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October Newsletter 
Helping you and your congregation have a positive impact on our environment. 

A prayer for our earth from Pope Francis Encyclical (English and Spanish)

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day.

Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

Oración por nuestra tierra

Dios omnipotente, que estás presente en todo el universo y en la más pequeña de tus criaturas,

Tú, que rodeas con tu ternura todo lo que existe, derrama en nosotros la fuerza de tu amor para que cuidemos la vida y la belleza.

Inúndanos de paz, para que vivamos como hermanos y hermanas sin dañar a nadie.

Dios de los pobres, ayúdanos a rescatar a los abandonados y olvidados de esta tierra que tanto valen a tus ojos.

Sana nuestras vidas, para que seamos protectores del mundo y no depredadores, para que sembremos hermosura y no contaminación y destrucción.

Toca los corazones de los que buscan sólo beneficios a costa de los pobres y de la tierra.

Enséñanos a descubrir el valor de cada cosa, a contemplar admirados, a reconocer que estamos profundamente unidos con todas las criaturas en nuestro camino hacia tu luz infinita.

Gracias porque estás con nosotros todos los días.

Aliéntanos, por favor, en nuestra lucha por la justicia, el amor y la paz.

What’s happening at SCIPL

Prior SCIPL Coordinator Rev. Dallas Conyers has transitioned to Southeast Climate and Energy Network (SCEN) where she will work at the nexus of Faith, Environment and Equity as the Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) fellow. We are grateful for Rev. Conyers’ continued commitment to the faith community, environmental justice and for her example of love for all inhabitants of our planet.  

To build on SCIPL’s work over the past 3 years, we welcome our newest team members.

Alecia Brewster, Program Director

Before joining South Carolina Interfaith Power and Light and Sustaining Way as Program Director, Alecia served on Sustaining Way’s board of directors for three years. As Sustaining Way’s first Program Director, Alecia is responsible for the efficiency and effectiveness of Sustaining Way's programs.  Alecia recently helped to establish the Greenville County Mentoring Collaborative and is an active Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Ambassador, Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Advisory Council Member, and Past President of Greenville Breakfast Rotary Club. Her career began as an elementary teacher in Greenville and Charleston County School Districts.  Alecia holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from College of Charleston and a Master of Public Administration from Clemson University. She is married to Reverend  Zachary Brewster and has three children.

Connor Campbell, SW/SCIPL Intern 

Connor is from Florida, but he has lived in the upstate of South Carolina since beginning college four years ago. He is studying Christian Ministry, and has a heart for practical ministry through outreach and service. Connor is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys fly fishing, hunting, and backpacking. These passions have inspired him to take a more critical view of the impact that he and those around him have on the planet, and to cherish the sanctity of creation in all of its forms. He has experience in various leadership and non-profit roles. He hopes to one day serve in a leadership role in a non-profit organization.

Gerkayla (Kayla) Smalls, SCIPL Intern

Kayla is a native of Georgetown,SC. Kayla is currently a sophomore at North Carolina Central University, majoring in Biomedical Sciences. She participates in many organizations including Collegiate 100 Women, The National Council of Negro Women and the Juice Network. Upon graduating, Kayla has hopes of attending Morehouse school of Medicine and pursuing a career as an Ob/Gyn. She even plans to one day run a nonprofit organization centered around the rehabilitation of nonviolent felons. With this being said, Kayla is no stranger to community service and strives hard to make a difference both socially and environmentally. She is more than elated to further her service to the community by working with SCIPL.

Faith Communities who have participated in the CEEC

SCIPL is excited to announce the outcomes of our 2020 Congregational Energy Efficiency Challenge (CEEC). Brookland Baptist Church used their CEEC grant to switch the lighting in their Christian Learning Center to energy-saving LED. The project is helping Brookland Baptist Church to be good stewards of Earth, inspire members to do the same and to control costs so that more resources are available to carry out the church’s mission. 

As a result of Brookland Baptist’s energy efficiency efforts, the congregation projects lifetime savings of $334,000 in energy costs and will save 2,260 tons of carbon from entering Earth’s atmosphere (the equivalent of saving 33,980 trees). Brookland Baptist is using this project as an opportunity to educate youth and families on LED lights and energy conservation. Furthermore, the church has established a garden at the Child Development Center so that the youngest members can learn how to grow and eat local food. Brookland Baptist is committed to collective climate action and looks forward to collaborating with other congregations across the state. Contact us at 864-688-9323 or alecia.brewster@sustainingway.com for more information about the CEEC or to connect with Brookland Baptist Church.

State Wide Updates / Events

Want to learn more about how your congregation can reduce emissions and costs:

Join South Carolina Interfaith Power & Light and National Interfaith Power & Light to learn how congregations can apply Project Drawdown solutions to reduce emissions. We’ll hear from the Director of Drawdown Learn, Dr. Elizabeth Bagley, and from Cool Congregations Challenge winners awarded for their success in lowering emissions. The webinar will be on November 16, at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern. Register here. http://bit.ly/IPLDrawdown 

New Energy Reduction Tool Launched 

The SC Energy Office recently launched EnergySaver.SC.GOV, a new website to help residential and commercial consumers easily find energy-saving programs. The website is intended to be a one-stop-shop for energy financing, incentives, and related resources. 

In 2016 Sustaining Way participated in the SC State Energy Plan revision and the Energy Equity Finance team in 2018. Sustaining Way’s founder Rick Joye says “It’s great to see the state took action as a result of this work and created a resource to help all South Carolinians connect to resources that can help them become more energy-efficient and lower their energy bills.”

Know Your Rights Before You Vote


Sadly, voter suppression is in the news. If you haven’t already voted and you’re making a plan
to vote on or before Nov. 3rd, know your rights.

  • Know this number: 866-OUR-VOTE. Or text “our vote” to 97779. This election protection hotline is run by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Know your polling place. Our friends at VoteAmerica.com have assembled everything you need to know about voting, including a “find your polling place” tool. Try it!
  • Bring your voter ID. This varies from state to state, but in most states a driver’s license or identification card works.
  • You have the right to demand a provisional ballot in most states. If you get any flak about not being able to vote, demand a provisional ballot.
  • You have the right to have your vote counted accurately, even if it’s not finished counted on Nov. 3rd. Accuracy is important.
  • You have the right to walk out of the voting booth with pride in your heart and your spirits high, knowing that you’ve participated in the core of the American democratic process -- and the climate election of our lifetime.
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