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April 2021 Newsletter

Relationships and Connections are at the Heart of Every Decision

No matter what issue the Christian Action group at St. Paul Methodist Church is focusing on, relationships and connections are at the heart of every decision.  “It’s important in two ways. One, it’s the best way to influence people. Activism is about influencing people,” said Paul Wesslund, “You’re not going to convince anybody by throwing bible verses at them. It’s about people’s relationships with the church, and with each other, and getting to know people, and getting to know their stories...In terms of getting people together, making things happen, and changing minds, relationships - that’s the way you need to go.”  Read more on the Kentucky IPL Blog! 

Engaging Spring Film Series!

Our new film series, starting this month, "Engaging Spring: We got this" will screen short films that will inspire us to take action on the extraction industry in Kentucky.  All events run from 6-7:30pm ET (5-6:30pm CT).

April 18: "Current Revolution" Screening & Discussion
April 25: "UnionTown" Screening & Discussion
May 2: "Water Warriors" Screening & Discussion
May 9: Cooperative Action, TBD

Registration is now open!

New Tools for Connecting

At Kentucky IPL, we know that our greatest asset is YOU! Your wisdom, experience, curiosity, hope, conviction, passion - these are the tools we need to care for Creation.  With this in mind, we are expanding our opportunities to connect. 

1) If you are on facebook, we invite you to join our Kentucky IPL Network group. This is a place where you can share your resources, your ideas, events your faith community is having, books you've published, things you find that you think others would be interested in - anything that has to do with Creation Care is welcome!  

2) Our Green Leaders email list is starting to meet monthly in person on the last Tuesday of the month for one hour at 2:30pm CT (3:30pm ET).  Even months will be structured with a brief presentation and odd months will depend on what is on the minds and hearts of those who show up. Sign up for the Green Leaders list to get details.  

Organizer’s Kit Now Available!

Join Interfaith Power & Light’s annual premier week of worship and action focused on climate – Faith Climate Action Week, April 16-25, 2021.

How we grow our food largely determines how we treat the world, and one another. Dig into a discussion with your congregation on the connection between our faith, our food practices, climate change, and environmental justice. Make it a focus of your Earth Day worship services and be part of the solution with the suggested actions in the organizer’s kit.

This FREE Organizer's Kit includes: Sacred Ground Guide – learn how healthy soil can help solve the climate crisis and support food justice, plus suggestions for action for congregations and individuals, Garden Blessing ceremony, Global Warming Fact Sheet, advocacy postcards, etc.

Bits & Pieces

  • Can you take this survey to share your experience and potential challenges around paying your energy bills? Your participation will inform local policy and create community-based solutions to make energy more affordable for people across the southeast. This project is led by the Nicholas Institute at Duke University, Appalachian Voices and the NC Justice Center. The survey opened Friday, March 26 and will remain open until Thursday, April 8th. Follow this link to take the energy survey.  The team is also actively seeking people who are or have been impacted by the issue of energy insecurity to join stakeholder group meetings early this summer and next fall. If you or someone you know is interested in sharing their experience by joining these meetings, please let me know or reach out directly to Allie Garrett at aag50@duke.edu.

  • Power Dialog: Climate Solutions for Kentucky, Wednesday, April 7th, 2-4pm, online. UofL's Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research is excited to host the Kentucky event as part of Solve Climate by 2030 - A Global Dialog on Green Recovery / Climate Solutions / Just Transition. On April 7th, university and high school students across the US and around the world will tune in to 100 coordinated university-hosted regional webinars from fifty different countries. How can ambitious state and local action put us on the way to solving climate change by 2030? PLEASE REGISTER HERE to join the webinar live, or if you would like to be e-mailed a link to the recording. For more info, see the event webpage.

  • Kentucky IPL has speakers available for worship or religious eduction programming. Check out our Speakers Bureau and Available Workshops on our website!

  • Sundays in April & May: Faith and the Climate Crisis. Presbyterian Climate Advocates is offering this online four-week course for individuals and congregational groups. Classes include videos, reflection, discussion, and enrichment to move from despair to engaged, hopeful, effective action. Read more and register

Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light
4934 Brownsboro Rd.  | Louisville, Kentucky 40222
502-210-8920 | info@kentuckyipl.org

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