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My Experience with the Hundred Dollar Holiday

My Experience with the Hundred Dollar Holiday

Less Stuff, Live More, Find JOY. It’s the tagline of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light’s program, The Good Life Redefined. It becomes all the more meaningful at the holidays when we are buried in stuff and yearning for JOY. I tried out an idea on my family years ago to...

Pella Solar Tour a Success!

Pella Solar Tour a Success!

Creation Care of Pella Creation Care of Pella, a newly forming chapter of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, organized a solar tour of the CIPCO Rural Electric Cooperative, Vermeer, and the Roe Center solar arrays on Sunday, September 10 in Pella that was attended by more...

Food, Faith, Climate Workshop Moves Nancy From Talk to Action

Food, Faith, Climate Workshop Moves Nancy From Talk to Action

Banana plantation workers dipped a brush into a bucket of liquid and painted something on each bunch being packed for shipping. “What’s that?” I asked our tour guide in Honduras. “Pesticide,” he said. “They can’t risk having an entire cargo ship of bananas getting an...

Iowa Success Stories

Urbandale UCC voted to take the first step of the Paris Pledge, committing to reduce the carbon pollution from its church building by 50 percent by 2030. It is the first congregation in central Iowa, and the first UCC church in Iowa to take this action. “Our church wants to make a public witness that the earth is God’s and the fullness thereof,” said church moderator Tom Rendon, echoing lines from Psalm 24. “We, as Christians, have a moral responsibility to those affected by rising sea levels and by the extremes of climate change – such as floods and forest fires. This is a religious act.”

Urbandale United Church of Christ

Urbandale, Iowa

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church has their fingers in the soil of two amazing garden projects to benefit the food insecure. Their church garden is located on Mary Purdy’s rural acreage. Mary is a member of St. Luke’s and helps tend the 5,000 square foot plot that has produced between 2,000 and 3,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables every year since 2010. St. Luke’s also a sponsors a wading pool garden project where they provide members of their community with a plastic wading pool, soil, seeds, plants, a trowels, and education on how to maintain the garden.

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Dubuque, Iowa

Americans throw away 25 billion Styrofoam coffee cups every year! Metro Community Church made the sustainable switch to reusable coffee mugs in order to better care for creation.  “God expects us to be good stewards of all of our resources,” says Pastor Rich Hendricks. When the congregation moved into their new building they decided they wanted to make their facility as environmentally responsible as possible within their budget. Along with making the switch to reusable coffee cups, they upgraded to a new, more efficient heating system and improved their lighting.

Metro Community Church

Davenport, Iowa

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