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About MNIPL

Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light believes the active care of creation is integral to spiritual life and social justice. We respond to climate change by bringing Minnesota's faith communities together and by providing opportunities for congregations to join the growing climate justice movement.

Since our founding as Congregations Caring for Creation in 2004, we have mobilized religious support for landmark legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota, educated hundreds of thousands of congregants, and worked with every major religious denomination in the state. MNIPL is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. 

Join us as we spark a movement and engage in deep relationship building.

MNIPL Programs

Be the Spark

Leadership development program trains people of faith to be powerful organizers in the climate movement. The program focuses on messaging, organizing tools, facilitation training, and deep relationship building. Work with us to design a custom program for your faith community or denomination, or participate in a 14-hour workshop series to build community and skills for leading in your faith community. 

Youth Be The Spark

Empowering youth to lead the way. Participants from youth groups gather for a day-long outdoor adventure, followed by ongoing mentorship that has consistently led to cultural breakthroughs in the faith communities the youth represent. Programs available in the metro area and in the Arrowhead Region. 

Climate Conversations

Breaking the silence on climate change through a relational approach to organizing. MNIPL convenes our Climate Conversations program, in which MNIPL staff facilitate discussions to initially engage participants by telling stories of connection. We help participants connect with their values and what they care about most, before articulating together the realities of climate change.

All in the Circle: Creative Arts & Nature Camp

Empowering the next generation to live with a sense of what it means to be kind, to love one another, to do justice to self, other, and the natural world. This is what All in the Circle, a Creative Arts & Nature Camp, does. Sign up your child for camp this summer!

 

MNIPL Teams

Volunteer-led and volunteer-run teams move our work forward. Teams meet monthly. Contact the team lead if you would like to get involved.

Solar Team

Connects MNIPL congregations with resources and the information to move forward with investing in solar at the individual or congregational level. Email [email protected]

Policy Advocacy

Provides monthly action opportunities to engage in systemic and political change at the state and federal level. Email [email protected]

Divestment

Helping to build faith-based divestment and reinvestment campaigns throughout the state. We offer tools to support your work through stories, sample resolutions, checklists, and resources for gathering information based on our experience as actors in the divestment movement. Email [email protected]

Energy Efficiency 

Helping faith communities live out the call of stewardship and care for the earth. The MNIPL Energy Efficiency Team is pleased to be partnering with EnerChange, the Minnesota chapter of the US Green Building Council, and the Clean Energy Resource Teams to help houses of worship complete energy efficiency projects. Email [email protected]

Just Community Solar Coalition

The Just Community Solar Coalition recently formed as a direct result of one of the MNIPL Solar Team's priorities, which was to lead by example and to show the market that a community solar garden reflecting the Community Solar Values Statement could be financially successful. We are initially focused on developing the Shiloh Temple Community Solar Garden project. Among our many priorities, we want to ensure access to clean energy for all and to provide job training in the solar industry to local, low-income residents. Email [email protected]

Youth Leadership Team 

Committed, gifted and passionate youth organizing their faith communities to take action on climate change (all while having fun, building community and connecting to the natural world). They are activating their own communities of faith through presentations, action opportunities, climate conversations and policy actions.  

 

Check out our Blog: Sacred Action