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September 2016

Dear MIP&L members and friends,

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Come to a Sustainable House of Worship Workshop
October 1, 2016

St. Andrew's Wellesley lowered its carbon emissions by 85 metric tons per year and energy costs by $21,764.

St. Brigid's Lexington reduced emissions by 53 metric tons per year and costs by $32,942.

Eliot Church of Newton lowered costs by $12,623 and C02 emissions by 45 metric tons per year.

Would your congregation like to do likewise? Are you interested in learning more about solar energy?
Mass. Interfaith Power & Light's
Sustainable House of Worship workshop will SHOW you how.

Saturday, October 1, 2016
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Messiah Baptist Church
80 Legion Parkway
Brockton, MA 02301

Register online at
Registration, networking and refreshments served at 8:30 am; Workshop begins at 9:00 am

Fee is only $20 per attendee. We recommend that 2 people from each congregation attend. Clergy, lay leaders, building & creation care committee members of all faiths welcome.

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

The workshop is sponsored by the MA Conference of the UCC and The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts



An Interfaith Climate Justice Meeting

for Leaders, Activists, and Concerned Members from Springfield Area Congregations of All Faiths

Sunday, October 30, 2:00-5:00 pm
First Church of Christ, Longmeadow
763 Longmeadow St. (Hwy 5)

Creation Care


Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas – Why and how people of faith are acting

Elaine Ulman and Vincent Maraventano – What congregations can do and are doing.

Dr. Marty Nathan and Jesse Lederman – State and local climate issues needing support

Light Refreshments served.

Sponsored by Springfield Area Interfaith Climate Action Network


Massachusetts High Court Rejects Baker Plan for Pipeline Fee

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The Supreme Judicial Court recently rejected a plan by Gov. Baker, National Grid, and Eversource to use electric ratepayer money to fund the construction of natural gas pipelines. The ruling is a major victory for the climate and creates uncertainty around the construction of future pipelines. Read more here.


Creation Song: A Contemplative Evening Gathering for the Care of Creation

St. FrancisOctober 4th, St. Francis Day, 7:00 pm
Bethany House of Prayer
Chapel of St. Anne, 20 Claremont Ave., Arlington, MA

An evening of reflection, song and prayer as part of a worldwide ecumenical witness of prayer for the care of creation.

As we live with the current realities of our ecological crises, we come together to renew our relationship with the earth, each other, and the parts of ourselves in need of nourishing.

This will be a time of grounding through silence and community.

Led by Bethany Colleagues & Friends including: the Rev. Fred Small, Christina LeaƱo & Julia Slayton.



Annual Conference of Rhode Island Interfaith Power & Light

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Temple Beth El
70 Orchard Avenue
Providence, RI

Register here.

The annual conference of Rhode Island Interfaith Power & Light ("RI IPL") will take place from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Temple Beth-El in Providence. Temple Beth-El extends its hospitality to all at Rhode Island Interfaith Power & Light in announcing "As we celebrate Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning 'booths' or 'huts', which refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest, it seems appropriate that we host the Rhode Island Interfaith Power & Light annual conference where you can see and experience our beautiful Biblical garden."


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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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