Sally Bingham, The Regeneration Project
Wednesday, 27 Mar 2002
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.
Life is glorious and I hope you all agree. I feel particularly blessed today as I pack up my computer and papers to head for the office. (I cart my laptop back and forth between work and home in case I have a speech or sermon to prepare in the evenings. I work best at night, when most of the world — and certainly my household — is asleep.) Outside it’s cool and sunny, which clearly influences my mood. I wish I could sing; instead I talk to my Toyota Prius (it’s the hybrid, you know) and tell her what a pleasure she is to drive.
The good news in the office is that Lee is back. A seminar kept her away for two days, and although I managed without her, it was lonely. Happily, I have some good news to share with her: A program officer from a large and well-known foundation is interested in our work, and yesterday we set up a date to talk next week. Alleluia number one. Also yesterday, I found a bank that agreed to open an account with our prize money from Austria — 10,000 Euros that came with the Energy Oscar we won. I have been carrying the check around for two weeks trying to get the best exchange rate so I can put the money away for the proverbial rainy day. I took a picture of the check for reference and ran over to the bank to open an account.
After that, I had a bit of fun in my day: An old friend dropped by for a lunchtime walk out towards the Golden Gate Bridge. As we chatted and strolled, I was keenly aware of the new wildlife that has come to enjoy the renovated Crissy Field area. Egrets and herons have returned to an area once dominated by cement parking lots and old military barracks — a reconciliation with nature in the true sense. Thanks to the walk, I returned to my office inspired.
From there I headed to the cathedral to spend two hours brainstorming with my colleague Rick over how we might take The Regeneration Project to the next level and reach more people. The meeting was useful, but until we raise more money, we won’t know how far we can go with the project. With the Episcopal Power and Light program well-established both here and in the Northeast under Steve MacAusland, we see the possibility of a new program that will encourage more people to wean themselves from traditional energy sources. The time has come to make the switch from oil, coal, and gas to renewables, as a way of showing concern for our neighbors and for the next generation. God’s covenant with Noah was with every living thing and the generations that come later.
Once Lee and I caught up on events while she was gone, we made plans for how this day will be spent. She will help me write a note to all our funders to share the good news about the award and send along a picture of me with Mikhail Gorbachev. I’ll return some phone calls. Together, we’ll discuss revisions to our website. The hope is that sooner rather than later we will have every diocese in the U.S. registered and accounted for on our site. Then, when a person or parish is looking for information on renewable energy in their area, they can find what they need on the web and save a phone call to this office or to Steve MacAusland in Massachusetts.
I will leave at 11:15 for a photo shoot at the cathedral, where they are updating their files for staff clergy. Immediately afterward, I will attend the Holy Eucharist and hear my colleague and friend Rick Johnson preach.
Then I have an hour on the tennis court with my tennis partner to practice for a team match that we have next week. It is very important for me to get out and get some exercise every day. It clears my mind and gives me a rest from the computer and the phone. When I get back I’ll spend the afternoon handling written correspondence — the old-fashioned kind — and beginning a report for a grant that we got a year ago.
Just got news of another sign-on for our California Interfaith Power and Light covenant, and that is alleluia number two for today.