In the Toolkit --

Introduction

  • Guide to the Toolkit
  • Share Your Comments
  • I. Choosing a Role for Your League

    II. Grassroots Action Priorities

  • Clean Air Defense
  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Renewable Energy
  • III. Basics of Climate Change

    IV. Engaging Individuals

  • Communicating About Climate Change
  • Preparing for a Meeting on Climate Change
  • Engaging Groups in Your Community
  • V. Promoting Public Policy

  • Community Action Models
  • Organizing For Community Action
  • Tips for Building Grassroots Support
  • League Action on Climate Change
  • International Action
  • VI. Resources

    ENGAGING FAITH COMMUNITIES

    Making a ConnectionAs with any group, start with a general assessment of what congregations in your area are doing. You can begin with outreach to faith groups of League members.

    Many communities have interfaith organizations that you can contact. If there is an Interfaith Power & Light affiliate in your area, be sure to check with representatives from that group to see what they have done and where they see opportunities for League programs to fill a gap. (Use the Interfaith Power & Light state-by-state listing to see if there is an affiliate in your area.)

    Understanding Your Audience

    Most national faith groups have statements on stewardship in general and on climate change and energy stewardship in particular. New York Interfaith Power & Light has compiled the faith statements from numerous interfaith organizations and individual faiths and denominations.

    Getting Your Audience's Attention

    A commitment to Stewardship of Creation has been used in various congregations and can be appropriate for faiths that include a belief in God. The following example can be tailored to your state or region.

    Commitment to Stewardship of Creation

    God creates and loves the Universe
    with all its marvelous order
    and the infinite complexities of living creatures.
    God gives humanity the gift and
    responsibility of serving as stewards of creation.
    Alabama encompasses
    a fragile ecosystem of surpassing beauty
    with an unusually rich diversity
    of plant, animal and aquatic life.
    Therefore, from this day forward
    I will be a good steward of creation.
    I will educate myself,
    my family, friends, and neighbors,
    those with whom I work,
    and the members of my faith community.
    I will advocate for wise and just environmental policy.
    I will provide and engage in opportunities
    for service in the stewardship of Earth.

    This is my commitment to Stewardship of Creation.

    Here are some sample programs for this audience:

    Making Change Easier

    Congregations will vary widely in their current commitment and future aspirations to improve environmental stewardship and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Last updated: 11/4/2013