Grama Geeta

A Hindu Prayer from India
May he bestow prudence on all of us!
May he inspire us towards the righteous cause!
May he guide us to speak the truth!
May he make us conscious about spirituality!

Spring at SCIPL

This spring has been a busy time for us all. As more and more people become vaccinated, businesses begin to open, and as things begin to heat up (literally!), SCIPL has been working hard to put on events, teach classes, and continue educating and equipping the faith community. And what a blessing it has been to work with the faith community throughout this pandemic! As people of faith, we are not discouraged by tumultuous times, but always striving to be a light and an inspiration to others. This past month we celebrated Faith Climate Action Week, had another screening of the Human Element film, and celebrated the graduation of several more faith leaders from our second ever Civic Engagement Academy! In addition to that, we added a couple of new team members. Read about all of this and more below. 

We are excited to welcome a new intern, Marjorie Anne Foster. Foster graduated from Elon University with a BA in Journalism and Religious Studies. She now attends Emory University where she is pursuing her Masters in Theological Studies with a focus on Global Religions. Marjorie Anne shares SCIPL’s passion for celebrating faith communities and establishing sustainable and equitable environmental practices. Marjorie will be serving as an SCIPL Intern.

Tina Machado is from the suburbs of Chicago. She is a rising junior at Duke University studying Electrical Computer Engineering with a concentration in Energy and the Environment. She is very excited to be working at SCIPL this summer, and for the opportunity to learn more about her field through practical, hands-on experience. Tina is serving as the Energy Intern. In this role Tina will support South Carolina congregations interested in executing plans to make their facilities more energy efficient. Tina will also identify other opportunities to improve community energy effeciency and energy equity.

The Human Element II

Last month, we had our second Human Element documentary screening and discussion. It featured select clips from the film as well and a live panel discussion with South Carolina faith leaders, including pastors, rabbis, and more. The event was hosted by our Executive Director Michael Brown and moderated by local news anchor, Carolyn Murray. Each panelist shared their wisdom as well as their personal experience with issues of faith and the climate. It was a rich and enlivening evening full of hope, care, and concern for the earth that we all share and hold dear. 
"In my heritage, we see ourselves as partners with the Divine'”
- Panelist Rabbi Liebowitz
"If we start with the heart, we can do what is helpful to the whole."
- Panelist Erniko Brown
Watch the recording here.

This event would not have been possible without these wonderful partner organizations. SCIPL would like to extend a special thank you to Southeast Climate Energy Network/Exposure Labs, the Gullah Geechee Nation, the Imani Group, Audubon South Carolina, O.U.R.S., Moms Clean Air Force, League of Women Voters and everyone else who made this event possible!

Energy and Your House of Worship

How did you spend Faith Climate Action Week? At SCIPL, we started the week with an orientation to the Faith Climate Action Week toolkit with our partners at the Atlantic Institute, and we hosted multiple events including “Energy and Your House of Worship”. The featured speaker, Dr. William D. Bryan, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) Project Manager, spoke about energy disparities in the Southeast. He discussed the distribution of energy, harmful energy policies, and how people of faith can get involved. Dr. Bryan ended with some practical tips for maintaining the energy efficiency of houses of worship. On behalf of SCIPL, thank you Dr. Bryan and SEEA for participating in this event! Visit our facebook page to view this recording and others.

Congregational Energy Efficiency Challenge

This month we kicked off our 2021 Congregational Energy Efficiency Challenge, which exists to address issues of energy inefficiency in houses of worship. Through the program, communities of faith apply for mini-grants that help them make energy efficiency upgrades, such as changing out lightbulbs or installing new A/C units! This year's CEEC kick-off targeted local churches in the Nicholtown area of Greenville. Our application window will close on June 5th.
Pictured right to left: Michael Brown, SCIPL/Sustaining Way Executive Director; Reverend Emanuel Duncan, Senior Pastor Gethsemane Baptist Church; Mary Anne Inglis, A Rocha USA Board Member and Oscar Bennett, Sustaining Way Executive Coordinator

As the days become hotter and summer approaches, take action now to make your house of worship more energy efficient. The CEEC will help your congregation make more informed decisions about energy savings that make dollars & sense!  Visit our website today to learn more about our Congregational Energy Efficiency Challenge or email us at to apply. 

Faith Leaders Civic Engagement Academy

Join us in celebrating the graduates of our second Faith Leaders Civic Engagement Academy. SCIPL partnered with the S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs, and South Carolina Audubon to put this educational course on. The event educated and equipped faith leaders about civic processes like voting, advocacy, and how to get in touch with your government representatives.

Barbara J. Oree, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, thrives to make a difference in the lives of ordinary people and communities. She has experiences in administrative, advocacy, and counseling; Barbara also enjoys art, meditation, motivational speaking, and has a passion for photography. She produced, published and directed Stage Play, “I Lost Everything and Now I Am Hungry” 2013 for local audiences only.
Steven Huskey, writer, blogger, and life coach is a member of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Mauldin, SC, where he chairs a committee for social justice.  "Serve wholeheartedly, as if you are serving the Lord." ~ Eph. 6:7
Tracy Fields "Love your neighbor as yourself"   ~ Jesus. Fields is a Clinical Therapist with many years of experience serving God through her counseling and therapy. She holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelors from Limestone University. Fields serves our community of faith locally here in Greenville, South Carolina. 
LaRahna Hughes is a community activist who is passionate about finding solutions to what is broken in our world. Her work is currently encompassed in the containers of her living laboratory Seeds Cafe, Farm & Market (located in Aiken County, SC near Williston) which is an experimental farm and commerce laboratory, and her work with GROW Aiken (GROW stands for growing our own wellness) and RePioneering Church which is an emerging Unitarian Universalist covenanting congregation which is working on ways to model what practical theology might look and function like through a community-based interfaith lens. She is a planter of seeds and a seeker of the bridges that connect us all.
Reverend George Windley is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Missionary Church in Sumter, South Carolina. . He holds many positions including: President of the Wateree Baptist Association Congress of Christian Education, member of the Sumter County Concerned Clergy and on the Board of Trustees of the Central Carolina Technical College Foundation. He has previously served as the General Secretary of the SC Baptist E&M Convention, a member of the Morris College Board of Trustees, the Sumter Pregnancy Center Board and an Executive Board Member of the Sumter County NAACP.
Not Pictured: Marjorie Anne Foster, SCIPL Intern; & Erin Smith, South Carolina Health Professionals for Climate Action

“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

Faith, Climate, and Health Series: Extreme Heat & Equity

Our ongoing Faith, Climate, and Health Series continues on June 29th from 6:30-7:30. If you haven't been to one of these yet, you are missing out! This ongoing series features health professionals as they talk about issues at the intersection of faith, health, and the environment! Do you want to take steps to protect your members and community from the impact of extreme heat?  Register here for this upcoming timely panel discussion. Additional details can be found on our website and panelist bios will be updated on our social media channels.
SCIPL has partnered with the League of Women Voters to continue educating the faith community on governance and the importance of our electoral systems. Please check out their website and be sure to tune in for their next webinar on June 21st at 6pm. Visit the Good Governance Symposium today.
SCIPL will be a participating sponsor of the 2021 Green Team Summit this fall! This is an exciting opportunity for SCIPL to unite with faith communities nationwide taking practical steps towards earth care. Be sure to keep up with all the latest news about the summit by following our social media. Registration opens soon, so keep an eye on our posts!
The Black Church- The Green Movement is a team of faith leaders working to bring to light the connection between the Earth and our health, our money, our safety, and our right to live in joy as the people of God. Faith Leaders who register here and attend the full workshop will receive a $100 stipend.
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