May Newsletter

As with the buds and blooming leaves, the climate justice movement is growing in powerful ways. What is blooming in your life and your faith community?

Read on for powerful opportunities to bring to your faith community that will help us build the intersectional climate justice movement we need.

Action Opportunities

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5PM Wednesday, May 24 until 12PM Friday, May 26, Pilgrim Point Camp, 2059 Pilgrim Point Rd, Alexandria, MN.

Co-Facilitated and designed by MNIPL Program Director Erin Pratt, we will use stories, the arts, video, and hands-on learning opportunities, to equip participants to mobilize their communities around local and global issues of environmental justice. All are encourage to attend! This is an amazing opportunity to experience our Be the Spark training in a condensed time frame in a beautiful setting, and an incredibly affordable cost (tuition includes accommodations and all meals). Registration Deadline: May 15, 2017.

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May 18, 7pm, Riverview Theatre. Join us for the debut of a full-length documentary that tells the story of All in the Circle Creative Arts & Nature Camp! Enjoy an evening complete with:

  • Green carpet for photos

  • Big puppets

  • West African drum and dance performance by Tiyumba Dance

  • Story-telling by Dakota elder Bob Klanderud

  • Performance of “All God’s Critters Got a Place in the Choir” by campers

  • The main event! The documentary itself!

All in the Circle is carefully designed to give children the opportunity to fall in love with the earth and to be co-creators of a culture of kindness. Purchase your tickets today! $10 for one person, $5 for youth 12 and under. Proceeds raised will go to scholarships and supporting the camp. Not in the metro? Be in touch with we’d love to set up a viewing in your community!

Subscribe to Community Solar Providing full access to clean energy is a cornerstone value of MNIPL and the Just Solar Coalition. We are working to build and support Community Solar Gardens that are truly accessible to all and to change the conventional story we tell about energy production. If you’re a customer of Xcel Energy and live in Greater Minnesota or in the Twin Cities, you may be eligible to support climate justice and save money on your electricity bill by subscribing to a CSG. Email Operations Director Brett Benson to learn more.


Twin Cities

Planting & Potluck, Friday, May 12th  11 am to 7 pm, 3201 22nd Avenue South Minneapolis
Stop by the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden throughout the day to plant seeds, build raised beds, learn with us during mini-talks on regenerative agriculture, composting, permaculture design, and soil building, install a mycoremediation patch (think mushrooms!), and clean out the chicken coop for new animals friends joining the garden this summer. Bring a potluck item to share, a musical instrument to play, and a pair of garden gloves. Rain date: Saturday, May 13th from 11 am to 7 pm. RSVP on Facebook!

Canvassing for Climate Justice

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6 in New Richland, Minn.

Noon to 5 p.m. May 21 in St. Paul

MNIPL and other organizing groups are hosting Deep Canvasses to help change the game on climate change and clean energy. A Deep Canvass is doorknocking with personal, values-based conversations focused on listening to people's interests and goals. The May 6 event will focus on explaining community solar as an affordable, common sense climate solution. The May 21 event will focus on an innovative financing approach to help all families participate in local climate solutions. Sign up to join our team on one or both of these days.

Environmental Ancestry Story Circles
Wed, May 17, 6 pm – 8:30pm, Birchwood Cafe. RSVP Here.

MNIPL is hosting a new series of storytelling circles in Muslim spaces, open to the interfaith community to celebrate unique family and environmental ancestries. These circles will be hosted by Muslim youth from the MNIPL Youth Leadership Team and will highlight stories the youth will collect in interviews with their family members about their family history.

Northern Spark Interfaith Iftar

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Join us for a wonderful time this summer during a day in Ramadhan.  During the Northern Spark festival this year, we will be broadcasting the Adhan (poetic call to prayer), and having an Interfaith Iftar(breaking of the fast).   This year we are adding a storytelling circle where we will have individuals from our community share stories as we collectively and curiously dig into our own Environmental Ancestry.  This is a great opportunity to get to know our neighbors, enjoy some delicious food, start a quest into our own Environmental Ancestry, while learning about others.  Limited seating for the full meal portion, RSVP is needed.  Sign up to be a volunteer at this special evening!

Arrowhead Regional Network

Arrowhead Network Leadership Meeting, Join as we strategize and plan our spring campaigns to take action on climate change. Contact for more info and save the date for our upcoming meeting: Tuesday, May 23, site TBA, 7-8:30pm

Programs for Your Faith Community

All in the Circle: Creative Arts & Nature Camps
We are delighted to announce three different All in the Circle Camp experiences for Summer 2017. This summer we are offering a Family Camp Experience, Middle & High School overnight experience, and All in the Circle Nature Camp for 1-6 graders.  Register your family for this unforgettable summer experience!

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Just B Solar Camp: Back by popular demand, and through a generous grant from the First Universalist Foundation, we are teaming up with solar installer Keith Dent to offer a second year of Just B Solar camps. We are thrilled to be connecting kids to the exciting world of solar. This year we’ll be at Breck School on June 19th-30th and then back in North Minneapolis July 17th-21st.  We are looking for a solar educator to join our team, and would welcome your support or your child’s participation this summer.

Volunteer at the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden
Are you a youth director at your faith community looking for a summer service project? Are you curious about digging into the connections between food justice, faith, and climate change? Sign up yourself or a group from your faith community to volunteer at the garden this summer by filling out his form. Learn more by watching our video, Growing Together.

Youth Leadership Team
We have an exciting year planned and would love for your youth to join us as we bring climate action to other faith communities and engage their youth. We are also launching a Youth Internship Program to support youth in organizing powerful action in their faith community. Email if you’re interested in engaging your youth in climate action.

Volunteer with MNIPL
Everyone has an important role to play in building the climate movement. What’s yours? Join one of our volunteer-led action teams, help build our legislative response team, support campers at All in the Circle Creative Arts & Nature Camp, or help out in the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden. The possibilities are endless. Fill out this quick form and we’ll be in touch to find the right volunteer role for you!