Rhode Island Interfaith Power & Light works to encourage faith-based stewardship of Creation by promoting energy conservation, energy efficiency, and clean renewable energy production. We are called to protect the earth’s atmosphere and its ecosystems, safeguard public health, and ensure sufficient, sustainable and affordable energy for all.
Our Faith Communities Believe That We Are Called to Care for Creation
The major faith traditions offer Scripture calling each of us to be responsible stewards of Creation. Perhaps Archbishop Desmond Tutu said it best in the Foreword to the Green Bible when he wrote “We must act now and wake up to our moral obligations. The poor and vulnerable are members of God’s family and are the most severely affected by droughts, high temperatures, the flooding of coastal cities, and more severe and unpredictable weather events resulting from climate change. We, who should have been responsible stewards preserving our vulnerable, fragile planet home, have been wantonly wasteful through our reckless consumerism, devouring irreplaceable natural resources. We need to be accountable to God’s family. Once we start living in a way that is people-friendly to all of God’s family, we will also be environmental-friendly.” Leaders of Rhode Island’s diverse faith communities, who work together as colleagues in RI IPL, share their favorite quotes from Scriptures calling for Creation Care.
Rabbi Jeff Goldwasser, Temple Sinai
From Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:13, “Upon creating the first human beings, God guided them around the Garden of Eden, saying, ‘Look at my creations! See how beautiful and perfect they are! I created everything for you. Make sure you do not ruin or devastate My world. If you do, there will be no one after you to fix it.’”
Mufti Ikram ul-Haq, Resident Scholar and Imam, Masjid Al Islam
From Quran 7:56, “And not cause corruption on the earth after it has been set in order.”
Rev. Dr. Anita Louise Schell, Rector of Emmanuel Church
On page 827 of The Book of Common Prayer, we read “Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. “
Joanne Friday, Teacher, Buddhist Order of Interbeing
From the words of my teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh: “Only when we’ve truly fallen back in love with the Earth will our actions spring from reverence and the insight of our interconnectedness. Yet much of what we drink, eat, watch, read or listen to, is toxic, polluting our bodies and minds with violence, anger, fear and despair. We need to wake up and understand that there’s a revolution that needs to happen and it starts from inside each one of us.”