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March 2015

Dear MIP&L members and friends,

Come to a Sustainable House of Worship Workshop

April 18, 2015 First Churches in Northampton

SHOW collageWould your congregation like to lower its utility bills? Decrease its use of fossil fuels, and the contribution they make to global warming? Are you interested in learning more about solar energy? Mass. Interfaith Power & Light's Sustainable House of Worship – or (SHOW) workshop covers all this and more.

First Churches in Northampton is hosting this half-day session in which you'll learn:

When: Saturday, April 18th, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
First Churches of Northampton
129 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

For more information contact Vince Maraventano at
To register online for the workshop go to

The fee to attend is $10 payable online by credit card, or in-person by check. Light refreshments are included. Members of all faiths are welcome!

Sponsored by the American Baptist Churches of MA and the Episcopal Diocese of Western MA.

Here's what others are saying about MIP&L's SHOW workshop:

"An eye opener for awareness" Jim King, Calvary Baptist

"Inspiring to see/hear others dealing with what sometimes seems overwhelming. [You] don't have to 'go it alone!'" Kevin Jones, 1st Congregational Church of Williamstown

"Well-planned and well-paced.'' John Ellis, Trinity Episcopal, Milford

"All presenters were excellent in their presentation & their knowledge of material." Dick Brace, Plymouth New Hampshire Congregational Church


Religion and the Roots of Climate Change Denial


Katharine Hayhoe
Texas Tech University
Respondent: Stephen Pope, Boston College

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM
Location: McGuinn Hall 121

A live broadcast of this event can be watched at for those who cannot attend in person.

HayhoeKatharine Hayhoe is an associate professor in the department of Political Science at Texas Tech University and director of the university's Climate Science Center. Her research focuses on establishing a scientific basis for assessing the regional to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment. She serves as a scientific advisor to Citizen's Climate Lobby, the Evangelical Environmental Network and the International Women's Earth and Climate Initiative. With her husband Andrew Farley, she is the author of A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions. She holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


What Massachusetts Can Learn from British Columbia about Pricing Carbon

Save the Date: Monday April 13, 2015, MIT, Sloan School

British ColumbiaThe Premier and other officials of British Columbia will speak about the passage and effects of the carbon pricing law enacted there in 2008.

From 2008 to 2010, BC's per capita GHG emissions declined by 9.9% — a substantial reduction. During this period, BC's reductions outpaced those in the rest of Canada by more than 5%. For lessons that Massachusetts can learn click here.

Fourteen countries have enacted carbon pricing legislation since 1990. For details see the 2014 World Bank Report.

For more about efforts to pass a carbon pricing law in Massachusetts, please click here.

The Carbon Pricing and Economic Development Act was just introduced in Rhode Island. For more information click here.




Climate Change and Energy:
How Can Young People Take Ownership of Their Future?


Dr. James Hansen
Tuesday April 14 at 4:00 PM. E25-111, Mass. Institute of Technology

Dr. James Hansen, formerly Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Earth Institute, where he directs the Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. Dr. Hansen is best known for his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming issue. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995 and was designated by Time Magazine in 2006 as one of the 100 most influential people on Earth. See more here.



What spiritual resources sustain us as we struggle to protect the living world around us? In this day-long retreat, reflect on sustainability and the sacred, and explore a framework for the heart to help address today's ecological crisis as healers filled with compassion and creative energy.

Date: May 9th, 2015 - from 9:30am to 3:00pm
Fee: $55 with lunch, $45 without. Pre-registration is required.
Genesis Spiritual Life and Retreat Center
53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085
Tel: 413-562-3627


Leader: Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Ph.D. is an Episcopal priest, retreat leader, writer, and climate activist. After 25 years in parish ministry, Margaret now works in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts as Missioner for Creation Care. She has been a leader in Religious Witness for the Earth since her arrest in 2001 at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. She is particularly interested in how spiritual practices such as contemplative prayer support our intention to be agents of healing and justice in the world.


From Uncertainty to Action: What You Can Do About Climate Change

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Sponsored by the Jewish Climate Action Network and Hebrew College

Join the first Jewish conference on climate change. Registration link coming soon.

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 3:00-7:00 PM
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Donation (optional): $18 (includes light refreshments). Students admitted free.

For more information click here.



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Peace and blessings,

Your friends at MIP&L


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