Vermont Interfaith Power & Light’s

2020 Climate Justice Series

For several years, Vermont Interfaith Power and Light has sponsored a Fall Conference at various locations around the state where speakers and presentations have engaged participants on issues related to the Climate Crisis. These in-person gatherings have challenged and encouraged us in our efforts to address the global crisis we face.

In this year of COVID-19, an in-person Conference is not possible. So, in a new venture for Vermont Interfaith Power and Light, this year we are offering a special series of events focusing on Climate Justice. Three events are planned, and related information will be posted here and on our Facebook page. We invite your participation and your support for this new venture.

Contact VTIPL's Coordinator Donna Roberts at for more information.

Climate Justice Series

Creation Justice

October 11 - 4:00 p.m.

Lutheran Pastors Nancy Wright and Arnold Thomas will present on climate justice including toxic exposures, health, water, and the responsibility of faith leaders to respond to the crisis. A Climate Reality Leadership Corps “slide presentation” will be shared during this weekend designated as a worldwide 24 Hour of Reality-Countdown to the Future. A Q & A will follow the presentation.

 Meeting ID: 892 8903 0540

Kiss the Ground Film Event

October 18 - Film Showing 5:00-7:00 p.m. 

Join this in-person and virtual viewing of the documentary film Kiss the Ground at Mission Farm (Killington, VT). Learn how we can turn back the clock on climate change through regenerative agriculture. For limited seating in-person and in your cars, you can arrive as early as 4pm...and enjoy some food from American Flatbread. If you can't join us in person, you can watch the film on Netflix and join the conversation on Mission Farm's Facebook page. The film viewing and Facebook event will begin at 5pm. To RSVP for the on-site screening, and for more information, please visit

You can download an updated flyer about this series here: 101720 Climate Justice Series 2020 flier

Rooting out Structural Racism in American Agriculture

November 12 - 7:00 p.m.  [Please note: this is a change of date from that originally posted.]

Vermont Interfaith Power & Light is pleased to be hosting this program of Vermont Law School which examines historical and contemporary issues linked to racism in farming and agriculture in the U.S. Webinar and discussion. A program of VT Law School's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems. At their website, Vermont Law School has a page dedicated to this concern. Visit Vermont Law Center for Agriculture and Food Systems

More information and a link to the event are found below.

For info about VT Law School:  


Rooting Out Structural Racism in American Agriculture

November 12, 2020 7:00 PM

Join VTIPL for a viewing and discussion…a presentation of Rooting out Structural Racism in American Agriculture organized by the Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems which examines historical and contemporary issues linked to racism in farming and agriculture in the U.S. Webinar and discussion. A program of VT Law School's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, this panel features Monica Armster Rainge, Stephen Carpenter, Sherri White-Williamson and is moderated by Emily Spiegel. At their website, Vermont Law School has a page dedicated to this concern: Vermont Law Center for Agriculture and Food Systems

To participate in this event, you are invited to a Zoom meeting. 

When: Nov 12, 2020 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Register Here in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

See our Facebook Event Page at

Kiss the Ground


Kiss the Ground  Film Event

October 18 - 5:00 - 7:00 pm In-person Screening and Facebook Watch Party

The second event in our Series was a virtual and in-person film screening event at Mission Farm, in Killington, hosted by VTIPL Board member The Rev. Rachel Field of Mission Farm and co-sponsored by VTIPL. The film shows how the health of our soil is directly connected to the health of the planet, humanity, social and racial justice, and is an important part of solutions addressing global climate change. “At Mission Farm, we know the power of regenerative agriculture to provide that hope for our healing and for the healing of the Earth." Some individuals were able to join the regenerative agriculture movement and went to the farm on October 18 for a screening of Kiss the Ground, a documentary showing how regenerative farming techniques can provide abundant food, sink carbon into the soil, and heal landscapes rendered biological wastelands due to mechanized farming practices. The event took place outside and folks were encouraged to bring a folding chair or plan to remain in vehicles for the showing. Masks and social distancing were required to attend. Up to 40 persons could attend on-site at the Farm physically-distanced (in chairs and in cars). Others watched the film on Netflix and were invited to join a Facebook Live watch party hosted on Mission Farm's Facebook page & linked to VTIPL's Facebook page. The suggested donation was $5/person or $20 for a family. A trailer and resources are on the film website.


Photos from the Onsite "Kiss the Ground' Film Screening (thanks to Gerald Lee Hoffman, photographer)



The first event in our series, a webinar titled A Creation Justice Conversation, was held on October 11. A recording of the event can be viewed at

At that site, you will need to enter (DO NOT copy and paste)

a Passcode: #AR0+1eG  to view the recording

A Creation Justice Conversation

Sunday, October 11 - 4:00 p.m., ET

“For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat.” (Is. 25:4)

Pastors Nancy Wright and Arnold Thomas presented on climate justice, including toxic exposures, health, water, and the responsibility of spiritual leaders to respond to this crisis/challenge. There was also a “slide presentation” of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. Our event took place during this weekend designated as a worldwide 24 Hours of Reality - Countdown to the Future.  A time for questions and conversation followed the presentations.

The webinar was sponsored by the Green Team of the New England Synod of Lutherans Restoring Creation and was the first in the Climate Justice Series created by VT Interfaith Power and Light.

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wright serves as Vermont Interfaith Power and Light's Vice-President. She is Pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church, S. Burlington, VT, and author of Ecological Healing: A Christian Vision, several articles on environmental justice, and (with her congregation) the Christian and interfaith Congregational Watershed manuals

The Rev. Dr. Arnold Thomas is a former Board member for Vermont Interfaith Power and Light. He is Pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Jericho, VT. Dr. Thomas is in demand as a speaker and organizer in responses to injustice and coordinator of a series of lectures on justice in VT. Previously, he served as VT Conference minister for the United Church of Christ.

Special Thanks to Our Co-sponsors for This Series