October 9

Pope Francis’ Challenge to the World “Ecological Conversion”
The Sophia Center in Culture and Spirituality invites you to an evening of thought provoking presentations and public discourse. We celebrate Pope Francis’ new encyclical and his visit to the United States. Featured speakers: Dr. Robert Ludwig, new Director of Sophia Center, and Sharon Smith, Campaign Manager, Tropical Forest & Climate Initiative Union of Concerned Scientists and author of The Young Activist’s Guide to Building a Green Movement and Changing the World.
Where: Studio Theater, Holy Names Campus
Free to the public Click here for more information

October 10th & October 17th

Climate Action Workshops in San Jose and Palo Alto…COP21 and Beyond

Peninsula Interfaith Climate Action and 350 Silicon Valley invite a member of your faith community to attend one of our Climate Action Workshops in either San Jose or Palo Alto in October. The workshop and course will include a “train the trainers” session and a Climate Action Toolkit that you can use to engage your faith community in the struggle to accelerate the move OFF of fossil fuels and the move ON to renewable energy.

Saturday, October 10th, 1:00-3:30PM, First Congregational Church 1985 Louis Rd. Palo Alto, Ca 94303
Saturday, October 17th, 1:00-3:30PM, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church 405 S. 10th Street, San Jose, Ca 95112

Click here for a flyer with further details

November 1

Interfaith Climate March in Sacramento led by Buddhist Climate Action Network
The Interfaith Climate March is being organized by the Sacramento & Sierra Nevada Buddhist Climate Action Network and is open to everyone who cares about the changing climate. We are specifically inviting members of all religious traditions to participate, because we would like to raise public awareness that climate change is an important moral issue of great concern to many faith traditions.

November 3 and 4


11:30am – 12:30pm — Mass of Creation
Mission Church
Cardinal Peter Turkson will celebrate a Catholic Mass in the Mission Church.
3:00pm – 4:30pm — Cardinal Peter Turkson Keynote Address
Mission Church
Cardinal Peter Turkson, a Ghanaian Cardinal who is president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential voices on the shaping of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si.
All are welcome — students, staff, faculty, and those in the community — at the mass and at the keynote talk (no registration is required).

The conference will continue with a daylong series of talks and discussions by major figures in the worlds of science, economics, public policy, and Silicon Valley. There will also be a student-organized discussion at the close of the day on November 4 on how SCU should respond to the challenges of the encyclical.
All are welcome — students, staff, faculty, and those in the community — at the day’s events on November 4.
Registration is required for November 4. Detailed information on the full day of events on November 4th can be found here.

Thursday, November 5

Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Leap of Faith—the Pope’s Call to Ecological Conversion
6pm-7:30pm (Registration from 5:45pm)
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 11th Street (and J street), Sacramento, CA 95814
Admission: Free

Join the discussion at the beautiful Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament about the most pressing ecological concerns facing civilization today focusing on Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the environment Laudato Si, his urgent call to protect our “common home.” Learn what YOU can do!

Speaker: Jesuit Scholar, Fr. John A. Coleman, S.J. is the associate pastor at St. Ignatius Church at the University of San Francisco. Previously he taught as the Charles Casassa Chair in Social Ethics at Loyola Marymount University. He serves on the board of California Interfaith Power and Light, and has written extensively on Catholic social teaching, creation care, and eco- justice.
Moderator: Very Rev. Michael O’Reilly, Rector of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

This event is made possible by the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in cooperation with California Interfaith Power and Light and the World Affairs Council of Sacramento.

Sunday, November 8

Merchants of Doubt Screening
When: 5 p.m.
Where: St. Mary the Virgin 2325 Union St @ Steiner, San Francisco, CA 94123

The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin in San Francisco screens MERCHANTS OF DOUBT on Sunday, November 8th at 5 p.m.
Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, MERCHANTS OF DOUBT takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

For more information contact The Rev. Claire Dietrich Ranna:

Monday, November 9

Time to Lead on Climate – CA : US : UN
Angelico Hall, Dominican University, San Rafael
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Firing up the state, national and global leadership to solve climate change. Speakers include Congressman Jared Huffman; UN Climate Delegate Ken Alex with the Office of Governor Jerry Brown; Josh Fryday, NextGen Climate Action; and Susan Stephenson, Interfaith Power & Light. Bill McKibben, founder of, will speak by video. Dominican President Mary Marcy will moderate. Sponsored by Organizing for Action, Sustainable San Rafael and two dozen other Marin environmental and social action groups. $10 advance (best seating), $15 at door, $5 students. For ticket and information visit

Tuesday, November 10

2015 Cool Climate Awards & Interfaith Service for the Climate
Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland
6-8 p.m.

Saturday, November 21

NorCal Climate Mobilization
10:30 am – Gather at Lake Merritt Amphitheater
12:00 noon – March
1:00 pm – Rally at Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza


Thursday, October 1

Integral Ecology Forum at the University of San Francisco
with Fr. Tom Massaro, SJ, Dean, Jesuit School of Theology
The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, President, Interfaith Power and Light
Keya Chatterjee, Executive Director, US Climate Action Network
Rabbi Marvin Goodman, Rabbi-In-Residence at the Jewish Community Federation & Executive Director Northern California Board of Rabbis
Moderated by Michael Pappas, Executive Director, San Francisco Interfaith Council

Join us as we explore the many ways communities of faith are engaging the ecological and economic challenges of our time. We’ll cover the work of Pope Francis and other religious leaders, the UN negotiations for a new climate treaty, and the many opportunities for action here in the Bay Area.

Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 pm in Fromm Hall
Parking available in the Koret Parking Structure (southwest corner of Turk Blvd and Parker Ave)
More on the Integral Ecology Series

September 30th & October 1st

bookrenewableThere are two upcoming opportunities in the Bay Area to hear Eileen Flanagan, author of Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope, which is about the midlife spiritual crisis that led her to climate justice activism. She’ll also share what she is learning about spiritually-grounded and effective direct action through her leadership in Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), which this year won their five-year campaign to get PNC Bank to withdraw financing of mountaintop removal coal mining. They have recently announced a new campaign called Power Local Green Jobs.

Berkeley Friends Meeting
Wednesday, September 30, 7:30 p.m.
2151 Vine St, Berkeley, CA 94709

San Francisco Friends Meeting
Thursday, October 1, 7:30 p.m.
65 9th St. San Francisco, CA 94103

Wednesday, September 23

Interfaith Vigil in Support of Pope Francis
Monterey, California
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Please join us for an interfaith vigil in support of Pope Francis’ address to a joint session of Congress, which takes place on Thursday.
On Wednesday 9/23 – the eve of that address – we will gather from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Window on the Bay in Monterey (Del Monte Ave. @ Camino El Estero). You may arrive as early as 5pm, if you’d like. Signs with affirmative messages are welcome. Hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Social Justice – Faith in Action. For more information, contact Karen Araujo ( or 831-601-4564) or Mibs McCarthy (

Answering Earth’s Call:An Interfaith Forum on Climate Justice
Where: St. Paul’s Cathedral
2728 6th Avenue, San Diego 92103
When: 7:00 pm (doors open 6:30pm)
For more click here.

Thursday, September 24

Caring for Our Common Home and What We Can Do About It
Where: Holy Name of Mary Catholic Parish
724 E. Bonita Avenue, San Dimas
When: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
For more info and to RSVP, click here.

Friday, September 25

Press Conference and Rally at USC re: Pope Francis’ Address to the U.N.
Where: University of Southern California Caruso Catholic Center, 34th and Hoover, Los Angeles
When: Friday, Sep 25, 9:00am – 10:30am
All are welcome! For more info, click here.

Saturday, September 26th 

Water and Climate Change hosted by Interfaith Climate Action Network of Contra Costa County, a CIPL working group
Thirsty for Water: film & discussion. In the richest nation on earth, and wealthiest state in the nation (California), how can so many people lack access to safe affordable water for their basic human needs?
Congregations in Action: Presentation on innovative conservation measures that two Local churches accomplished and tips on how to replicate in congregations or at home.
Networking:  Bring materials and resources to share with others about your climate change work.  Meet new friends and allies in our County.
Saturday, September 26th from 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 66 Orinda Drive, Orinda
RSVP appreciated but not necessary at

Thursday, September 10

Climate One at The Commonwealth Club, 555 Post Street, San Francisco at 6:30 p.m.
The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham will be part of the panel –Pope Francis: Climate Changer?  A conversation about the popular pope and creation care in the run up to the UN climate negotiations later this year. The event will be recorded and broadcast on NPR. More national events with IPL

Thursday, September 17

Embracing Climate Action as a Moral Imperative: an interfaith service of prayers, music and readings inspired by Pope Francis’s encyclical letter,
Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home
Where: Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore St, Mill Valley, 94941
When:  7pm

Friday, September 18

Memorial for the Climate Victims of Summer
4:30pm – 6pm
WHERE: Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St San Francisco

In India and Pakistan alone, nearly 3,000 people died during heat wave events during May and June. Join a vigil and walk commemorating the thousands killed by this summer’s extreme heat events worldwide. We will gather at 4:30 on the steps of the Asian Art Museum by Civic Center BART and walk up Market St. to Powell St., then up Powell to Union Square.

Sponsored by 350 San Francisco & Brown and Green: South Asian Americans for Climate Justice

Monday, September 21

Interfaith Candlelight Prayer Vigil for Pope Francis’ Visit to the U.S. – Fresno
St. John’s Cathedral, 2814 Mariposa St., Fresno
Click here for flyer; contact Jim Grant for more info: (559) 708-3530;

July & August

Our Common Home: An Interfaith Study Group of Pope Francis’ Climate Letter
A project of the Alameda Climate Action Network, a CIPL regional working group

September 3

Integral Ecology: Concern for Environmental and Economic Justice
Presentation by Mary Evelyn Tucker, PhD
with respondent Fr. John Coleman, SJ
Thursday, September 3rd, 7:00 pm Xavier Hall, University of San Francisco
More on the Integral Ecology Series at USF

September 4 & 5

Soil Not Oil International Conference
Regenerative Agriculture to Restore Ecosystems, Conserve Water, & Mitigate Climate Change

vandanashivaInspired by Dr. Vandana Shiva’s book, Soil Not Oil, the 2015 Soil Not Oil Conference examines the crisis on food security while highlighting the implications of oil-based agro-chemicals and fossil fuels in soil depletion and climate change. The first edition of this conference will focus on educating, through national and international experiences, about the multiple problems and possible practical solutions that surround the profound consequences resulting from synthetic enhanced agriculture in industrialized nations.

Speakers will include Dr. Vandana Shiva, Fritof Capra, Miguel Altieri, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and many others.

More on Soil Not Oil

Wednesday, July 22

The Moral Case to Fight Climate Change…and How You Can Make A Difference
Presentation by Betsy Reifsnider, Catholic Climate Ambassador, and Michael Paparian, Climate Reality Leader, at St Francis of Assisi Parish, 1066 26th St. Sacramento @ 7 pm.

Thursday, July 30th

“Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff”, by Fred Pearce, has been chosen by the Earth Justice Ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento for the July Discussion Group. The author surveys his home and then launches on a global tour to track down the sources of the raw materials, the people involved in all aspects of retrieving, processing and transporting the products, and the impact on the environment. This will be a potluck (optional) and book discussion. If you are unable to read the book, there is information on the internet about Fred Pearce, and YouTube interviews. We will meet in the Fahs Room from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist campus, 2425 Sierra Blvd., Sacramento, 95825. All are welcome. Please contact if you have any questions.

Thursday, August 6th

Developing a San Francisco Climate Change Working Group
Where? The Great Room of The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 2325 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123 
The purpose of this gathering is to plan a interfaith climate event this autumn that will focus on local issues, consider the Pope’s recent encyclical on the topic, and build momentum in anticipation of the United Nations conference in Paris. At the initial meeting, held on July 14th, various religious groups (Jewish, Buddhist, Unitarian, Lutheran, and Episcopalian) were represented, as were secular groups committed to changing our current trends in regard to the use of carbon-based energy. For more information email

Tuesday, August 11th

“Walking the Talk” – Holy Family Catholic Church, South Pasadena, 8:30am – 11:00am (breakfast included) – Spanish/English
Pope Francis’ new encyclical on ecology, Laudate Si’, amplifies the multitude of religious writings and proclamations on our moral responsibility to care for all of Creation, and lessen the effects of the climate crisis. This event will give an overview of such writings, and offer practical ways in which the faith community can strengthen its response. Resources on energy and water efficiency for congregations and households, ways to support current California climate and energy legislation and a presentation by GRID Alternatives of Greater Los Angeles will be highlighted.
Download and share the flyer.
RSVP here. For more information, email


Sunday, July 19th

Pope Francis on the Environment: A Prophetic Voice on a Controversial Topic” with Tom Reese, S.J. Xavier hosted by St. Ignatius Church at the University of San Francisco‘s Fromm Hall

Monday, July 20

An interfaith study group on Pope Francis’s Encyclical in the Goethe Room of St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 L St. Sacramento.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. For more information contact CIPL Steering Committee member Mark Carlson,

Wednesday, June 17th

California Interfaith Power & Light Sacramento Advocacy Day

For more information email:

Thursday, June 18th
Pope Francis’ Encyclical Release

popefrancisTitle of Encyclical: “Praised Be: On the Care of Our Common Home.”
IPL Twitter Hashtag: #AllAreCalled

For more information and resources click here.

If your parish or organization is hosting an event on the encyclical and would like it listed here,
please email:


Wednesdays, June 24, July 8 and July 15

Three-part discussion/reflection series on the encyclical, at 7 p.m. at St. Agnes Spiritual Life Center, San Francisco

Saturday, June 27th

Catholic Rally celebrating Pope Francis’ Encyclical
St. Basil’s Catholic Church, Los Angeles
10:30 a.m. For more info email

May 3rd – May 6th

Interfaith Power & Light National Conference

Wednesday, May 13th

A Roundtable Discussion on Faith & Climate at Lakeshore Baptist Church

Wednesday, May 13 12:00-2 pm
Address: 3534 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Join Bay Area faith leaders for a discussion of current California climate legislation and Oakland’s Climate Action Plan. Learn about what local faith communities are doing and where to find resources to lower your carbon footprint and go solar.


Faith Against Fracking Film Premier at The Church by the Side of the Road

Wednesday May 13th, 7:00 pm
Address: 2108 Russell Street, Berkeley
Faith Against Fracking is an inspirational documentary exploring the intersection of various California communities, and our collective responsibility to steward the planet and move away from toxic fossil fuels to a truly clean energy economy. Throughout the film, the faith leaders including CIPL steering committee member Pastor Ambrose Carroll, focus on a number of different spiritual themes, which hold true across faith traditions, including protecting creation and honoring the golden rule.


Wednesday, May 20th

A presentation on California climate policy, with an emphasis on resources and tools available to congregations and individuals to reduce carbon emissions, save energy and advocate for clean energy solutions.

Japanese American Religious Federation
Where: Soto Zen Sokoji
1691 Laguna St
San Francisco, CA 94115
When: Light refreshments from 6pm, then the meeting begins from 6:30p.m.

May 24 to 31

Bike to Worship Week

biketoworship2015Do you bike to church, mosque, temple, satsang, synagogue, or any other place of worship? As part of Bike Month in May, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members are working in partnership with the San Francisco Interfaith Council and California Interfaith Power & Light to create a Bike to Worship Week from May 24 to 31, 2015.

Throughout the week various congregations will celebrate biking to their place of worship. Congregations may sign up and choose which day they wish to participate and promote members of their organization on that day to bike. We invite and encourage all local places of worship to participate. When you sign up you will receive a free Bike to Worship toolkit to help with your event.

Bike to Worship is a San Francisco event that gives your congregation and community members the opportunity to raise visibility of biking to worship while making our communities safer and more pleasant places to live. Additionally, it is a collective, bicycle-oriented celebration that promotes health, safety, physical activity and concern for our neighbors and the environment. Review details from Bike to Worship 2014.

Get your congregation involved with free Bike to Worship resources, by clicking here.

Saturday, May 30th

Mary Pipher, author of The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in our Capsized Culture

Where: Saturday, May 30th 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Where: Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist Church
505 Charleston Road, Palo Alto

A Nebraska resident, Mary Pipher found herself in deep despair about the growing evidence of climate change. A psychologist, she recognized the signs of depression — and she’ll share her story of collecting friends and neighbors to create an antidote to despair. Go to to reserve your seat for $10. Donations will be accepted at the door on May 30; no one will be turned away for lack of funds as long as seats are available.

Mary Pipher’s talk is the kick-off to an “All City Read,” co-sponsored by the City of Palo Alto Library and being supported by PICA, Peninsula Interfaith Climate Action a CIPL regional working group.

Sunday, April 12

California Interfaith Power & Light’s Program Director will speak at 10 a.m. at Christ United Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, reflecting on the growing interfaith movement for climate action across the state and world.


Earth Day
Wednesday, April 22

Clergy and lay leaders from Contra Costa faith based organizations will gather to celebrate Earth Day and launch I CAN! — the Contra Costa Interfaith Climate Action Network.

Please join California Interfaith Power & Light and the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County for a morning of inspiration.  We’ll open with an interfaith prayer service to celebrate Earth Day. Then the Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, Founder & President of Interfaith Power & Light will share her insights about the power of faith based organizations to protect the earth’s climate.  We’ll gather in small groups to share what our congregations are doing on climate change and identify areas for collaboration.  We’ll finish the morning by launching I CAN, and planting a tree in honor of the occasion.

A buffet lunch, featuring local, seasonal, organic food will follow. To register click here.

Sunday, March 8

Seeds of Peace: Honoring Water, Source of Life
An all-day teach-in focused on the life-sustaining role of water and necessity for conservation, and how our various communities might support each other. Sponsored by Southern California Parliament of World Religions. Featured speakers include The Rev. Sally Bingham. Location: Loyola Marymount University, 9:30am – 6:30pm.

Sunday, March 15

Interfaith Earth Stewardship Summit
Discover ways in which the interfaith community in the Pasadena/Arroyo areas are putting sustainability and love for Creation in action. Sponsored by the newly-created Arroyo Interfaith Environmental Coalition. Location: UU Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena 91103, 1:30pm – 5:30pm.

March 24 & 25

California Climate & Agriculture Summit


Join the California Climate & Agriculture Network for the 4th California Climate & Agriculture Summit in Davis, CA. The Summit begins on March 24, 2015 with farm tours in Yolo County, followed by a day of plenary, workshop and poster presentations on March 25 at UC Davis.

You will hear about the latest science, policy and practice related to climate change and sustainable agriculture in California. You will network with a diverse group of participants including farmers and ranchers, researchers, policymakers, advocates and agriculture professionals.

Early-bird registration opens January 7th until Feb. 7th 2015.

For more information and to register:

February 13, 14, & 15

National Preach-In on Global Warming

Join congregations across California and the country for IPL’s 5th Annual National Preach-In on Global Warming. Register your congregation here.


February 22, 23, & 24

“Why Water is Sacred” Conference

La Casa de Maria, Santa Barbara, CA
An Ecumenical Conference on Climate Change

Sunday, February 22

Congregations Cultivating Local Food Access
Registration begins at 1:30 pm & the conference program is from 2-7:00pm.
Location: Petaluma Woman’s Center 518 B Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
Join the Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative to cultivate local food access at their 3rd Annual Conference. The conference will provide tools for your congregation and emphasizes participation and problem-solving to empower congregational leaders. The conference program emphasizes presenters with hands-on congregational program experience as well as leaders from outside the region who can share successful models. Plenary discussions will shine light on how working with sustainable farms and food access for our neighbors is deeply rooted in our diverse faith traditions and also feature successful program leaders from outside our region who can inspire us to grow creative programming locally Breakout sessions include: Advancing Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), “Greening” Food Pantries and Community Gardens, Advocacy for Policies Promoting Local Food Security, Food Access for Neighbors in Need

Friday, January 23

Joining the Interfaith Movement for Climate Action

California Interfaith Power & Light Program Director, The Rev. Will Scott will speak at Shabbat services (7:30 p.m.) at member congregation, Congregation Beth Shalom in Carmichael.

Thursday, January 22

Investing for the Next Economy
Join the Sierra Club and the Green Committee of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Francisco for a thought provoking talk about sustainable investing with Garvin Jabusch, Chief Investment Officer, Green Alpha Advisors, LLC

Martin Luther King Room
First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco
1187 Franklin St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

7-8:30 p.m. networking and light refreshments, program begins at 7:30 p.m.
For more information email: pearcesf at

Sunday, January 11, 2014

A Faithful, Lasting Reponse to Climate Change
Interfaith Power & Light Founder & President at All Saints Episcopal Church Rector’s Forum on Sunday, January 11th at 10:15 a.m.
All Saints Church
132 North Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101
Phone:  626.796.1172
The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, founder and president of Interfaith Power and Light, shares her insights on our moral response to climate change, shares what’s working in many congregations, and discusses what else we can do to live more sustainably.

Science, Religion & the Climate Crisis

Friday, December 19, 2014
7 PM
St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705

Katharine Hayhoe – Climate Scientist from Texas Tech University and Evangelical Christian. Katharine has been named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most Influential People for 2014. She is on Showtime’s climate documentary Years of Living Dangerously, and has authored a book with her pastor husband called A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions.

Ron Amundson – Chair of Environmental Sciences Department University of California, Berkeley and a Christian. Ron, among other things, has done research on climate change impact on soil and farming.

Richard Norgard – Professor of Energy and Resources UC Berkeley. Dick has taught a very popular course at Cal and the GTU called Religion, Science, and the Ecological Crisis. Below is a paragraph from his syllabus.

Question to be discussed: Is there a human made climate change threat? Is there a conflict between a love of science and devotion to a mysterious God? If you are a scientist, how can you also be a person with faith? Why are social changes to address the threat of climate change so hard to achieve? Are faith communities a part of the problem? How has the scientific community missed in its communication about climate change and the need for change? What can faith communities do?

“Modern expectations for religion and science are not being fulfilled in contemporary society. Religion has emerged as a political force and, in some cases, believes itself to be an independent source of truth about the nature of the material world. Science — on which modern reason, access to reality, and environmental management have rested – – no longer anchors and bounds public discourse and government decisions. Rather, science is being privatized by corporate interests, challenged by complex eco-social interactions , opposed by creationists, heralded as destiny by genetic engineers, accused of being socially constructed and value-laden by post-modernists. Religion, on the other hand, has had to reckon with the findings of science, including ecology, in its theological and moral reasoning as part of an ongoing cultural debate with modernity its role in religious life. Modern science has made it clear that we are in an ecological crisis that hurts the poor, puts humanity on a technological treadmill, and raises complex ethical questions about our common future. At the same time, stronger scientific knowledge about the environment has not led to stronger governance, due in part to free-market fundamentalism, but also because of religion’s curious yet in-excusable silence on the matter.”


November 12 – CIPL 2014 Energy Awards

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 – RSVP Here
6:00pm – 8:30pm
The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption,
1111 Gough St. San Francisco

Each autumn, California Interfaith Power & Light gathers to celebrate the inspiring work of our member congregations in reducing carbon emissions, fostering greater energy efficiency, educating the faithful about climate change, and advocating for a healthier climate. Click here for more info and to RSVP.

October 29 A Roundtable on Food, Farming & Faith

When: Wednesday October 29, 2014, 7:00 — 9:00pm
Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church 316 N. El Dorado Street, Stockton

Join faith leaders, agricultural experts and advocates as we discuss the impacts of global warming on our region from the drought to extreme weather, as well as the constructive role agriculture can play in providing climate change solutions. This roundtable is a chance for you to explore how this environmental and health issue informs our faith and what response our faith communities can offer. Sponsored by Catholic Charities of Stockton, California Climate & Agriculture Network (CALCAN) and  California Interfaith Power & Light.

Elvira Ramirez, Member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Rural Life
Renata Brillinger, California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN)
Jeanne Okuye, Okuye Farm
Dan O’Connell, American Farmland Trust
Contact CIPL Steering Committee Member – Katelyn Roedner Sutter at kroedner at

Solar Info Night in San Ramon

When: Wednesday, October 22
Where: San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church
902 Danville Boulevard
Alamo, CA 94507-2420
Who: Faith communities and individuals interested in learning more about going solar and becoming more energy efficient
What: This practical, informative,and FREE workshop is for any House of Worship to become energy efficient, go solar, and save money. The “Solar Nights” workshop will provide up-to-date & valuable information to assist congregations who are ready to go solar, or just curious.

Hosted by California Interfaith Power & Light, San Ramon Valley Interfaith Council, San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church and the Martin Luther King Peacemakers. For more info and to RSVP contact Thomas Kring tkring1 at

October 11 – Healthy Earth Conference

When: Saturday, October 11, 10:00am – 5:30pm
Where: Temple of Light, 11 Goddard, Irvine, 92618
What: Awakening the Dreamer Symposium by Pachamama Alliance designed to awaken your hopefulness for global transformation.
3:30pm – 5:30pm: Action presentations by various folks active in protecting and caring for the Earth, including Allis Druffel from CIPL. This event is sponsored by Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment.

For more information and details on this inspiring event, click here.

Bill McKibben: Updates from the Front Lines of the Climate Fight – 3 California Appearances

When: Tuesday, October 14, 6:30- 8 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco
On October 14, acclaimed environmentalist and author Bill McKibben will visit Grace Cathedral to describe the current state of global warming
through an explanation of the math and science of climate change. He will share updates on the movement working to end our reliance on
fossil fuel energy and create a world powered by renewable sources.
Tickets are on sale now and cost $15.

When: Thursday, October 16, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Where: San Francisco State University, McKenna Theater, 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco
For more information, click here

When: Saturday, November 22, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: American Academy of Religion & Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting – Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, 92101
For more information, click here

Care For Creation Conference

When: October 15, 2014 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Where: Congregation Beth Shalom
4746 El Camino Ave, Carmichael

Join the Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento for presentations on Creation Care and the drought.

For more information contact: Christine Bailey beckerbailey at

Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change
An Entertaining Evening with George Marshall
When: Friday, September 12 7 p.m.
Where: St John’s Lutheran Church on L St between 17th & 18th SacramentoGeorge Marshall will speak about what this means and how we can use this knowledge to move beyond climate denial to action. He promises that this presentation will not only be informative and fascinating, but also entertaining. Come and learn more. 7 pm at Goethe Hall of St John’s Lutheran Church on L St between 17th & 18th. There will be books on sale from Avid Reader and information tables from our cosponsors: Lutheran Office of Public Policy–CA, Therapists for Social Responsibility, Sacramento Citizens Climate Lobby, Physicians for Social Responsibility/Sacramento, Earth Advocates of Spiritual Life Center & California Interfaith Power & Light. More info on the book:

Sunday, March 30, 3:00pm – 6:00pm – One Struggle Many Fronts: US – Africa Environmental Justice Tour – Priority Africa Network Office, 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. Come here two African climate justice activists and one Bay Area land-grabs expert speak on the local and global connections between climate change, racism, land grabs and economic inequality. They will share information about how organizations can be partners in solidarity on these vitally important issues. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Sunday, April 27, 2:00pm – 4:30pm – Climate Change: Crisis, Opportunity and a Call to Action – First Congregational Church, 1980 Hamilton Ave., San Jose. See how Silicon Valley faithful are in a unique position of being both in the middle of climate change effects and opportunities for lessening the consequences. Click here for more information and to register.

Thursday, February 6, 7:00pm – 8:00pm – “Community In Action on Air Quality and Climate Change”– Oldtimers Foundation, 3355 East Gage Ave., Huntington Park, 90255. Similar to the November 19 event, practical ideas of how to get involved with poor air quality and climate change issues. Contact Allis for more information – (310) 752-3436 or Download and share the flyer with your colleagues and contacts.

Sunday, February 9, 11:45am start – “Chasing Ice” and Panel Discussion – Tapestry, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 23436 Madero, Mission Viejo, 92691, showing of the acclaimed movie “Chasing Ice” followed by a panel discussion featuring Mark Tabbert of Citizens Climate Lobby, Glenn Pascall of the Sierra Club and CIPL staff member Allis Druffel. For more information, contact Allis at (310) 752-3436 or RSVP desired but not necessary.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 11:00am – noon – “Webinar on Financing Your Congregation’s Solar System” – offered by Technology Credit Corporation, a webinar explaining one affordable option for your congregation to go solar. RSVP for the webinar here. For more information, contact Greg Bedard, (415) 391-4214 or

Thursday, December 5, 2013, 7:00pm – 8:00pm – “Coming Together for Clean Energy” – Providence Baptist Church, 1601 McKinnon Avenue, San Francisco, 94124. Contact Greg Bedard for further information – (415) 391-4214 or Click here to download and share flyer.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 6:00pm – 8:15pm – Seventh Annual Energy Awards – CIPL’s premiere event, this is a celebration of the faith community’s influential efforts in working for a clean energy future.Click here for details and to RSVP.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 5:30pm – 8:00pm – “Community In Action” Event – Greater Community Missionary Baptist Church, 11066 Norris Ave., Pacoima, 91331. Practical ideas of how to get involved with poor air quality and climate change issues. Resource fair from a dozen organizations and program. Contact Allis for more information – (310) 752-3436 or Download and share the flyerwith your colleagues and contacts.


Friday, October 11, 2013, 6:30pm: Gasland Part II – second part to the popular “Gasland.” At the Unitarian Universalist Center, 1187 Franklin Street, crossstreet Geary. Click here for more information.

Sunday, September 22, 2013, 12:30pm – 5:00pm: Sustainable Justice for Sustainable Peace – in celebration of International Peace Day, this event will focus on Muslim-Christian dialogue and action on efforts for a more sustainable and healthier future. Sponsored by Muslim and Catholic Women in Conversation, Sisters of Social Service and the Holy Spirit Retreat Center. Held at Holy Spirit Retreat Center, 4316 Lanai Road, Encino, 91436. For further information, email

Saturday, September 21, 2013, 10:30: San Diegans Pledge Resistance to the Keystone Pipeline – this is one of a national day of events organized against construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. For more information and to find an event near where you live, click here.

Friday, August 2, 2013, 7:00pm – Confronting the Climate Crisis: Environmental, labor, social justice, and health perspectives on building a winning movment – Rev. Sally Bingham, Bill McKibben, Gopal Dayaneni, Katy Roemer, and Antonia Juhasz. Increasingly, the world is seeing climate change as not an issue merely of environmental concern – but a cross-cutting crisis that links together economic, security, health, labor, social justice, and human rights concerns. This event brings together diverse leaders to discuss how we build a powerful movement to solve the climate crisis, and how climate justice is a framework to build a sustainable and just future. Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco. Tickets are $10. To register, click here.

Sunday, August 18, 2013 – 11:30am – 12:30pm – How Community Choice Energy Can Empower the East Bay and Beyond – programs such as Marin Clean Energy, operating since 2010, and Sonoma Clean Power, to take effect in 2014, are bringing in cleaner energy to their citizens that is cost-competitive with PG&E. Come to this workshop to find out more about Community Choice Energy and how you can be involved in the clean energy future. Event is sponsored by the Local Clean energy Alliance and the Oakland Climate Action Coalition. Location – St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1707 Gouldin Road, Oakland, 94611. For more information, contact Larry Chang at (510) 534-1804 or

April 19, 2013, 7:30am – 2:00pm: L.A. Business Council Sustainability Forum – this forum, featuring speakers Congressman Xavier Becerra and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, will bring together the latest information and plans for clean energy innovation, investment and implementation. The Getty Center – Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, 90049.  Click here for more information and to register.

April 20, 2013, 11:30am – 6:00pm: Seeds of Peace: Meditation and the Engaged Life – how all individuals can learn from the great spiritual masters to transform inwardly and positively affect the world around us. Features a workshop of caring for all creation by CIPL staff member Allis Druffel. All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 No. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, 91101. Click here for more information and how to register.

April 24, 2013: Interfaith Prayer Breakfast – this event will bring together clergy and lay leaders in the Greater Sacramento Area and elected state legislators for an in-depth presentation and discussion on the faith community’s role in advocacy. Guest speakers include Rev. Sally Bingham; Rabbi David Wechsler-Azen of Congregation Beth Shalom; and Professor Isabel Montanez of UC Davis’ Department of Geology. 7:30am – 9:00am, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 “L” Street, Sacramento, 95811. Click here to download and share flyer.

March 19, 2013: Faith and Environmental Justice – presentations on mid-century warming report, California legislation, health and jobs issues relevant to the L.A. region. Event is is Spanish and English. Includes practical follow-up piece. 9:30am – 11:30am, Echo Park United Methodist Church, 1226 No. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, 90026. Contact Allis at for more information. Click here to download and share flyer.

March 5, 3013: Hope, Faith and Fighting Climate Change – an evening with noted journalist and author, Mark Hertsgaard; March 5, 7:00pm – 9:00pm. First Mennonite Church, 290 Dolores Street, San Francisco.

February 24, 2013 and subsequent dates: Agenda for a Prophetic Faith – sponsored by Progressive Christians Uniting; February 24, 7:00pm, Lecture by Dr. James Hansen; Claremont United Methodist Church, 211 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Click here for more information and other lectures.

February 17, 2013: Climate Rally in Opposition to Keystone XL Pipeline – Los Angeles, 1pm; meet at Olvera St – Paseo de la Plaza and march to City Hall. Click here for more information. San Francisco, 1pm, 1 Market Street (next to Embarcadero BART.) Click here for more information.


December 12, 2012, 9:00am – 10:30am: Climate Change: Why the Faith Community Should Care –presentations on mid-century warming in the Los Angeles Region; AB 32 regulations; and how your house of worship can take action for Creation; 9:00am – 10:30am, Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, 6700 West 83rd St., Westchester, 90045. Click here for flyer.

December 12, 2012, 11:30am: Congregation Power – presentations by clergy, including Rev. Sally Bingham, on the faith community’s actions to build a more sustainable future. Commonwealth Club of California, Blue Room, 595 Market St., San Francisco, 94105. Admission is free, but please RSVP. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

October 27, 2012: Orange County Coalition for the Environment – Caring for Creation conference, including a presentation by CIPL staff member Allis Druffel. Click here to learn more.

October 29, 2012: Whittier Interfaith Environmental Meeting, 7:00 – 8:30pm – including a presentation by CIPL staff member Allis Druffel on energy efficiency measures and resources for congregations. Clickhere to learn more.

October 30, 2012: Faith and the Clean Energy Future, MCC in the Valley Church, 10:30am – 12:30pm – includes overview of AB 32 and a letter writing session for media. Click here for more details.

November 17 & 18th, 2012: L.A. Green Festival – “Solar for All! Solving the Job and Climate Crisis” will include Allis Druffel, Nov. 18, 1:00 – 1:45. Click here for more information.

November 20, 2012, 7:00am – 9:00am: San Francisco Interfaith Council Annual Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast – honoring California Interfaith Power & Light and member congregations. Location Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco.

June 12, 2012; California Lobby Day in Sacramento – advocating for AB 1990, AB 1532, and SB 1455.Click here to learn more.

May 18-20, 2012 – Rev. Canon Sally Bingham – Keynote – Sierra Pacific Synod – Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

April 21, 2012, 7:00pm, pre-screening of “Last Call at the Oasis;” with guest speaker Dr. Tyrone Hayes. Location – Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Click here to download flyer.

April 18, 2012, 7:00p-9:00p: L.A. Solar Night – MCC in the Valley Church, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, 91601: representatives from solar companies and Energy Updgrade California on-hand to give you information on solar and energy efficiency for your congregation and residence. Contact: Allis Druffel, or (310) 752-3436. Click here to download flyer.

Saturday February 11th, Bay Area Cool Congregations training – with Sarah Webb
This will be a great event for your congregation’s green team – a workshop on how to lead your congregation into becoming cooler: reducing carbon footprints at home!  Please speak with Rachel ( or 415-391-4214) if you are interested.

The Cool Congregations program will provide you with the tools you need to make a difference in your home, congregation, and community.  Research shows that small group models provide the best opportunity for real and lasting change.  Faith communities have used the small group model for centuries! Find out how you can use this time-tested model to lead your congregation’s response to climate change.

Thursday, February 9, Orange County Solor/Energy Efficiency Night
Come and get ideas on energy efficiency measures and solar energy from experts in the field. This evening is geared toward houses of worship but applicable to homeowners as well. Representatives from 3 solar companies, So Cal Edison, and Energy Upgrade California will be on hand with helpful information. Sign up your house of worship for an energy audit with So Cal Edison as well!
Date/Time:  Thursday, February 9
Location: Church of the Foothills, 19211 Dodge Ave., Santa Ana (Tustin HIlls) 92705
Contact:  Allis Druffel (310) 752-3436
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California Preach In Events

Sunday, February 12th

Northern California Events:


San Francisco – Grace Cathedral – Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, preaching – 8:30 am service –

 – St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Rev. Arthur Boone, guest preacher – “Why THEY don’t like Climate Change.” – 8:00 am and 10:00 am services –

Davis – Lutheran Church of the Incarnation – Film screening “Renewal” – 9:30 am Adult Forum –

El Cerrito – Mira Vista United Church of Christ – “What Does environmental stewardship have to do with Black History Month and Valentine’s Day?”  Rev. Susan Meeter – 12 noon service –

Fremont – Fremont Congregational Church – Rev. David Borglum – 10:00 am –

Fresno – College Community Congregational UCC –  Rev. Dr. Chris Breedlove – 9:00 am and 11:15 am services –

Los Osos – Trinity United Methodist Church – “Heal Ourselves, Heal Our Planet” – Rev. Rich Bolin – 10:00 am worship –

Muir Beach – Green Gulch Zen Center – Dharma Talk – Steve Weintraub – 10:00

Pacific Grove – Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – Loma Eaves, student minister – 11:00 am –

Palo Alto – First Presbyterian Church – Earth Awareness Sunday – Rev. W. Robert Martin III – 10:30 am service –

San Francisco – St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church – Hannah Elyse Cornthwaite, intern at Interfaith Power & Light, guest preacher – 10:00 am service –

San Francisco – herchurch Lutheran – “Love the Planet – Response to Global Warming” – 10:30 am worship –

Walnut Creek – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Rev. Austin Leininger, guest preacher – 10:00 am –

Southern California Events:

Fullerton – Enlightened Growth Center – “Love the Earth” – 10:30 am – Linda Holman-Konieczny –

Irvine – United Congregational Church, UCC – Rev. Elizabeth Griswold – 9:00 am and 11:00 am services –

La Puente – Global Warming Awareness Sunday – Delhaven Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – Rev. Maria Tafoya – 10:30 am service –

Berkeley: Wednesday, November 2nd – Surprising Facts About Your Home Energy Use
— A Berkeley Case Study Information to help homeowners get up to $4,000 in rebates on a home energy efficiency upgrade
Wednesday, November 2nd 6:30–8:00 p.m. at the YMCA Teen Center 2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA
This event is FREE and open to all Alameda County homeowners. Snacks and coffee will be provided.Please RSVP to this event online:
Participating Contractors who are trained and ready to work on your home will be there to answer your questions. Co-sponsored by California Interfaith Power & Light

Palo Alto: Friday – Saturday Nov. 4th and 5th – Robert McAfee Brown Lectures at First Presbyterian –Dr. Larry Rasmussen to speak on EcoTheology and Environmental Ethics Dr. Larry Rasmussen has mentored a generation of Christians in ecotheology and “green religion” and spearheaded the “greening” of the Union Theological Seminary. His courses and scholarship are rooted in the practice of environmental justice.  Friday evening Keynote Gimme Some New Time Religion at 7:30 pm – suggested donation $10 followed by reception.  Saturday 8:30 am-2:00 pm (suggested donation: $20) presentations Soil and Soul; Water:  Sacrament or Commodity discussions and film – Journey of the Universe – also Sunday morning adult education and preaching in worship.  For more informatin:

San Anselmo: Sunday November 13th – Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
Rachel Medema will lead adult education following worship.  Nancy Weins, Center for Nature and Christian Spirituality, will be leading worship.

San Francisco: Tuesday November 15th – 5th Annual Energy Awards – Grace Cathedral
Join us as we celebrate the efforts of many outstanding congregations and give awards for Energy Efficiency, Education, Advocacy and Green Building.  We are delighted to feature the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir this year and emcee Alex Zwissler from Chabot Space & Science Center.

Mountain View: Thursday – October 20th – The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham
A Religious Response to Climate Change: The Moral Imperative of Responding to Global Warming

Time: 7 to 9pm, doors open at 6:30pm
Location: Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave, Mountain View, CA – Attendance is free.

San Francisco: Tuesday, October 25th – How to Really Stop Energy Waste
Resource and information event on Energy Upgrade California, City of San Francisco rebates and free resources for renters and home-owners.  Join us at 32 Ocean Ave., San Francisco – RSVP at is hosted by Mission Bay Community Church and California Interfaith Power & Light

Claremont: Thursday, October 27 – 29 – Brave New Planet Conference with Bill McKibben – Thursday, October 27 break-out sessions including Allis Druffel presenting on The Faith Community: Voice of Prophecy, Voice of Hope. For schedule and more information, go here.

Moving Planet Events – Saturday, Sept. 24: 3rd Annual International Day of Climate Action

San Diego: 10:00am – 1:00pm, St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, San Diego, Moving Planet Event.This multi-organizational event will start with an Interfaith Dialogue at St. Paul’s Cathedral and move on to a march and rally in Balboa Park. Come and lend your voice or sign on as a supporter! Contact Allis for more info, Check out the San Diego 350 website.

San Francisco: Rally and Parade, 12pm – 6pm; meet at Justin Hermann Plaza and parade down Market St. toward Civic Center Plaza. Click here for details. Rev. Earl Koteen, CIPL Steering Committee member, will have a table.

San Luis Obispo: Bike Trivia Run, in which you will “stretch your mind and power your future”; 1531 Monterey St., SLO; 12pm-9pm; click here for more info. Bill Bradlee, IPL State Affiliates Coordinator, will attend.

Thursday, July 18, 10:00am – 11:00am, L.A. CIPL Working Group, MCC in the Valley, North Hollywood.This group of faith leaders has been active in urging LADWP to be coal-free by 2020 and to work on the rapid expansion of renewable energy. Come and lend your voice.

July 11, Los Angeles Solar Info Night, 7 pm, MCC in the Valley, North Hollywood
RSVP: – The Solar Info night is an opportunity to hear presentations from solar installation companies, meet other CIPL members and staff, and overview solar financing and fundraising opportunities.

July 22, 12 noon, San Francisco – Climate One – Commonwealth Club
Rev. Sally G. Bingham joins a panel to discuss reducing carbon footprints and energy efficiency.  More information:


Sunday May 1st – Oakland – Montclair Presbyterian Church hosts Mayor Jean Quan and the Oakland Climate Action Coalition
Discussion of Oakland’s recently passed Energy and Climate Action Plan at Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill, from 12:15 to 2pm. This is a great opportunity to hear what is being done, to ask questions and, also, to make suggestions. Check out

Saturday April 30th – Disciples of Christ Christian Church regional gathering – Asilomar Conference CenterRachel Medema, Northern California Outreach Director, leads workshops on how faith communities can take action to reduce their carbon footprint, educate their community on climate change and creation care and be a part of state and national advocacy for sensible energy policies.

Saturday April 30th, San Francisco – West Coast Premiere of the Journey of the Universe film at Victoria Theatre
2961 16th Street, San Francisco, CA  8:30pm – Film showing  For more information on this event, visit:
To watch the trailer and find further information on the Journey of the Universe project, visit:

Friday April 22 – 6 pm – Grace Cathedral, San Francisco – A Wounded Earth & A Crucified Christ
You are invited to a unique event of sacred expression — an interactive service of music, dance, and art exploring the rich meaning found in the conjunction of Good Friday and the observance of International Earth Day. Over the centuries, people of Christian faith have meditated on the life of Jesus and the scope of divine love — Jesus’ simple and profoundly powerful acts of including all the dispossessed at the table. Christ is understood to embrace the whole earth within self-giving love. The service is open to all people seeking to gain spiritual strength for the great work of environmental justice and to all people of faith who feel called to explore this profound moment. More information at Grace Cathedral website.

Thursday, April 14, 10-11am: Los Angeles Clergy Working Group meeting
MCC in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, 91601.

Sunday April 10th – Sausalito Presbyterian Church 
Rachel Medema, Northern California Outreach Director, will preach in Sunday worship service on environmental issues and climate change.

Saturday, April 9, 2-5pm: Green Deen Ibrahim Abdul-Matin; Islamic Center of San Diego
Southern California Outreach Director, Allis Druffel will be representing CIPL at this event.

Saturday April 2nd  Climate Change Workshop: Awakening to the Present; Preparing for the Future
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (BFUU) – Hear from cutting-edge organizations working on climate change, engage in lively discussion, get hands-on tools to take action, and enjoy a nourishing low-impact lunch!  Presenters include CA Interfaith Power and Light, the Ecology Center,, Oakland Climate Action Coalition, Transition Towns Albany and Berkeley, Union of Concerned Scientists, and UU Legislative Ministry California.  Be part of the growing movement to awaken to the present and to prepare for the future personally and in your household, community, state, country, and planet. Facilitated by the Rev. Earl W. Koteen, BFUU’s Community Minister (and CIPL steering committee member), the program is designed for participants to plug into specific areas of interest and come away with concrete actions in areas such as energy, transportation, health, and land use.

Monday March 14 -CIPL is a co-sponsor of the 25th Anniversary of Tikkun Magazine – Berkeley 
Pauley Ballroom in the Student Union Building of the University of California, Bancroft at Telegraph

Los Angeles Clergy Eco-Luncheon, Friday, March 18
CIPL is focused on mobilizing the Los Angeles faith community to respond to regional environmental issues. Come and see how your congregation can take part in reducing your carbon footprint and lessening the threat of health effects from dirty-burning fossil fuels. Download the flyer here and spread the word!
MCC in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, 91601 – 11am – 1pm
RSVP: Rev. Bob Shore-Goss,

Bay Area Social Justice Forum – People of Hope, Agents of Change 
Holy Names University – Oakland – Saturday March 19 – 8:30 am – 4 pm
Rachel Medema, Northern California Outreach Director for California Interfaith Power & Light, leads a workshop at Holy Names University’s Bay Area Social Justice Forum. The morning and afternoon keynote speakers will be Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, (CLUE) and Joe Grant, Co-Founder and Chairperson of Crossroads Ministry, a justice-based retreat center in Louisville, Ky.  Click here for more info.

National Preach-In on Global Warming – Feb 11, 12, 13 – Interfaith Power & Light – more info online here
Interfaith Power & Light is inviting faith leaders to give sermons and reflections on global warming the weekend of February 11-13, 2011. Leading up to the event, participating congregations will distribute Valentine’s Day post cards to mail in to their senators, encouraging political leaders to love their neighbors and the earth by supporting policies that protect the climate and curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Promoting Green Pathways out of Poverty: A Solar Richmond Tour for Clergy and Faith Community Members
February 24th, Thursday – 10 am – Noon – Richmond
This event will allow people from the faith community to learn about Solar Richmond, a non-profit green job training program.  We will gather at Solar Richmond to hear from staff and graduates, tour local solar installations and find out how congregations can use their purchasing power to support green pathways out of poverty. RSVP here or call Rachel for more info: 415-391-4214

January 19 and 20 – Bay Area Solar Info Nights: These solar info nights gathered solar professionals, representatives from congregations with solar and congregations interested in solar to learn from one another about the possibilities for solar powered congregations.  Check out our “Solar Information” page – under resources – to learn more.

October 21, UCLA, “Prop 23 and the Future of California’s Economy and Environment:” 7-8:30pm, Korn Convocation Hall at UCLA; a debate with Patt Morrison of KPCC radio.

2010 Energy Awards, Tuesday November 9, 6pm – 9pm, Grace Cathedral San Francisco: Our 4th Annual Energy Awards – Awards were given for exemplary congregations in the categories of Green Building, Education, Advocacy and Energy Efficiency and Conservation. And, for the first time, 2010′s awards highlighted an outstanding congregational youth group that is active in the issues of energy and climate change.

NO on PROP 23 Events: CIPL and member congregations hosted local informational event on Prop 23, a deceptive initiative sponsored primarily by fossil fuel companies on the November 2010 ballot.

Electric Vehicle Event, July 28, 2010: This educational event centered around emerging electric vehicle options and was hosted by Sustainable San Rafael.  The event included speakers from the SF Electric Vehicle Association, Northbay Nissan, Luscious Garage, and The Bicycle Works speaking about a variety of different electric cars and bikes that have the potential to dramatically reduce Marin’s greenhouse gas emissions by up to 60%.

Creation Groans, July 22, 2010: In coordination with the Marin Interfaith Council, this event spotlighted the Gulf Oil Spill and the need for the faith community to take action.  Our founder Rev. Sally Bingham was the keynote, recounting her recent visit to the Gulf and how it underscored the need for people of faith to protect creation by transitioning away from fossil fuels that contribute to climate change and catastrophic oil spills. California Youth Energy Services and New Light Energy Design invited participants to sign up for lighting audits at their congregation as well as home energy and water retrofits for congregants.

Juneteenth Celebration; Grace Tabernacle Church, Bayview-Hunters Point, June 19, 2010: Fast becoming a growing annual celebration, especially in the African-American community, Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery. And this year, CIPL helped to coordinate a multi-sector accomplishment marked by the installation of a solar panel system on Grace Tabernacle. It was a true community party, shared by faith, labor, and local green jobs organizations. Click here for a write-up and to see inspiring photos from the event.

Renewal L.A., St. John’s Episcopal Church, April 25, 2010: An evening of interfaith solidarity  was marked by an interfaith prayer; advanced action against Prop 23; and excerpts from the moving documentaryRenewal, which highlights stories from major faith communities and their actions in terms of preserving Creation. Read the write-up of this event from the L.A. Times.