MNIPL Monthly Newsletter

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Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light

March 2019

Dear friends,

Have you heard the exciting news? On Monday, Governor Walz announced a plan to move Minnesota to 100% renewable electricity by 2050. Thanks to all who have been speaking out to support 100% clean, equitable energy, and thank you Governor Walz and Lt. Gov Flanagan!

Watch video responses by faith leaders in the MNIPL network: Rev. Buff Grace of Ascension Episcopal Church, Unitarian Universalist layleader Rita Chamblin, and Rev. Sarah Campbell of Mayflower Church.

To move legislation forward, it’s important that we show strong support, and saying thanks is the first step. Will you call Governor Walz to say thank you? 651-201-3400. 

Read on for ways to engage your heart, mind, and spirit in the work of protecting our climate and advocating for justice:


Updates & Action Opportunities

This Saturday: Ed Owens Peoples Movement Assembly

Sat., March 9 @ 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Metropolitan State University ~ The Great Hall
700 7th St E, St Paul, MN 55106

Come gather with community to honor the work of Ed Owens to fight mass incarceration, promote climate justice reparations, and restore the vote to disenfranchised communities. Hosted by Minneapolis NAACP, Restore the Vote, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light and the Just Solar Coalition. Speakers, storytellers, artists and musicians will help us understand the structures of oppression that divide us and then we’ll come together to explore a variety of solutions. Register to attend here, and view the Facebook event.


Wednesday: Climate Hub Grand Opening Welcome Event

Weds., March 6 @ 6:30 - 8:30 PM
4407 E Lake St, Minneapolis 55406

Gather to celebrate the launch of our new shared climate hub! We'll enjoy delicious food and connect with staff members and volunteers alike, all while learning how Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light and MN350 are building a movement towards a just clean-energy future. We'll dive into opportunities to get involved this spring. RSVP here


Clean Energy and Climate Action Day!

Weds., March 13 @ 10am - 4pm
Minnesota State Capitol and Christ Lutheran Church

Your voice is critical! And the time for action is now – at the capitol and back home. Engage in opportunities throughout the day to learn, share, meet with legislators, and let them know you care about immediate action on clean energy and climate change. Participate in action stations, interfaith worship, and a rally in the Capitol Rotunda to share your voice. Register and learn more.


St Paul City Council Hearing: Zero waste

Weds., March 6 @ 5:30-7:30pm
15 W Kellogg Blvd #310, St Paul, MN

Our MNIPL St. Paul network leadership team has met several times the past few weeks and would like to share two exciting opportunities to further creation care and climate justice in the City. On March 6th, the St. Paul City Council will be holding their final vote on Sustainable To-Go containers for the city. The Zero Waste St. Paul Coalition urges folks to call their City Council persons and to show up at the hearing that evening. More details here. We are working with St. Paul Resiliency Officer Russ Stark on organizing faith based community forums to discuss St. Paul's Climate Action Plan. Please contact the Interfaith Creation Care St Paul team at [email protected] if you'd like to get involved.


Update: MNIPL Climate Justice Night SOLD OUT!

Thursday, March 28 @ 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul

We’re happy to report an enthusiastic response for our upcoming celebration and fundraiser, and tickets are sold out! We would like to accommodate more people but have reached the room capacity of 150. For folks who can't make it and would like to support our mission with a contribution, you can donate online here. Huge thanks to our network for supporting bold action for climate justice, and gratitude to our event sponsors. Learn more about the event here.


Environmental Ancestry Storytelling Workshops

Sat., March 16 @ 10am-4pm (Louis Alemayehu)
Sat., March 23 @ 10am-4pm (Ifrah Mansour)
Gandhi Mahal Restaurant, 3009 27th Ave S, Minneapolis

Hosted by cultural artists Ifrah Mansour & Louis Alemayehu. The Environmental Ancestry Storytelling Project brings communities together to discover our environmental ancestry stories, how this informs and empowers us in the present, and what our collective action will be – rooted in justice, place and the land. RSVP here.


Seeking Garden Coordinators: Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden

Do you love growing food and building community? Is your congregation interested in exploring connections between food, faith, and climate change? We would love to collaborate with you at the Gandhi Mahal Interfaith Garden! We are seeking volunteer garden coordinators and/or congregational teams to tend this beautiful Minneapolis garden that provides food for Gandhi Mahal Restaurant. To get involved, contact [email protected].


Twin Cities Solar Bulk Buy 2019

We invite you to participate in MNIPL's metro area residential solar bulk buy! This program allows you to come together with others in your community to install on-site solar at your home, all while supporting a local installer and saving money in the process. Fill out this interest form if you are interested in participating, and with questions contact Emily Minge at [email protected]


Join the MNIPL Youth Leadership Team

This spring and summer, we’ll be talking with folks at local businesses, nonprofits, and churches to help people save energy for a healthier climate. We invite you to join our youth team to educate community members and build the movement for equitable energy and climate justice! Participating youth will build leadership skills, gain experience with energy efficiency and solar energy, and develop relationships in the climate movement. Contact [email protected] to get involved!


Faith Climate Action Week

April 5-14, 2019 (Nationwide) Join with IPL community around the country to build the interfaith movement for climate justice, April 5-14. We’re coordinating a calendar events connected with Faith Action Week and Earth day, so email [email protected] to spread the word about your events to the wider MNIPL network! Has your congregation planned an Earth Day sermon? Click here to read sample climate sermons. We look forward building a more connected and powerful interfaith movement together.


Looking for storage space. Do you have extra space in your home or basement for climate movement materials? MNIPL is looking for some storage space for pillows, artwork, and decorations. If you have some spare room, contact [email protected]



Movement Stories & News

Update: Line 3 Pipeline Interfaith Action

On February 8, faith and indigenous leaders gathered a beautiful spirit-led action at the office of Governor Walz. Together we delivered a clear moral message that Line 3 poses an unacceptable risk to water, climate, indigenous communities, and Indigenous elder Sharon Day presented a basket of hand-harvested wild rice to Walz staffers. The following Tuesday, after a groundswell of opposition from across the state, the Walz Administration refiled the Department of Commerce appeal of Enbridge’s Line 3. This was a huge first step and a definitive win for the grassroots movement to Stop Line 3! Deep gratitude to everyone who called, organized, prayed, and spoke out for this outcome. Read the MPR story here.

Several days ago, Enbridge announced a year-long delay in its expected completion date. This came in response to new permitting timelines released by the Walz administration. While the delay and appeal are positive news, Enbridge remains committed to completing the pipeline, and bold leadership to halt the project in order to protect our climate and indigenous rights is important as ever.


Members of MNIPL network meet with Duluth Mayor Larson

On January 10, MNIPL members in the Duluth area joined with local partner organizations to thank Duluth Mayor Emily Larson for her environmental leadership. At the event, the coalition called on Mayor Larson to establish of a permanent energy and conservation commission to oversee the City's carbon reduction efforts, and on March 1st, Mayor Larson announced that Duluth would be establishing such a commission. MNIPL gives great thanks to Mayor Larson, and to the City of Duluth staff, for their excellent climate leadership, and their commitment to open dialogue and citizen engagement.


Welcome Analyah, Gunther, Joshua, and Sam!

MNIPL is thrilled to welcome four amazing people to our staff team! Analyah Schlaeger dos Santos is joining MNIPL as Youth Program Coordinator, Gunther Melander and Sam Benson as Solar Outreach Coordinators, and Joshua Marzahn as Outreach & Administrative Fellow. Learn more about these wonderful folks at our staff page.


Itasca County Community Solar update

For more than two years, the grassroots Itasca Clean Energy Team in Grand Rapids has been working to plan to build a 1-megawatt community solar array. MNIPL's Bret Pence has worked in collaboration with Itasca Clean Energy Team for the last 4 years about the topic of community solar, including technical assistance in terms of sourcing grants, organizations, and individuals to advance the local initiative. Recently, electricity wholesaler Minnesota Power asserted control over the project and threatened to stop it – then offered to double its size. Read more


Partner Events

March 17th: Cross Country Ski Event to Protect Water w/ Bill McKibben (Rescheduled)

Sunday, March 17 @ 10am-6pm
Itasca State Park
Rescheduled to March 17th! Join Honor the Earth for the first ever ‘Ski the Line’ event, a 15-mile cross-country ski trip will begin at Itasca State Park and follow the proposed pipeline route. Featuring Winona LaDuke and Bill McKibben, author & co-founder of Appropriate for all amateur skiers. To coordinating rides, contact [email protected]. Facebook event here.


Winyan Awanyankapi: Protecting the Lifegivers

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Indigenous Peoples Sovereignty of Housing and Water
April 5-7, 2019
First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave. S., Minneapolis

A conference designed and led by indigenous women. All welcome. Highlights: Keynotes by Justice Ann McKeig, first Native American to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court, and Patina Park, Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center. $375 early bird, then $425. Indigenous people attend at no charge. Facebook event and register here


Shifting from Separation Consciousness to Unity Consciousness

Saturday, March 9 @ 10am-12pm
Minneapolis Baha'i Center
3644 Chicago Ave. S, Minneapolis
What if our social actions are primarily motivated by a desire to help humanity shift from perceiving humans as separate, isolated beings to knowing ourselves as interconnected beings in this life journey together? Join us to explore this exciting territory!


The Favorable Economics of Solving Climate Change

Thursday, March 14, 7:00 pm
at St Luke Presbyterian Church
3121 Groveland School Rd, Minnetonka, MN  55391
Join St Luke Presbyterian Church for a presentation by Jay Coggins, Distinguished University Teaching Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. He was raised on a small dairy farm in Northern Wisconsin. Free admission – everyone welcome!


Northern Minnesota Events

Earth Harmony Interfaith Study Group with Pastor David Carlson
Thursday, March 14th @ 8-9am
Sara’s Table Cafe, Duluth
An ongoing discussion group that explores spiritual perspectives and human response within the framework of ecological crisis, and invites hopeful reflection and collaboration.  The book we are currently using as our basis for discussion is Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmer. Contact David Carlson ([email protected]) or Bret Pence ([email protected]) for questions.

Workshop: Building Good Relationships with Elected Officials
Saturday, March 16th @ 1-3pm
Damiano Center, Conference Room, 206 W. 4th St.
Sponsored by the Sierra Club Twin Ports, but open to all. Please join us for an opportunity to learn together, network face-to-face, get know each other’s work, and build relationships among people doing this important work. Bring any fliers, etc. for your upcoming events to share. RSVP to Bret Pence [email protected] or Jo Haberman [email protected]

Cross Country Ski Event to Protect Water w/ Bill McKibben (Rescheduled)
Sunday, March 17th, 10am-6pm
Itasca State Park
Rescheduled to March 17th! The public is invited to participate in the growing citizens’ movement opposing the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline. Join Honor the Earth for the first ever ‘Ski the Line’ event, a 15-mile cross-country ski trip will begin at Itasca State Park and follow the proposed pipeline route. Featuring Winona LaDuke and Bill McKibben, author & co-founder of Appropriate for all amateur skiers. To coordinating rides, contact [email protected]. Facebook event here.

"Our Climate Futures” Conference at UMD
Tuesday/Wednesday, March 19th & 20th
Various locations on UMD campus
The public is invited to a free conference focused on local and regional adaptation to climate change in Northern Minnesota. Jesse Keenan, a national expert on climate change adaptation and the built environment, will present the keynote address. Audience participation is encouraged and Q&A events will be featured. Learn more

Duluth Climate and Energy Network monthly meeting
Tuesday, March 19th @ 9-10:30am
Ecolibrium3, Duluth
An informal coalition of environmental and social justice groups that coordinate together, and with state-wide actors, to work towards a more sustainable Duluth. RSVP to Bret if you are interested in attending. 

Talk Climate Institute
March 25-26, 2019
American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), Duluth, MN
Registration: Sliding scale of $75-$100, Scholarships Available
Join Climate Generation for a two-day engaging workshop to learn new ways to have conversations about climate change that build respect and understanding. Participate in interactive sessions that incorporate reflective writing and listening, activities, visual art, and storytelling. Register here

MNIPL monthly meeting, location TBA.
Tuesday, March 26th @ 6:30 - 8:00pm

“Our Planet, Our Future” Environmental Summit
Thursday, March 28th @ 2:00 - 8:00pm
DECC Center, Duluth
Sponsored by MPRIG, this is a convening of student environmental activists from NE MN and NW WI, to learn and collaborate on action pathways. MNIPL is a co-sponsor and will table, supportive folks of all ages welcome. More information and registration here.

Creation, Church, and You: Earthkeeping Practically Speaking
Saturday, March 30th @ 9am-3:30pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brainerd
Caring for creation is important to everything we do as church. The EcoFaith Summit will be a day of equipping congregations to initiate or enhance creation care teams. Learn how your church can integrate care of creation throughout all of your congregation’s activities, including worship, education, congregational life, building and grounds, and community engagement.  Although an ELCA sponsored event, all people of faith interested in care for the creation are welcome to attend. Learn more

Saturday, April 6th @ 10am-12? Town Hall w/ Duluth legislators, Norshor Theater.

Saturday, April 13th – EarthFest, Mountain Iron, MN.

Tuesday, April 16th – DCEN meeting

Tuesday, April 23rd @ 6:30-8pm – MNIPL Monthly meeting

Friday, April 26th – UUCD Energy Movies public viewing, UUCD

Saturday, April 27th @ 10am-4pm – Green New Deal Action Summit, AICHO.

Sunday, April 28th @ 2-4pm – Interfaith Forum on Climate Action, Temple Isreal.


Southern Minnesota Events

River Prairie Network Monthly Meeting
Thursday, March 7th @ 1:30 pm
First Lutheran Church, 1114 W Traverse Rd, St. Peter
Monthly gathering of St. Peter faith communities working toward a common vision of caring for creation and promoting sustainability in St. Peter. Contact [email protected] if interested in attending.

Xcel Energy’s long-term plan to cut emissions
Friday, March 8th @ 9-11am
South Central Service Cooperative, 2075 Lookout Drive, North Mankato
Bria Shea, Director of Regulatory and Strategic Analysis for Xcel Energy, will present on Xcel Energy’s long term resource plans and strategy to cut its carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2030 and ultimately deliver 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050. Learn more.

“Power of Minnesota” screening and community conversation
Tuesday, March 26th @ 6:30 pm
Mankato State University, Ostrander Auditorium
, 620 West S Rd, Mankato
Join us for a film screening, panel discussion, and community conversation on the new documentary “The Power of Minnesota.” The film features stories about families, communities, schools, and businesses that are driving a transition to clean energy. Presenters include representatives of MNIPL, MSU environmental organization, School Sisters of Notre Dame, and CERTs. Refreshments provided!

Do you know about the clean energy options available to you in St Peter?
Monday, April 1st @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
First Lutheran Church, 1114 Traverse Rd, St Peter 
Join MNIPL for a night of good clean fun, refreshments, music by the Lost Walleye Orchestra, and information about St Peter’s Solar Choice program. Solar Choice is available to City of St Peter residential electric customers who want to support solar energy without installing their own solar array. All are welcome!



Devon Cupery
Engagement & Development Manager
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light


You can see the full statewide listing of events and action opportunities anytime at our website newsletter page.