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

Texans Can Save Sales Tax on Energy Efficient Appliances

The opportunity for Texans to save money on energy efficient appliances is fast approaching. The state’s annual ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holiday is from Saturday May 26 through Monday May 28, 2012
 
“As Texans focus on their household budgets, they can save twice on energy efficient appliances purchased during Memorial Day weekend,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. “Shoppers do not have to pay sales tax on the appliances, and those energy efficient products will also help them save on their utility bills.”
 

TXIPL in Houston - May 8, 2012

Texas is a big state! In order to provide an effective religious response to our shared environmental challenges, we need local teams on the ground in cities and regions across the state. Texas Interfaith Power & Light (TXIPL) supports the development of local, interfaith environmental networks—and is coming to Houston to start the conversation.

Amanda Robinson, Coordinator of Texas Interfaith Power & Light (TXIPL), will offer a presentation on Tuesday, May 8th about creating a local, interfaith environmental network in Houston. This program is co-sponsored by Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.

Come be part of the conversation! Details are below.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Congregation Brith Shalom
4610 Bellaire Boulevard
Bellaire, TX 77401
713-667-9201

Celebrate Earth Day with Faith, Food, and Friends

In conjunction with our national partner, Interfaith Power & Light, we are pleased to offer access to this year’s Cool Harvest kit, which includes tools and resources to help your religious community think about connections between the food we eat and our impacts on the environment.
Click here to order your free Cool Harvest kits!

Earth Day in Your Community

In Dallas and Fort Worth, people from different religious traditions will gather for a shared meal to build community and explore ways they might work together on local environmental concerns. If you’re in the area, you’re invited to one of these vegetarian potlucks! Here’s info about Fort Worth’s potluck on April 19th, and Dallas’s potluck on April 26th.

Faith, Food, and Friends: Building Interfaith Community in Dallas

Join us on Thursday evening, April 26th at for an interfaith, vegetarian, potluck meal as people from different religious traditions gather to build community and explore ways we might work together on local environmental concerns.

On March 6th, over thirty people from different congregations came together in Dallas to learn about creating a local, interfaith, environmental network. This April potluck is our next gathering, where we look forward to getting to know each other better and to making plans for continued collaboration. Please join us!

Faith, Food, and Friends: Building Interfaith Community in Fort Worth

Join us on Thursday evening, April 19th at for an interfaith, vegetarian, potluck meal as people from different religious traditions gather to build community and explore ways we might better work together on local environmental concerns.

On March 5th, forty people from different congregations came together in Fort Worth to learn about creating a local, interfaith, environmental network. This April potluck will be our next gathering, where we look forward to getting to know each other better and to making plans for continued collaboration. Please join us!

April Interfaith Conference Call: Working for a Just Farm Bill

Listen to the archived recording of this call here.

The Farm Bill broadly impacts how food is grown and distributed both here and around the world; it affects federal food assistance programs like SNAP (formerly known as “food stamps”); and since our food system has huge impacts on the environment, the Farm Bill has environmental ramifications as well.

TXIPL Conference Call Archives

In our monthly environmental calls, we seek to connect faith leaders around the state who are engaged in the work of caring for Creation; provide updates about environmental legislation and advocacy opportunities; keep you current on new programs and initiatives; and create a space for sharing hopes and frustrations, plans and ideas, stories and prayers.

If you missed a call, have no fear! We keep recordings of our monthly calls here.

Our next call is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24th from noon-1:00 p.m. Please join us!

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November 2012 - "Sharing Our Light & Hope," a conversation about sources of hope in sustaining our work for creation care. Listen to this call.

March Interfaith Environmental Conference Call: Water

Listen to the archived recording of this call.

For our March interfaith environmental conference call, we are excited to welcome Andrew Sansom, Executive Director of the River Systems Institute at Texas State University, as our guest presenter. Andrew will talk with us about the state of water in Texas, and we'll explore ways that Texans of faith can engage on this issue.

Andrew Sansom is one of Texas’ leading conservationists. He is a former executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, executive director of the Texas Nature Conservancy, and founder of The Parks and Wildlife Foundation of Texas. We look forward to learning from him.

As always, we will have some time for callers to ask questions, share ideas and connect!

Calling for Labeling of Genetically-Modified Ingredients

Last week, the Founder and Director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA), Judith McGeary, spoke on our February 2012 interfaith environmental conference call about GMO's, or "Genetically-Modified Organisms." She highlighted several concerns about the widespread and increasing use of GMOs in our food system, including social justice concerns for small farms and low-income farmers, environmental concerns about the use of pesticides on fields planted with genetically-modified "Round Up Ready" crops, and health concerns about the still-unknown long-term effects of eating foods that contain GMOs.

February Interfaith Environmental Conference Call: GMOs and Building Local Networks

Our February interfaith environmental conference call will be Wednesday, February 22nd at 12:00 p.m. For this call, we are excited to welcome Judith McGeary, Executive Director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, as our guest presenter. Judith will give us some information about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) - including what they are, some potential risks to the environment and human health, and ways Texans of faith can engage on this issue.

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