MNIPL Monthly Newsletter
Here comes the sun: it’s shining bright and there’s much to celebrate!
As of today, our Shiloh Community Solar Garden (CSG) is finally Live!!! And so it begins. We are thrilled to be building more Just Community Solar Gardens like Shiloh, this is just the beginning. Read on for how you can get involved in the movement for Just Solar:
CSG sign-ups are still happening in the southern Minnesota. If you know of folks who would like to save on electricity though cooperative solar, we would love to hear from you. MNIPL supports part of our operating budget through these solar subscription referrals, so you’d be helping support MNIPL as well. Click here to listen to our Southern MN Organizer, Briana, speak about this incredible opportunity.
And finally - for those in the metro area, limited subscriptions are open for early bird sign up for an array that will be built on the Minneapolis A-Ramp. In order to more broadly make this array accessible to everyone, we are specifically seeking out those who are willing to pay upfront for your subscription. Just think: for $5,000 you could have free electricity for 25 years, and help to support MNIPL and Just Solar for all. Click here to learn more.
This month, there are so many effective and enlivening ways to take action. What calls to you? Read on for all the details.
The Movement to Stop Line 3 We’re almost there. So many people have spoken out against this toxic pipeline - from the hundreds of faith leaders who submitted their letter yesterday to the people who submitted more than 68,000 public comments and attended dozens of hearings and meetings. Now, it’s time for the PUC to make their decision on Line 3. Save the date! Well, four dates: June 18 (Monday), 19 (Tuesday), 26 (Tuesday), and 27th (Wednesday). The PUC is holding four meetings to hear legal arguments and make their final decision. While the public won’t have a chance to speak at these meetings, it’s essential that we pack the room and show the PUC that a vast array of people - including people of faith - oppose this dirty tar sands project.
The meetings will start at 9:30am - but it’s important to arrive as early as possible to guarantee a seat - we recommend 8:30am. The PUC meets at 121 7th Pl E #350, St Paul, MN 55101. We’ll send out a longer email in the coming days with more details about these vitally important days. For now - you can rsvp using Facebook here or just email [email protected] if you can come!
Ramadan Mubarak Thanks to everyone who joined us for our 4th annual Unity Iftar! It was a beautiful night of unity and connection and a testament to the vision we hold for our city. Thanks to our sponsors: Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment, Islamic Resource Group, Masjid An-Nur, Northwest Islamic Community Center - NWICC - Masjid Al-Kareem, MYLA - Muslim Youth Leadership Awards, Rabata Daybreak Press Global Bookshop and Gathering Space, Club ICM, Bloom, ZACAH, ٣١٣Nature, Justice Parent Advocate for Justice and Education, and Minnesota Deaf Muslim Community -MDMC. It was an incredible night of community and connection, check out pictures here, and an incredible spoken word piece by artist Ifrah Mansour here If you’d like to learn more, contact Muslim Outreach Coordinator, Muhammad Jiwa, at [email protected]
Welcome to Devon Cupery, who recently started as our Engagement and Development Manager! In this role, Devon works to build and nurture the network of faith actors engaged in climate justice work. She partners with congregations interested in deepening their impact, connecting teams with resources to advance climate change solutions and social justice. If you’re interested in exploring ideas or becoming a core congregation, email [email protected].
And, Welcome to Our Summer Interns: Eric Snyder, Sophia Manolis, Anna Rynearson and Kristianna Wyrobek. Click here to learn more and join us in welcoming our summer interns!
All in the Circle Creative Arts & Nature Camp
A summer of wildness is just around the corner! There are just a few spots left for, Council of the Willow Pond, June 18-22 and June 25-29, and our Leadership & Adventure Week long Overnight Camp July 9-13 for middle and high schoolers. Click here to register for Council of Willow Pond (grades 1-6), apply to be a youth counselor at Council of Willow Pond, or register for the Leadership & Adventure Week here.
No Line 3: Interfaith Response On Monday, we gathered together at the Capitol with the Poor People’s Campaign to deliver a letter signed by more than 550 faith leaders, including 5 Denominational bishops and conference leaders, stating clear moral opposition to the Line 3 pipeline. Under the tree canopy of beautiful Leif Erikson park, leaders across many faiths spoke in support of Indigenous rights, social justice, and the protection of our climate. We then marched to deliver the faith letter directly to the Public Utilities Commission office, lining in the hallways of the building’s third floor in prayer. Many thanks to all who took part, from singing uplifting songs, to marching in the sun, to building the relationships that made the day possible. Check out photos and video from our day together here!
This week, the press took note of the monumental statement signed by more than 550 faith leaders opposing Line 3 -- first MPR, the Associated Press, then the Washington Post and Star Tribune. Indeed, Monday's letter delivery felt like a historically important moment, taking a step toward reconciliation following a painful history between the church and indigenous peoples.
Click here for a full calendar of events to find events in your area. Have an event you'd like to share with the MNIPL network, submit to [email protected] by the 1st of the month!
Senator John Marty is hosting two meetings in June, one on June 12 and the other on June 26 at 2pm in room 2412 on the 2nd floor of the MN Senate Building (95 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55155). Join a group from MNIPL to attend these important discussions on creating a bill that will reduce carbon emissions in economically progressive and environmentally just ways! Please reach out to [email protected] if you are able to attend.
Volunteer at the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden: June 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, 9AM-Noon. Come join us in the garden! We host volunteers every thursday to weed, rake, and tend our little spit of land. Individuals or groups can sign up to come. We would be especially excited to host church and school groups. Please bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and gloves if you have them!
Garden Opening Potluck: June 10th (rain date June 13th) 5:30-7:30pm. Let’s open the garden, together! On Sunday, we come together to set our intentions for the garden and share stories of what it means to be in community and care for the Earth. This is a potluck style gathering, so please bring a dish to pass if you are able. People of all faiths, cultures, generations, and identities are invited to share in this special event. Please join us!
Open Garden Nights: June 24th marks the first of our regular open garden nights that will occur the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month. Bring along friends, family, and neighbors to gather in the garden for light refreshments, music, and connection. We will gather 6:30-8PM.
Just Solar Coalition: Returning Citizens Initiative, Monday June 25th, 7-9pm, Gandhi Mahal Community Room Spend the evening with Solar Installer and MNIPL Organizer Robert Blake and several returning citizens who were trained as the Willow Lake Correctional Facility Solar Training Program. Be in conversation about the life and experience of recent inmates and explore how the Just Solar Coalition is working to close the employment gap and create positive opportunities for all Minnesotans.
Join Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light and All Energy Solar for an informative conversation about going solar as a non-profit. We understand the challenges that churches, mosques, and temples face when trying to install solar arrays, and have been hard at work developing models and solutions that may be the right fit for your congregation. Join us to learn more about the options available to you and how MNIPL can help you take the next steps. June 26th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the MNIPL office at 2104 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Please send your RSVP and questions to [email protected]
Embodying Integral Nonviolence on Our Path to a Livable Future A One-Day workshop with Chris Moore-Backman Sunday, July 8: Doors open at 8:30AM, program starts promptly at 9AM, ends at 5PM, pay what you can. East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St, St. Paul, MN 55106 This workshop explores Gandhi's theory and practice of nonviolence, highlighting its holistic balance of self-transformation, constructive program (the work of social uplift and renewal), and direct, bold resistance to empire. Through small group work, personal reflection and inquiry, mini-lectures, video segments, and readings, participants will wrestle with the radical nature of Gandhi's social change vision, and consider what it has to teach us about the living of our lives, and the building up of principled-strategic movements in the present day United States. Click here for more info and registration.
Monday June 11th, 7pm, Duluth City Council, City Hall, Duluth. Duluth City Council will vote on the Comprehensive Plan in this session. We don’t expect any last minute changes to the energy section, but we do expect this to get passed, which will cement Duluth’s commitment to the Paris Climate Accords. Come join us to watch the support the yea voters. City Council sessions are open to the public.
Wednesday, June 13th, 8-9am, Harmony Community Interfaith Study Group with Pastor David Carlson and Bill Mittelfehldt, At Sara’s Table restaurant. An ongoing discussion group that will be exploring spiritual perspectives and human response within the framework of ecological crisis, and invites hopeful reflection and collaboration. Monthly meetings through April, open to all. Contact David Carlson ([email protected]) or Bill Mittlefehldt ([email protected]) for questions or to RSVP. Sponsored by the Oreck-Alpern Interreligious Forum, CSS.
Friday, June 15th, Duluth Systems Energy Tour (Tentative)
Wednesday, June 20th, 1pm, Arrowhead Network Logistics and Planning session, location TBA
Indigenous Peoples Day in Mankato!
On June 11, the Mankato City Council will vote on a resolution to recognize the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a clear and direct way to show our support to our Dakota community members and celebrate the many gifts they bring to our world. As the resolution states, “This Resolution is the next step on the path of reconciliation between the Indigenous Dakota Nation and the people of Mankato.” Click here to add your name in support of observing Indigenous Peoples Day in Mankato!
Wednesday, June 6, 1:00pm. Talk of the Town. Tune into KTOE to hear MNIPL on Talk of the Town with Pete Steiner. We will chat about the Just Solar Coalition, Community Solar Garden opportunities, and other ways to be involved with MNIPL in Southern Minnesota.
Monday, June 11th, 5:30pm. "Community Solar Garden Information Session" Blue Earth County Library, Mankato. Join us to learn more about subscribing to a Community Solar Garden in southern Minnesota. Xcel customers from Blue Earth, Waseca, Faribault, Rice, Le Sueur, Freeborn, and Steele counties are eligible for this opportunity. Community Solar is a great way to support clean, local energy and save money on your electric bill without putting panels on your own house!
Monday, June 11th, 7pm, Mankato City Council, 10 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato. Mankato City Council will vote on a resolution to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day in Mankato. Come join us to show support for this meaningful and necessary step towards rejecting the violence of the past and celebrating the history and resilience of our Dakota community members.
And, we invite you to join our partners at the following events:
Friday, June 9th, 9am. SMCEC Legislative Forum, 2075 Lookout Drive, North Mankato. Come hear area state legislators discuss energy issues and legislation that came out of the recent legislative session. What was accomplished? What wasn't accomplished? What would they like to see going forward?
RESCHEDULED: Thursday, June 21, 10:30am. "IPS Solar Ribbon Cutting" 1045 Thompson Ravine Rd, Mankato. Join the School Sisters of Notre Dame and IPS Solar as they celebrate the completion of the Mankato Area Solar Garden! Following a short presentation with remarks, there will be a small reception including food & drinks.
Monday, June 25th, 1-3:30pm. Mankato Area EV Charging Strategy Workshop. AmericInn Hotel & Conference Center 240 Stadium Rd, Mankato. This workshop is designed to provide real life information about PEVs and charging infrastructure for local stakeholders so they can make better educated decisions on the local charging infrastructure. We will also get the planning process started and you can then continue it locally the way you decide.
Programs for Your Community
Host A Solar House Party
If you're like many people of faith in the Twin Cities and Minnesota, you may be puzzled about the best way to translate your values into action to support climate justice and clean energy. Researching the options for going solar may seem daunting. Can I afford to put solar on my roof? What's the difference between rooftop solar and Community Solar? Are there other ways to reduce my electric bill? We'll answer these questions and demystify Community Solar gardens and more, all while having fun at our Solar House Parties! Interested in hosting a solar house party? Click here!
Firelight: Wisdom to Support & Inspire is a bi-weekly email with poems, prayers, songs, and articles to nourish our souls and ground our climate justice work. We hope this will also serve as a resource for you to use in meetings and gatherings as invocations and reflections to ground the work you are doing with others in the heart and relationship. Click here to see all past editions on our website!