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The Rev. Dr. Anita Schell
Emmanuel Newport
Ray Frackelton, PhD
Newman Congregational
Marty Davey
St. Gregory the Great
Christine Muller
Baha ' i Community
Christine Cassels
St. Luke's
East Greenwich
Kristen Ivy Moses
Executive Director
First Unitarian Church

Dear Friends,
I'm looking forward to seeing you at our annual meeting on Monday! If you haven't registered yet, there's still time. We're so excited to present our strategic plan, introduce our new board members, and let you know what we're planning for 2017. This event is free. Your contribution of savory finger food to share is greatly appreciated. 

We also invite you join us for an  in depth presentation on the Interfaith Solar Initiative, next Thursday, April 6th. Click Here to learn more.

See you soon!
Kristen Ivy Moses
Executive Director
Rhode Island Interfaith Power & Light
2017 Annual Meeting
Addressing Climate Change:
Turning Crisis into Opportunity-We Are Ready to Act!

Our annual meeting serves to encourage you in your continued actions for climate change mitigation, through education and in practical action. Held at Westminster Unitarian Church, one of our 27 member congregations, the  evening will feature the presentation of our Strategic Plan and an update on the latest RI IPL activities. You will have the opportunity to report on your activities, share your experiences, and to discuss ideas. The meeting will include table discussions and opportunities to network.

Please invite your family and friends who would like to learn more about RI IPL.

Monday, April 3rd
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Westminster Unitarian Church
119 Kenyon Avenue
East Greenwich, RI 02818

The event is free. Please click here to register.  

Interfaith Solar Initiative
Upcoming Events

The Interfaith Solar Initiative is a multi-denominational solar effort designed to bring solar power to faith institutions, their members and their communities, and to educate Rhode Island residents on the many financial and environmental benefits of solar electricity.  All events are free and open to the public.  

Solar Sundays
Join us for casual informational presentations on the Interfaith Solar Initiative. RI Interfaith Power & Light members, SmartPower staff, and a solar technician will be on hand to answer your questions and to sign up interested homeowners. Information packets will be available and several experienced solar homeowners will be on hand to describe their experiences and to answer questions. 

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Newman Congregational Church, UCC
100 Newman Ave
Rumford, RI 02916

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
First Unitarian Church
1 Benevolent St
Providence, RI 02906
Community Presentation
Join us for an in depth presentation on the Interfaith Solar Initiative.  Learn more about the many incentives and credits that make solar affordable. Representatives from RI Interfaith Power & Light, SmartPower, and several solar installers will be available to answer your questions. A panel of experienced solar ambassadors will be on hand to share their experiences as well.

Thursday, April 6, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
St. Gregory the Great Church
360 Cowesett Road
Warwick, RI 02886

Looking deeply into our sources of hope can sustain our efforts to renew the web of life and to create a more just society. This retreat will explore a framework for the heart to help us become healers filled with compassion, energy, and hope.

The retreat will include presentations, guided meditation, singing, silence, and conversation. Led by a Christian who honors the deep wisdom of every religious tradition, the retreat is open to people of all faiths and none. It will focus on direct experience, not doctrine. Everyone is welcome. 

Rev. Fred Small (Minister for Climate Justice, Arlington Street Church, Boston) will lead us in singing.

The retreat is free and open to the public.  We particularly welcome young adults and college-age students. Free-will donations will be gladly accepted.

Retreat leader: The Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Ph.D., is an Episcopal priest who serves as Missioner for Creation Care in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, and Mass. Conference, United Church of Christ. Dedicated to integrating contemplation and action, she has been a retreat leader and an environmental activist for more than thirty years. She is a founding member of Massachusetts Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action, and a leader in New England Regional Environmental Ministries. She served as chaplain for the bishops of the Episcopal Church and taught courses on prayer and spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School (Cambridge, MA). One of the first to engage in civil disobedience to draw attention to climate change, Margaret was arrested with 21 others in prayer outside the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC, in May 2001. She was arrested in May 2016 in an interfaith clergy protest against the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline, and she was at Standing Rock last December when the Dakota Access Pipeline permit was denied. Website: RevivingCreation.org.
Contact: mbj@revivingcreation.org

Co-sponsored by Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts; Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts; Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ; Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light; Massachusetts Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action

Saturday, April 1, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Trinity Church in the City of Boston, 
Copley Square
206 Clarendon St
Boston, Massachusetts 02116

Featuring exciting musicians and speakers, the roadshow will entertain, inspire and provide opportunities for everyone to help fight Trump's disastrous environmental policies and attacks on Native Americans, including the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Trump is attacking Native Americans on every front: He approved the disastrous Dakota Access pipeline, which threatens the water and sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. He revived the Keystone XL oil pipeline across the lands of other Native American tribes. He empowered the theft of Arizona's Oak Flat, sacred to the San Carlos Apaches, and has floated the idea of privatizing Indian reservations so they can be sold off to oil, gas and uranium companies. 

Trump is destroying our environment: He put climate deniers at the helm of nearly every federal agency, is allowing grizzly bears and wolves to be gunned down in national wildlife refuges, and is letting coal companies dump coal ash in streams. His assault on endangered species, clean water and clean air is unprecedented and disastrous. 

Environmentalists and Native American activists have joined forces to stop these attacks in the Earth2Trump Resistance roadshows. Each show will feature Cheryl Angel, a Lakota elder fighting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, who will share stories from Standing Rock and deliver her message that all life and water are sacred. DinĂ© and Cheyenne hip-hop artist Lyla June and singer-songwriter Casey Neill will provide music. Brytnee Laurette of the Center for Biological Diversity will bring a call to action to stop Trump's rollback of environmental and civil rights protections. 

Friday, April 7, 2017
doors open at 6:15 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m.
Columbus Theatre

Register Here for this FREE event.

Food Summit 4:
Growing Our Own Solutions
by Aquidneck Community Table

We invite you to join us and be part of the change you'd like to see in our local food system by diving into this day of exciting conversation, this year titled Growing Our Own Solutions. Keynote speaker, Monique Bosch, co-creator of the Green Village Initiative in Bridgeport, Connecticut, will open the day with a presentation on community driven food systems, joining a panel of local leaders for conversation with you. Hear about initiatives from other communities, discuss them, share your ideas and join the momentum!
  • Laura O'Toole, Salve Regina University, Moderator
  • Georgina Sarpong, Harvest Kitchen, Farm Fresh RI
  • Tricia Bailey, Edible Schoolyards at Green Animals
  • Karla Simmons, Simmons Farm
  • Kelsey Fitzgibbons, ACT Community Garden Co-Coordinator
  • Colleen Doyle, The No Trash Project
Afternoon discussions will focus on making schoolyards edible and sustainable; increasing access to healthy food for all members of our community; growing more food locally, and the many aspects of a Zero Waste life. An expo of local businesses and organizations, the chance to win wonderful raffle prizes, and an awesome food truck lunch break will make for a day of community information and connections.

This event is presented by Aquidneck Community Table in collaboration with Salve Regina University's Department of Cultural, Environmental and Global Studies and the Salve Hydroponics Lab.

Aquidneck Community Table appreciates a generous sponsorship from Bank Newport.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
8:30 AM to 2:00 PM 
Salve Regina University
O'Hare Academic Building
Shepard Avenue
Newport, RI 02840

Climate Change and
Building Resilient Communities

Join Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Grover Fugate, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, for a discussion about the threats we face from climate change and the innovative work being done to protect Rhode Island communities.

Monday, April 10, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI
500 Exchange Street
Providence, RI 02903

Click Here to get your ticket for this FREE event!

Online Interfaith Course on Climate Change

Climate change is not only a scientific but a deeply spiritual and ethical challenge. An 8-week online course of the Wilmette Institute  provides a basic scientific understanding of the causes and impacts of climate change, discusses its ethical challenges, and relates them to the spiritual teachings of the world's religions, particularly the Baha'i Faith. It helps participants to consider changes in lifestyle and community action for environmental and social responsibility. This interfaith course was designed and will be led by RI IPL board member Christine Muller. 

The course helps participants to consider changes in lifestyle and community action for environmental and social responsibility. It shows how to rise above partisan politics and to use both science and religion for the well-being of humankind. There are numerous optional resources for those who want to go more deeply into the issues. The course is international - the faculty are from Geneva (Switzerland), Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina), and Rhode Island (USA). People of all religious background are welcome to participate. 

Starts April 15, 2017
For more information and to register, Click Here

Faith Climate Action Week
April 17th-23rd
Get ready for Faith Climate Action Week, April 17th- 23rd! Join with more than 1200 faith communities to spread the word about climate change and take action on the greatest moral issue of our time.

Order your kit now, and receive 100 postcards for your senators, a prayer flag project, global warming fact sheet, action sheet, social media photo project, and access to extra materials - all for just $15. There are a limited number of pre-printed kits so get yours now.  

The theme of the 2017 Faith Climate Action Week is "Act on Climate" and will focus on how we can protect our climate and energy policies.  It is vitally important that our elected officials know that, as people of faith, we demand action on climate change and that we believe having strong climate policies is our moral obligation to protect future generations.  With your help, we can make sure the faith voice is heard loud and clear in Washington.

The Faith Climate Action Week website provides sample sermons, worship resources, and other printable materials. With your help congregations in all 50 states will take part, and with your help will send thousands of postcards to senators to urge them not to weaken the EPA and our climate protections. 

Click here to find downloadable and printable materials.

Once you plan your Earth Day festivities, talk, or other event please post them on our Faith Climate Action Week Event Calendarto invite your community to learn and talk about climate change.

Thank you for joining the national faith movement to stop global warming.

Environmental Justice Fo r All!
Retreat for youth in grades 9-12
Are you concerned or want to kn ow more about environmental issues in your neighborhood?
 Do you want to learn what you can do to make a difference? Together, we will discover how people of faith can work for environmental justice for all! For youth in grades 9-12. 

Join the UCC Northeast Environm ental Justice Center  May 19-21, 2017 for an environmental ju stice and leadership training retreat at Silver Lake Conference C enter in Connecticut to meet other young people like you, who care about the health of their communities, and to find out how to take action! 

In addition to exploring a faith-based approach to environmental justice, you will tackle team challenges on the low ropes course, plant seedlings in the organic vegetable garden, and enjoy some of the classic camp experiences together. This retreat is open to all youth regardless of race or ethnic identity. 

Click here for more information and registration link.

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