New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light
PO Box 27162, Albuquerque, NM  87125****505-266-6966

Blessings everyone! Just finished leading a wonderful women's camping retreat in the Pecos last week. Dimensions of Beauty was the theme. Very appropriate for this time that is critical and we often feel surrounded with challenges. Beauty has many faces and one rests in uncovering the grace within the challenges and even crises.

Monday and Tuesday offered an opportunity to unearth beauty in DC where I lobbied as an OXFAM Sister Ambassador regarding the 2018 budget and humanitarian needs related to climate. The proposed International Budget is only 1% of the entire budget and covers EVERYTHING that is not domestic. The current administration proposes a 32% cut of the 60 billion that is at the same level as the 2017 budget. Out of this 44% cut of humanitarian aid is being suggested by the administration. Currently, the famine crises in S. Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen where drought related to climate change, political unrest and other factors are contributing to humanitarian crisis means life and death to some 10 million people.

For now, just a reminder about these amazing events around the corner. NMIPL will have action asks at the events as well. Please pass the word and invite others to these meaningful opportunities.

Peace and good,
Joan Brown,  Executive Director, NMIPL

Around New Mexico
Sat., July 1, 7 pm
Wade through Deep Water with Holy Fools Arts
ABQ Mennonite Church, 1300 Girard Blvd NW, ABQ
Join in the creative exploration of water through scripture, dance, circus, poetry....all for a purpose. Young folks will especially like this holy production by other young folks. Holy Fools offers prophetic reflections on the current economic and ecological challenges facing the world through art. Admission by donation, no one turned away, suggested $5-$20. Co-spons ored by Albuquerque Mennonite Community and NMIPL. Flyer

Wed., July 5, 6:30 pm
Ethics, Geo-Engineering and the Climate Challenge with guest Cynthia Scharf
Unitarian Universalist Church, 107 W. Barcelona Rd, Santa Fe
Cynthia is the senior strategy director of the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering GovernanceInitiative and a fellow with the Children's Investment Fund Foundation. She comes from a deep faith perspective that informs her work, which previously was with the UN working on Climate Change in the UNFCC negotiations.   Flyer. Event free. Co-sponsored by NM Conference of Churches, NMIPL and Unitarian Universalist Santa Fe Social Justice Team and United Church of SF. 

Sat., July 29, 9-12:30 followed by lunch
Rewilding Our Way: Creation Care Rising in New Mexico
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, 5415 Fortuna Rd. NW, ABQ
Todd Wynward, NMIPL board member, author, educator, wilderness expert and more will present in an interactive manner an exploration of a faith basis for creation care and next steps. RSVP to by July 22 for food count. Event open to all and by donation. Co-sponsored by NMIPL, St. John the 23rd Creation Care Committee. Flyer.

Sat., August 12, 9-2:30
One Earth Conservation Nurture Nature Program
ABQ Bachechi Open Space
Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner, wildlife veterinarian, multispecies minister, and co-director of One Earth Conservation will guide and facilitate the day. Limited to 40 people. $20 per person includes lunch. All are welcome regardless of finances. Sponsored by First Unitarian Earth Web. Contact Sharon Hall at for information.  Flyer