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About Us:

The Interfaith Earth Network of Southeastern Wisconsin (IEN) is a program of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee.

Our mission is to inspire and support people of all faiths and faith communities to care for Earth based on their own sacred teachings. Through education, advocacy, actions, and networking, we serve as a catalyst for people of faith to live, work, and worship in environmentally sustainable ways.

Our Steering Committee consists of individuals with a passionate concern for the environment who represent diverse faith groups.

Lead-Safety Event Distributes
58 Water Filters

The Interfaith Earth Network (IEN) sponsored a lead-safe homes open house event on June 7, 2018 at Hephatha Evangelical Lutheran Church for families in Milwaukee's Amani neighborhood. This was part of IEN's broader Justice at the Tap initiative.

In collaboration with the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers' Lead Outreach staff, blood testing was available for children while parents learned about the dangers of lead exposure through paint, water, and soil. With the help of the Dominican Center and the Social Development Commission, 58 lead water filters (NSF/ANSI 53) were distributed to households with a total of 83 children under the age of six. A nutritionist was also present to share information about the importance of a healthy diet in preventing lead absorption. Refreshments high in calcium were served.

The Generation Waking Up Experience (or the “WakeUp” for short) is a 3 hour interactive, multimedia, peer-led workshop, that empowers young people to wake up to a clear sense of identity and purpose, as members of a generation-wide movement for a thriving, just, sustainable world.

Through inspiring multimedia presentation, dynamic group interaction, and engaging dialogue, the WakeUp takes participants through a transformative exploration of the critical questions facing young people and society today.

For more information:
- Check out the video to the right
- Download our flyer

To build a “Movement of movements” large enough to shift the course of history, we must empower countless young people to lift their peers out of apathy, despair, and powerlessness, and connect them with the groundswell of consciousness and social change that is emerging. This is why the WakeUp is needed, and needed now.

By hosting the WakeUp experience, you are not simply putting on an isolated event: rather, you are at the very heart of Generation Waking Up, a global campaign to ignite a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, sustainable world.

Past Events & Recognitions:

Set aside a little or a lot of time, but be sure to drop by the dynamic open house highlighting the 10th anniversary of the Interfaith Earth Network from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 19,at the Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Pl.

We are calling it Renewing Hope. And we think it will.

Now a program of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, IEN is returning to its roots for this event. We were founded as a collaboration of the Urban Ecology Center, the Interfaith Conference and the House of Peace.

It’s free and family friendly. There’ll be a celebration ceremony, music, interactive displays, engaging workshops, discussions, networking, kids’ activities, and delicious sustainable refreshments. Dozens of area organizations will provide information and practical ideas on water, food, education, energy, advocacy, consumption, waste, transportation, natural and human-made environments, and more.

Current Programs & Events:

Faith & Ecology Conversation
Tuesday, August 16th @ 7pm
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park Map/Directions

"Mind Where You Walk"
Take a walk through UEC Riverside Park. Enjoy the scenery, the physical activity, and add mindfulness. Explore the world around you and be mindful of that world. We will practice the present moment and sensory awareness.

Huda Alkaff, IEN Leader
Honored as Champion of Change by White House

The White House recognized 12 faith and lay leaders as Champions of Change for their efforts in protecting our environment and communities from the effects of climate change.

White House Honors Faith Leaders for Climate “Champions of Change”

WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, July 20th, the White House recognized twelve people of faith as “Champions of Change” for their efforts in protecting our environment and communities from the effects of climate change. These Champions have demonstrated clear leadership across the United States and around the world through their grassroots efforts to green their communities and educate others on the moral and social justice implications of climate change. The program featured remarks by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Senior Advisor to the President Brian Deese.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

You can watch the event here. For more information on Huda Alkaff and the other amazing leaders, go to Champions of Change.

Congratulations, Huda!

Guest Post on Waters of Wisconsin Blog

Kirsten Shead, Program Director for the Interfaith Earth Network, contributed narrative posts on Waters of Wisconsin Blog Down to the River to Pray and Little Bluegills and Big Sharks: Exploring Waters in Wisconsin and Abroad. The Waters of Wisconsin 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 on their steering committee and communications team as an influential voice for people of faith and their role in celebrating and safeguarding our Wisconsin waters.

Kirsten Shead

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.

Read the story here.

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?

Our Partners

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?


Restarting in the Fall of 2019

Faith & Ecology:
A Conversation

Every 3rd Tuesday

7 to 8:30 p.m.
Free & open to the public!

Urban Ecology Center, Riverside

This series invites persons of all faiths and spiritualities to gather
to reflect upon and converse about a chosen word or topic 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.

Programs for
Faith Communities

Water Shield

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.

GreenFaith Official Website

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.

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