Plant with Purpose Executive Scott Sabin's Blog Post Gives GTC a Thumbs Up

Friday, May 7, 2021

"Most recently, I have gotten to know Green the Church, an organization founded by Rev. Ambrose Carroll, a pastor from Berkeley, California. Green the Church “stands at the intersection of the Black Church and the environmental movement,” working to develop resources on environmental theology for the church, promoting sustainable practices, and helping member churches organize to advocate on behalf of the environment.

Green the Church has a monthly webinar, and I just enrolled in their self-paced course "The Black Church & The Environmental Age.” I will let you know how that goes.

One of the things I like the most about Green the Church is their effort to lift up and amplify the voices of churches across the country “who are already doing powerful work to care for our Earth.” It has long been my contention that there is far more innovative work being done by congregations at a local level than anyone realizes. These are projects that tend to be overlooked by the media and by those with a platform. Thus, their stories are never told and we never benefit from their ideas, or the encouragement that comes from knowing of like-minded Christians, actively fulfilling their role as stewards of creation. Green the Church has awakened me to the fact that some of the most dynamic and creative work around the country is being done by African American churches, and I am excited to learn more.

There are many more organizations and initiatives that I could highlight. The more I research, the more I realize how much is going on at the local level that is imaginative, inspiring and often below the radar."

Scott Sabin is the Chief Executive Officer of Plant with Purpose. To read more of Scott's blog go to Three Christian Environmental Organizations You Should Know.

How 1,000 Black Churches Are Caring For the Earth

APRIL 22, 2021  #EveryDayIsEarthDay
A conversation with Kim Noble of Green The Church

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.

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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


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. 

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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


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)

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Saturday, November 21, 2020


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.


by Rev. Ambrose Carroll | Oct 27, 2020 | Election,Your Vote Matters | Take the Faith Climate Voter Pledge

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. 

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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.

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CNN reports How green theology is energizing the black community to fight the climate crisis

Dr. Carroll Selected as a 2020 Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity Announces Cohort