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

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.

Fort Worth Interfaith Power & Light Launch - from Rev. Paul John Roach

This guest blog post is written by Rev. Paul John Roach. Rev. Paul John Roach is Senior Minister of Unity Church of Fort Worth, and is a founding member of Fort Worth Interfaith Power & Light.

Fort Worth Interfaith Power and Light made its official launch on October 15, 2012 by co-sponsoring a seminar entitled “Water Matters:  An Interfaith Conversation about the Environment in North Texas.” Co-sponsor Brite Divinity School provided the space and Brite professor and Fort Worth Interfaith Power and Light founding member Tim Hessel-Robinson was the evening’s host and moderator.

Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Austin Houses of Worship

As part of Austin Energy's new rate plan, effective this month (October, 2012), Austin houses of worship will see some changes in their bills. On Wednesday, October 17th, Austin Energy officials held an informational meeting to inform the faith community about these changes. Learn more about the new rates here.

Along with new rates come new programs--including some energy-efficiency programs for houses of worship. New or updated programs include:

Water Matters: An Interfaith Conversation about the Environment in North Texas - October 15, 2012

Water is an increasing concern for Texas. As the climate warms, we expect to have less water. Meanwhile, our population is growing. How can we work together to ensure that all Texans have access to adequate supplies of fresh, clean water--and what religious principles and practices might offer guidance along the way?

On Monday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. at Brite Divinity School, Harrison Building, we will explore some of these issues from a religious perspective in "Water Matters: An Interfaith Conversation About the Environment in North Texas." This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Fort Worth Interfaith Power & Light--the local affiliate of Texas Interfaith Power & Light--and Brite Divinity School.

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