Kirsten Shead, Program Director for the Interfaith Earth Network, contributed a narrative blog post on water and faith entitled Down to the RIver to Pray. The Waters of Wiscsonsin initiative (WOW), part of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, launched their blog in October 2014 as an ongoing conversation about Wisconsin’s shared waters. Through this blog they aim to feature great ideas and poignant stories from writers, policymakers, farmers, scientists, and others that explore what healthy, abundant water means to Wisconsin and her people.
Kirsten has been participating with WOW for the last year on their communications team as an influential voice for people of faith and their role in celebrating and safeguarding our Wisconsin waters.
Natural Burial of an IEN Founder
The natural burial of Carol Waskovich, one of the founders of the Interfaith Earth Network, was featured in an extensive article on natural burials by the Milwaukee Jouranal Sentinel on Saturday, November 1, 2014. The story noted Carol's environmental work, spiritual motivation and her conviction that all of matter is connected and interdependant.
Carol was laid to rest surrounded by friends and loved ones in a field of wildflowers and grasses at Prairie Home Cemetary in Waukesha. It was an inspirational service and setting that deeply reflected Carol's values and spirit.
Donations in memory of Carol were designated for the Interfaith Earth Network.
IEN Program Director in the News, Riding the ELF
The interfaith Earth Network was in the news twice in August. Kirsten Shead, the Program Director for IEN has caught the attention of both the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Today's TMJ4. She was interviewed live last night on Wisconsin Tonight on Today's TMJ4 - check out the video.
The ELF, a wasabi-green, three-wheeled, solar-assisted electric bicycle can turn some heads. Both stories reference the connection of Faith and care for the Earth.
How are you striving to make more sustainable, eco-minded transportation choices?
Faith & Ecology:
Every 3rd Tuesday
April 21st, 7:00-8:30pm
This month's topic: Water Wisdom
Free & open to the public! Urban Ecology Center, Riverside
For more information,
This series invites persons of all faiths and spiritualities to gather
to reflect upon and converse abouta chosen word for the month.
We will have topics that respond
to seasonal/calendar events to
draw us all into reflection and conversation on how faith and spirituality intersect with our
lives and the natural world.
Please note that sometimes the
third Tuesday falls on a day that
has special significance to a particular faith tradition.
We mean no harm but have a commitment for that time slot.
The Milwaukee River Basin overall earned a C in 2013, which was a slight improvement from a C- in 2012! This is the fourth annual Milwaukee River Report Card, which highlights water quality results from the 2013 water monitoring season.The report card shows that while we have come a long way in improving certain aspects of water quality, that we still have a long way to go before we have clean, fishable and swimmable streams throughout the Milwaukee River Basin.The report analyzes water quality data collected by Milwaukee Riverkeeper’s dedicated citizen stream monitoring volunteers, as well as data from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR).
Cheryl Nenn is the Riverkeeper for Milwaukee Riverkeeper. Cheryl has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.S. in Natural Resource Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment.
This dynamic new initiative is designed to help congregations and individuals become leaders in conservation, protection, and celebration of water. The Interfaith Earth Network is GreenFaith's first regional partner in this program, which we launched through our "Making Waves for Water" event this January. Those who attended this event were among the first to join this nationwide movement towards appreciating, honoring, and responsibly stewarding this deceptively abundant resource.
You are heartily encouraged to explore Water Shield as a way for their congregation or faith community to engage more deeply and more responsibly with water. For more information and guidance implementing this in your community, contact the Interfaith Earth Network.
Please consider a contribution to help us further our cause. Please be assured that your information is secure.
Interfaith Earth Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and as such your contribution is tax deductible.
Interfaith Earth Network c/o Interfaith Conference ?5409 W. Vliet Street? Milwaukee, WI 54208 Phone: (414) 276-9050?