VERMONT INTERFAITH POWER AND LIGHT seeks to educate faith communities and individuals about the threat that global warming presents to Creation and Earth, and to engage communities of faith in promoting energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy as a solution. The goal of the organization is to move Vermont's faith communities toward sustainable energy use and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, while living out our covenant with the Creator.
Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL) exists to serve Vermont faith communities in their efforts to address the climate crisis. VTIPL helps faith communities and their individual members to be better stewards of Creation by using energy wisely, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Encyclical from Pope Francis
Pope Francis's Encyclical on the Environment was issued on June 18, 2015. It can be found here: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-fra...
Leading Action on Climate:
Tools for Faith Communities
Vermont Interfaith Power and Light will host its Fall Conference at Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier on Saturday October 17, from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Our keynote speaker will be Harvard Divinity School student/Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher. Workshops offered will include:
- Congregations divesting from fossil fuel companies
- Energy Independent Vermont campaign for a carbon pollution tax
- Faith leaders - clergy & lay - stepping up as climate leaders
- Lake Champlain - building a culture of clean water
A registration form that can be printed and mailed in is available below. There is also a flier with information about the conference. If you prefer, you can register online at http://bit.ly/1JzUU3X
The Katy Gerke Memorial Program
Vermont Interfaith Power and Light has received funding from a generous donor to establish The Katy Gerke Memorial Program to help Christian churches make energy efficiency improvements in their buildings. Each year our Katy Gerke Memorial Program will provide a limited number of matching grant awards to churches in Vermont and twelve New Hampshire towns* for energy audits or energy efficiency improvements. Information about the program and grant application forms are available through the link for the Katy Gerke Memorial Program provided in the left-hand column.
*New Hampshire towns: Bath, Charleston, Claremont, Cornish, Hanover, Haverhill, Lebanon, Lyme, New London, Oxford, Piermont, and Plainfield.
One of the ways VTIPL helps congregations is by providing energy audits (also called energy assessments) of houses of worship and other religious buildings. The service is free to congregations that request this assistance. VTIPL asks each participating congregation to commit to using the recommendations to guide their ongoing efforts to improve the energy efficiency of their religious building. Click the file attachment below for the form to request an energy assessment; send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Keynote Address - Fall Conference 2014
The Keynote Address at our Fall Conference, held on September 27, 2014, was delivered by the Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Minister and President of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. He gave a stirring presentation on Congregations and Climate Change: Leading the Next Moral Revolution. Rev. Antal's address, along with the ensuing Q&A session, can be viewed in its entirety at https://vimeo.com/110387809.
Photos from Fall Conference 2014
Photos of our Fall Conference, held ion September 27, 2014 and featuring the Rev. Dr. Jim Antal as keynote speaker, can be viewed here: http://vermontinterfaithpowerandlight.shutterfly.com/