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October 2017

Dear MIP&L members and friends,

Paris We're Still In

Paris: We're Still In: Committed to Action on Climate

As world leaders prepare to meet in Bonn on November 6th to make the Paris agreement operational, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is trying to revive the coal industry and prohibiting EPA climate scientists from participating in a Rhode Island conference!

Please join Massachusetts activists, congregational and legislative leaders committed to actions to meet the Paris climate goals:

MA Interfaith Power & Light's 2017 Annual Conference:
Paris: We're Still In: Committed to Action on Climate

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
7:00-9:00 pm

First Parish in Framingham, Scott Hall
24 Vernon St.
Framingham, MA 01701


Senator Mike Barrett, Chair Jt. Comm. on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy: Why Massachusetts Needs a Carbon Pricing Law

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Bethel A.M.E. & Green Justice Coalition
Andrea Nyamekye, Neighbor to Neighbor &
Joel Wool, Clean Water Action:
Solar Access 4All

Larry Decker, First Parish, Framingham &
Mike Croci, Sustainable Framingham:
Advocating for 100% Renewable Energy for Framingham

Joan Rachlin, Temple Israel, Boston:
Living our Values

Jim Nail, St. Dunstan's, Dover:
A Vision of Carbon Neutrality

All are Welcome! Recommended donation: $10.

Register here today.

Click here for a flier to share with your friends.

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



Saturday, November 11, 2017     8:30 am-12:30 pm
United Parish in Brookline
210 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Register today:

Saturday, November 18, 2017     8:30 am-12:30 pm
Edwards Church of Framingham
39 Edwards Street, Framingham, MA 01701

Register today:

Leading by example can be a powerful part of our moral responsibility to care for creation. Learn how to increase comfort, lower costs and shrink your house of worship's carbon footprint:

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

Fee is $20 payable online or by check.
For more information contact Vince Maraventano at or 617-244-0755.

See what other congregations have done.

All are welcome!

Sponsored by The Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ.



IP&L Cool Congregations Deadline is December 15, 2017

Cool Congregations Challenge

Has your congregation demonstrated its commitment to lowering its energy use and carbon pollution by increasing its efficiency, installing solar energy, engaging the community to act collectively, or by planning an exciting project?

Nominate a congregation that inspires you. Or, encourage them to enter the Cool Congregations Challenge and possibly win $1000!

Congregations are eligible if they finished an energy efficiency, renewable energy, or grounds and water conservation project this year, or has engaged with the community in response to global warming. There is also a planning category for those that have recently finished an energy audit and developed plans for improvements.

Find out here how your congregation can enter to win.


Making the Creation Connection: Christians and Environmental Justice


A Day with Margaret Bullitt-Jonas
Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017
9:30 am-4:00 pm

At Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center
660 Great Pond Rd., North Andover, MA 01845

Register on line at:


State Officials Announce Transportation Sector Emissions Listening Sessions


Progress to date on emissions reductions has been largely driven by reductions in the power sector, with the transportation sector now representing the largest share of statewide emissions. While Massachusetts has a number of policies in the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 that reduce transportation emissions, further reduction is needed to position the Commonwealth to meet the GWSA emission reduction goal for 2050 of 80 percent reductions.

A series of listening sessions beginning on October 31st are scheduled across the Commonwealth to discuss solutions to the challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.

Click here for more information


Comment on Methane Rules

After losing in court, the Trump administration is now using delay tactics to try and slow down and weaken a critical new Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule on methane pollution.

If implemented as is, the methane rule will require that oil and gas companies operating on federal and tribal lands take common sense steps to prevent methane waste. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, up to 80 times more potent in the short term than CO2, and there is so much leakage that it is often "flared" or burned off by oil and gas drillers — at taxpayer expense.

Click here to tell the BLM that we want common sense rules to protect our air and prevent methane waste.

The BLM adopted the waste prevention rule across its more than 247 million acres in response to widespread evidence of extensive waste of methane on public and tribal lands and after hearing from hundreds of thousands of Americans who urged them to stop methane waste.

Don't let the Trump administration delay protecting our air. Make your voice heard—please send a comment now.


Anti-Pipeline Tax Bill Hearings

Mass State House

Anti-pipeline tax bills are finally getting a hearing. Turn out this Thursday at 10 am in Hearing Room A-2 of the Massachusetts State House to show your support for H.2698 and H.3400, as well as S.1847 and S.1855. In the meantime, make sure to CALL YOUR REP and ask them to sign onto Rep. Kulik and Rep. Gordon's joint testimony, and ask your Senators sign on in support of the bills filed by Senators Jehlen and Eldridge!


The Environmental League of Massachusetts Fall Reception


States are labs for democracy and companies are labs for sustainability innovation. Join us to hear how our vision for the future of MA merges these powerful engines of innovation. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Featured Speakers:

Tuesday November 14
From 5:30-8:00 pm

Hosted by: Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, Prudential Center, 101 Huntington Ave.



We Were Made For These Times

By Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Sailboat in rough seaMy friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.

Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.

In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.

We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn't you say you were a believer? Didn't you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn't you ask for grace? Don't you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.

What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these—to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.

The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes: American poet, post-trauma specialist and Jungian psychoanalyst, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves.



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Peace and blessings,

Your friends at MIP&L


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