CLIMATE JUSTICE CONGREGATIONS

Become an MNIPL Climate Justice Congregation!

Climate Justice Congregations are faith communities who are committed to living out their faith through effective and sustained action on climate justice. This year-long process will help you and your community gain the focus, resources and support that can help galvanize your faith community into committed climate action. Join a growing number of faith communities doing the same - joining together across many faiths to raise a collective voice and drive faithful action on climate justice.

To get started, fill out the interest form here:

Are you ready to submit your Climate Justice Congregation action plan? Click the link below!

Program Activities

This certificate program provides resources and a map to deeply engage your faith community in the work of climate justice. To be certified, your congregation will participate in most of the following activities:

  • Create an action plan: Develop an annual Three-Legged Stool action plan which includes creating practical, systemic, and spiritual/relational goals for your faith community. MNIPL can help walk you through this process of creating goals and an action plan for the year.
  • Be the Spark: Have one or more people from your faith community attend the Be the Spark Leadership Development and Organizing Training. Our next training will be held online on Thursday evenings this summer (2020). We also host a two-day workshop in St. Paul, held annually in February-March.
  • Community Connector: Maintain at least one active Community Connector who serves as a liaison between your congregation and MNIPL.
  • Host an MNIPL Program. Based on the needs and interests of your community this could be a Conversation about COVID-19 and Climate Change, a Solar House Party, an opportunity to learn about the Line 3 Pipeline Resistance, or a tailored Be the Spark organizing training. You will schedule the event and invite people to join. All events are currently being held online.
  • Sustaining Congregation: To help provide essential support for your community’s participation in the program, we ask that you become a Sustaining Congregation by donating annually an amount that is financially possible for your community, with a suggested level of $500. Thanks in advance for your partnership and support.
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Steps to Certification

Step 1: Fill out the interest form!

Step 2: Connect with us! We will contact you to set up an initial phone call. We'll then set up a meeting with you and other people from your congregation who are interested in working with you on the certification process.

Step 3: Work with your team to complete your action plan, including:

  • Vision - If you are totally successful, how will you congregation embody climate justice in 10 years from now?
  • Assets - Please describe the assets that your congregation brings to the climate justice movement.
  • Goals - List your goals for the current year related to promoting practical change such as lowering carbon emissions, promoting systemic or policy change, and deepening spiritual commitment and relationships in your congregation.

Submit your action plan below:

Step 4: Become a Sustaining Congregation.

Step 5: Participate!

  • Have one or more people from your faith community attend our Be the Spark Leadership Development and Organizing Training. New this year - we are offering online training Thursday evenings this summer (2020). We also host a two-day training in St. Paul, held annually in February and March.
  • Join our monthly webinars for Community Connectors and other folks from faith communities participating in this program to learn more about ongoing campaigns and resources available to you.

Step 6: Report and Celebrate! At the end of each year we will ask you to fill out a form to report your accomplishments. We will create a press release and report that celebrates all of the communities doing this work, and compiling numbers such as carbon saved and number of people positively impacted by your work.

Step 7: Review and renew your plan.

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