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In Remembrance

Carol Waskovich, a founder and longtime member of the IEN steering committee, passed away on September 2.  During her lifetime she suffered from a connective tissue disorder, which challenged her ability to walk.  Last year she reflected on her condition in a poem she titled Making Connections.  This poem was read during her burial service at Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha September 4.  Carol wanted to continue her strong connection with the earth even in death.  She chose a “green” burial in which her body was wrapped in a shroud and placed directly in a grave. 

We fondly remember Carol and are grateful for her invaluable service and inspiring life.

Her death notice can be read on JS Online.



IEN Program Director in the News, Riding the ELF

The interfaith Earth Network was in the news twice this week.  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?



The People's Climate March

People of Faith @ the People’s Climate March

Excitement is building about the People’s Climate March, which will take place in New York City on Sunday, Sept. 21.  GreenFaith, a partner of the Interfaith Earth Network, is helping mobilize people of faith to participate – in huge numbers!

Why a Climate March?

On September 23, the United Nations is holding a one-day Climate Summit at UN Headquarters in New York City.  Leaders of the world's governments will gather to discuss the dire urgency of the climate crisis and to seek to build momentum towards an international climate treaty.

The Climate March, two days before the Summit, offers people of all faiths with a vitally important opportunity to demonstrate their support for such a treaty.  Large, peaceful public marches have, in the past, allowed members of society and faith communities to express our strong support about a critical public issue.  We now must show similar concern and resolve, en masse, about climate change.

What Can You Do?

  • Click here if you plan to be at the March in person and want resources and information.
  • Click here if you can’t be at the March in person but want to be involved, or get your faith community involved in your home community.

Need a Ride?

350.org is organizing buses from Milwaukee out ot the March.  For more info check out www.350mke.org.



Unitarian Universalists Divest from Fossil Fuels

On June 28, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) voted overwhelmingly to divest from fossil fuel companies. The resolution requires the UUA not only to withdraw its investments from fossil fuel companies, but to reinvest in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The sole exception allows the UAA to retain investments in companies where the UUA is practicing significant shareholder activism.

Terry Wiggins, a member of the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee and a member of the Interfaith Earth Network steering committee, was a driving force in crafting and passing the resolution. IEN congratulates her and the Unitarian Universalist Association for working to align their actions with the values of sustainability and stewardship. Thank you, Terry, for your advocacy on behalf of the Earth, and thank you, Unitarian Universalists, for demonstrating the integrity of your values in refusing to support the power and profitability of destructive practices.

Faith-driven divestment from fossil fuels is a growing movement domestically and worldwide; days before the UAA decision, the University of Dayton became the first Catholic university to divest, and in May the Anglican Church of New Zealand and Polynesia also voted for divestment. The United Church of Christ led the way last July by approving a divestment resolution, becoming the first US church to do so at a national level. We hope to see more denominations follow the lead of the UCC and the Unitarian Universalists, as well as more divestment on the level of local churches and organizations.

To read more:
http://www.uua.org/news/pressroom/pressreleases/296102.shtml, http://blogs.uuworld.org/ga/2014/06/28/uua-divests-from-fossil-fuels/, http://sierraclub.typepad.com/compass/2014/06/the-faith-based-push-for-fossil-fuel-divestment.html



 
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Upcoming
Events

Spirituality & Ecology Interest Group

Every 3rd Tuesday

Sept 16th, 7:00-8:30pm

This month's topic:

Awakening to Autumn's
Sacred Space:
a contemplative, interfaith journey honoring the wisdom of nature and the calling of autumn

Free & open to the public!

Urban Ecology Center 
Riverside

For more information,
email


8th Wisconsin Interfaith TelePrayer for Earth
Climate Change
 
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
12:00-12:45 PM CT, BY PHONE
 
Please register. Complete form to receive the call-in number
 
Presenters:
Dr. Rebecca McAllister, Shambhala
     Buddhist, Windhorse Retreat Center,
     Plymouth & WIPL;
Rabbi Marcey Rosenbaum, Congregation
     Shalom, Milwaukee;
Harvinder S. Ahuja, Sikh Temple of
     Wisconsin, Oak Creek;
Sr. Rose Jochmann, Sisters of St.
     Francis of the Holy Cross, Green Bay;
Rev. Dr. John Helt, St. Paul's United 
     Church of Christ, Colgate & WIPL;
Rev. Dr. Neddy H. Astudillo, Parroquia
     San José, Beloit & WIPL;
Rev. Fletcher Harper, GreenFaith
Rev. Nick Utphall, St. Stephen's Lutheran
     Church (ELCA), Monona & WIPL;
Huda Alkaff, Islamic Environmental Group
     of Wisconsin & WIPL
 
Sponsors:
Wisconsin Interfaith Power and Light (WIPL) AND Islamic Environmental Group of Wisconsin
 
For more information, please contact: info@IslamicEnvironmentalGroup.org or info@WisconsinIPL.org

 

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
 c/o Interfaith Conference

5409 W. Vliet Street

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


 

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