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Oklahoma Interfaith Power and Light is aware that global climate change is happening all around us. We believe that we can make a difference by making changes in our own lives that can slow or reverse the changes that are occurring due to the greenhouse effect of hydrocarbons from burning fossil fuel on the planet.

Interfaith Power & Light is mobilizing a religious response to global warming. The mission of Interfaith Power & Light is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

Our History

2011

Aug. 9 first meeting at national IPL headquarters in San Francisco (Bill Bradlee and other IPL staff meet with Ted Metzler and Linda Pope)

Sept. 7 first OK-IPL Advisory Board meeting held at Oklahoma City University

Sept. 19 Memorandum of Understanding co-signed, making OK-IPL the official

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Sept. 23 first public appearance of OK-IPL (at Caring for our HOME Conference, OCU)

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Nov. 16 1st public OK-IPL event (Global Climate Change – panel and town hall style)

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Dec. 7 2nd public OK-IPL event (Faith & Environmental Stewardship – panel & forum)

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2012

Apr. 29 – May 2 IPL Annual Conference in DC (Ted Metzler represents OK-IPL)

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July 26 co-sponsored event w/ Sierra Club (Coal Hard Truth Forum)

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Sept. 4 Tour of construction at Chisholm View Wind Farm (Hunter, OK)

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Sept. 29 1st Cool Congregations workshop (w/ Sarah Webb, Iowa IPL)

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2013

Jan. 28 2nd Cool Congregations workshop (UMCEC & OK-IPL CC Committee)

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Apr. 7 - 10 IPL Annual Conference in DC (Ted Metzler represents OK-IPL)

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2014

March 22nd Linda Pope and Ted Metzler give Cool Congregations presentation at Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa

May 4-7 IPL Annual Conference in DC (Ted Metzler represents OK-IPL)

2015

April 22nd, OK-IPL participates in the Earth Walk on the campus of Oklahoma City University.



May 3-6 IPL Annual Conference in DC (Ted Metzler represents OK-IPL)

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Members of our Advisory Board

The following alphabetized roster of our Advisory Board presents a substantial assembly of expertise, leadership, and civic connectedness. The membership of our Advisory Board also is explicitly interfaith, including representatives of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Native American spirituality.

Marvin Chiles

Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma

Marvin has served the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma as Board Member, Finance Chairman, and Treasurer. In 2003 he received the 20th Annual Human Rights Award given by the State of Oklahoma Human Rights Commission.

Rev. Dr. Mark Davies

Founding Director, World House Institute for Social and Ecological Responsibility at Oklahoma City University. Wimberly Professor of Social and Ecological Ethics.
As Director of the World House Institute, the Rev. Dr. Davies hosts our Oklahoma Interfaith Power and Light program

Ersin Demirci

Executive Director, Dialogue Institute of Oklahoma City

Ersin is a Board Member of the Oklahoma Governor’s International Team and is working on a doctoral degree in Aviation and space Sciences at Oklahoma State University. He also supplies our Advisory Board with an Islamic voice, replacing our good friend Orhan Osman (who has moved with his family to that other state south of Oklahoma J).

Dr. Len Feuerhelm

Professor of Physics, Oklahoma Christian University

Dr. Feuerhelm and his colleague Dr. Jim Baird were awarded a $10,000 prize by the Templeton Foundation in 1999 for their course concerning religion and science dialogue.

Pat Hoerth

Director, Turtle Rock Farm LLC, Red Rock, OK

Pat and her sister Ann have turned the family farm of their father (who was the first Republican Governor of Oklahoma) into an organic farm and retreat that teaches sustainability.

Ada Hunter

Adjunct Professor in Religion, Oklahoma City University

Trained in classical music and opera, Ada also holds an M.A. in Religion and is particularly concerned with faith-based responses to environmental issues.

Rabbi Abby Jacobson

Emanuel Synagogue, Oklahoma City

Abby is the first female Rabbi to lead a Jewish congregation in Oklahoma City, but she feels at home in Oklahoma, having grown up on a cattle ranch in central Florida.

Rev. Kris Ladusau

Pastor, Dharma Center of Oklahoma: Buddhism for Today

Besides a degree in violin performance, Rev. Ladusau holds a 4th degree black belt in Aikido. She worked for ten years in the oil business, and in 2009 she was ordained in Tokyo as the first non-Asian Reverend of Rissho Kosei Kai Buddhism.

Dr. Ted Metzler

Director, D.W. Hughes Program for Religion and Science Dialogue;
Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing, Oklahoma City University

Dr. Metzler applies his advanced degrees in philosophy, computer science, and theology to his leadership of the D.W. Hughes program; he directs the Oklahoma Interfaith Power and Light program as a special initiative of the more comprehensive Hughes program.

Rev. Linda Pope

President, Wired 4 Web, web site services

A graduate of Oklahoma State University and Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, the Rev. Pope also serves as Web Master for our Oklahoma Interfaith Power and Light program. She recently received a Bachelor of Art degree in web design from the Art Institute of Pittsburg.

Rev. Dr. William Tabbernee

Executive Director, Oklahoma Conference of Churches (OCC).

A 2009 Inductee in the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame, the Rev. Dr. Tabbernee is widely published in ecumenism and has contributed to archaeology, being credited with having discovered two ancient cities in Turkey. More than 30 years old, the OCC is comprised of congregations representing sixteen denominations in Oklahoma.

Dr. Leo Werneke

Emeritus Professor of Philosophy; Oklahoma City University.

Dr. Werneke has taught philosophy at Oklahoma City University for more than forty years, serving as department chair and, more recently, as Director of the university’s SACE program.

Rev. Dr. David Wilson

Conference Superintendent of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC)

The Rev. Dr. Wilson supervises a conference with more than 80 churches and approximately 6,000 members; several of its constituent congregations are more than 100 years old. David also is a member of the Board of Trustees for Oklahoma City University.

Our Partners and Friends

As an organization dedicated to mobilizing an interfaith religious response to global climate change through promotion of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and conservation, OK-IPL has recognized and acted upon its common concerns with the following like-minded organizations:

World House Scholars Program, Oklahoma City University

http://www.okcu.edu/religion/undergraduate/world-house/

Oklahoma Sierra Club

http://oklahoma2.sierraclub.org

Oklahoma Conference of Churches

http://okchurches.org/