What would Jesus say about climate change? What does the Torah say about stewardship of God's creation?
Leaders from different religious traditions (Reverend Sally Bingham and Rabbi Stephen Pearce) discuss how their respective philosophies and scriptures
guide their approach to today's energy challenges. They also address how congregations around the country are getting involved in the movement to build a cleaner energy future.
The Rev. Sally Grover Bingham is a Priest in the Diocese of California currently working as the Environmental Minister at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. She has been the chair of the Episcopal Diocesan Commission for the Environment for the last eight years. Bingham has been active in the environmental community for twenty years and serves on the national board of Environmental Defense Fund. She is the founder and executive director of The Regeneration Project, a nonprofit ministry, at this time, focusing on a response to global climate change. This particular initiative is called Episcopal Power and Light. The Episcopal model has developed into an interfaith one in several states in the U.S. and Canada. The mission is to mobilize the community of faith to lead by example in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
She has brought widespread attention to the linkage between ecological issues and the Christian Faith. She was appointed by Mayor Willie Brown to serve on the Commission on the Environment for the City and County of San Francisco. In July 2001 Bingham received the Green Power Leadership Pilot Award from the Center for Resource Solutions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Dept of Energy. Episcopal Power and Light was recognized as a Sacred Gift to the Planet by the World Wildlife Fund in November 2000 at a ceremony in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Regeneration Project received international Global Energy Award 2002. This "energy Oscar" was presented to Rev. Bingham in Austria by President Mikhail Gorbachev in March 2002.
Stephen S. Pearce, D.D., Ph.D., is senior rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco. For twenty years he was a faculty member in the Human Relations Department of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, and he also taught at the University of San Francisco, the University of Connecticut, and St. John's University, where he earned his doctorate in counselor psychology.
He is the past president of the Northern California Board of Rabbis and board member of the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and the Graduate Theological Union. He is the former editor of the Journal of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and was a regular contributor of Torah Thoughts columns that are available at Jewishsf.com. He is author of Flash of Insight: Metaphor and Narrative in Therapy, and coauthor with Bishop William E. Swing, The Episcopal Bishop of California and Father John P. Schlegel, past president of the University of San Francisco, of Building Wisdom's House: A Book of Values for Our Time.