MNIPL Monthly Newsletter

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January 2020

Dear friends,

In the year ahead, we envision thousands of Minnesotans of faith mobilizing together, building momentum to ensure that climate is a top priority for decision-makers, candidates, and voters in 2020.

Together we can change what’s perceived as possible. Our first major opportunity is February 25th when all political parties in Minnesota will hold precinct caucuses. We need thousands of Minnesotans attending precinct caucuses to make sure all parties make climate a top priority! Join MNIPL for an upcoming training to learn more and engage your community.

This week we launched ticket sales for our annual celebration and fundraiser on March 5th at the Science Museum. We hope you'll join us for this inspiring night. Purchase tickets here.

Read on for ways to grow your organizing skills, engage your community, and build momentum for climate action:

 

Upcoming Events


Be the Spark: Climate Leadership Training

February 9 and 23 @ 2-7pm each session
St. Mary's Episcopal Church in St. Paul

We invite you to participate in MNIPL's dynamic and experiential leadership workshop series, Be the Spark! Come to learn organizing skills and strategic approaches to engage your community of faith in climate change solutions. Dinner and snacks will be included. Register here

 


Caucus for Climate Trainings

On February 25th, we need thousands of Minnesotans, including you, attending your precinct caucus to make sure your party makes climate a top priority! Join us online or at the MNIPL office to learn about this opportunity, connect with resources, help mobilize your community.

1) Tuesday, January 28, 12-1:30pm (ZOOM webinar). Register here
2) Monday, February 3, 5:30-7pm @ MNIPL office. Register here

These trainings are part of our year-long campaign to get out the vote for climate justice, called Prioritize Climate 2020. Thanks to the 70 people who joined last night’s campaign kickoff webinar! If you couldn’t make it, you can watch the recording, grab a coffee, and get caught up on our big 2020 plans for bold climate action together. Then fill out our Caucus for Climate commitment form to share how you plan to engage.


People’s Movement Assembly

Saturday, February 8 @ 10am - 4pm
Episcopal Church in Minnesota
1101 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

Please join us for a day of community-building to explore climate and social justice solutions. This will be an opportunity for people from different social justice networks to meet each other, honor the late Ed Owens, and continue his work to fight mass incarceration, promote climate justice reparations, and restore the vote to disenfranchised communities. Co-hosted by the Native Sun, MNIPL, the Just Solar Coalition, and others. All are welcome. RSVP to attend


Climate Justice Night at the Museum

Thursday, March 5 @ 6-9pm 
Science Museum of Minnesota

You are warmly invited to our annual fundraiser and celebration, this year at the Science Museum! This will be a joyful night of speakers, music, and dance – celebrating our collective progress and supporting our mission to build a powerful interfaith climate movement. Guests will have the opportunity to view Science Museum exhibits, and we’ll gather for a meal and inspiring program.

Order early bird tickets by February 7th.

Interested in volunteering for the event? email [email protected]


Mindful Direct Action Training

Saturday, January 25
Time TBD (3 to 5 hrs long)
Mayflower UCC, 106 E Diamond Lake Rd, Minneapolis

Join us for an introductory training of the skills needed to remain grounded while participating in nonviolent direct action to stand up for the people, animals, and ecosystems we love. This nonsectarian training will provide mindfulness techniques, de-escalation skills, and info to help you organize inclusive direct actions. This event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. Register here.


St. Paul Climate Justice Convergence

Sunday, January 19 @ 1-3pm
Hamline Church United Methodist
1514 Englewood Ave, St Paul

Interfaith Creation Care-St. Paul, an MNIPL network, invites you to the inaugural St. Paul Climate Justice Convergence. Come to learn how different faith communities are addressing the climate crisis, identify practical advocacy actions, and get involved with St. Paul’s Climate Action & Resiliency Plan. This will be a great networking opportunity, equally valuable for those congregations just starting on this journey as well as those with many years of action. Learn more



Community Connector Resource Webinar

February 4 @ 7:00pm, online

Are you a point person in your congregation for MNIPL and climate action?  Join us from the comfort of your own home on Tuesday, February 4 for our second Monthly Community Connector Resource Meeting. We’ll hear from a special professional in the climate field, report on plans for MNIPL Earth Day events, and more! Register here.


Unity Church-Unitarian Sustainable Living Team Film Series

7pm @ 733 Portland Ave, St Paul, MN 55104

Enjoy an evening with the Unity Church-Unitarian Sustainable Living Team to watch entertaining, hopeful and/or provocative films that highlight environmental issues. An opportunity for discussion follows each film. Popcorn will be provided. See full film series lineup here.

January 24: Living the Change This inspiring New Zealand documentary follows people changing their lives and communities, from regenerative agriculture and forest gardens to composting toilets, to solve global crises.

Action Opportunities


Support frontline humanitarian services in Australia 

The unprecedented wildfires in southeast Australia have caused heartbreaking devastation for communities, wildlife, and ecosystems. The fires follow the region's driest years on record, driven by climate change. Contribute to Australian charities to support disaster management and recovery, and support OzGREEN, an organization dedicated to building youth climate leadership in Australia. In the words of Sue Lennox, founder fo OzGREEN, we must "focus on the underlying causes of this disaster and work to promote climate resilience leadership."

Twin Cities Congregational Solar Bulk Buy

Is your faith community in the Twin Cities Metro area looking to install solar on your building? Through a partnership with local developer Sundial Energy, your congregation can install solar and save 15-30% on electric costs with no up-front payment. Interested faith communities are encouraged to apply before February to ensure your place in the bulk buy to begin construction in summer 2020. Contact [email protected] for application materials.


Climate Justice Congregation update 

Thanks to the 43 faith communities that have started the MNIPL Climate Justice Congregation program! We will be accepting congregations for our first year through March 2020, honoring certified Climate Justice Congregations on Earth Day, 2020. Read here for more information about how to become a CJC, and join the movement of faith communities acting for climate justice!

 

Updates


Welcome to Whitney Terrill

We warmly welcome Whitney Terrill as MNIPL's Environmental Justice Program Manager. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Whitney received her undergraduate degree from Hampton University (VA) and an executive certificate in conversation and environmental sustainability from Columbia University (NY). Her work on greening the built environment in Washington, DC and volunteer experience to promote access to organic food and farming in Minnesota are especially relevant to her role at MNIPL. She is deeply committed to equity, diversity and inclusion for all people. Influenced by childhood experiences at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center and her own spiritual path, Whitney hopes to advocate and collaborate with communities to achieve inclusion of all people in the environmental justice movement in Minnesota.

Welcome to our Solar Outreach Manager

We're excited to announce that Buff Grace is transitioning from his clergy fellowship with MNIPL to be our full-time Solar Outreach Manager. He will lead our equitable solar programs, assisting individuals, faith communities, and businesses to convert their energy use to renewable solar. Buff has guided operations and marketing for non-profit organizations including MedShare and Voyageur Outward Bound, and as an organic market gardener. Most recently he served as rector of Ascension Episcopal Church in Stillwater. If you're interested in getting involved with solar, email [email protected]

Action Teams


Movement Builder Team

This is our core group of volunteers dedicated to building the interfaith climate movement. In this team, you'll receive ongoing training and support to lead, recruit, and mentor volunteers and congregational teams as they take action on climate. Email [email protected] to get involved!

Policy Team

Our Policy Team works to bring a moral voice to the public debate about climate change-related policy at the federal, state, and local levels. Contact Charissa Verdoorn at [email protected]

Storytelling and Fundraising Team

Telling powerful stories is an important part of building movements, and we're combining this topic with fundraising to grow our impact. Contact Devon Cupery at [email protected]


 

Together,

Devon Cupery

Engagement & Development Manager
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light