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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 
Mass. Interfaith Power & Light's annual meeting, May 1, Boston Synagogue, from 1-5 p.m.
(image of Mr. Gottlieb attached)

Keynote Speaker: Roger S, Gottlieb, author of A Greener Faith:

and editor of "This Sacred Earth" 
 
Roger S. Gottlieb (http://www.ecospeakers.com/speakers/gottliebr.html), a Professor of Philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute who holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Brandeis Universityhas authored or edited 14 books on sustainability and spirituality. Gottlieb speaks on the issues of spirituality, sustainability and religion, as well as the role of religious environmentalism in the face of environmental crisis.
His articles have appeared in The Boston Globe, E Magazine, and Orion Afield, and his work has been covered by publications including The American Prospect, Christianity Today, Discover, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has edited six academic book series, is on the editorial boards of several journals, and is a contributing editor to Tikkun Magazine. Gottlieb has also contributed to leading academic publications that include The Chronicle of Higher EducationConservation Biology, Environmental EthicsEthics, and the Journal of Philosophy.


Gottlieb will address: 
"Why It’s Important for Religious People to be Environmentalists" and 
"How Religious Communities can Contribute to the Environmental Movement"

The meeting and award ceremony will be held at the Boston Synagogue, which has made outstanding improvements to its building's energy efficiency.


Scheduled honorees to attend:

Episcopal Bishop Roy (Bud) Cederholm
Phil Giudice, MA Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs;
Rep. Frank Smizik (Brookline) co-sponsor of the MA Global Warming Solutions Act
Barbara Kwetz Allan,  former Director Division of Air Quality Control,  MADEP
and
Susie Davidson, Coordinator, Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), Boston chapter - new intern Marika Feuerstein will be announced
John Hart, Professor of Theology, Boston University
Wadi Muhammad,  NE EPA Energy Star for CongregationsSteve Lanou,  MIT Sustainability Coordinator
First Parish, Needham, UUA
First Baptist Church of Newton

Concurrent Workshops to be held:

Make Your Sacred Space Sustainable Space, led by Thomas E. Nutt-Powell of Brookline

A co-founder of MA Interfaith Power & Light, Tom served as its President from 2002-2009. He has completed Environmental Stewardship Assessments for over 125 congregations, and provided technical assistance for many more. Tom is also founder and President of Capital Needs Unlimited, a firm involved in the planning and development of affordable housing, where the control of utility use and cost is a key consideration. He served on the faculty of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning, where he headed the Master in City Planning program. He holds degrees from Harvard (MTS and MCP) and MIT (PhD).

Finding the Funds to Go Green, led by James D. Nail of Medfield, MIP&L President

In addition to his overall guidance of MAIP&L, Jim’s work focuses on the implementation and financing of renewable energy technologies, and on improving the organization’s marketing. During his 30-year career in marketing and advertising he has specialized in helping people understand and derive maximum benefit from new, complex technologies. Jim served as the Senior Warden at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Dover, Massachusetts. Jim’s commitment to the environment is a lived one. He bought a Toyota Prius in 2002, installed solar photovoltaic panels on his house in 2005 and a solar hot water heating system in 2007. He holds a BA from Williams College.


Education for the Transformation of the Congregation, led by Frances Ludwig of Lexington

Fran was a young high school science teacher when she led a "teach in" on the first Earth Day in 1970.  She has taught science and environmental education to children, teenagers and adults for many years.  Fran co-founded the Faith and Environment group at Sacred Heart and St. Brigid Parishes in Lexington. She is also a member of the Lexington Interfaith Environmental Action Team, a group of Catholic, Jewish and Protestant faith communities in Lexington that have reduced their carbon dioxide by 162 tons per year, the equivalent of taking 33 cars off the road or planting 160 acres of forest.

 

Light refreshments will be served. Free will donation. 

About Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light: MIP&L is a non-profit organization that provides a faith-based response to climate change by promoting energy efficiency, environmental justice, green job training, and policies that will lead to a sustainable future. Nearly 200 Massachusetts congregations have thus far pledged to put their faith into action to protect creation.

The Boston Synagogue is located at 55 Martha Road, Boston, near the Science Park station on the MBTA Green Line. For directions, go to: http://bostonsynagogue.org/directions.html.

For more information email vince@MIPandL.org or call 617-244-0755.

For information on Mass. Interfaith Power and Light, please visit http://mipaldl.org

 

 

New documentary explores America's religious-environmental movement
 

Marty Ostrow, a documentary filmmaker in Cambridge, Mass. and
co-producer, Terry Rockefeller have recently completed a 90-minute
film, "Renewal," about America's religious-environmental movement.

The documentary presents eight grassroots action stories about people of different religious traditions, from across the  country, who are all spiritually motivated to make a significant difference in how we
live on the planet. It's an inspiring account of how religions can play
a positive role in bringing people together to build a sustainable
future.

It is the producers' hope that Renewal will become an effective tool to help advance the efforts of this important growing movement. Each of the eight stories is set in a different religious tradition. Their Jewish story is a profile of the Teva Learning Center, in Falls Village, Conn. Teva is an innovative childhood environmental education program for elementary school age kids It helps children discover the deep bond that Judaism has with the earth.

The film was only recently completed, and the Museum of Fine Arts in
Boston will be screening it seven times beginning at the end of this
month on the following dates:
 

Renewal (Marty Ostrow and Terry Kay Rockefeller,

2008, 90 min.)
 
Thurs., Feb. 21, 7:45 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 23, 1:45 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 24, 3:50  p.m.
Fri., Feb. 29, 6 p.m.
Sat., March 1, 2 p.m.
Sun., March 2, 3:45 p.m.
Sun., April 20, 12:30 p.m.
 
These will be the first public showings of Renewal.



You can watch a short clip from it by clicking on this link:

http://renewalproject.net.s17607.gridserver.com/film/story/ancient_roots

There will be one special MFA screening on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 3:50
p.m. Following the film, the producers hope to have several guests from the New England area, who are engaged in religious-environmental work. They want the audience to see that religious-environmentalism is also happening in their own backyards.

Interested people may contact Ostrow at finecut@comcast.net, or visit
www.renewalproject.net,


Statement from Stefanie Lubkowski, Film & Concerts Press Officer,
Museum of Fine arts, Boston, Mass. (465 Huntington Ave., Boston,
617-369-3575,slubkowski@mfa.org, customerservice@mfa.org,
www.mfa.org)

 
Over the past few years, the environmental movement has gathered
momentum, with rallying contributions from political, music, film, and
journalistic personalities.  Marty Ostrow and Terry Kay
Rockefeller’s documentary Renewal is the first feature-length documentary to bring to light the contributions of America’s religious institutions.  This compelling film explores 8 diverse faith-based initiatives that exemplify the range and vitality of America’s religious-environmental movement, from Evangelical Christians protesting mountaintop removal coal mining in Kentucky to a Muslim organization supporting sustainable farming.  National groups such as Interfaith Power and Light as well as local organizers such as New Jersey’s GreenFaith coalition are highlighted.
 

The MFA’s engagement of Renewal runs Feb. 21 - April 20. 
 


“In towns across  America, people are rolling up their sleeves in
practical and far-reaching ways. Offering a profound message of hope,
Renewal shows people inspired from the deepest place within themselves -- their spiritual and religious convictions. They’re answering a call to re-examine what it means to be human and how we live on this planet.”             – Marty Ostrow & Terry Kay Rockefeller
 

We’d appreciate it if you could include Renewal in your outreach to
your group. Digital images from the film and additional materials are
available upon request.
 
Ticket information: Members, seniors and students $8; general admission $9. Discount matinee prices (weekday until  5 p.m.; weekends until 12:30 p.m.) are $6, $7.  To purchase please call the box office at 617-369-3687 or visit
www.mfa.org/film.