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Transportation and Climate Change

TeleSeminar: Monday, February 23, 2015, 12:00-1:00pm CT, by phone

Presenter: Ash Anandanarayanan, Transportation Policy Analyst, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin. He graduated with a masters degree in transportation engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His interests lie in sustainable transportation, traffic safety and the transportation-land use relationship. During his graduate studies he interned at the State Smart Transportation Initiative where he worked on “smart transportation” solutions for several US states. Prior to this, he was an environmental engineer in India and the UK.

Please register here to receive the call-in number and presentation weblink.

Sponsor: Islamic Environmental Group of Wisconsin, a volunteer group formed in 2005, intends to educate its members, the Muslim community and the general public about the Islamic environmental teachings, to apply these teachings in daily life and to form coalitions with others working toward a just, healthy, peaceful and sustainable future.

Black Church Environmental Leadership

Celebrate Black History Month with our partner, GreenFaith. Join their webinar with Dr. Melanie Harris, Associate Professor of Religion and Environmental Ethics at Texas Christian University. More information here.

Free - register here.

Monday, Feb. 23, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET

Winter Farmer's Markets at Local Faith Communities

The Interfaith Earth Network will be at winter farmer's markets around the Milwaukee area. Come eat, shop, visit and support local. Don't forget to stop by our display and say hello!

FREE & open to the public. Upcoming markets on Feb 21st, Mar 8th & Mar 15th.
2015 Market Schedule

Churches’ Center for Land and People’s Winter Farmers’ Markets and Meals for Hope provide small-scale farmers the chance to sell their products in the off-season. Most often they feature a brunch using local food supplied by the farmers and prepared by volunteers under the direction of the congregation’s chef or an outside professional.

Products for sale at the markets include produce, cheese, meats, eggs, syrup, honey, jams and jellies, relishes, flour, oats, pancake mix, baked goods, farmstead soaps, and woolen goods. Farmers help farmers by building connections with each other and by donating ten percent of sales to the Harvest of Hope emergency fund with 100% of the donations given to farmers in need.

Join us at the 12th Annual Summit
March 4 - 6, 2015
At Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee

The Interfaith Earth Network is an exhibitor and supporter of the Sustainability Summit again this year. Stop by our display and learn more about IEN's many programs and resources. Exhibits are open March 4-5.

The Sustainability Summit’s primary mission is motivation and education of:

  • professionals, investors and entrepreneurs for opportunities in clean energy and sustainable practices
  • workers-in-transition and students to be important players in the future workforce.

Free for students -- Entry fee schedule -- Registration Form

Guest Post on Waters of Wisconsin Blog

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.

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


Faith & Ecology:
A Conversation

Every 3rd Tuesday

March 17th, 7:00-8:30pm

This month's topic:
Sacred Water

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.

Save the Dates:
April 10-11-12

Active Hope

Barbara Ford will lead "Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy" from 9am-4pm on Saturday, April 11. On Friday evening she'll lead CircleSinging, a.k.a. Improvisational Community Singing for All. On Sunday afternoon at 12:30, she'll show the new, short film "Joanna Macy and the Great Turning" and lead discussion afterwards. Barbara, an activist, therapist, facilitator, singer, and artist, chaired the UU Ministry for Earth for three years. All events will take place at First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee.

The Saturday 4/11 workshop may be especially useful to members of IEN or their congregation who may be feeling stressed or depressed by the news about climate change, pipelines, etc. It's based on the book of the same name, by Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy PhD, who is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. The workshop leader, Barbara Ford, a resident of Portland, Oregon, is a protege of Joanna's who grew up in Milwaukee.

The workshop will be given on a gift economy basis -- what is fair for such an event, what you can afford, and what you can offer with joy. Please click HERE to register for the event.

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.

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
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Milwaukee, WI 54208
Phone: (414) 276-9050?

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