NC Interfaith Power & Light is a program of the North Carolina Council of Churches. This role provides access to the Council’s membership of over 6,200 congregations. The North Carolina Council of Churches is comprised of 25 distinct judicatories from 17 denominations with 1.5 million congregants across the state. In 2005, NCIPL became the 16th state affiliate of the national Interfaith Power & Light Campaign. There are now Interfaith Power & Light affiliates in 40 states with over 15,000 engaged congregations.
NCIPL core programs promote a variety of solutions to mitigate future climate change, including energy efficiency and conservation, increased renewable energy use, and collective low-carbon lifestyle changes. NCIPL programs encourage congregations, clergy, and judicatories to be aware and able to articulate the moral dimensions of climate change and environmental justice issues from a faith perspective.
NCIPL is the only North Carolina based statewide organization that works on addressing the ecological and justice issues of climate change as a faith-based initiative.
Mission & History
NCIPL is foremost a hope-filled response to the issues of climate change.
NCIPL connects the faith voice of North Carolina around climate change, encouraging mitigation of the effects and resilient communities through its programs and engaging in the public policy process by advocacy with compassion. We speak for what we love and take action for the future of our children and the children of all species.
NCIPL is a program of NC Council of Churches, which was founded in 1935. The Council enables denominations, congregations, and people of faith to individually and collectively impact our state on issues such as economic justice and development, human well-being, equality, compassion and peace.
NCIPL began as a committee of the NC Council of Churches in May 2000 under the leadership or Sr. Evelyn Mattern. Originally called the “Climate Connection: Interfaith Eco-Justice Network”, the initiative grew to a full program of the Council working throughout the state with communities from all faith traditions on issues related to global warming. In 2005, the Climate Connection became North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light, the 16th state affiliate of the national organization, IPL.