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!
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November Newsletter

Dear friends,

This late fall season is full of folklore around death and what this transition means for the living. It's also a good time to honor those who have come before us. What are the gifts you've received from your ancestors that you want to carry forward? What wisdom would they offer you in this important moment for responding to the climate crisis?

Thanks for the creativity, spirit, and passion you bring to the climate justice movement. Read on for opportunities to engage this month:

News & Updates

First installation in the Just Solar Bulk Buy complete!

Congratulations to David Weiss and Margaret Schuster on the completion of their solar array! It's the first finished project as part of the Just Solar Bulk Buy program, co-hosted by Apadana Solar and MNIPL earlier this summer. David calls the array "one small step in bringing the practical side of our life into closer alignment with the values of our hearts—and the needs of our planet." Read David's essay about this experience.

Volunteer Highlight: Delaney Russell

Delaney Russell supports the Just Solar Coalition through facilitating monthly meetings and behind-the-scenes coordinating work. Her leadership promotes the coalition's mission to build a just transition into a clean energy economy, collaborating with solar developers, community organizers, faith leaders, financers, and more.

"I’ve read (and believe) that spirituality is the energy of relationship; being in this Just Solar Coalition community, working on a more wholesome relationship with each other and the earth, feels so in line with that and my deepest aspirations." ~ Delaney


Action Opportunities

Caucus for Climate Training Launch!

Saturday, Nov. 9th @ 1-3pm
MNIPL is working with the 100% campaign and dozens of climate action partners to organize Minnesotans for the 2020 caucuses! Our goal is to make sure the climate crisis is a top priority in the 2020 election. Join us at the MNIPL office (4407 E Lake St, Minneapolis) for a Caucus for Climate Training Launch. You will learn about our caucus strategy and how to organize your faith community and network to come with you! This is a great opportunity for both experienced and first time caucus-goers.

Let us know you’re coming!

Be the Spark! Organizing Training

There are two more sessions of our Be the Spark training this fall! We invite you to join us for this dynamic and experiential organizing workshop.

"Be the Spark" is a leadership development workshop hosted by MNIPL that gives participants premier organizing tools and strategic approaches for engaging their community of faith in climate change solutions. Learn how to invite the gifts and skills of people in your community and to take action that inspires a sustained and creative effort in building a more just and sustainable world. All are welcome.

Be the Spark/EarthKeepers Training at Hennepin Ave UMC
511 Groveland Ave, Mpls, MN
Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, November 10, 2-7 p.m.
$75 registration fee. Scholarships are available.

Be the Spark Training in Duluth
Saturday, November 16th 10am-3pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
1710 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55812

Clean Cars Public Hearings Statewide

Join your fellow Minnesotans in support of higher fuel efficiency in vehicles and more options for electric cars. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is holding hearings across the state to get feedback on the recently introduced Clean Cars MN standards which would help to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation in our state.

We need strong, broad rules that make clean transportation work for all parts of the state, and public support is necessary to make this happen. Check out this website or email [email protected] with questions, and here's the event information:

November 6: Marshall
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Marshall Lyon County Library
201 C St, Marshall, MN 56258

November 12: Virginia
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Miner’s Memorial Building South Room
821 S 9th Ave W, Virginia, MN 55792

November 14: Minneapolis
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

November 19: Mankato
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Blue Earth County Library
100 E Main St, Mankato, MN 56001

Save the Date: Nationwide Climate Strike December 6th

Locally and across the country, youth are organizing the next major #ClimateStrike for Friday, December 6th, and they're calling on people of all ages to participate. As the 2020 election season starts heating up, this is our chance to show politicians that supporting anything short of serious climate action is unacceptable. Stay tuned for more details!

Tabling & Data Entry Volunteers Needed

Do you have a few hours to share each month to help MNIPL expand our mission in a tangible way? Email Charissa at [email protected] to learn about how volunteering to table different events or helping with data entry can powerfully grow the interfaith climate justice movement. You can volunteer however often it’s convenient--weekly, once a month, or once a year and anything in between!

Invest in Solar for Red Lake Nation

MNIPL staff member Bob Blake of Red Lake Nation has an inspiring vision for his tribe: to transition the community's fossil fuel use to 100% renewable sources of energy, distributed on a microgrid that is owned by Tribal members. Community members are invited to financially invest in this project, where your contribution will be paid back with interest. Investments can range from $2,000 - $10,000 with a five-year payback and 2.5% interest annually.

Learn more and invest in this amazing project here.


Support MNIPL on Give to the Max!

Minnesota's annual day of giving Give to the Maxis coming upThursday, November 14th, and we are grateful for your support. Our movement organizing depends on small grassroots donations.

Schedule your gift starting today, November 1st.

Minnesota officials: declare a climate emergency!

Sign our Climate Emergency petition.We hope to collect hundreds of signatures from the interfaith community urging Minnesota officials to declare a climate emergency and take urgent action on climate. This is a great way to build a list of people in your community who care about climate justice! The printable petition is here.

Information Session: Travel to Sierra Leone

Weds, November 13 @ 5:30-7pm
Gandhi Mahal Restaurant, 3009 27th Ave S, Minneapolis
In partnership with MNIPL, the Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy will lead its eighth trip to Sierra Leone from Minnesota and from around the country. We will have an opportunity to examine and deepen an understanding of where ecology and interfaith meets. Join us to learn about the trip, cost, and expectations.

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, and staff members 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. 

Upcoming Events

Community Solar Interest Meeting-Northfield
Tues, November 5 @ 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Northfield Public Library, 210 Washington St, Northfield, MN
Learn about how you can support local, cooperatively-owned energy while saving on electricity costs by subscribing to a community solar garden. This meeting will provide you with information and give you the chance to get questions answered.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Solar House Party

Tues, November 5 @ 6:30-8:00 pm
Join MNIPL and others for a conversation about your energy consumption, and how you can transition to solar power in a way that works for you! Representatives will be presenting about home energy audits, community solar, and solar installation on your home. Open to all.

Conversation on Carbon Pricing & Equity
Monday, November 11 @ 12:00-1:30pm
Gandhi Mahal Annex, 3015 27th Ave S, Minneapolis
Join MNIPL And our partners for free lunch and informal conversation about building equity into carbon pricing legislation.


Northern Minnesota Events


Wednesday, November 6, 2-3pm, CJC Certification meeting with MNIPL staffer Buff Grace, Gloria Dei Lutheran, Duluth. Come meet Senior Clergy Fellow Buff Grace of MNIPL as he introduces MNIPL’s new Climate Justice Congregation (CJC) program. Find out how your congregation can become CJC certified and by doing so help other faith communities reach their own sustainability goals. RSVP to [email protected] for more information and to confirm attendance.

Tuesday, November 12, Duluth City Hall vote on Plastic bag ordinance.

Tuesday, November 12th, 2:15pm, CCE Monthly Meeting,
Messiah Lutheran, Mtn Iron, MN.

Tuesday, November 12th, 5-7pm, MPCA Clean Cars Public Comment Session,
Miner’s Memorial Building South Room, 821 S 9th Ave W, Virginia, MN 55792. MPCA is hosting public comment gathering sessions all around the state as it considers enacting Governor Walz’s plan to adopt California cars mileage and emission standards as many other states have done. If you’d like to see more selection of electric and hybrid cars in MN dealerships, and help keep down MN vehicle emissions, make your voice heard.

This is the only publicly hosted meeting in NE MN, but you can also submit comments directly to MLCA. Click here for more information.

Thursday, November 14th, 8-10am, Harmony Community Interfaith Study Group, and The Nature Conservancy Presentation, with Pastor David Carlson,
Amazing Grace bakery, Dewitt Seitz Building canal, Duluth. An ongoing discussion group that explores spiritual perspectives and human response within the framework of ecological crisis, and invites hopeful reflection and collaboration. Breakfast and book discussion TBD until 8:45, open to all. We will then have 2 staffers from The Nature Conservancy present to us on their organization, what they are doing in Minnesota, and after which we’ll have a brief tour of their office in the same building! RSVP required because of the presentation, please contact Bret Pence ([email protected]) for questions or to RSVP.

Saturday, November 16th, 5-7pm, “The Biggest Little Farm” public screening,
The Comet Theater, Cook, MN. Come join CCE as they view THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM, which chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. For more information, visit

Saturday, November 16th, 10-3pm, MNIPL Be the Spark Training
, St. Paul’s Episcopal, 1710 East Superior St., Duluth. "Be the Spark (BTS)" is a dynamic and experiential leadership development workshop series that builds interfaith community and gives participants premier organizing tools and strategic approaches for engaging their community of faith in climate change solutions. Be the Spark participants learn how to invite the gifts and skills of those in their community to take action that inspires a sustained and creative effort in building a more just and sustainable world. BTS training is also a component of MNIPL’s new Climate Justice Congregation program, and lunch will be provided for all attendees. Register here.

Saturday, November 16th, 12-1:30pm, Caring for Creation Presentation by Paul Douglas,
St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 501 16th St. NW, Grand Rapids. Paul Douglas, a well-known and respected meteorologist with more than 35 years of TV and radio experience, will be speaking in Grand Rapids on the need for churches to become involved in environmental concerns and the future of the Earth.  Douglas will be speaking about his recent book, Caring for Creation (the Evangelical's Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment), co-written with Mitch Hescox, leader of the Evangelical Environment Network, the largest evangelical group dedicated to creation care. For more information contact Vicki Andrews at [email protected].

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

Tuesday, November 19th, 6:30-8:30pm, LSN MNIPL monthly meeting
, Temple Israel.

Thursday, November 21st, 7-8:30pm, MNIPL Solar House party
, Matt and Kay Doyle’s home, 2232 Vermillion Road, Duluth. Come join MNIPL, solar home owner Matt Doyle, Solar Installer REAL Solar, and energy efficiency auditor Ecolibrium3 as we learn about energy efficiency and residential solar, and how you can be involved in local energy action, including supporting just solar projects and our 2020 Duluth Solar Group Buy. RSVP to Bret for more information.


Wednesday, December 4th, 8am-9:30am, Duluth Legislator Breakfast Forum, UUCD, Duluth.

Friday, December 6th, 9am-2pm, CSS Sustainability Fair,
CSS science building, Duluth.

Tuesday, December 10th, 2:15pm, CCE monthly meeting
, Messiah Lutheran, Mtn Iron.

Thursday, December 12th, 8-9am, Harmony Community Interfaith Study Group with Pastor David Carlson,
At 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 TBD, open to all. Contact David Carlson ([email protected]) or Bret Pence ([email protected]) for questions or to RSVP.

Tuesday, December 17th, 9-10:30am, DCEN meeting,
Ecolibrium3. An informal coalition of environmental and social justice groups that coordinate together in the Duluth region, and with state-wide actors, to work towards a more sustainable Duluth. RSVP to Bret if you are interested in attending.


Southern Minnesota Events

Waseca and Faribault Community Solar Garden Tours

November 16 @ 10:30 am and 1pm
The community solar gardens in Waseca and Faribault are going live! Join us to learn more about these cooperatively-owned solar projects on Saturday, November 16th. Each event includes a 45-minute indoor discussion and Q&A, followed by an optional outdoor tour of the solar garden, about a 5-10 min drive from each indoor location.

Waseca Garden: 10:30am at Elysian Area Library. RSVP here
Faribault Garden: 1pm at Faribault Park and Recreation Center. RSVP here

Southcentral Minnesota Clean Energy Council November Forum
Friday, November 8 @ 9am-11am
South Central Services Co-op, 2075 Lookout Drive, North Mankato MN
Join a public forum hosted by the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) of Minnesota, a nonprofit advocate for Minnesota’s utility consumers. CUB Minnesota advocates for affordable and reliable utility service and clean energy for Minnesota residents and small businesses.


Devon Cupery

Engagement and Development Manager
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light