Resources for Your Congregation: The Future of Energy and More

                    In an era when it is vital to be responsible global citizens and to do our part in preserving and protecting our environment, Iowa Religious Media Services (IRMS) is intentionally building its media collection in the area of environmental justice,...

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!

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...

Why Julia Cares for Creation

Julia Smith, mother of two, is her daughter’s Girl Scout troop leader, and the Charter Representative for her son’s Cub Scout Pack. She is also active in her children’s school Parent Teacher Association and works as a Dental Hygienist. “When I think of my own precious...

Saving Money and Saving the Earth

St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Norwalk, Iowa is turning to solar power to save money and protect the earth. The 60kW-dc array, set to be installed this month, is expected to offset 37% of the congregation’s electricity and save them $2,000 each year.  Though...

Iowa IPL Meetups

Iowa IPL works to equip and inspire people of faith to become leaders finding solutions to climate change. We’re hosting meetups across the state to bring our supporters together, to connect with like-minded individuals, and to talk about the realities of climate...

Iowa Faith Leaders Make Earth Day Call to Climate Action

During the week leading up to Earth Day, more than 130 faith leaders from across Iowa signed a statement calling for action on climate change. Five of the leaders spoke Thursday at a press conference at the Iowa State Capitol releasing the statement to the public. The...

2017 Lenten Calendar

A NEW 2017 Lenten calendar is now available for use in your congregation. This year’s calendar takes its theme from our new program, The Good Life Redefined, which explores how our cultural obsession with stuff is driving climate change and how our faith traditions...

Urbandale UCC Takes Climate Pledge

Urbandale United Church of Christ becomes first church in Central Iowa to adopt the Paris Climate Pledge Urbandale United Church of Christ voted to take the first step of the Paris Pledge, committing itself to reduce the carbon pollution from its church building by 50...

A Story of Connecting

Laurel Fraser is a graduate of Cornell College and is now working toward a Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She interned with Iowa IPL during the summer of 2016.    There was a time when connecting was a term void of references to...

Saving Pollinators One Garden at a Time

In November 2015, Polk County Conservation received a Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP)- Conservation Education Program grant to work with 10 congregations to install native pollinator gardens at their place of worship. In addition to providing the garden...