A Faith-Based Climate Action Alliance
During the summer of 2019 the Sunday school classes of All Saints Episcopal and Open Table United Church of Christ read and discussed Jim Antal’s book Climate Church, Climate World. Inspired to action by a deep love for God’s creation and concern for the threat to that creation posed by the present ecological crisis, these two congregations put out a call to other Gulf Coast communities of faith to assess local interest in this issue. Several area congregations from Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths responded. Out of this effort, Gulf Coast Creation Care: A Faith-Based Climate Action Alliance was born.
Our mission is to focus the Gulf Coast community’s moral attention on our ecological crisis and to mobilize all people toward bold and just action. We have affiliated with and support the work of Interfaith Power and Light and Alabama Interfaith Power and Light and have signed the Interfaith Statement on Energy and Equity.
Our first action was to support Springhill Avenue Temple’s annual Tu B’Shvat celebration which planted hundreds of fruit trees on church properties and public spaces throughout Mobile in February of 2020.
Our participation in Earth Day Mobile Bay was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but we held a film showing of “Kiss the Ground” for Earth Day 2021.
GCCC produced a virtual event for Season of Creation in September 2020 whose three videos can be found in our Facebook video archive, distributed a Vegetarian Seasons of Creation Cookbook, created a 40-Day Creation Challenge for Lent 2021, and hosted Saving America’s Amazon: An Evening with Ben Raines.
We encourage area individuals of faith and congregations to use our resource packet to educate and inspire, and to commit to actions that choose life for God’s creation and begin to mitigate the effects of carbon emissions. Our team stands ready to guide your congregation through a green energy audit or provide a speaker for your adult education class.
Our current member congregations are: All Saints Episcopal, Open Table United Church of Christ, Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Spring Hill Presbyterian Church, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mobile, the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, and St. John’s Episcopal.