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June 2018

Dear friends,



Senator Barrett
Senator Michael Barrett (D-Lexington) & ClimateXChange Executive Director Michael Green

On June 14, 2018, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously voted to put a price on carbon pollution economy-wide! This is a huge first step toward enacting the single most effective tool for addressing climate change and putting our economy on a sound energy foundation. Click here to read the press release.


Click here to read the Massachusetts Interfaith Call for Carbon Pricing and then you can add your name by clicking here.


Find out who your state representative is and how to contact them by clicking here.

Call your state rep and urge them to support the following:


MA Climate Legislation Town Hall with Rep. Sánchez on July 12th

Jeffrey Sanchez
Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez

On Thursday, July 12th at 6:30 pm, State Representative Jeffrey Sánchez will be speaking and answering questions at a town hall on proposed Massachusetts climate legislation.

Rep. Sánchez is the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee which will be voting on the climate bills passed by a House committee and on the just passed state Senate climate bill. Rep. Sánchez's active support of these bills would be a huge help in moving crucial climate legislation forward to a House vote and final passage.

The town hall is sponsored by 350 Massachusetts, the Boston Climate Action Network, Clean Water Action, the JP Forum, MA Interfaith Power & Light, Mothers Out Front, Our Climate, and the Sierra Club.

It will be held at the First Church, 6 Eliot Street in Jamaica Plain. We will be providing refreshments.


U.S. Senator Ed Markey's Climate Crisis Action Summit

summit panelists

Join Senator Markey and America's leading climate change experts for a summit on one of the greatest crises of our time. Following a discussion of the current state of affairs of climate policy, and solutions, questions will be taken from the audience.


Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator and current Director of C-CHANGE (Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. John Holdren, former Chief Science and Technology Advisor to President Barack Obama and current Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Todd Stern, former U.S. Chief Negotiator for the Paris Climate Accord and current Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Distinguished Fellow at the World Resources Institute

DATE: Thursday, June 28th
TIME: 7 pm - 8:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
LOCATION: Belmont High School
ADDRESS: 221 Concord Ave., Belmont

RSVP here.

For more information call Senator Markey's Boston office at 617-565-8519


The Tie that Binds: Creation Care & Interfaith Dialogue

interfaith dialogue

Saturday, July 21 & Sunday, July 22, 2018
Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center
660 Great Pond Road, North Andover, MA 01845

Featuring Saturday afternoon panel discussion plenary with interfaith environmental leaders:

Saturday Evening Concert with Rev. Fred Small and Sunday Afternoon Workshops

Register at:

Questions: Call 978-682-8815 or email:


Worcester Catholic Environmental Stewardship Conference

Environmental Stewardship

September 23, 2018, 1:00 - 4:30 pm
College of the Holy Cross, Hogan Campus Center
1 College St. Worcester, MA 01610

Opening Prayer Service and Comments
His Excellency, The Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, Bishop of Worcester

Why is this a Catholic Issue?
The Rev. Father William Campbell, VP of Mission, Holy Cross

Scarcity and the Economics of Pollution
Dr. Katherine Kiel, Professor of Economics, Holy Cross

Environment and the Role of Government
Matthew Beaton, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Panel Discussion among Parish leaders.

Sponsored by Diocese of Worcester:


Reflections of the Month

"We sit in the lap of our Mother ... We shall soon pass, but the place where we now rest will last forever."

Lakota saying

Assuredly the creation
Of the heavens
And the earth
Is greater
Than the creation of humankind;
Yet most people understand not.


Apprehend God in all things,
For God is in all things.
Every single creature is full of God
And is a book about God.
Every creature is a word of God.
If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature —
Even a caterpillar —
I would never have to prepare a sermon. So full of God
Is every creature.

Meister Eckhart



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Peace and blessings,

Your friends at Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light


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