Faith, Science and Climate Solutions (Greenville, SC)

Please join us as South Carolina Interfaith Power and Light (SCIPL) hosts “Faith, Science and Climate Solutions” a community conversation on Monday, June 10, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Greenville, 847 Cleveland Street. The event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided. An RSVP is not required, but appreciated. How do people of faith and conscience seize the moral opportunity to lead on the most important issue of our time? Join the conversation! Religion and science are not in opposition on the issue of climate change. Science has a great deal to teach us about both the urgency to act and the solutions that are at hand. Our faith informs the actions that we take to care for Earth and all of its inhabitants. So how do people of faith and conscience seize the moral opportunity to lead on the most important issue of our time? Join Rev. Susan Hendershot, president of Interfaith Power & Light, and Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, at their Greenville, SC stop on a joint speaking tour on the intersection of faith, science, and climate solutions. The community conversation will be moderated by Michael Brown, Vice-Chair for Sustaining Way, President of Spartanburg NAACP and Spartanburg County Council Representative, and SCIPL Program Coordinator Dean Adams will provide local context and opportunities for action. Speaker Bios: Rev. Susan Hendershot, President of Interfaith Power & Light. Susan Hendershot is president of Interfaith Power & Light, a national nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire and mobilize people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change. Through their national network of 40 state affiliates, IPL is leading the faith climate action movement at the local, state, and national levels through a combination of personal action and policy advocacy to advance climate solutions. Prior to becoming President of The Regeneration Project and Interfaith Power & Light, Rev. Hendershot served as the Executive Director at Iowa Interfaith Power & Light for seven years. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with an M. Div. from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, a B.A. from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia, and a certificate in Spiritual Direction. Prior to Iowa IPL, Rev. Hendershot served as a pastor in both Disciples of Christ and United Methodist congregations, focusing on social justice ministries. She also served as the first Heartland Field Organizer for the ONE Campaign on global poverty. Currently Rev. Hendershot serves as co-chair of the Executive Committee for the RE-AMP Steering Committee, a network of over 170 climate, energy, and environmental organizations throughout the Midwest. Rev. Hendershot believes that climate change is a moral issue, disproportionately impacting those who are most vulnerable in our world. She gets her motivation and inspiration from her two sons. Kenneth Kimmell, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists Ken Kimmell is president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a leading science-based nonprofit that combines the knowledge and influence of the scientific community with the passion of concerned citizens to build a healthy planet and a safer world. Mr. Kimmell has more than 30 years of experience in government, environmental policy, and advocacy. He is a national advocate for clean energy and transportation policies and a driving force behind UCS’s “Power Ahead” campaign to build a large and diverse group of clean energy leadership states. Prior to joining UCS in May 2014, Mr. Kimmell was the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). As commissioner, he also served as chairman of the board of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, helping to prod the nine member states to reduce power plant carbon emissions by almost 50 percent through 2020, reducing emissions in the region by some 90 million tons. Mr. Kimmell has also served as general counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s administration, and spent 17 years as the director and senior attorney at a Boston-based law firm specializing in environmental, energy, and land-use issues. SCIPL’s mission is inspired by diverse faith perspectives to care for the Earth and all its inhabitants. SCIPL addresses climate change by engaging people of faith to work together for a just and sustainable future. SCIPL offers programs and resources for advocacy, action, energy conservation, education, networking and worship. SCIPL operates as a program of Sustaining Way, an interfaith nonprofit that uses education, collaboration, and workforce development to empower communities to cultivate a sustainable and equitable future. Thank you to our sponsors: Interfaith Power & Light, Union of Concerned Scientists, Sustaining Way, Annie's House, SAVER Committee & First Baptist Greenville, and the Southeast Faith Leaders Network. For more info: RSVP appreciated, but not required. Support of this free event with a donation is tax deductible.
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