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August 2019

Dear friends,

Can Massachusetts Lead the Way Forward?

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

Keynote speakers:

Jennifer Benson

Representative Jennifer Benson, is the principal sponsor of An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions (H.2810), which would fund between $400 and $600 million of local clean energy, transportation and resilience projects while protecting low and middle-income households. She represents the 37th Middlesex District consisting of Boxborough, Shirley, Harvard, and parts of Lunenberg, Acton and Ayer.

Roger Gottlieb

In Morality and the Environmental Crisis, Professor Roger Gottlieb combines compassion for the difficulties of contemporary moral life with an unflinching ethical commitment to awareness and action. Gottlieb is the author or editor of over 20 books and 150 articles on religious environmentalism. He is a member of Temple Israel in Boston.

Register here today.
Download a flyer here.

Light refreshments served.
Donations gratefully accepted
Book signing following the event.

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

Co-Sponsored by: Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, MA Interfaith Power & Light, and Temple Shalom.



Youth-Led Climate Strikes on September 20th

GLobal CLimate StrikeOn September 20th, 2019, young people and adult allies around the world will join together and strike for the climate. Following the lead and vision of Greta Thunberg, a climate activist from Sweden, strikers will call on their governments to take action on the climate crisis. School strikers are calling on everyone: young people, parents, workers, and all concerned citizens to join massive climate strikes and a week of actions starting on September 20. Youth (ages 13- 19) will be leading strikes in Boston, Lexington, Worcester and other cities.

Click here to apply for a leadership position.

For more information on the Boston strike contact: Amalia at and Audrey at, or click here.

To participate in the Lexington strike click here. For more information on Lexington contact Grace Yang at


Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Solar Energy in Massachusetts

solar roofs

Keynote Speaker: Jim Nail, MA IP&L President

More than 50 houses of worship in Massachusetts produce their own electricity with solar energy. Learn how yours can too. Meet guest vendors of solar for houses of worship and residences.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Dracut Old Yellow Meeting House,
10 Arlington St., Dracut MA

No cost. All are welcome.
Refreshments will be served


Rise — Being Church in a World of Climate Change

RiseVince Maraventano, MA IP&L Executive Director.

Why climate change is a moral crisis, and the faith community has a crucial role to play.

Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 10 am
The Congregational Church of Needham, UCC
1154 Great Plain Ave.
Needham, MA 02492



A Religious Perspective on Carbon Pricing

webinar presenters

As the impacts of climate change continue to worsen, Congress is stepping up its consideration of policies that will address climate change and support communities suffering its effects. This webinar provides a faith-based perspective on one such proposal: carbon pricing.

Speakers include:

Click here to see a recording of the July 31st webinar.



Peace and blessings,

Your friends at Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light


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