Delaware Interfaith Power and Light


OUR MISSION:   working through  faith communities and community partners, to provide a religious response to the causes and impacts of climate change.

WE BELIEVE:   we have a moral responsibility to scientifically inform and spiritually deepen our understanding of our relationship with the natural world and with each other, to act on those understandings.

OUR GOAL:  to assure the preservation of a healthy, sustainable planet and, closer to home, improve the everyday quality of life of our families, our neighbors, our communities.

Faith Leaders Urge Legislative Support for a bill to significantly increase our state’s use of renewable energy and create a new, more equitable community solar market.

Given that…

our collective communities of faith consider climate change to be a defining moral issue of our times – challenging our understandings; calling ever more profoundly on our testaments of faith, our reservoirs of hope, our sense of shared humanity; inspiring us to action

We urge your support of Senator McDowell’s bill that includes creation of a Community Sustainable Energy Authorities provision; critical legislation introduced to combat the causes and consequences of climate change and sea-level rise, boost a greener economy, and address inequities in access to affordable, clean, renewal energy sources. READ MORE


To take individual action to advocate for passage of this bill, go to the Sierra Club site at HERE. For additional resources visit HERE.

Community Climate Conversations:  Let’s Talk About It!!

AME Womens’ Missionary Society (Emanuel AME Church, Hartley), All-Hands Volunteers (Community Resource Center, Rehoboth Beach), Coastal Climate Conversation (South Coastal Library, Bethany Beach) & Community Climate Conversation (Epworth UMC, Rehoboth Beach)

Creating opportunities to openly, candidly and respectfully discuss issues related to climate change; to share individual beliefs, confusions, observations, fears and hopes; to explore practical ideas and available resources for creating a healthier planet.

For more information or to schedule a Climate Conversation, contact Lisa Locke at


A diversity of faith leaders and partners in Wilmington Delaware share “THIS WE BELIEVE” statements. Simple, personal, profound, these voices express the urgent need for our nation to take bold action on climate change and to call on our sense of shared humanity, treating each other with fairness, respect and compassion. We also lament and protest the several ways in which the current federal administration has failed to do so and the need for accountability,

Speakers in order of appearance:

Lisa Locke and Jo Klinge, “This We Believe”

Jo Klinge, co-convenor, InterFaith Leaders for Neighborhood Ministries

Faizal Chaudhury, Islamic Society of Delaware

The Rev. Patricia Downing, Trinity Episcopal Parish

The Rev. Jason R. Churchill, St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church

David Ross, Founder/Director, Education First Golf

Dr. Mark Perri, Delaware Interfaith Power & Light, Wilmington in Transition

Lisa Locke, Executive Director, Delaware Interfaith Power & Light

Clem Dinsmore, Trinity Episcopal Church

Dr. Kathryn Leep, Member, Neighborhood Planning Council

Imam Umar K. Hassan El, Masjid al Kauthar

The Rev. Melissa Lemons, Unity Lutheran Church

Dr. Nadine Limberry, West Center City Block Club

Rabbi Yair Robinson, Temple Beth Emeth

Ed Klinge, co-convenor, InterFaith Leaders for Neighborhood Ministries

Videographer:  The Rev. Thomas C. Davis, Interfaith Veterans Workgroup: Commissioned Interfaith Peacemaker of New Castle Presbytery

Full text of statement and list of signatories:



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On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Millions will take the streets to demand a right to a future, and are inviting you to #strikewithus

These school children have grasped something that seems to elude many of their elders:
we are in a race for our lives, and we are losing.
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres
SNAP, RECORD & SHARE – Take a photo or record a short video of yourself holding a sign/ sharing your own strike solidarity message, including where you are from. Send it to Ja’Carla Mitchell, DeIPL intern,  and share it on your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account. Be sure to use the hashtags #climatestrike and #FaithsForTheFuture.
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Delaware Interfaith Power & Light is one of 40 state affiliates. Our shared mission is to provide a religious response to the causes and impacts of climate change through advocacy, education, and promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and clean, renewable energy sources.

We believe we have a moral responsibility to scientifically inform and spiritually deepen our understanding of our relationship with the natural world and with each other, and to act on those understandings.

Our goal, ultimately, is to assure the preservation of a healthy, sustainable planet and closer to home, to improve the everyday quality of life of our families, our neighbors, our communities.


ON Saturday, May 19, Delaware Interfaith Power & Light joined with Epworth United Methodist Church, Citizen’s Climate Lobby – Lower Delaware, Delaware Sierra Club, MERR Institute, Oceana, Progressive Democrats of Sussex County and Surfrider Foundation Delaware Chapter to host Hands Across the Sand in Rehoboth Beach.

The Hands Across the Sand movement started 8 years ago in the wake of the devastating BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and has turned into an annual, worldwide event.

This year, concerned citizens came together on a very soggy Saturday morning on Rehoboth Beach to join hands in our shared commitment to protect the world’s oceans; to show solidarity for a clean, healthy, sustainable energy future; and to oppose the Trump administration’s recent proposal to open over 90% of U.S. offshore regions to oil and gas exploration and development, including areas off our beautiful Delaware coastline.

Senator Enesto (Ernie) Lopez has sponsored Senate Bill 200, which “prohibits drilling for oil or natural gas in Delaware’s coastal zone and territorial waters and precludes DNREC from issuing any permits in connection with the development of offshore drilling infrastructure, whether proposed for Delaware territorial waters or waters outside of the State.” It is awaiting consideration in Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Committee.

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