Delaware Interfaith Power and Light


Moral Action on Climate Vigil

CandlesOn Wednesday, September 23, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Unitarian and Buddhist voices united in support of Pope Francis’ message on “Care of Our Common Home.”

Gathering on the steps of First & Central Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, faith leaders offered reflections from their diverse religious traditions on our shared responsibility to address the causes and impacts of climate change; to care for Creation and for each other.

Similar vigils were scheduled around the country on the eve of Pope Francis’ historic address to Congress.

Senator Tom Carper sent a statement of support and Senator Chris Coons delivered his own message of appreciation and respect, announcing that the day before, a bill had been introduced to support clean and renewable energy and reduce fossil fuel production. See links to local coverage:

Delaware News Journal

Delaware Public Media (WDDE)

Moral Action on Climate Vigil

On September 24, Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress.

On September 23, people of all ages and faiths around the country will join voices, light candles and pledge action supporting his message of Climate Action as a Moral Imperative.

Speakers, pledges, petitions, resources.
Bring your family, friends, co-­workers…and help spread the word!!

For more information contact: Lisa Locke, Delaware Interfaith Power & Light / 616.914.1597



Faith communities throughout Delaware celebrate release of Pope Francis’ Encyclical.

This Encyclical, Laudato Si’ (“Be praised” or “Praise be to you”) explores the relationship between creation care, sustainability of the environment and concern for the poor — all foundational themes for the great religions of the world. It is the first encyclical in history to specifically address humanity’s relationship with the environment and, unlike any previous encyclical, was addressed to every person on the planet. (See DEIPL Press Release)

Check here for Faith Resources for the Papal Encyclical.

We are one of 40 state affiliates of Interfaith Power & Light, founded by the Rev. Canon Sally Bingham. We have 25 member congregations whot have made a commitment to offering a religious response to climate change and to the care-taking of Creation.

We consider our work – whether sharing scriptures, hosting workshops, distributing eco-kits, expanding green space, coordinating solar energy projects, creating partnerships or meeting with legislators – a moral imperative.  Our goal, ultimately, is to assure the preservation of a healthy, sustainable planet but, closer to home, to improve the everyday quality of life of our families, our neighbors and our communities.

We have a range of partners we work with on related projects such as church energy audits and the Heat Health Warning System. Please take the time to learn and get involved.

Why Delawareans, especially, should get involved.

One of the major expected outcomes of climate change is a rise in sea level due the melting of polar ice.  Delawareans especially should be concerned about this because our state has the lowest average elevation of all fifty states – sixty feet.  The Delaware shoreline will look very different in years to come. In the shorter term, changes in habitat due to beach erosion are already stressing local wildlife such as the Horseshoe Crab, a major food source for migrating birds, featured in this video produced by the Teleduction company based at Wilmington’s waterfront.

Delaware Interfaith Power and Light is working with religious communities to raise awareness of how our daily habits contribute to the warming of our planet, and to teach how we can live more responsibly.  Please like us on Facebook, tweet our blog posts, join in this effort!  Saving a planet is a big order!