A report from Fox News shows that after Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock stumped for Democrat Hillary Clinton in her failed 2016 bid for the White House, his church, Ebenezer Baptist Church, was awarded a hefty $550,000 grant from the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). He continues to serve there as the senior pastor. Warnock was sent to the Senate after winning a special election runoff in 2021, where he narrowly beat appointed GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler.
Fox News reports:
The Creation Care Education and Energy Stewardship Initiative was designed to improve the church’s energy efficiency and lower its emissions while making it an example of “resource stewardship” to the community, according to the announcement.
“The world faces the significant challenge of climate change due to greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels, and burning of coal is a major contributor to those emissions,” the CGI announcement stated. “Using energy more efficiently, reducing coal use, and increasing renewable energy will help to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change.”
“As people of faith, the principles of stewardship, justice, community of life, and awe inform our call to care for creation,” it continued. “The Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church has a recognized and highly active creation care ministry in which the church works with its many congregants to learn and teach strategies for stewarding resources and caring for God’s creation.”
As part of the program, Ebenezer Baptist Church partnered with BlocPower, Green Faith, the Center for Sustainable Communities and the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance. The groups were part of the plan to audit the church’s worship, educational and community facilities, recommend energy savings methods and propose solar generation methods by the end of 2016.
While praising the grant, Warnock claimed climate change “disproportionately impacts poor, marginalized, black and brown communities.”