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

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.

TXIPL in Dallas - March 6, 2012

Amanda Robinson, Coordinator of Texas Interfaith Power & Light (TXIPL), will offer a presentation in Dallas on Tuesday, March 6th about creating a local, interfaith environmental network in Dallas. Come be part of the conversation! Details are below.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
University Park United Methodist Church
4024 Caruth Blvd. at Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75225
We will meet in the Caldwell Room (A120)

To RSVP or ask questions, e-mail Amanda.

TXIPL in Fort Worth - March 5, 2012

Amanda Robinson, Coordinator of Texas Interfaith Power & Light (TXIPL), will offer a presentation in Fort Worth on Monday, March 5th about creating a local, interfaith environmental network in Fort Worth. Come be part of the conversation! Details are below.

Monday, March 5, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church
4201 Trail Lake Dr
Fort Worth TX 76109

To RSVP or ask questions, e-mail Amanda.

Join the facebook event, and invite your friends!

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Coming Soon: Presentations in Fort Worth and Dallas on Creating Local, Interfaith Eco-Networks

Texas is a big state! In order to provide an effective religious response to our 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 Fort Worth on March 5th and Dallas on March 6th to begin conversations there.

Over the last 18 months, Interfaith Environmental Network (IEN) – the Austin Chapter of TXIPL – has really taken off, creating a workable model that we believe can be replicated in other areas of the state. When we come to Fort Worth, Dallas, and possibly other cities soon, we will share IEN’s story—and then focus on the needs and interests of your community and explore how we can work together to create an effective local network.

Please be part of the conversation! Come to the meeting in Fort Worth on March 5th, or Dallas on March 6th. Invite others from your religious community to attend with you. RSVP for either meeting by e-mailing Amanda.

How to Start a Green Team in Your Congregation: Notes from TXIPL's January 2012 Conference Call

January's interfaith environmental conference call featured a presentation by Robin Nelson, Environmental Stewardship Manager of the Unitarian Universalist Association, on the topic of "How to Start a Green Team in Your Congregation." The conversation this topic generated on our call was fantastic! In case you missed it, here are some ways to learn more:

  • You can download the mp3 recording of the call here.
  • Resources mentioned on the call by Kerry Stevens, including a PowerPoint presentation and a collection of Biblical scriptures about caring for Creation, can be found here.
  • Notes from Robin Nelson about her presentation are below. Thank you, Robin!

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Texas Interfaith Power and Light

“How to Start a Green Team in your Congregation” – presentation
Robin Nelson, Environmental Stewardship Manager, Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)
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