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

Cool Cities Team Formation Meetings in Central Texas!

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Cool CitiesPeople in Central Texas are cordially invited to attend the Sierra Club's Cool Cities Team Formation meetings in the upcoming weeks. These meeting will show many towns how to
make teams to encourage their mayors to sign on to the Mayor's Climate Protection Plan. If you are interested in attending a meeting in your area, please see the information below:

United Methodist Caring for Creation Conference at Mt. Sequoyah

mt sequoyah group

John Hill, Bee Moorhead, Reverend Pat Watkins, Dr. Katy Hinman, Mt. Sequoyah's Marilyn Braswell and Oona Moorhead


More than 140 United Methodists and others attended the UMC South Central Jurisdiction's first annual Caring for Creation Conference at Mt. Sequoyah in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The event featured keynote presentations by John Hill, Program Director, Economic and Environmental Justice at the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, Dr. Mark Davies, Dean, Wimberly Professor of Social Ethics at Oklahoma City University, and Dr. Katy Hinman, director of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, as well as workshops on a variety of topics. Bee Moorhead, director of Texas Interfaith Power & Light, Reverend Pat Watkins, director of Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, and Katy Hinman all led workshops.


About 20 students from Oklahoma City University attended the conference as part of the Oikos Scholars program, a liberal arts program for preparing students to engage in lives of social and ecological responsibility.

oona at mt. sequoyah

9-year-old Oona Moorhead helps with displays





txipltableTexas Impact board president Reverend Mel Caraway




Find out about United Methodist Women's "Green Teams"

"And a Little Child Shall Lead Them: Developing Religious Environmental Education for Children"--Bee's workshop handout



San Antonio Earth Stewardship: Great Turnout Despite the Rain

The Earth Stewardship meeting organized by Solar San Antonio and the San Antonio Community of Congregations was a great success. About 40 people from San Antonio congregations and environmental groups gathered at Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church for presentations and conversation on local and state enviromental issues.

The event was a kick-off for Solar San Antonio/SACC's Stewardship Earth Weekend April 18-20. For more information, visit http://www.solarsanantonio.org/


Brooke Ferguson of Meridian Energy Systems explains how a solar panel works to Lois Heger of Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church.

Sustainable! Food, Environment, and Economics Conference March 28th-29th

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"Sustainable! Food, Environment, and Economics" Spirituality and Activism Conference is fast approaching! On March 28th and 29th, this exciting event will take place at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. Among the speakers will be UT Professor Robert Jensen and York University Professor Justin Podur. Texas Interfaith Power & Light will be giving a workshop on the faith community's involvement in the environmental movement. If you are interested in attending, please see the information below:

Austin Clergy Climate Connection

A Dialogue on Austin Clergy Response to Climate Change and the Environment

February 18, 2008, 8:00AM to Noon, Congregation Beth Israel, 3800 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Austin, Texas


  • Rabbi Steve Folberg, Congregation Beth Israel
  • Reverend Sam Riccobene, First Presbyterian Church
  • Reverend Tina Carter, The Rock United Methodist Church


  • Texas Impact/Texas Interfaith Power & Light
  • Austin Area Interreligious Ministries

Every day we see more information about the religious community getting involved in environmental issues. There are many who would say the environment is the defining issue facing faith communities today. But exactly how and where do we fit in?

How can concern for God's earth flow out of a religious life?

How does one preach about climate change and the environment to a congregation that may not welcome hearing about these issues?

What’s going on in the public and private sectors and how should faith communities relate to those initiatives?

Should congregations pursue environmental issues as a political activity?

Does working on environmental initiatives come at the expense of the more traditional types of work of faith communities?

How does one create opportunities for congregants to work on environmental issues within the faith community, in their own homes and in the community at large?

How can we as clergy work effectively given limited resources and the enormity of the problems? And how can we feel strengthened and hopeful in light of the urgency of the threats facing our planet?

A dialogue on these issues will provide our Austin clergy community an opportunity to come together to share our experiences, learn from each other, highlight our commonalities and goals, and find a path where, together, we can seek change.


8:00 Breakfast

8:30 Welcome and Introduction

8:45 Discussion: Faith Communities and the Environment.
Moderated by Rabbi Steve Folberg, Congregation Beth Israel

9:30 Panel Discussion: Opportunities to Lead, Opportunities to Serve. Austin Climate Protection Plan; State Energy Efficiency and Green Power Opportunities; Issues at the State and National Levels

10:30 Break

10:45 State of the Congregations: Small Group Discussions on What Austin Congregations are doing Today

11:30 Reports from Small Groups and Next Steps

12:00 Lunch

Confirmed speakers include Austin Mayor Will Wynn and TXIPL Executive Director Bee Moorhead.


To make a reservation please email cara@texasimpact.org.
For more information, call Texas Interfaith Power & Light/Texas Impact at 472-3903, or visit us online at www.txipl.org