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.
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!
On Wednesday, December 9th, a webinar-The EPA in 2021: Prioritizing Moral Accountability was co-hosted by the Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt of the United Church of Christ Environmental Justice Ministry and the Rev. Michael Malcom of Alabama Interfaith Power & Light and the People’s Justice Council .
If you were not able to attend this webinar online, please enjoy this recording of the webinar.
The webinar discussed how the last four years have brought about the dismantlement of potentially 104 environmental rules. The EPA’s stated mission is to protect human health and the environment and this webinar includes a team of panelists who answer the questions:
- What needs to happen to repair and advance this mission?
- What do faith communities need to know to hold the EPA morally accountable?
We have two webinar recordings now available-Solar Options for Congregations and Engaging Active Hope book study:
- Solar Options for Congregations:
Joy Baxter did a virtual presentation about solar options for congregations for the Main Line PA IPL chapter, and it is now available to all of you! Get the recording.
- Engaging Active Hope Book Study:
In June, Alison Cornish held a webinar for folks interested in preparing to lead an Engaging Active Hope book study, either virtually or (eventually) in person.
The recordings and materials are available here.
Get the recording of this webinar
July’s (virtual) meeting of the Main Line chapter of PA IPL was a presentation about solar options for faith institutions. One way to beat the heat of the sun is to put it to work on our behalf.
Get the recording of this webinar
Our meeting will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, July 27. We will spend the first 30 minutes catching up on all that is going on in our different faith institutions. At 7:30, we will hear about: Solar options for Houses of Worship from Joy Baxter.
Many houses of worship are called by their faith to implement climate change solutions such as rooftop solar. However, nonprofits are excluded from government incentives for solar installations that are provided through tax incentives. Several options of how to finance a solar installation for houses of worship will be discussed including an in-depth discussion of the private LLC model, which provides the maximum financial benefit to the congregation. The LLC can be made up of several environmentally conscious small investors from your community who get a modest return of their investment or a large environmentally conscious investor.
Presenter Joy Baxter is an active member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ardmore where she is the chair of their Green Team. St. Paul’s Green Team is currently pursuing an LLC option for a solar installation at St. Pauls. Joy and her husband installed solar panels on their home 8 years ago and are involved in various solar activities. Joy’s background is in chemical engineering research and she also enjoys playing violin with the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra.
We will conclude our time together by exploring future programming ideas. We look forward to seeing you on Monday night.
Get the recording — and the link to the shared materials — for this past event
For several years, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light has been offering practices from the book Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone at our conferences, workshops, and virtually. We knew we were laying a firm foundation to build resilience and support for the coming climate crisis; we could not have anticipated how meaningful this work would be right now. Going around the Spiral of the Work allows people to rest in gratitude for mother earth; to honor their pain for the world and themselves as we go through this pandemic; to see with new and ancient eyes that what we are experiencing is part of the Great Unraveling and the Great Turning to a life sustaining society; and to Go Forth with a new vision for the future and a sense of community support.
This one-session event will walk through the outline and details of a 6-session, online book-study-practice series we have developed, and which we hope you will now offer either in-person (as circumstances allow) or virtually in your own settings and with your own audiences/groups.
This event is free and open to all – donations gratefully accepted.