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September 2015

Dear MIP&L members and friends,

The Fierce Urgency of Climate Change — Act Now!

Pope Francis

Pope Francis' call for international and local action on climate change has sparked similar calls from Jewish and Muslim leaders throughout the world. The Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew and Protestant leaders have been calling for such action for years.

In his address to the joint session of Congress, Pope Francis recalled the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on behalf of equal rights for all. In the 1960's Dr. King spoke about the "fierce urgency of now". Can there be any doubt that we are again at a moment in history when the climate change crisis presents us with "the fierce urgency of now?" If world leaders do not enter into a meaningful and binding agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions at the COP21 negotiations in Paris this year the world may pass the tipping point after which the effects of climate change become irreversible.

This newsletter focuses on the many events occurring this fall to help us comprehend the fierce urgency of our time and the need for action. Please attend one or more and get involved. Here are a few actions you can take:


An Interfaith Gathering for Climate Action
A Response to Pope Francis' Encyclical Message

Monday, October 12th. Sign in at 6:30 pm. Event 7 - 9 pm
Temple Beth Elohim, 10 Bethel Road, Wellesley

Inspired by the message of Pope Francis in his encyclical letter Laudato Sí: On Care for Our Common Home, people of many faiths will join together in shared appreciation for creation, and with shared determination to take action to protect it.

Confirmed speakers to date:

To be part of this special interfaith event—where messages of hope and inspiration will be shared please RSVP at



Gospel Hope and the Climate Crisis:
A Workshop for Preachers

Tuesday, October 20, 9:30am-2:00pm,
at St Andrews Episcopal Church, Framingham

This ecumenical, hands-on workshop will give us a chance to air our reservations and to explore how to preach vibrant,faith-filled, pastoral, and prophetic sermons about climate change. We will discuss the latest research in how to communicate about climate, and provide resources for further theological and homiletic exploration.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Dioceses of Massachusetts, Western Massachusetts, and Rhode Island; and Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light.



October 31st at People's Baptist Church, Boston

Would your congregation like to decrease its use of fossil fuels, and the contribution they make to global warming? Are you interested in learning about solar energy? How to lower your energy bills? Mass. Interfaith Power & Light's Sustainable House of Worship—(SHOW) workshop covers all this and more. You will learn:

When: Saturday, October 31st, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where: People's Baptist Church, 830 Tremont St., Boston, MA

For information contact Vince Maraventano: or 617-244-0755
To Register click here.


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The Papal Encyclical's for Local and International Action

Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 7-9 PM
St. Ignatius Church, 28 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill

Keynote Address by Patrick Carolan, Executive Director, Franciscan Action Network

Panel Discussion to follow: Cristina Leano, Global Catholic Climate Movement, Rabbi Katy Alan, Jewish Climate Action Network, and additional participants to be announced.

Sponsored by Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light


Climate Change, Energy, and the Outdoors

Minimizing the effects of climate change, and preserving our clean air will take actions, small and large, by individuals and communities across Massachusetts. Using local green energy, and promoting energy efficiency and conservation are key to reducing the severity of climate change and getting us on the road to a future that preserves the integrity and health of our natural lands.

Come learn more with the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), Mass Audubon, and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) at a series of events about climate change and how your actions can make a difference.

Dates, venues and times will be posted at and at




Type of Event

October 28

cooler smarter

Cooler Smarter


5 Joy Street, Cabot

Presentation: John Rogers, Union of Concerned Scientists

November 17

Make the Switch

Power Hour! Make the Switch


5 Joy Street, Cabot

Presentation: Maura O'Gara and Erin Taylor, Mass Energy and Banks Poor, Mass Audubon

December 8

Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change in the Northeast


5 Joy Street, Cabot

Dave Publicover, AMC and Robert Buchsbaum, Mass Audubon

December 16

Chasing Ice

Film Screening: Chasing Ice


5 Joy Street, Cabot

Film and discussion

UCS  AMC  Audubon


Join EPA and Celebrate ENERGY STAR Day!

Energy Star Day

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Day celebration will take place on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015. What is ENERGY STAR Day? ENERGY STAR Day is a national celebration that encourages people to make a commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment from climate change. This year EPA is celebrating ENERGY STAR Day by asking people across the country to commit to an energy-saving action, and to do so by taking the ENERGY STAR Pledge. EPA will conduct a special pledge drive throughout the month of October, promoting Portfolio Manager, its easy tool to help Americans save energy.

In 2014 Eliot Church of Newton, UCC became an Energy Star Congregation, one of only 8 in Massachusetts. If your house of worship would like to become an Energy Star, contact Vince Maraventano, at or 617-244-0755 to learn how we can help!


Medford Harvest Your Energy Festival

Green Medford

For the 6th year in a row, Mass Energy, the City of Medford and Go Green Medford are holding the Medford Harvest Your Energy Festival on October 3rd.

When: Saturday, October 3, 2015 12pm - 3pm
Where: Mystic Riverbend Park (behind McGlynn School), Freedom Way, Medford, MA 02155. Parking available.

No RSVP necessary.



All-powerful God,
You are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

From Laudato Si' (Praise Be), Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis on Care for Our Common Home.



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Mass. Interfaith Power & Light provides a faith based response to global warming by helping people and faith communities to lower their carbon footprints and by advocating for public policies that fulfill our moral responsibility to create a sustainable future.

Please help us carry out this critical mission by going to, clicking on the DONATE button and making a secure, fully tax deductible donation.

If not us who? If not now, when?

Peace and blessings,

Your friends at MIP&L


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