Sign Our Congregational Covenant
Does your congregation?embrace the need for proactive, faith-based solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation? If so, we invite you to join with us in creating a network of Nebraska congregations– of any faith background– who?are working to protect creation.
By signing this covenant, your members will have access to a state-wide email listserv of people of faith?working on low-carbon solutions, renewable energy, eco-justice, creation-based worship services and climate change policy advocacy. You will also have access to referrals to our network of clean energy professionals who can do an energy audit of your building, or consult with you on how to install solar panels. You will also receive updates from Nebraska IPL on advocacy opportunities to raise your moral voices on climate change issues in our state.
As a faith community, we express our deep care for the consequences of climate change on the earth and its people. Life is a precious gift that has been given to us by God, and our faith calls us to protect it and care for it. Climate change is a threat to all life on earth. As people of faith, we have a moral responsibility to lessen the severity of climate change and to protect people, wildlife and ecosystems.
Our religious convictions tell us that the earth and the whole universe are gifts that we have received from the spring of life, from God. It is our obligation to respect, protect and sustain these gifts by all means.
Our religious convictions tell us of the rule of reciprocity: to treat others as we would like them to treat us. This includes future generations. It is our duty to leave this earth behind to our children and grandchildren in a way that ensures sustainable and acceptable living conditions for all.
Our religious convictions tell us about care for the vulnerable: climate change is leading to unprecedented ecological degradation, affecting in particular the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations. It is our moral duty to work to protect these people by avoiding the most severe consequences of climate change.
Our religious convictions tell us that human life is open to the possibility of change and renewal: we believe we are not doomed to self-destruction, but can exist in harmony with nature. We believe that the challenge of climate change offers many opportunities to transform into a better society: to build a renewable energy infrastructure, to rein in unsustainable consumption, to reconnect with our neighbors and with the earth. The opportunities to live more humbly and in harmony with nature are in line with our faith.
With this covenant, and with the help of Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light, we agree to:
- Speak about climate change as a moral issue in our congregational life?in discussion groups, retreats, worship services, meetings and more.
- Lower the carbon footprint of our congregation by investigating and implementing energy-saving practices.
- Use resources wisely in our congregational life like water, food, paper, electricity, waste, and more.
- Be informed about public policy issues affecting climate change on the local, state and federal level, and to discern when to raise our moral voices to advocate for positive change.
- Support the work of Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light, which may include making an annual donation.
Sign the Congregational Covenant