I recently had the privilege of attending, and presenting at, the Colorado Interfaith Power and Light’s Creation Care Conference in Wheat Ridge, CO.  COIPL, as the organization is called, is an interfaith organization that attempts to call people of all faiths to action on behalf of the environment.  COIPL specifically focuses on issues related to climate change and global warming.

COIPL is a fascinating, and much needed, organization.  In our efforts to market sustainable building design to individual churches, we have encountered a surprising variety of attitudes toward the environment.  Some churches seem to have no interest, some worry that worship of Nature may be substituted for worship of God, and others are interested if there is a reasonable return on investment.  Only rarely have we encountered a religious organization that perceives Care of Creation as fundamental to its mission, or that views carelessness about Creation as a violation of religious covenants.

I like the term Creation Care, as it implies respect not just for all people, but for animals, plants, and even the inorganic matter that nourishes them all.  The Jewish community would prefer the term “Repairing the World,” representing both social and environmental awareness. Whether we call it Creation Care or Repairing the World, it is wonderful to see faith based communities working to become more sustainable and even working together to achieve this goal.