As the buds begin to bloom, animals awaken, and we move into spring, South Carolina Interfaith Power and Light (SCIPL) invites you to join us in forging new relationships and advancing the care for earth and humanity. Before sharing about opportunities for advocacy, action, education, and networking, we want to open with a special prayer in preparation for the season ahead.  
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy.
Guard me, O Holy Spirit, that I myself may always be holy.
— Augustine of Hippo
Join SCIPL and GreenFaith along with other people of faith across the state in a Day of Action by making a commitment to people and the Earth today (March 11th).  SCIPL’s  Congregational Earthcare Covenant and Individual Earthcare Covenant provide meaningful ways that you can take action for the earth. In under 5 minutes you can encourage others to participate by "liking and sharing" Day of Action social media messages.
SCIPL is pleased to announce our Faith Leaders Civic Engagement Academy graduates!

SCIPL in collaboration with the SC Commission for Minority Affairs and Moms Clean Airforce recently concluded the first Faith Leaders Civic Engagement Academy with eight SC leaders who participated in all of the sessions. 

Civic engagement refers to the process of learning about and influencing public policies. In this series, we heard from several speakers who have experience in government office on the best ways to become educated on the issues facing our communities, how to go about working within our system and how to organize others to make positive changes. Please stay tuned for future opportunities to participate in the Faith Leader Civic Engagement Academy!
Traci Barr

Traci is currently serving as the Project Manager at Village Engage, a part of Mill Community Ministries in Greenville. She describes herself as an educator, a producer, a project manager, and a mentor.
Lisa Bachan

As an ethnic Swede, Lisa takes her faith and stewardship of our environment seriously. You may ask what is an ethnic Swede?  Lisa describes the term as a person who is not swayed from who they are in their ethnicity.  Lisa wears long skirts and head coverings as married women do. 

She also holds firm to the values of education, faith, sustainability and equality. Lisa grew up in an area where people of all colors, ethnicities and age groups were dear friends and always in and out of her home. 

Lisa's family belongs to the International Church in West Ashley, Charleston. She was the Executive Director of Cypress Gardens Arts Foundation until 2019.  
Oscar Bennett

Oscar Bennett is the Executive Coordinator at Sustaining Way in Greenville, SC. He graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Middle East studies. He was raised in a community of faith where service to your fellow neighbor was seen as the greatest duty in life. Oscar wants to uplift others to become healthier and positioned to achieve their goals.
Our Congregational Energy Efficiency Challenge program helps congregations reduce expenses by promoting and helping fund positive, energy-efficient and environmental changes. These changes free communities of faith to allocate more resources directly to their mission. Participating congregations complete an energy audit and consult with SCIPL staff and volunteers to develop a plan for increased energy efficiency in their facility. SCIPL works alongside congregations to provide technical coordination and educational outreach. Since launching the program in 2018, seven houses of worship have completed energy efficiency upgrades resulting in a projected lifetime savings of over $500,000 and 2.5 million kWh! Please contact SCIPL at hello@scipl.org for details.

Calling All Dominion Customers!
Dominion Energy South Carolina has proposed new solar fees and rates that would effectively kill the local rooftop solar industry, along with its thousands of jobs, and unfairly punish existing solar customers who have invested in a clean energy future. If you are a Dominion customer, please sign on to this bipartisan letter of opposition started by Conservation Voters of SC. Please reach out to us if you would like to learn more about this issue and additional ways to help

Are you interested in talking with community members in a way that's easy to understand and impactful?  "The Human Element" documentary and panel event can help you introduce climate change to your community or continue the conversation in groups that are actively working on this issue.  Join SCIPL and South Carolina leaders from the faith, political and education sectors in a discussion to evaluate our relationship with the natural world and to determine how South Carolina can work to restore balance.  Register here and invite others to join us! 
Join The League of Women Voters and SCIPL for the launch of the "Good Governance Symposium Series." As the nation sees unprecedented levels of partisanship division, now more than ever, thoughtful non-partisan discussion of public policy issues and topics is essential. This series promotes education and awareness relating to critical good government issues that impact national, state and local governance. Register here today!
Interfaith Power & Light’s Faith Climate Action Week 2021 theme, Sacred Ground: Cultivating Connections Between our Food, our Faith, and the Climate, examines how our food systems contribute to injustice and to climate change, and how our faiths call us to respond through practical solutions. Join us April 16 - 25th. www.faithclimateactionweek.org .

SCIPL Solar Webpage - Coming Soon!
We are working to compile resources and partner with organizations in South Carolina to assist congregations with going solar! This will include the testimonies of congregations who have gone Solar in South Carolina, education and options for funding the transition, and a list of programs and educational material! Please contact us at hello@scipl.org if you have information that we should include.  Stay tuned for this new webpage in the coming months. 
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