Community United Church of Christ in Raleigh is one of three Cool Congregation 2016 winners! The Cool Congregations program, through national Interfaith Power & Light, is designed to support faith communities as they “walk the talk” by reducing their own carbon footprint, thus helping to cool the planet. 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. The results were […]
Many people want to take meaningful action on climate change, but don’t know where to start. Taking a big step, like switching to solar, doesn’t have to be hard. Any change is easier when you have a guide to point you the right way and when your community is on the same journey. NC Congregations are hosting events from Winston-Salem to Wilmington to help individuals and communities find out if solar is right for you. NCIPL has partnered with two mission-driven, locally-owned solar installation companies and at each event stop our solar experts will help you learn everything you need […]
It is with much celebration and support that the NC Council of Churches would like to share the success of Stephen Jurovics on his book “Hospitable Planet: Faith, Action, and Climate Change”. Steve is a member of NC Interfaith Power & Light’s Leadership Council and he affirms that his book aligns well with NCIPL’s mission because of its faith based approach to addressing climate change as a moral issue. Steve writes “Hospitable Planet: Faith, Action, and Climate Change” seeks to fill the gap in religious and secular texts by providing both a compelling biblical case for action on climate change […]
An ethical debate is a bit of a juxtaposition. As we know ethics are a set of moral principles. It is how we understand right from wrong. So how can what is right and what is wrong be up for debate? In Carl Sigel’s post on the “Caring for Creation” section of the Church of the Nativity webpage he discusses the two main types of ethical practices in the agricultural world. Continuing with the use of Robert Zimdahl’s term “productionist ethic” and Aldo Leopold’s term “land ethic” we place in front of us two incredibly distinct approaches to the western […]
Last week President Trump signed executive actions to advance the construction of the Keystone, Dakota Access, and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. In the face of clear scientific consensus that our dependence on fossil fuels is jeopardizing our climate and threatening vulnerable communities around the world, it is unconscionable to build more oil pipelines for the benefit of a few wealthy oil companies. As people of faith we are called to care for future generations. They are depending on us to safeguard their rightful inheritance of a safe and livable planet. Click below to watch a 3 minute video of NCCC staffer, Susannah Tuttle […]
Now, more than ever, we need you to put your faith into action. On January 20th, we inaugurate a new president and begin four years of a new administration. The incoming administration has nominated climate deniers and fossil fuel advocates to the cabinet and to the EPA. They have indicated their intention to abandon critical climate solutions like the Clean Power Plan and the historic Paris agreement. In order to show that faith communities are committed to protecting Creation, Interfaith Power & Light is working with the People’s Climate Movement, Franciscan Action Network, GreenFaith, and others to organize 100 vigils […]
As people of faith we have an increasingly important role to play in bringing together diverse voices to speak on behalf of those whose voices are not heard – the most vulnerable in our society, including children and future generations.
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Dear NCIPL Leaders, Supporters, & Friends, I wanted to personally reach out to each and every one of you today, to let you know that I am grateful for our faithful network and all that we do to make North Carolina a safe, healthy, and wonderous place for all. My colleague Joelle Novey has offered us these words: Our prayer right now is to find a rootedness deep in what is good; that we will be like trees planted by the water, fed by Spirit and the ever-present promise of redemption. We pray that we will have the clarity to […]
The young man who sat next to me during a workshop on equity at the Carolinas Climate Resiliency Conference which took place in Charlotte earlier this month was a meteorologist who had been working at Duke Energy for just a couple of years. Jumping at the too-rare opportunity to have a frank conversation with someone who works for the corporation to which I often find myself in opposition, I asked him his opinion on climate change. “We talk about 500-year events, 1,000-year events,” he said. “But there have been three of those events this year. I’m finding I’m having to […]
The impacts of climate variability and change affect everyone, but they disproportionately affect socially vulnerable populations, as they are the ones with the least resources to prepare and recover from impacts. Understanding where these concerns sit within a broad spectrum of stressors and challenges is important in order to identify opportunities to effectively communicate challenges and increase community resilience. This week, NC Interfaith Power & Light facilitated an Inclusive Climate Adaptation and Resilience Building session at the 2016 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference. Participants engaged in dialogue about their experiences with climate-related impacts that are anticipated to affect vulnerable or marginalized […]