Pledge to be a Faith Climate Justice Voter
As we approach the 2020 election, Vermont Interfaith Power & Light is partnering with our national organization IPL on the Faith Climate Justice Voter Campaign.
The upcoming election is a critical moment to put into action our values and ethics for creating a better world. We encourage you, your communities, and congregations to take a moment to read about the Campaign, Take the Pledge to become a Faith Climate Justice Voter, and download the free PDF or order hard copies of the related publication, Democracy, Values & the 2020 Election: A Reflection Guide for Faith Communities. (See more on the Guide below.)
This campaign seeks to engage communities of faith in considering ways to put their principles into action. It asks those communities to encourage their members to exercise their right to vote and to apply their faith principles in that voting. Their campaign is called "Faith Climate Justice Voter."
To learn about this movement go to Faith Climate Justice Voter. At that site, there is an opportunity to pledge to be a Faith Climate Justice Voter. You will also find materials on the Campaign website regarding social media guidance and messaging to reflect the faith, climate and justice-related values at stake in this election - Messaging and Talking Points
Care for Earth
in Times of Covid-19
As people of faith, we begin with love for all, and are called to care for Creation.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our lives, our jobs, our schools and our worship.
Many things are opening up, but not like it was before, nor should we expect life to go "back to normal.”
In many ways, a new normal would be welcome - a more caring, sustainable way forward for all of humanity, and for all of life, reimagining what and who we value as essential.
Some faith communities are slowly returning to prior worship patterns, but others have chosen to continue to meet and to worship virtually. Each community needs to decide for itself how best to proceed.
Regardless of how we choose to worship, we must remember and reach out to thosewho have been impacted the most, especially the most vulnerable who have become even more so during the pandemic. They are all our neighbors.
Look on our RESOURCES page for words of inspiration and links to resources for returning to worship together.
Statements on the Murder of George Floyd, Racial Justice, and Environmental Justice
We at Vermont Interfaith Power and Light are deeply saddened and outraged at the latest in a series of despicable murders of black and brown people across our country - the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and the police shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta. “Black Lives Matter” protests around this nation in response to these shootings are an expression of a built-up anger at injustice, frustration with the many forms of white supremacy that are inherent in our culture, and a deep longing for human dignity and justice for People of Color. The systemic racism that allows this kind of police brutality must stop and we must do our part. There can be no climate justice without racial justice. Around the world, people of color and people with fewer economic means - typically people of color - are those most affected by climate change, while contributing the least to the causes of the climate crisis. This is injustice. Issues of climate, economic and social justice are intrinsically interrelated. In recognition of this moment, we share some of the statements made in our movement as a response. It is our hope that they might deepen our thinking, raise our understanding, and prompt compassionate action.
Additional Statements can be found on our Resources page.
The national Interfaith Power and Light organization has created a new page on their site with resources to help make the connection between environmental justice and racial justice. Check it out at:
Faith and Care for Earth in Times of COVID-19
As we all face such uncertain times, including social distancing, isolation – self-imposed and otherwise - we at VTIPL want to reach out to our treasured community to share some words of inspiration, and links to meaningful activities and information with which you may wish to engage. We encourage you to worship in your homes, in nature, to connect with friends and loved ones virtually, and to reach out to those who may be especially vulnerable during times of disconnection. A phone call for reassurance can make a world of difference in helping people feel less isolated. Look on our Resources page for the first installment, and check back regularly for updates.
Another Way to Make Your Voice Heard
Visit this site to design a postcard which they will send to your senators, representatives, and the governor, urging them to move our state to 100% renewable energy.
Welcome to Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL)
A Faith-Based Organization Taking Action on Climate Change
Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL) works to help members of Vermont's faith and spiritual communities understand that the climate crisis, which is threatening the world, is, at heart, a spiritual crisis. This spiritual crisis demands recognition that Earth is a precious gift; global climate change is a moral challenge; global climate change is disrupting the natural balance; we live our faith through our actions; and there is no peace without a planet.
Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL) seeks to empower members of faith and spiritual communities to advocate for our Earth and future generations. Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL) helps people take action in their houses of worship, homes, and workplaces to conserve energy, use it efficiently, and increase the use of renewable energy.
Vermont Interfaith Power and Light is affiliated with the national organization, Interfaith Power and Light. Information about their work and connections to other state affiliates can be found on their website at
A flyer describing several IPL initiatives is available for your information and use:
Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL)’s Watershed Manuals
Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL) has created two manuals, one with a Christian emphasis, “Congregational Watershed Discipleship Manual: Faith Communities as Stewards of the World’s Waters (1st Christian Edition)” and another with an interreligious emphasis, “Congregational Watershed Manual: Religious Communities as Stewards of the World's Waters (1st Interreligious Edition).”
In 2018, Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL) joined with local organizations to create a model for watershed stewardship based on the experience of Ascension Lutheran Church in South Burlington, Vermont. The Reverend Dr. Nancy Wright, pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church, and Richard Butz, a member of the church, are co-authors of the manuals.
If you'd like to order one or more copies online, you can do this through the website of the organization, Voices of Water for Climate (VOW). These are high-resolution print copies, spiral-bound to lie flat conveniently. VOW is working with Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL) to take orders and distribute printed copies of the manuals. Donations to VOW for printed copies will cover costs incurred, including shipping and handling.
The Katy Gerke Memorial Program
The Katy Gerke Memorial Program has been established to honor the memory of Dr. Katy Gerke and to help Christian churches in Vermont and twelve New Hampshire towns in the Upper Connecticut River Valley* to improve the energy efficiency of their church buildings. Funds from this program can be used by churches to obtain professional energy audits of their buildings and to undertake projects, such as building or equipment improvements that will reduce the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions of their church building. All grants for energy audits, energy efficiency improvement, or renewable energy projects require that churches provide matching funds for each grant request.
A printable brochure containing a description and an outline of the program, and grant application forms are available. For more information, please contact Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL) Coordinator, Betsy Hardy, at (802) 434-3397 or email email@example.com.
*New Hampshire Towns: Bath, Charleston, Claremont, Cornish, Hanover, Haverhill, Lebanon, Lyme, New London, Oxford, Piermont, and Plainfield
A Full and Challenging Fall Conference
Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL)’s Annual Conference was held on Saturday, October 26, in Middlebury with the theme:
Envisioning & Acting for the World We Want
The Congregational Church of Middlebury, UCC, was our gracious host. We are thankful to all of our sponsors, listed on our Fall Conference page VTIPL Fall Conference, and to all of our presenters and participants.
To see photos of the day, go to VTIPL Gallery and click on Fall Conference 2019.
You can also watch videos of portions of the day, including the two keynote speakers and two of our workshops at
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Fall Conference Keynote Speakers
Professor Molly Anderson
Molly Anderson is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Food Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont. She is interested in multi-actor collaborations for sustainable food systems, food system resilience, human rights in the food system, the right to food in the US, and bridging interests and concerns of academicians and community-based activists. She participates in Vermont's Farm to Plate Network; the Food Solutions New England network; the national Inter-Institutional Network for Food, Agriculture & Sustainability; and the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food). She earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Systems Ecology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal
Jim Antal is a denominational leader, climate activist, author and public theologian. He serves as Special Advisor on Climate Justice to the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. Antal's book, Climate Church, Climate World was featured on Earth Day in the Chicago Tribune (2018) and in Christian Century Magazine (2019). From 2006 - 2018, Antal led 350 UCC churches in Massachusetts as their Conference Minister and President. Antal is a graduate of Princeton University, Andover Newton Theological School, and Yale Divinity School, which recently honored him with the William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice. In 2019, Antal was honored as recipient of the UCC's social justice prophet award.
Faith Climate Action Day February 20
Climate Change and Health Documents
Changes to the website of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have raised concerns about the availability of educational materials related to the impact of climate change on human health. To be sure that they remain available, we have downloaded the documents and made them available. Below is a list of available pdf files that you can download.
One of the ways Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL) helps congregations is by providing energy assessments of houses of worship and other religious buildings. The service is free to congregations that request this assistance. Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (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. Send an email to email@example.com for more information.