About GINI

Green Interfaith Network strives to be a model for green faith communities in the Southern Appalachians and to become a spiritual voice for environmental sustainability in the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia region 

GINI's volunteers -- individuals, families, and our growing network of congregations -- are the driving force behind the vision of faith-based, sustainable living and Earthcare in the Southern Appalachians.

We offer resources on Earth stewardship,  eco-justice and advocacy, and spiritual tools for growth. Through eventsmeetings, and our web-based community we also offer opportunities to connect with others who share similar values. We celebrate the successes of our area faith communities. Read some success stories from the Tricities area in northeastern Tennessee here.

GINI can help faith communities undertake energy assessments and and improve energy sufficiency at their houses of worship through our Greening Grants!!  

As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, Green Interfaith Network offers our heart-felt gratitude to those on the front lines of care. We offer some thoughts on caring for ourselves, caring for others in our community, while continuing to care for all creation.

Physical Health

Mental Health

Spiritual Health

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz from San Francisco recently published The Six Spiritual Prescriptions for Coronavirus

  1. There is no value in placing blame (deal with our issues and learn from them)
  2. Be afraid - but channel that fear productively
  3. Wipe out evil with more compassion, more justice, and more humility
  4. Embrace a sabbatical through renewal and nourishing the soul
  5. Be gentle through understanding others
  6. Love is contagious, too - take actions inspired by love and joy

If you are unable to attend a place of worship to sustain your spiritual health, various houses of worship offer online services across Tennessee.

    The Board of Green Interfaith Network believe that these beautiful words, spoken 53 years ago by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., simply and eloquently portray the truth about our community of life on Earth. We believe the social and Earth sciences that teach us about the critical importance of maintaining diversity… of plants, animals, and people.

   We understand that diversity of beliefs, cultures, traditions, and histories strengthen and enrich us as we live together on this beautiful, miraculous planet. Living peaceably together requires that we act boldly and swiftly to stop the destruction of Earth. Global warming will not affect us all equally; rather, it will bring particular hardships to minority communities. Living peaceably together requires that we act boldly and swiftly to equalize access to healthcare and education and jobs and housing. For too long people of color have been held back from fully realizing the American Dream.

   We acknowledge and condemn the centuries of abhorrent, demoralizing, and often murderous activities that have been levied upon people of color… and we, as people of faith, vow to act upon our principles of faith on behalf of our brothers and sisters. Therefore, we resolve to:

  • speak truth to power about the persistent discrimination against minority people;
  • engage in peaceful civil action to show solidarity with others who also support minority equality and rights;
  • participate in community activities that are intended to bring people together regardless of race;
  • consciously support minority-owned businesses;
  • actively welcome people of color to join our organization and our activities;
  • educate ourselves about systemic racism;
  • vote our belief that Black Lives Matter.

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Webinar exploring faith, climate change, and COVID-19 at online

August 27, 2020 from 10am to 11am
Join us on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 10am and 8pm New York Time, for GreenFaith's Eco-Theology call.The world’s religions offer a unique and vital collection of moral teachings and spiritual insights about the Earth, all people, and the sacred.…See More
Aug 22, 2020
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TN Open House for Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival at online and phone-in

July 21, 2020 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Whether you are concerned about health care, immigration, homelessness, the climate, the death penalty, hunger, poverty, racial justice, endless war or militarism--and if you are working for justice on any or all of those issues--the Poor People's…See More
Jul 19, 2020
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Prayer Vigil in Abingdon at Abingdon Farmers Market

June 6, 2020 from 11am to 12pm
A Prayer Vigil for Black Lives TakenSATURDAY, JUNE 6, 11:00am ABINGDON FARMERS MARKETThe Appalachian Peace Education Center will host a vigil to mourn the lives of African Americans lost due to racial violence, to name the racial realities in our…See More
Jun 5, 2020
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Webinar: Liberating People and the Planet at Vanderbilt University

June 3, 2020 from 8pm to 9pm
Intersections in Economics, Ecology and ReligionWebinar: June 3, 2020 7:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)The Commons and Consumption in a Global PerspectiveRegister to join us for the next webinar on June 3, 7:00 PM (CDT)“The Commons and…See More
Jun 1, 2020

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