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Dear MIP&L members and friends,
Would your congregation like to lower its utility bills? Decrease its use of fossil fuels, and the contribution they make to global warming? Are you interested in learning more about solar energy? MIP&L's Sustainable House of Worship (SHOW) workshop covers all this and more.
In this half-day session conducted by Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light you will learn:
To register for the February 22 workshop at St. Paul's Church, 116 South Street in Natick, click here.
To register for the March 1 workshop at Trinity Church, 124 River Rd, Topsfield, click here.
The fee to attend is only $10 per person, payable during online registration through PayPal or in-person by check. Light refreshments are included. Registration closes Feb. 20, 2014. Doors open at 8:30am and the program starts at 9am.
Interfaith Power & Light National Preach-In February 14, 15, 16
Interfaith Power & Light just received funding that allows it to pass along free online copies of the award-winning film Chasing Ice to congregations who download the National Preach-In on Climate Change kit.
With the extreme winter weather recently brought on by the unusual polar vortex, there is great confusion about climate impacts and global warming. This film shows the long-term impact on glaciers, and how that contributes to sea level rise, and changes in weather patterns.
IP&L will also send you the full Preach-In kit that will help you host a climate sermon and valentine postcard signing activity at your congregation. More than 1,000 clergy of all faiths nationwide will be giving Preach-In sermons, talks, and events on the weekend of February 14-16, 2014.
Together, we're going to have a huge impact as we send thousands of Love Creation valentines to our senators so they hear our call to protect Earth's climate, and thus our children's future and all of Creation. To order your free kit, click here. To watch the trailer, click here.
March 1, 2014 1:45-3:15 PM, Ludlow High School, 500 Chapin St., Ludlow, MA
Caring for creation includes the responsibility of each congregation to lower its use of fossil fuels. Doing so frees up resources critically needed for mission and ministry. This workshop led by Chuck Hollingsworth, VP of Sales & Marketing, UCC Cornerstone Fund and Vincent Maraventano, Executive Director, MA Interfaith Power & Light will show you what actions to take, how to take them and how to pay for them.
How to Become a Green Congregation is part of Super Saturday, a day-long conference featuring Diana Butler Bass, Author of Christianity After Religion: The End of the Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. Super Saturday is sponsored by the Connecticut and Mass. Conferences of the UCC.
The conference runs from 8:00 AM–3:45 PM and the cost of $49 includes lunch. Register online by clicking here by February 20th.
MLK, Climate, and Tu B'Shvat
"We must rapidly begin the shift from a 'thing-oriented' society to a 'person-oriented' society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered". . . "It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated: we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
Which environmental leader wrote these quotes? Martin Luther King did! Rabbi Daniel Swartz, President of the Board of PA IPL writes that this year, Martin Luther King's birthday "coincided with the minor Jewish holiday of Tu B'Shvat (the 15th day of the month of Shvat), which is celebrated as the New Year of the Tree. It is a holiday designed to remind us of the interconnectedness of all life. In recent years, Tu B'Shvat has been celebrated as a sort of "Jewish Earth Day," a time to celebrate centuries-old Jewish traditions that care for and protect the earth, and promoting social justice and sustainable practices." For Rabbi Schwartz' full article click here.
For an audio and transcript of Martin Luther King's full speech, click here.
Adamah: The Jewish Environmental Fellowship
Now in its tenth successful year, Adamah: The Jewish Environmental Fellowship is a three-month leadership training program in Falls Village, CT for Jewish adults ages 20-32 that integrates organic agriculture, farm-to-table living, Jewish learning, community building, and spiritual practice.
Adamah staff and visiting faculty will help you listen to and follow your soul's yearning for ecological and spiritual wholeness.
Applications for 2014 Fellowships are accepted and processed on a rolling basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications by the following dates:
For more information or to register click here.
Deval Patrick Climate Legacy
The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 (GWSA) requires Massachusetts to lower greenhouse gases 25% below 1990 levels by 2020. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs recently released the 5-year GWSA progress report. The report indicates that Massachusetts will not reach the required reductions at current rates of progress. Although greenhouse gases (GHG's) have been reduced 11% below 1990 levels, additional measures will be needed to reach the required 25% reduction by 2020. To see the progress report click here.
MIP&L, together with the members of the Global Warming Solutions Project urges Governor Patrick to complete the outstanding work of his first term by implementing the following new policies recommended in the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 issued in 2010:
To read the full Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 click here.
Suffolk University Law School's Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service will host 90-minute lunchtime roundtable discussions with candidates for governor. Democratic candidate Steve Grossman will attend at noon on Thursday January 30th, and Republican candidate Charles Baker on Tues, Feb. 4th.
Come meet the candidates, hear their priorities, and discuss the pressing public policy issues facing the Commonwealth. Free and open to the public. Complimentary lunch. Registration required.
For the complete schedule click here.
Preservation Funding for Houses of Worship
Secretary William F. Galvin, Chair of the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC), recently announced the next deadline for applying to the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund (MPPF) grant program. It is anticipated that funding will be in the range of the previous grant round, Round 19, which was $780,000. Applications for the next round of MPPF grants, Round 20, are due March 14, 2014. MPPF program information, downloadable Application/Instructions, and directions for the upcoming grant workshops are available. For full information go to the main MPPF page of the MHC's website:
Administered by MHC, the MPPF is a state-funded 50% reimbursable matching grant program established in 1984 to support the preservation of properties, landscapes, and sites listed in the State Register of Historic Places. If your older religious property is not on the State Register, a "fast track" application process for listing may be available.
An afternoon workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the MHC offices in the Massachusetts Archives Building at 220 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester, Massachusetts 02125. A member of the MHC's Grants Division will explain the program requirements, go over program materials, and answer questions. The workshop is free of charge and no registration is required. Limited quantities of the hardcopy version of the Application and Instructions are available. Please call the MHC at 617-727-8470 if you have any questions or would like to receive hardcopies of the Application and Instructions.
Peace and blessings,
Your friends at MIP&L