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

The Sabbath, Creation Care and Self-Care - This April in Austin, Featuring Dr. Matthew Sleeth

In Austin on April 2nd, 18th, and 21st, we invite you to explore the Sabbath with us!

Tuesday, April 2nd - The Sabbath from a Jewish perspective. On Tuesday evening, April 2nd, Rabbi Steven Folberg will share Jewish teachings about the Sabbath, with a focus on how the practice of the Sabbath connects to caring for the environment. This program is co-sponsored by the Austin chapter of Texas Interfaith Power & Light—the Interfaith Environmental Network—and is open to people of all faith traditions (or none!).

Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Highland Park Baptist Church
5206 Balcones Dr.
Austin, TX 78731

April 18th and 21st - The Sabbath from a Christian perspective. During the week of Earth Day, 2013, Dr. Matthew Sleeth, author of 24/6: A Prescription for a Happier, Healthier Life and Executive Director of Blessed Earth comes to Austin with this prescription: "Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy."

There will be two opportunities to hear from the Dr. Sleeth about his latest project on faith and the environment:

Join Dallas Interfaith Power & Light on March 18th to Help Support Our State Parks

In Super, Natural Christians: How We Should Love Nature, Dr. Sallie McFague writes, “We will not save what we do not love, and we cannot love what we do not know.” Our Texas state parks system helps people across the state get to know nature and come to love the rocks, streams, lakes, trees, beaches and wetlands of this beautiful piece of earth we call Texas. Experiencing and appreciating the gifts of nature encourages us to care for God's creation.

On Monday, March 18, 2013, Dallas Interfaith Power & Light invites you to come together with others to learn about the Texas state parks system, how it might be impacted by budget cuts, and how we can help protect our parks for future generations.

A Successful First TXIPL Local Leaders' Summit

On Thursday, February 21st, leaders from Texas Interfaith Power & Light’s local affiliates met in Austin for the first TXIPL Local Leaders’ Summit, co-hosted by TXIPL and its Austin affiliate, the Interfaith Environmental Network (IEN). This one-day retreat brought leaders together from Christian, Jewish, Unitarian, Baha'i, and Hare Krishna traditions; and from Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin (with Fort Worth leaders unable to attend at the last minute). The goal of this one-day summit was simple: to support local leaders and the work they are doing.

Helping People, Helping the Planet: A Cool Congregations Success Story

Congratulations to University United Methodist Church (UUMC) in Austin, winner of the Grounds and Water Conservation category in the 2012 Cool Congregations Challenge. The competition, sponsored by Interfaith Power & Light, offers religious congregations an opportunity to show leadership in responding to climate change--and UUMC stood out for a creative program that incorporates environmental stewardship into a ministry for the homeless.

By adding a composting service to their Open Door Ministry, which provides breakfast and lunch once a week to people experiencing homelessness, UUMC has composted more than 27,000 gallons of waste. Read on for UUMC's Cool Congregations Success Story, in the church's own words:

November Interfaith Conference Call: Sharing Our Stories, Prayers & Poetry

Click here to listen to the archived recording of this call.

Working on environmental issues--caring for creation--can be difficult, lonely, and disheartening. As the daylight hours wane and the air carries a chill, many of our religious traditions guide us to reflect on themes of light and hope in the midst of darkness: Diwali, in the Hindu tradition; Hannukah, in the Jewish tradition; and Christmas, in the Christian tradition.

For our November conference call, we invite you to reflect on the seasonal theme of light and hope in the midst of darkness and difficulty--and to share what you find with others on the call. What gives you hope? What story helps inspire you to keep working, even when things look bleak? What poem offers you a vision of how things could or should be? What prayer offers you firm footing when all else seems uncertain? Please join us and share your stories, prayers, or a favorite poem.

San Antonio Interfaith Power & Light Is Forming: Help It Take Shape! - November 8, 2012

On Thursday, October 11th, we got the conversation started. Now, we'll meet to plan next steps for a San Antonio-area Interfaith Power & Light group.

Join other religious environmental leaders on Thursday, November 8th to help move the conversation forward! 

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Unity Church of San Antonio
8103 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209  

Join the National Preach-In on Global Warming: February 8-10, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Register Today for the 2013 Preach-In on Global Warming! On the weekend before Valentine’s Day, thousands of clergy will join in our annual event to express love for Creation and address climate change as a serious moral issue.

Fort Worth Interfaith Power and Light: Presentation on Low Cost Irrigation Technology

A safe, consistent and reliable food supply is a universal need. In many parts of the world, buying food from the neighborhood grocery store is not an option. People must grow their own food if they want to eat. Plants need water, but in many areas, rainfall is unreliable and irrigation water is limited. Drip Bucket Irrigation can be implemented on a household or home compound level to increase crop yield and reduce water usage.

Jon Fripp of Rush Creek Christian Church will speak about his work with low tech irrigation and the use of these kits at 7:00 pm on Monday, November 12th at First Congregational Church on Trail Lake Drive in Fort Worth.

Guest Blog by Dallas IPL Leader, Stephen A. Fuqua - "Wetlands Conservation and Advocacy"

This past week's terrible storm out East provides a reminder of the importance of our ecological infrastructure; in particular, wetlands. The lessons that we did not heed from Hurricane Katrina will perhaps take hold with Hurricane Sandy impacting the nation's commercial heart: in addition to supporting relief efforts now, it is important for us to consider long-term mitigation against the impact of future large storms, which are likely to be more powerful and more frequent than in centuries past. Instead of, or in addition to, relying on massive levies, seawalls, and the like, we need to support public and private endeavors to restore vital natural systems.

October Interfaith Conference Call: The Environment and Human Health

We are part of the fabric of the creation--connected to the elements, plants, and animals through the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that damage to our environment has real and damaging impacts on people. Join us on October 31st to learn more about environmental impacts on human health, and to explore some of those issues here in Texas.

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