Monthly Archives: January 2017

Many Thanks to Our Donors

Thanks to you, AZIPL exceeded its donor challenge goal, raising $14,000 this past year! This enabled us to secure a challenge grant of $12,000 from national Interfaith Power and Light.  Thank you, thank you!

We have many contributors to thank. Individuals gave $5300.  And we had 16 new givers in 2016. AZIPL member congregations donated $2600, provided by 11 congregations, the most ever!  Blessings to national IPL for their continued support.  Finally, the Board members of AZIPL were very generous, donating over $6,000. This is one active and giving Board!  All of this represents a wonderful foundation to build upon in 2017.

There is clearly much work ahead of us.  These donations will enable us to expand this vital ministry, connecting our many faith traditions to ecology and care of the Earth, transformed by prayer and collective action.

UMOM Garden Needs Volunteers

UMOM New Day Centers in Phoenix has operated a food garden for several years.  In 9 raised beds measuring 6 ft. by 8 ft., they have grown a variety of vegetables and herbs, including tomato plants, cucumbers and squash.  This has been used in their own kitchen.

With more volunteers, they could meet their own needs and beyond.  What a wonderful way to connect our faith to those in need of healthy food in our community.  If you or your congregation wish to volunteer, contact James Dutcher at UMOM at 480-220-7081.

Faith and Food Justice film series at The Fountains UMC

The Green Team of The Fountains UMC, along with Arizona Interfaith Power and Light, is pleased to present a three-part film series and discussion on “Faith and Food Justice”.  The first film, “Preaching for the Planet,” provides an interfaith perspective on the care of our planet.  The second, award-winning, film, “A Place at the Table,” offers a look at the faces and stories of hunger in America. And the third evening will be three short documentaries on how 3 different communities in food deserts (including one in Phoenix) are responding to local food injustice.

The films will be screened at The Fountains UMC at 15300 N. Fountain Hills Blvd from 7 to 8:30 pm on January 23, February 20 and March 20.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to dialogue on faith, hunger and the role of the faith community in food justice.  Join us for fellowship and inspiration!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

  • January 23:     Preaching for the Planet
  • February 20:   A Place at the Table
  • March 20:        Food Deserts

AZIPL SAGE Award Nominations

AZIPL is announcing that we are now accepting nominations for the SAGE (Spirited Activists Greening the Earth) Award.  This award recognizes both individuals and faith communities for their exemplary activism in partnership with AZIPL to reduce the causes of climate change.  Last year’s awardees were the Franciscan Renewal Center and Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation and IPL founder and President, Sally Bingham, and Gary Paul Nabhan, the Director of the University of Arizona Center for Regional Food Studies.

AZIPL will accept nominations in both categories until February 15.  Please email your submittal to either Doug Bland at doug.bland@azipl.org or Patrick Grady at patrickgrady70@gmail.com.  Your nomination should include information on how the nominee has exhibited such climate change activism in partnership with AZIPL over the past several years, including activity in 2016.

Awards will be announced at the March 23 annual AZIPL fundraising event at Temple Chai, entitled “Eco-Activism:  Loving Earth in a Dangerous Time”.

There is significant environmental and climate change work going on across Arizona. We look forward to hearing about your eco-activists!