthy communities, & to the fight to acheive them. Seandra Rawls Pope #faithnenergy
  • Continuous learning is critical to building a collaborative diverse conversation. #faithnenergy
  • Seandra Rawls Pope is presenting on the diversity diamond #faithnenergy
  • Incorporating diversity into environmental work is critical to creating a broad dialog. #faithnenergy
  • Let's stop talking about groups who disagree and start talking with them. - Rev Durley #amen #faithnenergy
  • 76% of issues coming in Hugh Spalding Children's Hospital were Asthma. #sad #faithnenergy
  • The environment is a moral issue. - Rev. Durley #faithnenergy
  • We are all one in this struggle for environment justice. #faithnenergy
  • Environmental concerns is a movement not a campaign. - Rev. Durley #faithnenergy
  • None of us are exempt from environmental issues. ie Hurricane Sunday - Rev. Durley #faithnenergy
  • Rev. Durely has us rolling. What a wonderful gift to hear about his journey. #faithnenergy
  • But once the connection was made to human justice/rights & environment, it clicked for me and this became a moral challenge we need to face
  • 7 years ago I didn't care about polar bears or the environment. - Rev. Durley #faithnenergy
  • Rev. Durley is going to speak next. #faithnenergy
  • The moral based obligation of protecting the environment for those groups is the number one driving factor #faithnenergy
  • 67% of African Americans and 65% of voters between 25-34 believe that too. #faithnenergy
  • Thinking about a white stereo type as the modern environmentalist is wrong. 75% of Latinos say #climate change why weather is changing
  • Florida's results for President Obama is due to "minority" voters #faithnenergy
  • Latino growth also growing in the Southeast. #faithnenergy
  • Historic concentrations of African Americans are growing in the Southeast. #faithnenergy
  • By 2020 the number of persons of color in the US will be 37%. Census Bureau data #faithnenergy
  • The new congressional seat gains for the most part were in the Southeast. #faithnenergy
  • Southeast is the fastest growing region of the country. Mostly because of #florida. They will see a 79% increase in pop #faithnenergy
  • Jennifer Rennicks and Seandra Rawls Pope are presenting. #faithnenergy @cleanenergyorg
  • Hooray! SACE is up next. @cleanenergyorg
  • Rev. Durley has just come. Can't wait to hear him speak ;0)
  • For reticent pastors a great opener is if you could cut your utility bill and direct that toward mission work would you do that?...
  • Sunshine IPL's mission is to work with faith organizations to rediscover their own faith based scripture to care for creation #faithnenergy
  • This last bit of of tweets were from Sunshine State IPL. #florida #faithnenergy http://sunshinestateipl.org/ 
  • Human beings are social creatures. That gives us the ability to encourage and educate on faith and creation care. #faithnenergy
  • Bumpersticker: Religion keeps the poor from killing the rich. #interesting #faithnenergy
  • Without a healthy earth there are no healthy people. #faithnenergy
  • Creation care is a beautiful act of worshipping God because he created it ;0) >> love that. #faithnenergy
  • After giving the scripture lesson then we have to change the behavior. #faithnenergy
  • The original Greek for John 3:16 For God so loved the cosmos. #beautiful #faithnenergy
  • All faiths have mission and care for the environment in their teachings. People have to be reconnected with those teachings. #faithnenergy
  • Spring into Green Market Mar 8th & 9th. Groovy Green, Local and Healthy items. http://ow.ly/hqa5X  #shopping #atl
  • John Wesley was very concerned with not only people but animals and the earth. #faithnenergy
  • Understanding the original Jewish word translated into dominion in Genesis was mistranslated. #faithnenergy
  • Promoting the idea of #climate is easier. More and more people of fatih understand #climate is a human issues #faithnenergy
  • Allowing faith based institutions to ask questions at presentations opens up an amazing dialog #faithnenergy
  • Jesus also talked about not wasting also. The story of fishes&loaves tells about Jesus saying pick up extra let's not waste. #faithnenergy
  • More paraphrased verses in the Koran that says God does not like wasters and look to the earth for the promise of God's covenant with man
  • #ramadaan can sometimes lead to some unique waste issues. #interesting #faithnenergy
  • @greenmuslims does hands on teaching too with trips to community gardens #faithnenergy
  • Health and economics needs to be part of the environmental conversation #faithnenergy
  • Caring for the earth is an act of worship #faithnenergy
  • The goal of @greenmuslims is to give muslims a dialog and talking points to talk about their faith and the environment #faithnenergy
  • 6) Living in balance with nature #faithnenergy
  • 1) God is one. 2) God is everywhere 3) Steward of the earth 4) Honoring the covenant God has with us and the planet 5) Social justice...
  • There are 6 principles in Islam that support the climate conversation #faithnenergy
  • The servants of the faith are those that walk lightly on the earth - Koran #faithnenergy
  • Challenges in the Muslim community is leaders don't feel they have the bandwidth to deal with #climate change. #faithnenergy
  • Creation care and environmentalism is a new develepoment in the Muslim dialog #faithnenergy
  • Next up is @GreenMuslims
  • Environmentalists have some times missed the people message to protect environment. The environment and people go hand in hand #faithnenergy
  • We all need to become climate crusaders. #faithnenergy
  • Health and wellness issues are not political. This is about neighbors and my street. #faithnenergy
  • Too many preachers shy away from engaging politicians saying it's just politics. #faithnenergy
  • Need to create circles of accountability within communities to educate pastors and politicians. #faithnenergy
  • Politicians may not read but they can't count. Numbers of voters talking to elected officials #faithnenergy
  • We need to preach from the pulpit about climate change. We need to focus on children. #faithnenergy
  • Politicians have great egos and maybe even bigger than preachers. #faithnenergy
  • Coal plants are located in poor and predominantly African American communities in the Southeast. #faithnenergy
  • The church use to be persecuted because they were leading and challenging. Now we aren't persecuted because we aren't leading #faithnenergy
  • African Americans historically understand creation care because of their role in agrarian economy. #faithnenergy
  • If anyone is going to care about human kind then it is the church who should be leading con climate care issues.
  • Now up an update on the environmental justice work in the African American Community.
  • Practicing gratitude each day for the successes and good things reminds you a lot of your place in this work.
  • The world is not irredeemably broken. We are tasked to repair the world and God is on our side wants us to succeed.
  • Texas IPL is presenting. We are not in the climate mess because of lack of religious teachings
  • @greenmuslims are here from DC also, @cleanenergyorg
  • Interesting hand diversion. Participants who need something to do w/ their hands are encouraged to play with pipe cleaners instead of cells
  • First up US Climate Action Network
  • Southeastern Faith Sustainability Summit (@ Decatur Presbyterian Church) http://4sq.com/VGdaOr