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February 2017

Dear MIP&L members and friends,

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4 Saturday Afternoons: March 18 & 25, April 1 & 8

MA Interfaith Power & Light is introducing a new experiential and relational program designed to enable people of faith to become active and effective leaders in the fight against climate change. Our Creation Care Leadership Through Organizing training recognizes that values and emotions are key elements that facilitate action.

The four afternoon workshops will enable you to:

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond
Minister of Ecological Justice
Bethel A.M.E. Church

Vince Maraventano, M.Div.
Executive Director
MA Interfaith Power & Light

Emily Kirkland
Director of Organizing
350 Mass. for a Better Future

Andy Gordon
Legislative Coordinator
350 Mass. for a Better Future

Experienced organizers from 350 Mass for a Better Future will teach the skills needed to carry out the values-based organizing model developed by Marshall Ganz of Harvard University. Facilitators trained in ministry will draw on the values articulated by Laudato Si', and the wisdom of Joanna Macy needed to support sustained engagement. There will be an optional time for meal fellowship.

When: Saturday 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 & 4/8 from 1 PM to 5 PM

Where: Bethel AME, 40 Walk Hill St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; Embassy Room, Youth Center.

Register today at:

Registration limited and available on first come first served basis. No Fee. 2 participants per congregation recommended — no more than 3. This is a four-afternoon seminar. Participants are expected to attend all four sessions. A light meal will be served. Convenient to MBTA Orange Line, Forest Hills station and buses.

All faiths welcome!

For more information contact: Vince Maraventano: or 617-244-0755

Co-sponsors: Environmental Ministries, MACUCC; Creation Care Ministries, TABCOM



Sustainable House of Worship (SHOW) Workshop in Western MA


Sunday, April 23, 2017
Springfield/Longmeadow Area
Location and afternoon time to be determined

Would your congregation like to decrease your use of fossil fuels and the contribution they make to global warming? Lower your utility bills to free up funds for mission & other needs?

Come to this half-day session to learn:

When: Sun. April 23, 2017
Springfield/Longmeadow area
Hosting house of worship and afternoon time to be announced soon.

Members of all faiths are welcome to attend!

The fee to attend is $20 payable online by credit card, or in-person by check. Light refreshments are included. Sponsored by the MA Conference of the UCC.

For more information contact Vince Maraventano at or 617-244-0755.


Senate confirms Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

—Emails Disclose Ties to Fossil Fuel Industry


The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt, President Trump's EPA nominee on a 52-46 vote, which was split largely along party lines. Two Democrats, Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, crossed the aisle to vote for Pruitt. One Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, voted no on confirming the EPA nominee. Another, Sen. John McCain R-Ariz., skipped the vote, as did Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. "For us to ... approve this nominee who is hostile, who has sued the agency, who has never done a thing in his life to protect the environment, is just outrageous," said Sen. Angus King (I-Maine). "It's a dereliction of our responsibility, and we are going to look back on this moment and say, 'What were we thinking?'"

Democrats had stalled the vote on Pruitt's confirmation, holding the floor all through the night to debate his nomination. Republicans ignored their pleas to delay the vote until senators could review Pruitt's records, including emails between the Oklahoma attorney general and oil and gas companies, required to be released under a court order.

More than 7,000 pages of emails released last week show that Pruitt, "closely coordinated with major oil and gas producers, electric utilities and political groups with ties to the libertarian billionaire brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch to roll back environmental regulations" according to the New York Times. Read more here.



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From Emily Kirkland at 350 MA for a Better Future

On April 29th, 350 Mass and MA Interfaith Power & Light will be joining hundreds of thousands of people in Washington, DC for the People's Climate Mobilization—a massive march to protect our climate, our families, and our communities.

Will you join us? We'll send as many buses as we can fill—sign up now to reserve your spot!

Over the last 27 days, there have been plenty of moments when it seemed like all hope was lost. But make no mistake: we're fighting back. From the Women's March, to immigration protests, to congressional town halls, people all over this country are showing what it looks like to resist Trump's dangerous agenda with courage, hope, and determination.

Now, it's time for the climate movement to take up the challenge. On April 29, we'll come together to demonstrate our passion, our commitment, and our fierce love for this planet and one another. Together, we'll do what we can to defend our climate, our communities, and our future.

Can you be there? Sign up now to reserve your spot on a bus!

Over the last few years, through hard work, creativity, and persistence (and a lot of late nights), we've built a tremendous movement. Now, with everything at stake, it's time to show what this community can do. Join us!

I'll see you out there!

Emily Kirkland



Two carbon pricing bills have garnered strong support in the Massachusetts legislature Sixty-two lawmakers signed onto Sen. Barrett's bill (SD 1021), An Act Combating Climate Change which is similar to the one he proposed last session. Rep. Jennifer Benson rounded up 58 co-sponsors for her bill (HD 1504) An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Create Jobs. To read more click here.

Want to help build support for carbon pricing in Massachusetts? Contact Vince Maraventano at



March 5th at Northeastern

Don't miss the 30th Annual Local Environmental Action Conference on Sunday, March 5th at Northeastern University in Boston.

20 workshops will cover a range of issues and skills – from the future of energy in New England to organizing in the age of Trump.


Breakfast and lunch are included in all tickets.

Co-hosted by the Massachusetts Climate Action Network and the Toxics Action Center.
Co-sponsored by MA Interfaith Power & Light and Mothers Out Front.

For more information and to register click here.


Climate Change Film Series

Temple Sinai, Temple Israel, and Temple Ohabei Shalom are excited to announce a climate change film and discussion series. The issues raised by these films are more relevant than ever given the continuing degradation of creation caused by the search for fossil fuels and the resultant increase in the numbers of climate refugees. A moderated conversation will follow each film.

March 5: Time to Choose, at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave, Boston.
Time to Choose by Oscar-winning director Charles Ferguson takes audiences on a journey from the threats we face to the remarkable stories of people changing our world for the better.

April 2: How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change at Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon St., Brookline.
Traveling to 12 countries on six continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can't destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away? The film first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016.

There will be no charge for the series. Each showing will begin at 4 PM and end by approximately 6:15 PM.

For more information, contact:
Deborah Nam-Krane, Temple Sinai
Joan Rachlin, Temple Israel
Danit Ben-Ari, Temple Ohabei Shalom


Spiritual resilience and resistance in a time of climate change

A Saturday Morning Retreat


Saturday April 1, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Led by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas
Trinity Church in the City of Boston, Copley Square

Looking deeply into our sources of hope can sustain our efforts to renew the web of life and to create a more just society. This retreat will explore a framework for the heart to help us become healers filled with compassion, energy, and hope.

The retreat will include presentations, guided meditation, singing, silence, and conversation. Led by a Christian who honors the deep wisdom of every religious tradition, the retreat is open to people of all faiths and none. Everyone is welcome.

The retreat is free and open to the public. Free-will donations gladly accepted.

Please Pre-register here.


A Prayer of Gratitude for Creation

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God of the universe,
We thank You for Your many good gifts -
For the beauty of Creation and its rich and varied fruits,
For clean water and fresh air, for food and shelter, animals and plants.
Forgive us for the times we have taken the earth's resources
for granted
And wasted what You have given us.
Transform our hearts and minds
So that we would learn to care and share,
To touch the earth with gentleness and with love,
Respecting all living things.
We pray for all those who suffer as a result of our waste,
greed and indifference,
And we pray that the day would come when everyone has enough
food and clean water.
Help us to respect the rights of all people and all species
And help us to willingly share your gifts
Today and always. Amen.

Fiona Murdoch, Eco-Congregation Ireland



Mass. Interfaith Power & Light provides a faith based response to global warming by helping people and faith communities to lower their carbon footprints and by advocating for public policies that fulfill our moral responsibility to create a sustainable future.

Please help us carry out this critical mission by going to, clicking on the DONATE button and making a secure, fully tax deductible donation.


Peace and blessings,

Your friends at MIP&L


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