SHOW

Saturday November 11, 2017
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

United Parish of Brookline
210 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446

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Saturday, November 18, 2017
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Edwards Church of Framingham
39 Edwards Street, Framingham, MA 01701

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Leading by example can be a powerful part of our moral responsibility to care for creation. By reducing the carbon footprints at our houses of worship we also lower energy bills and free up funds needed for other important purposes. You'll learn about:

  • Electricity — How to recognize the major energy hogs — and what to do about them.
  • Solar Power — Is solar an option for your congregation?
  • Heat & Air Conditioning — Is it time for an upgrade?
  • Building Envelope — How to make your congregation more comfortable & save money.
  • Behavior — How simple actions can reduce your energy bill – and carbon footprint.

8:30 am: On-site registration & refreshments. 9:00 am-12:30 pm: Workshop. Fee is $20 payable online through PayPal, or by check. Members of building committees, green teams, environmental & social justice committees encouraged to attend.

For more information contact Vince Maraventano at vince@MIPandL.org or 617-244-0755.

All are welcome!

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ

 

The Environmental Crisis: Our Spiritual Responsibility 

The 2017 Burstein Scholars-in-Residence Weekend at Temple Israel of Boston, Friday-Sunday, November 17-19, 2017

Featuring Peter Fox Penner, Mitch Thomashow, and Rev. Mariama White-Hammond.

This weekend of outstanding speakers, workshops, prayer, and art will offer many opportunities to learn, to be inspired, and to wrestle with our shared responsibility to the natural world. 

See the event webpage for the detailed schedule. There are compelling educational opportunities for everyone and we very much hope you will join us.

Although there is no charge for any of the planned events, we ask that you Please Register Before November 14 (click here). Registration is especially important for families who wish to utilize our childcare sessions (which will include a children's environmental art project). Registration will also help us with meal planning/limiting food waste and seating.

Houses of worship leave a notable environmental imprint.

Houses of Worship

Per capita, per hour of use, they're often among the biggest wasters of energy, and the United States has more houses of worship than any other country!

Many congregations recognize the moral imperative for stewardship, but don't always stand on the moral "high ground" when it comes to actual energy usage. We need to become better stewards and, in the process, encourage and inspire our congregants to do better at home, school, and work.

Membership in MIP&L offers a concrete way to put faith into action. Together, we will work toward environmental justice and care of creation. We will be a powerful religious response to global warming and environmental degradation!

If we don't, who will?

 

SUCCESS STORIES

Boston SynagogueAll Steamed Up?

Boston Synagogue was all steamed up, not just about climate change but especially about its cost (in $s and environmental impact) for using steam to heat its building. Boston Synagogue (also known as Charles River Park Synagogue) is a small, lay-led synagogue located in the heart of the Old West End near Massachusetts General Hospital. The building was constructed in 1971. It is a single-story structure, with a dramatic pitched "skylight" roof over the Sanctuary.

The result?  During 2009 Boston Synagogue reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by 70%, from over 200,000 lbs to just over 80,000 lbs. Their annual energy costs decreased by 57% during this period, to about $6,800 as compared to about $15,750. Also, their annual repair and maintenance bills dropped significantly. As a result,the estimated payback time on their capital investment is approximately 5 years.

Read the full and very detailed case study by clicking here (PDF).

 

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carbon pricing

The social and public health damage from carbon pollution mounts every day. We need a law in Massachusetts that adds a fair and rising cost to fossil fuels to account for the enormous damage they cause. If you're a faith leader who agrees, sign the Interfaith Call for Carbon Pricing!

To learn more click here.

 

Paris we're still in!

Our faith calls us to protect Creation and to love our neighbor. We are acting to meet or exceed the Paris agreement goals. We're keeping the faith, and we're still in!

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Mass. Interfaith Power & Light is a non-profit organization that provides a religious response to climate change. Our mission is to: Assist faith communities, their members and the public to decrease their carbon dioxide emissions & energy costs; educate people on why climate change is a matter of morality and justice; and increase public understanding of policies that will lead to a sustainable future.