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September 2019

Dear friends,


Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light's 2019 Annual Conference
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 7-9pm
Temple Shalom
175 Temple St.
West Newton, MA 02465

Please join us for our annual conference when we will be privileged to hear two thought leaders and dynamic speakers, MA Rep. Jennifer Benson and Roger Gottlieb of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Benson & Gottlieb

State Representative Jennifer Benson is passionate about environmental issues. This session, she has filed a bill to put a price on carbon, which has been co-sponsored by more than 100 of her colleagues in the State House and been endorsed by more than 290 faith leaders and dozens of environmental and energy groups, as well as businesses and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

H.2810 would require corporate polluters to pay a fair and rising fee on fossil fuels to account for the enormous damage they cause. By putting a value on the emissions of these polluting gases it creates an incentive for companies and individuals to shift away from gasoline, natural gas, and coal toward clean energy sources such as solar and wind power, and to use energy more efficiently. Second, it can generate substantial revenue to invest in the transition to clean energy, such as subsidizing clean vehicle purchases, increasing renewable energy capacity, and making buildings more efficient.

Roger S. Gottlieb is the author and editor of twenty books and more than 150 articles on religious environmentalism. In his new book Morality and the Environmental Crisis, he combines compassion for the difficulties of contemporary moral life with an unflinching ethical commitment to awareness and action. He is a member of Temple Israel in Boston.

Register today at

Light refreshments served.
Recommended donation $15 — more if you can, less if you can't.
Roger Gottlieb will sign Morality and the Environmental Crisis following the event.
For more information contact Mary Anne Schoonover at or 617-244-0755.

Co-Sponsored by: Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, MA Interfaith Power & Light, Temple Shalom and the Jewish Climate Action Network (JCAN)



Student Strikes Demand Action in Massachusetts and Across the Globe

climate strikes

On September 20th, 2019, around 4 million young people in thousands of cities and towns from Berlin to Antarctica demanded action on climate change chanting "You had a future and so should we" and "Climate Emergency Now". Read more here.

Greta Thunberg"You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words," climate activist Greta Thunberg told world leaders at the 2019 UN climate action summit in New York. In an emotionally charged speech, she accused them of ignoring the science behind the climate crisis, saying: "We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth — how dare you!"

Read more here.


We Want Your Opinion!

MA IPL logo

Tell us how we can help build the momentum of the climate movement.

The Global Climate Strike has energized those of us already concerned about climate change and grabbed the attention of those who haven't yet joined the movement. The MAIP&L executive committee has been talking about how we can improve our current programs or launch new ones to continue building this momentum.

Answer this survey to tell us how we can best support you as together we build a powerful faith-based movement to combat climate change! The time is now so please fill out the survey by Friday October 4.

Survey link:


Pledge to Be a Faith Climate Voter

voter pledge

As people of faith and conscience we must speak out on behalf of the most vulnerable members of our society who are suffering the worst effects of climate change. In pledging to be Faith Climate Voters we are putting love into action for every living creature and every vulnerable community suffering the devastation of climate change.

It's time to vote with climate and Creation in mind.

Research shows that politicians only pay attention to issues that are important to people who vote consistently in every election. When people who care about the earth do not vote, or vote inconsistently, politicians do not prioritize their concerns. To make sure your voice is heard, pledge to vote with climate in mind.

Please, take a minute to pledge today to vote with climate in mind. In return, thanks to our partnership with the Environmental Voter Project, you will get free reminders with localized information so you can be sure to vote in each and every election — from city council to presidential!


New Advanced Sustainable House of Worship Workshop, November 16

burning house

Did you know ...

Air leaking from a typical building can account for up to 40% of heating and cooling costs. In other words, almost half of the money spent on energy escapes the building through small gaps around doors or windows, places where wires or pipes penetrate the building, or where the framing meets the foundation. Many of these leaks can be plugged — if you can find them and have the right materials and techniques.

This workshop will show you advanced techniques to track down the leaks, including hands-on demonstrations of blower door testing and infrared cameras. You will learn how to develop and prioritize air-sealing strategies on buildings where it otherwise might be hard to know where to start, and some of the air sealing techniques you can do yourself to plug many of these leaks.

If you've already upgraded to LED lights, installed programmable thermostats, and taken other basic energy saving steps, this workshop will give you new knowledge to cut down on this major energy waster, saving money and reducing your carbon footprint.

Presenters will be Paul Eldrenkamp, Byggmeister Construction; Jason Taylor; and Jim Nail, President, Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light.

Attendees are encouraged to bring questions on other energy efficiency and climate change topics.

Date and time: Saturday, November 16, 2019, 8:30 am – noon.
Location: St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 18 Springdale Ave., Dover, MA 02030
Cost: $20

Register here.


Day Retreat

rolling ridge

Our minds are full, busy all the time thinking, thinking, thinking! We are all thinking, doing, eating, shopping, rushing around like chickens with our heads cut off.

Have you ever wondered where that phrase "Chickens with their heads cut off" comes from?? When the chicken's head is cut off by a butcher, the body is still going. This dis-connection means the body is on Auto Pilot.

Join us on Wednesday, October 9, from 9:30 am-3:30 pm for "Lakeside Mindfulness: Just Be".

Read more about this Day Apart Retreat.

Register today!


MA Catholic bishops push for climate change action and slashing global emissions

In a strongly worded statement, the four Catholic bishops of Massachusetts on Monday called for wide-ranging action to combat climate change.

Noting that Massachusetts is "blessed with inspiring natural beauty," the bishops said that in order to "protect and sustain this gift we must act now within our faith institutions and throughout the state to take substantial, meaningful steps to protect our environment and provide relief from the impact of toxic pollution and climate change to protect the health and safety of all citizens, particularly the most vulnerable in our society."

The bishops cited an October 2018 report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which found that "we may have as little as 12 years to act on climate change — to slash global emissions 45 percent — to reach limiting global warming to 1.5ºC. This would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society with clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society," the statement said.



Answering the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor

Sunday, November 3, 2-5 pm
St. Julia Parish Hall
374 Boston Post Rd.
Weston, MA

Words Matter: Communicating about Climate Change to Save Our Common Home
John Anderson, former Director of Education, New England Aquarium

Details and Register:
Questions? Contact:


Reflections of the Month

blowing the shofar

On Rosh HaShanah it is written, on Yom Kippur it is sealed:
That this year people will live and die,
some more gently than others
and nothing lives forever.
But amidst overwhelming forces
of nature and humankind,
we still write our own Book of Life,
and our actions are the words in it,
and the stages of our lives are the chapters,
and nothing goes unrecorded, ever.
Every deed counts.
Everything you do matters.
And we never know what act or word
will leave an impression or tip the scale.
So, if not now, then when?
For the things that we can change, there is t'shuvah, realignment,
For the things we cannot change, there is t'filah, prayer,
For the help we can give, there is tzedakah, justice.
Together, let us write a beautiful Book of Life
for the Holy One to read.

Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler is the spiritual leader of Temple Sinai in Sharon, MA.


Peace and blessings,

Your friends at Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light


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