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February 2018

Dear MIP&L members and friends,

MA Senate chamber

Omnibus Clean Energy Bill Reported out of MA Senate Committee

The MA Senate Global Warming Committee reported out an Omnibus Clean Energy Bill, (S.2302) that will move Massachusetts into leadership on renewable energy.

Key provisions include:

Read more here.

A summary and text of the bill may be found here.

MA Interfaith Power and Light supports S.2302! Volunteers are needed to get this important bill passed this spring. To get involved contact Vince Maraventano at, or 617-244-0755.


Lower Your Congregations Energy Bills and Carbon Pollution!


When: March 10, 2018 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Where: St. Matthew's United Methodist Church
435 Central Street
Acton, MA 01720

Leading by example can be a powerful part of our moral responsibility to care for creation. Reducing the carbon pollution at our houses of worship we also lower energy bills and free up funds needed for other important purposes. Participants will learn what to do about:

8:30 am: registration & refreshments.
9:00 am-12:30 pm: Workshop presentations.

Register in advance at

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

Underwritten by the United Methodist Foundation of New England

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All faiths welcome!


Cardinal O'Malley Convenes Faith-Science-Creation Symposium

Cardinal O'Malley
Mark Silk, Michael Winters & Cardinal Sean O'Malley

The Archdiocese of Boston hosted an extraordinary conversation on February 8-9, 2018 to discuss forging a partnership between scientists and faith leaders to push for strong state level policy on climate change. The idea for gathering the group came from Phil Duffy, President of the Woods Hole Research Center and is a response to the Pope's 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si', which calls for "protecting our common home and the dignity of the poor." Dr. Duffy quoted retired Congressman Bob Inglis who wrote, "Climate science can fill our heads, but it can't change our hearts. Only grace can do that. People of faith are therefore essential if we are to rise to the protection of our common home."

Cardinal O'Malley said in his blog that, "We anticipate that the coalition will seek to continue the conversation and to explore ways we can better pursue public policy proposals related to environmental issues at the state level. We also believe that the coalition can engage in both public education and in partnership with our schools."

Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, President of the MA Conference of the UCC addressed the group and asked, "What if taking action on climate were to become as defining a quality of what it means to be religious, as prayer? ... What if every person of faith understood that 'To be a person of faith, I have to speak up for Creation?'". Read more at Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas' blog here.

Phil Duffy
Dr. Phil Duffy

Bishop O'Mally & Jim Antal
Cardinal O'Malley & Rev. Dr. Jim Antal


Local Environmental Action 2018

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Join community leaders, environmental justice advocates and activists from across the region to build skills, discuss new ideas, and be inspired for the work ahead. Click here to register.

Date: March 3
Time: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Venue: Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115


Oppose Trump Administration Expansion of Offshore Oil Drilling

No Offshore Drilling

The Trump administration is proposing a massive expansion of offshore oil drilling, potentially opening 90% of our country's outer continental shelf to oil exploration. Speak out now against this devastating proposal.

For decades, repeated oil spills have decimated coastal economies, killed marine wildlife, and polluted the very source of life — our oceans and waterways. The BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 took 11 lives, sickened thousands more, and gushed millions of barrels of oil into the ocean. Incredibly, the Trump administration has also weakened or eliminated safety regulations for offshore rigs, put in place specifically to prevent another Deepwater Horizon tragedy.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is taking comments on their Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing proposal until March 9. Send your comment now.


Interfaith Climate Action: Exodus from Fossil Fuels

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Monday, March 26, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Boston State House
24 Beacon St, Boston MA 02133

Demand that Gov. Baker do everything in his power to stop the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in the Commonwealth. After an interfaith ceremony at the State House, the group will proceed to the Back Bay, where a new pipeline project is slated to power luxury high rises with fracked gas. Read more here.


Reflection of the Month

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Importance of the Climate Crisis

I hope that top leaders of faith communities will make it crystal clear that addressing the climate crisis is central to our moral and spiritual concern.

It's not one of 26 different causes that we care about, but a cause that affects everything we cherish.

I hope that top faith leaders will convey to their congregations that:
if you care about the poor, you care about climate
if you care about immigration and refugees, you care about climate
if you care about public health, you care about climate
if you care about human rights, you care about climate
if you care about loving God and your neighbor, you care about climate

The climate is not an issue for a special interest group.

If you like to breathe, if you like to eat, if you'd like to leave your children a world they can live in, you care about climate.

Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

February 9, 2018




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Peace and blessings,

Your friends at MIP&L


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