March Action Alert and News!
Mar 7, 2012


People of faith in Minnesota clearly demonstrated their support for clean air and a shared concern for climate change through participation in the National Preach-In on Global Warming February 10-12! More than 20 congregations participated in Minnesota as part of over 1000 congregations nation wide!  In addition to sermons given, over 700 postcards were collected for Senator Amy Klobuchar and over 340 signatures collected on the Clean Air Promise.  More highlights on our website. 


There is more work to be done.  More efforts are under way in the US Senate to push forward the Keystone pipeline and your voice is needed! 


Take Action: Contact your Senators to stop the Keystone pipeline  

Take Action: Become a Covenant Congregation of Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light



Learn More: MN IPL sponsored March events   

Learn More: Opportunities from congregations and other organizations 



Pray, engage your congregation, care for Creation!  Need help getting started or taking the next step?  Contact us , we'd love to help!  

Mindy Ahler Olmstead, Executive Director
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light
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 Keystone1Call Your Senators to Vote "No" on Keystone - Vigil Tonight
It's possible that a vote will occur today or tomorrow on an amendment to the Transportation Bill that would approve the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.  Please call your senators TODAY to vote no on any amendment that would approve the Keystone pipeline.
Contact Senator Amy Klobuchar
Contact Senator Al Franken

Join the candlelight vigil for the Keystone pipeline tonight at 7pm at the Canadian Consulate in Minneapolis.  More information...

As stated by Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, founder of Interfaith Power & Light, "People of faith strongly believe that we need an urgent response to the climate crisis through continued implementation of better clean air safeguards, construction of a renewable energy grid, and more robust energy efficiency and renewable energy standards. Exploiting tar sands from Canada would only slow the pace of this clean energy transition and hasten global warming. We can and must model a way forward for the world, create jobs, and care for God's Creation."


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 MN-IPLEventsUpcoming MN IPL Sponsored Events
There are so many fabulous opportunities coming up in March and MN IPL is delighted to be involved with a few of them that we highlight here.  See below for additional opportunities sponsored by other organizations.

Edina Congregations Care for Creation!
Tuesday, March 13 6:30 pm at  Edina Community Lutheran - all Edina congregations and residents are invited to join a brainstorming session on environmental concerns for people of faith at this MN IPL cluster meeting.  Please come with written comments to the following questions:
1. What are examples of your past successes : what environmentally focused/creation care events, activities, initiatives, etc. have worked well for you?
2. What questions or challenges re you facing now in your creation care/environmental efforts?
3. What resources would you recommend?

Efficient Congregation Tour: Learn from Energy Champs!
Sunday, March 18 1:00 - 3:00 pm join the Metro Clean Energy Resource Team (Metro CERT) and MN IPL to learn about the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis' efforts to reduce energy costs for their congregation. Help spread the word: full-page flyer or half-page flyer.  
More event details...

League of Women Voters Healthy Legacy Forum 

Fresh Choices: Growing the Local Food Economy.  Thursday, March 22 5:30pm - 9:30pm at Plymouth Congregational Church.

 Alliance for Sustainability 7th Annual Sustainable Communities Conference 

Friday, March 23 Sustainable Business Forum 7:30am - 1:00pm, Local Government Workshop 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Saturday, March 24 8:30am-3:30pm Sustainable Communities Conference at Hennepin Ave United Methodist ChurchMN IPL will host the Congregations workshop in the afternoon.



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DonateNowBecome a Covenant Congregation and Support MN IPL
Become a Covenant Congregation...
Or sign our Individual Covenant...

With all that is at stake, your support is critical to help us continue to do the work we do with congregations and people of faith.

Thanks to a $14,000 challenge grant from the Regeneration Project, your contributions will be matched dollar for dollar.  Click here to make a donation online
or mail your contribution to:
Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light
c/o Center for Families
3333 North 4th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55412

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GoodNews Good News - Other Happenings

Are you planning an event or speaker at your church/congregation/faith community?  We'd love to know about it to help spread the word!  Contact us with event information.  All links are provided in the spirit of helping you link up with useful information to  care for Creation and does not imply an endorsement of all content by MN IPL.


Thank you Senator Klobuchar for highlighting the importance of combating climate change in your February 9 senate floor speech! 


Lyndale UCC Lenten Potluck and Discussion 

Beginning Wednesday February 29 6pm potluck, 7pm discussion of Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It by Anna Lappe.  Continues on Wednesday for 6 weeks.  Come when you can.  Look for more details in the February newsletter.


Sabbath House Soup and Sabbath
Mondays of Lent February 27 - April 2 6:30pm Simple Soup, 7-8pm Prayer and Reflection.  Praying for the Earth - Reflections and prayers based on Jewish, Christian and Islamic concerns about living together on our Earth.  Reservations: 612-822-2623


St. Joan of Arc Church EcoSpirits Friday Night Movies
Friday, March 10 7:00pm St. Joan of Arc EcoSpirits will be showing Dirt! the Movie in Hospitality Hall.
Friday, April 13 7:00pm St. Joan of Arc EcoSpirits will be showing Dirty Work in Hospitality Hall.   Watch the trailer.


People of Faith Peacemakers  

Breakfast meetings the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month 8:00am-9:30am at the African Development Center.  Many upcoming speakers have an environment and energy focus:

March 14 -  Dr. Arjun Makhijani of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Reasearch - Prospects for Clean Energy

March 28 -  Sharon Day of the Women's Task Force of the Indigenous Environmental Network - Effects of Environmental Abuse on Native Peoples 

Hennepin Ave United Methodist Climate Reality   

Sunday, March 18 11:00 AM J. Drake Hamilton, director of the Global Warming Solutions program at Fresh Energy will present "Climate Reality". She will summarize the scientific understanding of climate change and its impacts, and focus the main part of her presentation on what Minnesota is doing to slow down global warming. J. will provide examples of effective climate protection leadership from faith leaders, businesses and communities.

Edina Dialogue: The Environment, Economy and Food Supply from Global to Local
April 19 6-9pm Fick Auditorium at  Edina High School (6754 Valley View Road).  This free event features a keynote address by Dr. Jonathan Foley , Director of the University of MN's Institute on the Environment.  Help spread the word: half-page flyer , full-page poster, intro letter  


 St. Paul Interfaith Network
Hosts many great dialogues on topics of different faiths - too many to list them all here. 
Check the website for details on the Mid-Day Dialogue Session and Interfaith Conversation Cafe.


Summer Symposium: Religion and Environmental Stewardship
Environmental education for clergy, lay leaders and seminary faculty bringing together science, theology and ethics.  June 5-7, 2012 at Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT.  

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