Faith Climate Action Week: Sacred Ground: Cultivating Connections Between our Faith, our Food, and the Climate-April 16-25, 2021

Join Interfaith Power & Light’s annual premier week of worship and action focused on climate – Faith Climate Action Week, April 16-25, 2021.

The theme of this year’s Faith Climate Action Week is “Sacred Ground: Cultivating Connections Between our Faith, our Food, and the Climate. We will examine how our food systems contribute to injustice and to climate change, and how our faiths call us to respond through practical solutions.

Faith Climate Action Week is IPL’s annual program of climate-themed worship services and sermons that spans ten days of activities in celebration of Earth Month. This is IPL’s premier event to create a mass movement of people of faith preaching, teaching, and acting to heal the climate.

Sign up here to be the first to get the limited supply of pre-printed organizer’s kits.

The kit will include a Sacred Ground guide with information on the way in which we grow our food can be part of the climate solution, and also address injustice. In the kit there are faith-based discussion materials, suggested short films, a Garden Blessing ceremony, and suggestions and resources for how to get engaged in supporting food justice and healthy soil.

Faith Climate Action Week 2021 offerings include resources for sermons, talks, worship services, a film screening kit for the featured film, Kiss the Ground, and more.

Click here to reserve a copy of your 2021 Faith Climate Action Week kit today.  

How we grow our food largely determines how we treat the world, and one another. IPL invites you to dig in to this discussion on these connections for your Earth Day celebrations in 2021.

RECORDINGS AVAILABLE: Free Webinars from IPL National

Recordings Available:

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IPL National will be offering three free webinars this week to learn more about Solar for Houses of Worship, to discuss upcoming opportunities to address existing environmental and economic crises, and to learn some tips for setting up meetings with your elected officials and lobbying for climate action.

  • (EVENT HAS PASSED) Solar for Houses of Worship on February 23rd at 1pm eastern/noon central/11am mountain/10am pacific
    Whether you are a clergy leader, facilities manager, or an active congregant, join us for a webinar to learn how to make solar power possible for your house of worship. IPL National is partnering with California IPL (CIPL) to bring you this webinar. Collective Sun, a company that helps nonprofits fund solar projects across the country, will talk about solar financing options and project management best practices that apply to any state. Two of their satisfied congregational clients – one in California and one in Massachusetts – will be on the webinar to share their experiences. CIPL and its member congregations have been on the forefront of solar energy adoption for two decades and we can learn from their experience.
  • Digital “New Day” Rally on TODAY 2/24 at 3pm EST/2pm CST/1pm mountain/12pm PST
    The climate community across the nation will (virtually) rally together to tell legislators it’s #TimeToAct on Climate. During the New Day Rally we will discuss upcoming opportunities to address the existing crisis of the economic recession, environmental injustices, COVID recovery and climate emergency. The rally will feature dynamic speakers including Mustafa Santiago Ali (National Wildlife Federation), Latricea Adams (Black Millennials for Flint), Justin Onwenu (Sierra Club Michigan Chapter) and Yoca Arditi-Rocha (The Cleo Institute). Join the conversation!

Register here for the digital rally on 2/24.

  • Lobby Training Webinar on February 25th at 5pm EST/4pm CST/3pm mountain/2pm PST
    Join Interfaith Power & Light to learn some tips for setting up meetings with your elected officials and lobbying for climate action. This training will be geared towards beginners, but will have information that is helpful to everyone. We’ll have experts who will lead you through the key steps to be an effective faith advocate for equitable climate solutions, and we’ll brief you on our faith-climate platform and key federal policies.

Register here for the lobby training webinar on 2/25.

Typically recordings are available to registrants who cannot attend the live events and PA IPL will post them as soon as they are available.

Webinar: Evangelical Christianity and the Climate Crisis

Please join Interfaith Power & Light, the United Church of Christ Environmental Justice Ministry, and People’s Justice Council on February 10th at 1:00 PM EST for a virtual webinar titled “Evangelical Christianity and the Climate Crisis.”

A panel of speakers will discuss the trends as well as the diverse perspectives to be found within evangelical Christianity.

Sign up here!

January 2021 Newsletter: IPL Short Film – Unbreathable: The Fight For Healthy Air

Join IPL on January 19, 2021 at 6:30pm EST for a free screening of the short film Unbreathable immediately followed by the webinar, Unbreathable No More: The EPA and Clean Air in 2021.

Register here.

Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air is a timely, powerful look at fifty years of the Clean Air Act and the challenges we still face to ensure healthy air for everyone. 

Unbreathable No More: The EPA and clean air in 2021:
After the film, Interfaith Power & Light President Rev. Susan Hendershot will speak with one the newest IPL board members, Rev. Melanie Mullen, Director of Reconciliation, Justice, and Creation Care in the office of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. IPL National Organizing Director, Bill Bradlee, will also address IPL priorities for EPA advocacy in the coming year, focusing on clean cars and methane pollution.

IPL Project Drawdown for Congregations

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Last month Interfaith Power & Light held a webinar for congregations to help us all better understand how to apply Project Drawdown solutions and to ultimately reduce emissions.

Please enjoy the recorded video of that presentation here. You will hear from the Director of Drawdown Learn, Dr. Elizabeth Bagley and from a few Cool Congregations Challenge winners awarded for their success in lowering emissions.

To request a speaker from Project Drawdown click here.

We hope the video spurs many of you to engage and learn more about Project Drawdown. PA IPL is always looking for congregations to partner with in this important work.