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 Stands Behind President on Keystone XL Decision

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., January 18, 2012 — President Obama has just announced his decision against the issuance of a special permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. What follows is a reaction by Interfaith Power & Light’s President, The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham:

“Interfaith Power & Light applauds President Obama for demonstrating leadership in deciding against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. His actions today will help to ensure a clean, healthy and safe world for our children. Transporting dirty tar sands oil through the heartland of America will unnecessarily risk catastrophic damage to ecosystems and aquifers that millions of people depend upon for their livelihood. People of faith are called to be good stewards of God’s Creation, and to love our neighbors and take care of the vulnerable among us.

Interfaith Community is United in Support of EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Safeguards

Statement by Interfaith Power & Light President, The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., December 21, 2011 — The EPA has just announced that the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards have been finalized. What follows is the reaction of Interfaith Power & Light's President, The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham:

“This is good news for the religious community across America. The finalization of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards shows us that the 40-year old Clean Air Act is still an invaluable tool to carry out our call to be stewards of God’s Creation and to serve the least among us.

January Interfaith Environmental Conference Call: How to Start a Green Team in Your Congregation

Our first interfaith environmental conference call of 2012 is scheduled for Wednesday, January 25th at 12:00 p.m. For this call, we are excited to have Robin Nelson, Environmental Stewardship Manager for the Unitarian Universalist Association, as our guest presenter. In honor of a new year and new possibilities, Robin will give us some tips on "How to Start a Green Team in Your Congregation."

And if your congregation already has a green team, we hope you'll join the conversation to lend some of your expertise, too. As always, we will have some time for callers to ask questions, share ideas and connect!

January Interfaith Environmental Conference Call

Sign Up for the 2012 National Preach-In on Global Warming

This year's National Preach-In on Global Warming will be over Valentine’s Day weekend, February 10-12, 2012. Clergy of all religions, lay leaders, and green team members from across the country are invited to participate, and when you sign up to preach, teach, or host an event, we'll make a variety of support resources available in January, including:

The Olive Trees and the Menorah: A Chanukah Teaching on Sustainability from Rabbi Neal Katz

The Chanukah menorah is a variation of the classic menorah—which traditionally only has seven branches. The nine-branch Chanukah menorah was designed to accommodate the eight day celebration of the festival, but the seven-branch version was the original biblical design. In the book of Exodus, and elsewhere in the Torah, we find repeated commandments to build a seven-branch candelabrum with very specific design instructions, including special floral patterns and cups that had to be beaten into the all-gold menorah.  The menorah would stand in the desert tabernacle, and later in the Temple in Jerusalem.
 

The Holy Land Garden and the Headwaters Sanctuary, San Antonio: A Guest Blog from Sister Martha Ann Kirk

One does not save what one does not love. To save God’s creation, we need to help the younger generation fall in love with its beauty. The ecological problems of over consumption and destruction of the environment cannot be solved by science alone. They demand spiritualties of recognizing the common humanity of the other and putting the common good before one’s selfish interests. At the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in San Antonio, the Holy Land Garden, a place of common ground, is used to invite students and all to deeper spirituality.

COP 17 - International Climate Talks in Durban: Information & Religious Resources

Government leaders, scientists, lobbyists, activists, and yes--religious leaders--are meeting in Durban, South Africa from November 28 - December 10, 2011 for international climate negotiations. On this page, we've collected links to information about the conference and the issues, as well as news about how people of faith are involved.

If you have stories you'd like for us to include, please send us an e-mail!

 

Self-Sustaining Advent Calendar from Earth Ministry

The 2011 Self-Sustaining Advent Calendar from Earth Ministry, home of Washington Interfaith Power & Light, is now available! On the calendar, you'll find one tip for each day that will help decrease stress and increase meaningful celebration this holiday season.

Click here to download the calendar as a pdf. Happy holidays!

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Photo by Jennifer Spengler (Attribution via Flickr, Creative Commons)

Sustainable Holiday Ideas

Christmas and Hannukah are, among other things, about deepening our connections to family, friends, and faith—but sometimes it can seem like the main focus of the season is shopping, stress, and stuff! Here we offer some ideas to cultivate appreciation this season and celebrate in ways that are more sustainable for both you and the planet.

There are a lot of ideas here, but please don't feel overwhelmed. The best approach might be to add one or two new practices each year, and grow into a more sustainable holiday season over time. We wish you much joy this season!

If  you have suggestions for other ways to celebrate sustainably or resources to share, please e-mail us to let us know.

November Interfaith Environmental Conference Call: In a Time of Darkness, Light

Our November interfaith environmental conference call is scheduled for Wednesday, November 30th at 12:00 p.m. On this call, we'll focus on some religious themes and teachings of the upcoming Jewish holiday of Hannukah and Christian holiday of Christmas, and connect them to our work of caring for Creation. Both holidays have a theme of light and hope emerging in a time of darkness, and we'll wonder what these teachings might mean for us today.

We are delighted to have as guest speakers on the call, Rabbi Neal Katz of Congregation Beth El in Tyler, Texas; and Sister Martha Ann Kirk, a professor at the University of the Incarnate Word and member of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.

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

November Interfaith Environmental Conference Call

     Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

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