Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Religious leader tackles faith and the environment

Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham to speak at St. Thomas

Express Staff Writer

The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham will give a talk on religion and climate change. Photo by

Heard on CNN, featured in O the Oprah magazine and soon to visit Sun Valley, the Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, an Episcopal priest and environmental minister at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, is spreading the word on faith and climate change.

Bingham is a guest of the Green Team at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Sun Valley Road and will give a free talk, "Shared Purpose: A Religious Response to the Climate Crisis," on Friday, June 25, at 7 p.m. In addition, she will preach during Sunday morning services on June 27 at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

"I pray on a regular basis for reverence for the earth," Bingham said. "This was my calling. Clergy never talked about this at the pulpit, but it is a moral calling to be stewards of the earth."

Bingham will examine the link between faith and the environment. She has been garnering widespread attention from the pulpit for years and in her ongoing work as founder of the Regeneration Project, which developed the national Interfaith Power and Light campaign.

"There are people who deny that humans are changing the climate and that is my subject," she said. "My work is a response to global warming."

Bingham will talk about the programs she has started at the Regeneration Project and the national Interfaith Power and Light campaign. These programs include advocating solar technology and retrofitting homes with energy-saving light bulbs and other devices. Bingham said she wants to reach everyone in America.

"People need to hear about climate change over and over again because repeating is the only way people will get it," she said. "Hope for making a change for the environment lies in people doing good things and making changes."

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