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...

Our Healthy Climate Quilt

Students in my class, Climate Justice, at the United Methodist Women’s Mission U created Our Healthy Climate Quilt that is a collection of amazing stories of commitment from each student. It was fun, meaningful, and inspiring! What is Climate Justice? Climate change...

The Lesson of My Sister

I swam the width of the Chesapeake Bay, between the two bridges, when I was 16 years old.  I had been a competitive swimmer from the age of 7, and had become quite accomplished by high school.  Thanks to our coach, many of the members of our team – including my...

We Have Faith in Solar – Congregational Solar Survey

Iowa Interfaith Power and Light works to maintain and advance incentives and policies available for congregations and faith communities to own or invest in renewable energy. Solar energy can help communities reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce air pollution...

Joining Together in Community

Dear Friends, I know that many of you are struggling today to understand what the post-election political landscape means for our work together to care for our planet and for those who are most vulnerable in our world. Now, more than ever, our world is crying out and...