November 12, Grace Episcopal Cathedral, San Francisco: The 7th Annual Energy Oscars brought together a vibrant and active group of congregations and supporters, working to respond to climate change and clean up regional air quality. The gathering of 165 enjoyed a time of networking and conversation prior to the program, and were treated to wholesome appetizers from Greens Restaurant. The formal program included pictures and inspiring narratives of each finalist congregation, presented by CIPL staff and Steering Committee members. The emcee was The Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, Dean of Grace Cathedral.
The Rev. Sally Bingham opened the program with a prayer for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. There was a general murmur of consent throughout the assembled that thoughts and prayers were with those affected. Rev. Bingham underscored the urgency of responding to climate change and noted that it is often those who are most vulnerable that are affected by a changing climate.
Special remarks were made Tom Steyer, noted philanthropist, investor, and environmentalist. He confirmed that people of faith need to continue to work for the health of earth despite this becoming, unfortunately, a political issue. His words, as well as the narratives of each finalist congregation, inspired and strengthened the resolve of everyone assembled.
The winners of the Energy Oscars were: Education & Advocacy – Resurrection Church and School, Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles; Energy Efficiency & Conservation – Providence Baptist Church, San Francisco; and Green Building – Congregation Sinai, San Jose.
All the finalist congregations are listed below, and received a certificate of recognition for their exemplary work.
Education and Advocacy
Delhaven Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), La Puente
Pacific Unitarian Church, Rancho Palos Verdes
Resurrection Church, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles
St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, San Francisco
Energy Efficiency & Conservation
Calvary Presbyterian Church, San Francisco
Glide Memorial Methodist Church, San Francisco
Providence Baptist Church, San Francisco
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Belvedere
Claremont United Church of Christ, Claremont
Congregation B’nai Brith, Santa Barbara
Congregation Sinai, San Jose
Vedanta Society of Southern California, Los Angeles