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Honoring Juneteenth Day

Happy Juneteenth! Juneteenth is a day to celebrate how far we have come in the struggle for equality and freedom in the United States. Each June nineteenth commemorates the arrival of freedom to the remaining enslaved African Americans in 1865, and serves as a reminder of the hope, tenacity, and spirit of the African-American community…

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Pledge to Act for Collective Liberation

Across the country and around the world, we are witnessing a profound uprising for liberation and justice. The murder of George Floyd sent grief and anger through the hearts of our cities, and people are engaging in massive resistance. This movement is about justice for victims of racist police violence, and it’s bigger than that too.…

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MNIPL Statement on the Police Murder of George Floyd

We write with profound anger and sadness following the horrific murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police. Mr. Floyd was a beloved father, brother, neighbor, and guard for a local homeless shelter. In the words of his sister, “He was grounded, he was spiritual, he was an athlete, he was an organizer, he was…

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Earth Day Messages

Leaders of spiritual communities across Minnesota turned to themes of Earth and Nature to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day this April.  We’ve compiled some of the sermons and messages they gave here. We welcome your submissions.  We would especially appreciate messages from speakers of Muslim, Jewish, Unitarian, Bah’ai, Buddhist, and other traditions.  Send…

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COVID-19 Update from MNIPL

We hope that you and your loved ones are well. We are writing in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, with updates to prioritize the health, safety and well-being of our community. The outbreak represents a serious threat to public health, and we encourage you to practice social distancing and stay at home as much as possible…

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2019 Annual Report Published

Our 2019 Annual Report is now available for viewing online, beautifully designed by artist Patricia Lamas. Read stories about faith community climate leadership, our Youth N’ Power program, community-owned solar and much more. Thanks to volunteer Jessie Roelofs for contributing two excellent narrative articles to the report. Gratitude to our network for the ways you’ve…

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Thank you: MNIPL Climate Justice Night

We extend our heartfelt thanks to all who took part in MNIPL Climate Justice Night on March 5th. We recognize that we’re very fortunate to have spent this time together, as public health guidelines around the Covid-19 outbreak have shifted significantly since the event. In response to Covid-19, we are postponing upcoming events or moving…

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Partnering for Lent 2020

MNIPL has teamed up with seven Episcopal congregations in the St. Paul metro to create a Lent Program on living in better harmony with the earth and responding to the climate crisis. These Lent 2020 materials are available for any congregation who would like to use them.        Dr. Mark McInroy, Associate Professor of…

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Miikawaadenim – To Be Beautiful

Welcome to this edition of Firelight: Wisdom to Support & Inspire! This edition of Firelight is written by Winona Laduke who shares reflections on co-creating a more kind and beautiful Northland, Minnesota, nation, and world. This Month’s Curator: Winona LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of Indigenous Economics, Food and…

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