Leaders from all of IPL’s state affiliates are gathering in Washington D.C. this week for our 6th annual national conference.

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Katy Hinman (Georgia IPL) giving a presentation on their Gippy Awards ceremony. Gippy Awards are given to green congregations.

Details on our first full day after the jump (click more to read all about it!)

We began with a session for our new IPLs on networking and getting started. Each state leader shared where they were in their development, and we reviewed IPL’s core programs.

After lunch, we gathered for an interfaith opening service, with readings and singing. Each of the conference attendees brought local water, both from their taps and from natural sources where they live. Everyone combined their water into a large bowl, and we reflected on the act’s symbolic significance.

The rest of the day state leaders shared successful programs they’ve introduced in their states, and we discussed strategies for online organizing and congregational based organizing.

IPL state affiliate leaders at dinner.

IPL state affiliate leaders at dinner.

After dinner we enjoyed a “fireside chat” with Rev. Richard Cizik and Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb, facilitated by Sally Bingham. Each of these powerfully influential religious leaders shared their personal stories about how they got involved in climate protection, the obstacles they’ve faced, and their hope for the future. (Video on this session coming soon!)

Rev. Richard Cizik, Rabbi Fred Scherlinger Dobb, and Rev. Canon Sally Bingham

Rev. Richard Cizik, Rabbi Fred Scherlinger Dobb, and Rev. Canon Sally Bingham

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