How 1,000 Black Churches Are Caring For the Earth
When Rev. Dr. Ambrose Carroll joined with other U.S. leaders around environmental issues, he didn’t see people who looked like him — Black brothers and sisters of faith — at the table. Since the pastor founded Green The Church to amplify the efforts of Black churches 10 years ago, the organization has grown to include 1,000 Black congregations across the U.S. who are taking environmental action — from preaching sermons about creation care, to installing solar panels and growing community gardens, to influencing national policy.
Wed, Apr 14, 2021 - Rev. Dr. Kip Banks, Partner with Values Partnership
An Interview with Dr. Ambrose Carrol on the Green The Church Movement
Rev. Dr. Ambrose F. Carroll, Sr. was recently interviewed by The Black Church Weekly, a publication focused on communities of faith and communities of color bringing news and views related to the Black church and opportunities to engage on policy, entertainment, and culture each week!
Read the interview here.
March 18, 2021
Green The Church Applauds EPA Return to Science
OAKLAND, CA – Today, the EPA relaunched its webpage about climate change. The page had been removed from the site by the Trump administration in 2017. In response to the relaunch of the page, Reverend Ambrose Carroll, founder of Green The Church, released the following statement:
“As a national initiative working with Black churches to expand environmental resilience, Green The Church applauds EPA Administrator Michael Regan for reinstating its climate policy website. The previous administration denied science-based evidence and ignored the unequal impact of climate change on our health and our economy. That was a denial of climate and environmental injustices.
The EPA defines environmental justice as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” The return of the climate policy website means the Biden Administration is returning to EPA’s promise to protect our communities in a fair and just manner.”
Rev. Dr. Carroll on Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church and Green The Church
INSIDE CLIMATE NEWS - DECEMBER 31, 2020
Black church leaders continue to take their own approach to climate and the environment. One example comes from Green the Church, an initiative of Carroll Ministries International, led by the Rev. Ambrose Carroll Sr., the senior pastor at the Church by the Side of the Road in Berkeley, California.
Green The Church Joins 50 Other Leading Environmental Advocacy and Public Health Organizations Recommend Robust Investments in Clean Energy Infrastructure for All
Monday, February 22. 2021
In a detailed letter to Congressional leaders, leading environmental, justice, and public health organizations push significant investment in policies to tackle climate crisis, cut pollution, create jobs and address environmental justice as part of economic recovery. Read the letter delivered to House and Senate leadership.
Environmental activist Heather McTeer Toney recognizes Green The Church work as a principle of Kwanzaa
YALE CLIMATE CONNECTIONS - DECEMBER 29, 2020
Today is the third day of Kwanzaa.
“For me personally, it’s a period of reflection, of preparation, of really centering myself in my culture and my spirituality and celebrating African Americans,” says Heather McTeer Toney, senior director at Mom’s Clean Air Force.
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Heather McTeer Toney (Photo credit: Moms Clean Air Force / Flickr)
Green theology provides valuable framework for climate action, justice
Green theology is at the forefront of addressing the disparities and environmental injustices faced by many Black communities. It is based on the interconnection of conventional and non traditional faiths, green philosophy — which balances protecting the earth and improving health — and history.
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The Rev. Dr Ambrose Carroll, Sr is founder of Green The Church, a sustainability initiative working to create a cadre of Black Church communities who are committed to green theology, promoting sustainable practices within their communities and helping to build economic & political change. He is also senior pastor at The Church by the Side of the Road in Berkeley, CA.
CLIMATE VOTING TO PROTECT GOD’S CREATION
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I have been incredibly heartened by a recent national poll of religious voters that showed 94% of Black Protestants believe that our responsibility to protect God’s Creation is an important reason to address climate. I am not surprised that Black people of faith feel this way for three important reasons.
Faith & Leadership an online magazine of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity reports on how Green The Church encourages African American congregations to commit to an enviromnetal theology that promotes sustainable practices and helps build economic and political change.
TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2020
As the son of an itinerant Baptist minister, Ambrose Carroll moved with his family from city to city as his father felt called to serve new churches: Atlanta, St. Louis, Compton, Santa Ana and finally, Oakland, California.
But there was one constant in the lives of the six Carroll siblings. Summers and holidays were spent back on the family homestead in the tiny community of Holly, Louisiana.