If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.
--Lyndon B. Johnson

Let Your Youth Group Lead the Way in the Cool Congregations Challenge

The youth of today can feel frustrated and powerless in the face of the impending threat of global warming, and it can be easy for them to blame older generations for "messing it up" for them.  Well, here's something they can do about it: invite them to challenge their congregations to care for Creation!

The Cool Congregations Challenge is a nation-wide contest that challenges congregations and their members to reduce their carbon footprints.  Two participating congregations will win $5,000.  And two Texas congregations will win $500

Here's how it works, with ideas for involving your youth group:

Announcing Prizes for Texas Congregations Participating in the Cool Congregations Challenge!

The challenge: congregations have a year to reduce their carbon footprints.

There are two national awards:
$5,000 for the congregation in the United States with the lowest overall emissions per congregant
$5,000 for the biggest carbon loser—the congregation in the United States that has shrunk its footprint the most (as a percentage) by the end of the year

2nd Annual Caring for Creation Conference at Mt. Sequoyah March 27-29

Christians from at least eight states will gather at the 2nd annual Caring for Creation Conference at Mount Sequoyah Conference Center March 27-29, 2009.

They are coming together to embrace "creation care" as a matter of faith. They will examine the Biblical and theological foundations for the care of God's creation. They will also attend workshops designed to inspire faith communities to initiate, develop and sustain programs that protect and celebrate God's creation. "It's incumbent upon us as faithful Christians to live a life that's just and sustainable and loving of each other and of the earth", states John Hill.

For details go to www.mountsequoyah.org and click on events; call 800-760-8126 or email programs@mountsequoyah.org.


Host a Film Screening and Discussion on a Topic That Hits Close to Home: “Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars”

We worked to stop the coal rush here in Texas, and now we’re in the movies!  Sign up to host a discussion in your congregation and you’ll get the new version of this documentary that includes an interview with Bee Moorhead, Executive Director of Texas Interfaith Power and Light, and shows how Texans of faith made a difference.  You’ll also find resources like a downloadable discussion guide, fact sheets about coal and mercury, a guideline for writing letters to the editor, and much more.

Contribute to TXIPL's Matching Fund

For the second year in a row, Texas Interfaith Power & Light has received a matching grant from the Tides Foundation to support our work with Texas congregations on energy, air pollution and global warming. We have until the end of 2008 to raise $10,000 as a 1:1 match for the grant.


Please consider making a contribution toward our goal! Click on the link below to make a secure online donation, or mail your check to:

Texas Interfaith Power & Light

221 East 9th Street #403

Austin, Texas 78701