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4 Saturday Afternoons: March 18 & 25, April 1 & 8

Climate change is accelerating between 100 and 1,000 times faster than ever. The indifference to this threat by national leaders calls upon people of faith to become leaders in our congregations and communities. We need leaders with the vision and skill to be catalysts for change. This experiential and relational program will cover the ethical, psychological and practical realities that leaders need to understand and to negotiate.

Topics Covered:

New Ethics of Creation Care – From Genesis to Laudato Si'
Psychology of Climate Change – Honoring Our Fears
Climate Conversations – Communicating Effectively about Climate Change
Introduction to Public Narrative – The Story of Self
Building Strong Teams – The Story of Us
Effective Goal Setting & Campaign Strategy – The Story of Now
Creating a Personal Spiritual Action Plan

Presenters:

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Bethel A.M.E. Church
Emily Kirkland, Director of Organizing, The Better Future Project
Andy Gordon, Legislative Coordinator, The Better Future Project
Vince Maraventano, M.Div., Exec. Director, MA Interfaith Power & Light

When: Sat. 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 & 4/8—1 PM to 5 PM
Where: Bethel AME Church, 40 Walk Hill St., Boston, MA 02130,
Embassy Room, Youth Center. Enter from Wachusett St.

All faiths welcomed.
2 Participants from each congregation recommended. (No more than 3)
A light meal will be served. No fee.
Registration limited and available on first come first serve basis.
Register today at http://conta.cc/2kIahUg
Convenient to MBTA Orange line Forest Hills station and buses.

For more information: Vince Maraventano at vince@MIPandL.org or 617-244-0755.

Sponsored by MA Interfaith Power & Light & The Better Future Project

 

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?

 

SUCCESS STORIES

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.

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