Sunday February 12, 2017
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
South Church
41 Central Street
Andover, MA 01810

Attend this informative, hands-on workshop conducted by Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light to learn how to lower energy use and costs in your House Of Worship:

  • Electricity — How to recognize the major energy hogs — and what to do about them.
  • Solar Power — Is solar an option for you?
  • Heat & Air Conditioning — Is it time for an upgrade?
  • Building Envelope — How to make your congregation more comfortable & save money.
  • Behavior — How simple actions can reduce your energy bill – and carbon footprint – by 10% or more.

1:30 pm: Registration, refreshments and networking;
2:00-5:30 pm: Workshop: Presenters are Tom Nutt-Powell, Jim Nail and Bill Schroeder

All faiths welcome!

Clergy, lay leaders, building & creation care committee members encouraged to attend.
We recommend 2 attendees per house of worship. Light refreshments will be served.

Fee is $20 payable online, or at the door by check.
Register in advance by clicking here. Advance registration closes on February 8.

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

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ



outdoor exploration

Calling all youth and youth groups (Grades 7-12) — and adults, too!

Open to Christians of all denominations.
Invite youth groups from other churches in your town!

All events held at Mass Audubon Sanctuaries — Free admission with RSVP to group leader!
Sponsored by Environmental Ministries of the Mass. Conference, United Church of Christ

Sunday, January 29, 2017 2-4 PM
Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
For more info or to RSVP: Sue Moore (

Sunday, March 12, 2017 2-4 PM
Boston Nature Center, Boston
For more info or to RSVP: Dr. Barbara Darling (

Sunday, March 12, 2017 2-4 PM
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton
For more info or to RSVP: Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas (

Specifics of each program will depend on the ages and abilities
of the participants and the weather.
A portion of each event will be held outdoors. Dress accordingly — warm clothes and boots.
Bring snack and drink. If desired, snowshoes available to rent, or bring your own.

Houses of worship leave a notable environmental imprint.

Houses of Worship

Per capita, per hour of use, they're often among the biggest wasters of energy, and the United States has more houses of worship than any other country!

Many congregations recognize the moral imperative for stewardship, but don't always stand on the moral "high ground" when it comes to actual energy usage. We need to become better stewards and, in the process, encourage and inspire our congregants to do better at home, school, and work.

Membership in MIP&L offers a concrete way to put faith into action. Together, we will work toward environmental justice and care of creation. We will be a powerful religious response to global warming and environmental degradation!

If we don't, who will?



Boston SynagogueAll Steamed Up?

Boston Synagogue was all steamed up, not just about climate change but especially about its cost (in $s and environmental impact) for using steam to heat its building. Boston Synagogue (also known as Charles River Park Synagogue) is a small, lay-led synagogue located in the heart of the Old West End near Massachusetts General Hospital. The building was constructed in 1971. It is a single-story structure, with a dramatic pitched "skylight" roof over the Sanctuary.

The result?  During 2009 Boston Synagogue reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by 70%, from over 200,000 lbs to just over 80,000 lbs. Their annual energy costs decreased by 57% during this period, to about $6,800 as compared to about $15,750. Also, their annual repair and maintenance bills dropped significantly. As a result,the estimated payback time on their capital investment is approximately 5 years.

Read the full and very detailed case study by clicking here (PDF).



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Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light is a non-profit organization that provides a faith based response to climate change by promoting energy efficiency, environmental justice, green job training, and policies that will lead to a sustainable future.