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2023 Creation Care Calendars for Lent February 22nd, 2023
We invite you to join us this Lent to take actions to help preserve God’s great gift of Creation.
Invite your communities to distribute them as bulletin inserts during worship on an upcoming Sunday. Each year, these calendars go up on refrigerators and bulletin boards across communities, and open many conversations about environmental stewardship and climate action.
“Christians have fasted from meat during Lent for generations. Try eating vegetarian today and check out Oxfam’s Eat for Good resource online for other ways to use your fast to bless others”: bit.ly/eat4good
Visit their website to download the calendars:
“May this season serve as a reminder of our interdependence and our call to care for our common home.”
Planning the Energy Future of Your Congregation February 15th, 2023
The Inflation Reduction Act included the greatest investment in climate care provisions in history. As we await federal agencies’ development of programs that can be utilized by houses of worship, join us for a discussion on how your congregation can begin making your plan.
February 21st at 1pm ET – 2pm ET
Learn about the importance of benchmarking your facilities’ energy use to shape your congregation’s plan to cut energy costs and care for our sacred Earth. This is the first step to making a plan to take advantage of federal funding, like the Inflation Reduction Act.
REGISTER for this event: https://bit.ly/3xIR2xD
Jerry Lawson, National Manager of EPA’s Energy Star for Small Businesses and Congregations
Sarah Paulos, Interfaith Power & Light’s Cool Congregations Program Director
Tom Hackley from People’s Church of Kalamazoo, MI
This webinar is part of a series hosted by Interfaith Power & Light and faith partners. You can watch the first webinar, “Federal Funding for Energy Work at Houses of Worship” and review additional relevant resources on IPL’s resource page.
Prepare for Lent with Interfaith Power & Light’s Lenten Carbon Fast Calendar February 25th, 2014
Lent, just over a week away, is a time to repent, reflect, sacrifice, and listen for God. This year, have your congregation join with many others in taking on a Lenten Carbon “Fast.” Each day calls on us to take a different action and each of these actions will reduce our production of climate pollution and help to preserve God’s great gift of Creation.
May this season serve as a wake-up call to be mindful of the ways that our daily choices impact everyone, especially people living in poverty.
Faith Communities and the Urgency of Climate Change July 18th, 2012
“The increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events- more powerful storms, longer droughts, bigger fires, excessive heat waves shattering temperature records and severe floods, along with the visible evidence of receding glaciers and dying coral reefs – are warnings that human activity is changing Earth’s climate in troubling and often unpredictable ways. They are portents of even graver dangers ahead.”
“Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States and the United Kingdom’s Met Office have confirmed the link between anthropogenic climate change and the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. As the planet warms, these types of weather phenomenon won’t be mere aberrations – they will be the new normal. And it is going to get much worse.”
Thus begins a clear and succinct argument for the urgency of the changes underway on our planet and the moral power of the faith message. The article by Michael Stafford titled, “Faith must confront climate change with a single moral voice” concludes with a highly relevant call of people of faith to action on climate change: “chose life” so “that [we] and [our] descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).
Looking for local resources on climate change and energy conservation for your parish? Interfaith Power and Light is active across the country and can offer a wealth of information, speakers and practical guidance to promote sustainability, from discounts on energy saving lightbulbs to going solar! Search for a local affiliate on their national website, Interfaith Power & Light. There are IP&L chapters in 39 states. Find a chapter in your state!