MNIPL Monthly Newsletter

Each month, we share a newsletter including concrete, actionable ways for you to take powerful action and opportunities to inspire and sustain our movement over the long haul. Click here to receive these monthly action alerts!
Read on for this month's newsletter:


Dear friends,

We greet this month together with warmth and gratitude. Thank you for all the ways you’ve contributed to this year of inspired climate action, from sparking change in your community to gathering for powerful public demonstrations. We invite you to reflect on the progress we’ve made together in our 2018 Highlights.

Many thanks to all who contributed to MNIPL for Give to the Max day to build the interfaith climate movement. Altogether we raised $11,012 in the month of November to support bold collective action and climate leadership. If you haven’t already, you can chip in here.

The recent news of destructive California wildfires is a sobering reminder of the major action we need for climate justice. This is a moment to reflect on what we love in this world and come together with courage. This winter, join us in supporting the light in your community through our Leadership Development series, Be the Spark!, and read on for opportunities to engage:

Action Opportunities

MNIPL's Be the Spark Leadership Development program teaches tools and practices for how to build positive, creative, and committed teams to fuel energized action on climate.

Over 2 sessions you’ll build premier organizing skills and learn strategic approaches for engaging your faith community in climate change solutions. Sunday, February 10th and March 3rd, 2:00 - 7:00pm each session. Refreshments and dinner provided. At St Mary’s Episcopal Church, St Paul, MN. Register here

“Be the Spark helps you connect what is deepest within you (your faith commitments, your experiences, and your dreams) to a vision of a better world, and then take concrete steps toward making that vision a reality. More than that, you will meet others who will share this work, and who will become companions on the road.” ~ Rev. Susan Mullin, Director of Faith Formation, Faith United Methodist Church

Become a Volunteer Energy Coach!
Help bring Energy Efficiency to Minneapolis Faith Communities and Businesses! Training provided

MNIPL is looking for 1-2 detail-oriented and personable volunteers to be trained as energy coaches! Energy coaches work with us to support energy efficiency steps in Minneapolis faith communities and low-income businesses. This volunteer position is flexible, but can take about 5-10 hours a week. Volunteers will work with providers to support local faith communities and low-income businesses in getting a free energy assessment, understanding it, thinking of action steps, and, should participants decide to implement suggestions, in helping connect them with loan and grant programs. Contact [email protected] with interest and questions!

Host a table at your church or bazaar to support the Native community
Winona’s Hemp and Honor the Earth are pleased to offer a variety of products which support the community. Youth from their wonderful team in the twin cities can come to your church for any holiday events. Hosting a table helps build a local economy, from wild rice (still pipeline free and non-GMO) to coffees- roasted here on the reservation by our extended family, toasted hemp teas, and a new silk screening business. Together we can create future where healthy foods, renewable energy and local economies thrive. Contact [email protected] to host a table.

Are you a doctor, nurse, or allied health professional?
We invite you to join MNIPL and Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate to engage faith communities around the health impacts of climate change. Nurses and doctors are among the most trusted professionals in the US and are uniquely positioned to connect with the public on this topic. We are seeking health professionals to join our team of facilitators to host climate conversations. To get involved or host an event with your faith community, contact [email protected].

Sign up for Community Solar!
Do you live in Anoka, Blue Earth, Carver, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, Steele, Waseca, or Wright County? Then you are eligible to subscribe to a cooperatively-owned community solar garden! Through this subscription you will support clean energy, be a part of a movement that gives energy users choices, support community-based solutions, and save money. Visit or [email protected] to learn more and sign up.

Support the new #StopLine3 documentary
LN3: The Fight Goes On is a documentary of the native-led alliance to stop the Line 3 tar sands expansion project across the Mississippi watershed. The filmmakers are asking for support to help finish this powerful film so it can be used as an education and organizing tool. Check out the trailer and donate to help launch the documentary here.

Become a Sustaining Congregation!
Through yearly financial contributions of $500-$5,000, Sustaining Congregations empower the MNIPL interfaith network to take bold, creative action to address climate change. If you're interested in becoming part of the network or have been a Sustaining Congregation in the past, we welcome you join this season and are excited to engage in partnership. Contact [email protected] to learn more and join.

"MNIPL has truly helped our congregation live out the Sustainability Committee’s mission. For that reason, we are now a MNIPL sustaining contributor and look forward to closer relationships and continued support from MNIPL." – Wally Wadd, Community Connector, The Grove United Methodist Church

Thank you to the Sustaining Congregations who have generously contributed to support the interfaith climate movement in 2018:

Edina Community Lutheran Church, Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, First Congregational Church of Minnesota, First Lutheran Church of St. Peter, First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, Guardian Angels Church, Macalester Plymouth United Church, Mayflower Community Congregational UCC, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, New Life Presbyterian Church, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Plymouth Congregational Church, Prospect Park UMC, St. Luke Presbyterian Church, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, The Cathedral Church of St Mark, The Grove United Methodist Church, Union Congregational UCC, Unitarian Church of Underwood, Unity Church-Unitarian St. Paul 


Seeking new office space!
MNIPL recently received notice that we will need to vacate our current Minneapolis office building by January 31. Our office at 2104 Stevens Ave has been a wonderful shared space for MNIPL, MN350 and other orgs, and we are working together to find a new location for a vibrant climate hub. The Stevens Ave building will continue to serve the community going forward as housing for residents of the Franklin-Hiawatha encampment. To join the office search team, contact [email protected]

Upcoming Events – Twin Cities Metro

We Can Stop Line 3
Saturday, December 8 @ 1:00-3:00 pm
CWA Local 7200, 3521 E Lake St, Minneapolis
The effects of climate change are already being felt in many places around the world, but how are Minnesotans trying to mitigate those effects? One way is by preventing the construction of a new pipeline, Line 3, which would carry one of the world’s dirtiest fossil fuels. Join the Sierra Club on December 8th to learn about the proposed Line 3 pipeline, where it stands in the permitting and construction process, and what the consequences of its construction will be. Click here for the Facebook event.

Let’s Win on Clean Transportation! Met Council Meeting
Monday, December 10 @ 4pm
The Met Council and Metro Transit are preparing to announce their five-year infrastructure plans - including purchasing some zero-emission vehicles for their fleet. Let's make sure they know why clean transportation is so important and why it's time to plan for a complete transition to climate- and human-friendly buses in place of dirty fossil fuels. Join MN350 at the Heywood Garage (560 6th Ave N) at 4pm. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Winter Solstice Overnight: Journeying into Darkness for Its Gifts of Release & Renewal
December 21st @ 5:30 pm - December 22nd @ 12:00 pm
Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI), 15715 River Road North Branch, MN
From WEI: “An intimate soul-searching night of Awakening. During the longest night of the year, nestled into deep winter, we’ll each look into the emotional burdens we’ve been carrying this year and invoke release from them as the sun begins its return.” Click here to learn more and to learn how you can register! Register by December 16th. Limited to 12.

Beyond Gas: How can we live better with clean electricity?

Thursday, January 24 @ 7:00-8:30 am
Town and Country Club, 300 N Mississippi River Blvd, St Paul
Join Fresh Energy for a conversation with Bruce Nilles, internationally known for his leadership in moving the United States off of fossil fuel, and Sherri Billimoria, an expert in the economics of electrification. Together, we will discuss how to reduce gas in our buildings, and what it will take for new homes and developments, such as the Saint Paul Ford site, to be built with zero carbon and no gas.

Upcoming Events
– Southern MN

SMCEC Forum:  Financing clean energy projects in Southern Minnesota
Friday, December 14th @ 9:00 - 11:00 am
South Central Service Cooperative, 2075 Lookout Drive, North Mankato
Peter Lindstrom, Manager of Public Sector & Community Engagement for CERTs will discuss financing clean energy projects with a particular focus on financing through Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE). He will discuss how businesses and nonprofits can receive free energy assessments, tools to find the right contractor, and financial incentives to help get the projects off the ground.

What Minnesota Can Learn From Germany on Energy Policy

Friday, December 14th @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
South Central College - Heritage Hall, 1920 Lee Blvd, North Mankato, MN
Greater Mankato Growth presents a free luncheon forum featuring local state senators and Jens Acker, chief counselor for renewable energy and trade at the German Embassy in Washington, DC. Lunch will be served at 11:30 am and the program will run from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Though the event is free, we ask that attendees please RSVP here. This conversation will be of interest to business owners, farmers, energy providers, governmental officials, and anyone else interested in the emergence of renewable energy and new opportunities for regional economic growth and leadership.

Winter Solstice Celebration

Friday, Dec 21st, @ 5:30 - 8:30 pm
170 Good Counsel Dr., Mankato MN
Join the Living Earth Center in welcoming joy, light and promise of new life by gathering around good friends, food, poetry, live music, a snowshoe hike, fire dancers and a bonfire. All ages are welcome! Advanced registration is appreciated and admission is based on a sliding scale. No one is turned away based on inability to pay. More information and registration available here.

Upcoming Events
– Northern MN

Sustainability and Environment Showcase
Friday, December 7th @ 9:15am-2pm
Benedictine Commons, Science Building, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth
Introductory biology majors will be presenting posters on their solutions to climate change, their progress in identifying new antimicrobials from soil samples, and misconceptions in biology. These projects are part of our new required biology curriculum. Students from Environmental Topics (non-majors course) also will present posters on their environmental issues. Contact Sherry [email protected] for a visitor parking pass.

Duluth Climate and Energy Network Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, December 11th, 9:00 am -10:00 am
Ecolibrium3, Duluth
An informal coalition of environmental and social justice groups that coordinate together, and with statewide actors, to work towards a more sustainable Duluth. RSVP to [email protected] if you are interested in attending.

Earth Harmony Interfaith Study Group with Pastor David Carlson
Thursday, December 13th, 8:00 am -9:00 am
Sara’s Table restaurant, Duluth
An ongoing discussion group that explores spiritual perspectives and human response within the framework of ecological crisis, and invites hopeful reflection and collaboration. Book being reviewed together is In Search of the Good Life: The Ethics of Globalization by Rebecca Todd Peters. Monthly meetings, open to all.  Contact David Carlson [email protected] or [email protected] for questions or to RSVP.

Congregations Caring for the Earth Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, December 18th @ 2:30pm, Virginia MN
A coalition of Iron Range faith communities that work together toward a common vision of caring for creation. RSVP to Kristin Foster [email protected] or [email protected] for more information.

Winter Solstice Overnight: Journeying into Darkness for Its Gifts of Release & Renewal
December 21st @ 5:30 pm through December 22nd @ 12:00 pm
Women’s Environmental Institute, 15715 River Road North Branch, MN
An intimate soul-searching night of Awakening. During the longest night of the year, nestled into deep winter, we’ll each look into the emotional burdens we’ve been carrying this year and invoke release from them as the sun begins its return. Click here to learn more and to learn how you can register! Register by December 16th. Limited to 12.


Devon Cupery & Taylor Wicklund
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light