Faith in Place

Faith in Place Faith in Place empowers Illinois people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth through education, connection, and advocacy. Since 1999, Faith in Place has worked with over 1,000 houses of worship throughout Illinois to protect our common land, water, and air.

With outreach staff working across the state and offices located in Chicago, Lake County, and Central Illinois, Faith in Place inspires faithful people to care for the Earth through our four program areas: Energy & Climate Change, Sustainable Food & Land Use, Water Preservation, and Advocacy.

With outreach staff working across the state and offices located in Chicago, Lake County, and Central Illinois, Faith in Place inspires faithful people to care for the Earth through our four program areas: Energy & Climate Change, Sustainable Food & Land Use, Water Preservation, and Advocacy.

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Join us and our counterparts at Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light in the #newyear for a Community Connector webinar, wh...
12/17/2021

Join us and our counterparts at Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light in the #newyear for a Community Connector webinar, where we will reflect on our efforts to pass CEJA, review what climate legislation is possible for Minnesota, and explore how people of faith and conscience can engage in this movement.

We hope you will join us! Register ➡️ mnipl.org/events

Join us and our counterparts at Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light in the #newyear for a Community Connector webinar, where we will reflect on our efforts to pass CEJA, review what climate legislation is possible for Minnesota, and explore how people of faith and conscience can engage in this movement.

We hope you will join us! Register ➡️ mnipl.org/events

12/16/2021

LIVE NOW: Local community members and advocates from across Illinois are at the Illinois EPA's office in Springfield to deliver nearly 2,000 public comments calling on the IEPA to #PullthePermit for EmberClear's proposed gas plant.

It's almost a ✨New Year!✨ Join Green Team leaders and our North & West Suburbs Outreach Director, Dan Huntsha for a #new...
12/14/2021

It's almost a ✨New Year!✨

Join Green Team leaders and our North & West Suburbs Outreach Director, Dan Huntsha for a #newyear 2022 strategic planning session on Tuesday, January 11th at 6:30pm CT.

We will discuss best practices to help you be more effective at mobilizing your team and reaching your #goals.

Register today: https://bit.ly/3GNOzo3

It's almost a ✨New Year!✨

Join Green Team leaders and our North & West Suburbs Outreach Director, Dan Huntsha for a #newyear 2022 strategic planning session on Tuesday, January 11th at 6:30pm CT.

We will discuss best practices to help you be more effective at mobilizing your team and reaching your #goals.

Register today: https://bit.ly/3GNOzo3

Our Town Hall with State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford is just a few days away! Join us to learn more about the Climate ...
12/13/2021

Our Town Hall with State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford is just a few days away!

Join us to learn more about the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA)!

Sen. Lightford will be joined by our very own Policy Director, Rev. Scott Onque' and Caroline Wooten from Sierra Club Illinois to dive into the ways this legislation can bring communities job opportunities, cleaner air, and more.

Register today: https://bit.ly/3DSNIAg

Our Town Hall with State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford is just a few days away!

Join us to learn more about the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA)!

Sen. Lightford will be joined by our very own Policy Director, Rev. Scott Onque' and Caroline Wooten from Sierra Club Illinois to dive into the ways this legislation can bring communities job opportunities, cleaner air, and more.

Register today: https://bit.ly/3DSNIAg

Join us and our partners at SOUL - Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, Chicago Food Policy Action Council, E...
12/11/2021

Join us and our partners at SOUL - Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, Chicago Food Policy Action Council, Elevate, Freshwater Lab at UIC, Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Chicago Botanic Garden, Citizens Utility Board, and BlackRoots Alliance for our Water Resource Fair on December 18th from 10AM to 1PM CT at Ellis Avenue Church! We will have on-site resources, mutual aid, live music, and more!

To attend this event: masks are required!

RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3dDEJbE

Join us and our partners at SOUL - Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, Chicago Food Policy Action Council, Elevate, Freshwater Lab at UIC, Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Chicago Botanic Garden, Citizens Utility Board, and BlackRoots Alliance for our Water Resource Fair on December 18th from 10AM to 1PM CT at Ellis Avenue Church! We will have on-site resources, mutual aid, live music, and more!

To attend this event: masks are required!

RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3dDEJbE

Thank you to all who joined us at our 2021 Virtual Annual Celebration & #Fundraiser: Our Legacy of Healing last night. T...
12/10/2021

Thank you to all who joined us at our 2021 Virtual Annual Celebration & #Fundraiser: Our Legacy of Healing last night.

Together, we gathered to celebrate over two decades of Faith in Place's inspiring environmental work and honored our Modern Elder Emeritus, Veronica Kyle, and her impactful healing legacy at FiP!

We also announced the Veronica Kyle Eco-Ambassador Scholarship Fund!
The #scholarship will support our incredible Eco-Ambassadors in their endeavors to earn a degree in an #environmental field.

Thank you to our individual and corporate sponsors, StraightUp Solar and Sunrun for making this event possible.

Please join us in making this work possible by giving today: bit.ly/healinggift21

Thank you to all who joined us at our 2021 Virtual Annual Celebration & #Fundraiser: Our Legacy of Healing last night.

Together, we gathered to celebrate over two decades of Faith in Place's inspiring environmental work and honored our Modern Elder Emeritus, Veronica Kyle, and her impactful healing legacy at FiP!

We also announced the Veronica Kyle Eco-Ambassador Scholarship Fund!
The #scholarship will support our incredible Eco-Ambassadors in their endeavors to earn a degree in an #environmental field.

Thank you to our individual and corporate sponsors, StraightUp Solar and Sunrun for making this event possible.

Please join us in making this work possible by giving today: bit.ly/healinggift21

REMINDER: Join us TOMORROW at 7pm CT as we celebrate our 2021 Annual Celebration and Fundraiser “Our Legacy of Healing.”...
12/08/2021

REMINDER: Join us TOMORROW at 7pm CT as we celebrate our 2021 Annual Celebration and Fundraiser “Our Legacy of Healing.”

The event will highlight how our work at Faith in Place has explored ways to heal our connections to our land, body, mind, spirit, and community over the last year.

Will you join us? Register and donate today 👉 https://www.faithinplace.org/register-legacy-of-healing

REMINDER: Join us TOMORROW at 7pm CT as we celebrate our 2021 Annual Celebration and Fundraiser “Our Legacy of Healing.”

The event will highlight how our work at Faith in Place has explored ways to heal our connections to our land, body, mind, spirit, and community over the last year.

Will you join us? Register and donate today 👉 https://www.faithinplace.org/register-legacy-of-healing

REMINDER: Today is the LAST DAY to become an #EarthHealer! ⭐ We are just a few short days away from our Annual Celebrati...
12/07/2021

REMINDER: Today is the LAST DAY to become an #EarthHealer! ⭐

We are just a few short days away from our Annual Celebration and Fundraiser: Our Legacy of Healing! Support our work at Faith in Place by donating before or during the Fundraiser. Donations submitted before Midnight tonight will be honored during the event as an Earth Healer.

Register and donate today: https://www.faithinplace.org/our-legacy-of-healing

REMINDER: Today is the LAST DAY to become an #EarthHealer! ⭐

We are just a few short days away from our Annual Celebration and Fundraiser: Our Legacy of Healing! Support our work at Faith in Place by donating before or during the Fundraiser. Donations submitted before Midnight tonight will be honored during the event as an Earth Healer.

Register and donate today: https://www.faithinplace.org/our-legacy-of-healing

TOMORROW: Join us tomorrow at 6PM CDT for a fun hour in both English and Spanish where we will talk about how you can ge...
12/06/2021
Bilingual Creative Climate Solutions with FBC Cool Learning Experience | Faith in Place

TOMORROW: Join us tomorrow at 6PM CDT for a fun hour in both English and Spanish where we will talk about how you can get creative about #savingenergy! 💡

Our event will be cohosted by First Baptist Church of Waukegan's Cool Learning Experience Program!

Register today: https://bit.ly/31B8Y0j

Join us for a fun hour in English and Spanish where we will talk about how you can get creative about saving energy! Our event will be cohosted by First Baptist Church of Waukegan's Cool Learning Experience program.

There are only two more weeks to apply for Interfaith Power & Light's annual Cool Congregations Challenge for a chance t...
12/04/2021

There are only two more weeks to apply for Interfaith Power & Light's annual Cool Congregations Challenge for a chance to win prize money and to inspire other faith communities into ACTION!

Download the entry guide today, for a chance to win $1,000 in each of the five entry categories. The deadline to apply is Dec 15th: www.coolcongregations.org/the-challenge/

There are only two more weeks to apply for Interfaith Power & Light's annual Cool Congregations Challenge for a chance to win prize money and to inspire other faith communities into ACTION!

Download the entry guide today, for a chance to win $1,000 in each of the five entry categories. The deadline to apply is Dec 15th: www.coolcongregations.org/the-challenge/

"According to Candace May, Faith in Place's Lake County outreach coordinator, places of worship are the perfect place to...
12/03/2021
Waukegan residents fighting decades of industrial pollution: ‘Just because something isn’t perfect doesn’t mean you abandon it.’

"According to Candace May, Faith in Place's Lake County outreach coordinator, places of worship are the perfect place to begin conversations around #environmentalism because there is already a bond and a sense of joint values." -Chicago Tribune

https://bit.ly/31rIY7w

In Illinois, 22 of 24 coal-fired power plants, including in Waukegan, have reported contaminated groundwater with unsafe levels of pollutants.

Coal ash continues to impact communities across Illinois. We need your voice to help advocate for healthier communities!...
12/03/2021
Upcoming Public Hearings

Coal ash continues to impact communities across Illinois. We need your voice to help advocate for healthier communities!

Visit the link below for a list of upcoming public meetings in your area, where the public will have the opportunity to speak to coal ash owners on this issue:
https://illinoiscoalash.org/public-hearings/

The new rules allow for public meetings and public comment periods: Public Meetings are hosted by the coal ash owners. At these meetings, the owners of coal ash impoundments present their proposed …

Enjoy live music, youth shout-outs, poetry, and more at Our Legacy of Healing next Thursday! Register and support our wo...
12/02/2021

Enjoy live music, youth shout-outs, poetry, and more at Our Legacy of Healing next Thursday!

Register and support our work ➡️ https://bit.ly/ACFhealing

Graciously donate by Dec. 7th to be recognized as an Earth Healer at the event! 🌍

Enjoy live music, youth shout-outs, poetry, and more at Our Legacy of Healing next Thursday!

Register and support our work ➡️ https://bit.ly/ACFhealing

Graciously donate by Dec. 7th to be recognized as an Earth Healer at the event! 🌍

Thank YOU Solar Urbana-Champaign!
12/02/2021

Thank YOU Solar Urbana-Champaign!

Our Solar Urbana-Champaign program has wrapped up for 2021, and we want to give a huge THANK YOU to all of our amazing program partners and co-hosts. We couldn't do it without you!
Prairie Rivers Network, Urbana, Illinois - City Government, CCNet, Piatt County Farm Bureau, City of Monticello, Illinois Government, & Faith in Place

Faith in Place is proud to be one of six grant recipients generously funded through the Chicago Region Food System Fund-...
12/01/2021
Chicago Hispanic Newspaper, Lawndale News, Hispanic Bilingual Newspapers, Su Noticiero Bilingue » Chicago Region Food System Fund Awards Funds to Organizations

Faith in Place is proud to be one of six grant recipients generously funded through the Chicago Region Food System Fund--helping to support our work toward building a resilient food system through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

We are looking forward to collaborating with community organizations, faith communities, farmers, food pantries, and frontline communities to collectively work towards food justice and security for all!

https://bit.ly/3xLTaUw

The Chicago Region Food System Fund continues its funding to support a resilient food system by awarding a new round of grants to 501(c)(3) organizations capable of supporting the work of other organizations engaged in food system-related response to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. As the COVID-19...

Today, as millions across the globe give back for #GivingTuesday, we ask you to register for our virtual Annual Celebrat...
11/30/2021

Today, as millions across the globe give back for #GivingTuesday, we ask you to register for our virtual Annual Celebration and Fundraiser next week!

The Fundraiser will celebrate over two decades of inspiring environmental work through our theme, "Our Legacy of Healing."

⭐ (P.S.) ⭐ Even if you cannot attend, your gift of $25 or more toward the event will make you an honorary Earth Healer. Please give before December 7th so we can honor your generosity at the event!

Register and donate here: https://www.bit.ly/ACFhealing

Today, as millions across the globe give back for #GivingTuesday, we ask you to register for our virtual Annual Celebration and Fundraiser next week!

The Fundraiser will celebrate over two decades of inspiring environmental work through our theme, "Our Legacy of Healing."

⭐ (P.S.) ⭐ Even if you cannot attend, your gift of $25 or more toward the event will make you an honorary Earth Healer. Please give before December 7th so we can honor your generosity at the event!

Register and donate here: https://www.bit.ly/ACFhealing

We're only one week away from our Creative Climate Solutions Webinar! 🌍 Join us for a fun hour where we will talk about ...
11/30/2021

We're only one week away from our Creative Climate Solutions Webinar! 🌍 Join us for a fun hour where we will talk about how you can get creative about saving energy! ⚡

Our event will be cohosted by First Baptist Church of Waukegan's Cool Learning Experience Program and will be translated in Spanish!

Register today: https://bit.ly/2YHYJWT

We're only one week away from our Creative Climate Solutions Webinar! 🌍 Join us for a fun hour where we will talk about how you can get creative about saving energy! ⚡

Our event will be cohosted by First Baptist Church of Waukegan's Cool Learning Experience Program and will be translated in Spanish!

Register today: https://bit.ly/2YHYJWT

Happy National #NativeAmericanHeritageDay. Today, we honor the rich cultures, accomplishments, contributions, and herita...
11/26/2021

Happy National #NativeAmericanHeritageDay. Today, we honor the rich cultures, accomplishments, contributions, and heritage of the Native American People.

On this day, we center gratitude for the diverse Native American community, as we continue to listen, learn, and speak out against the grave injustices they have faced in this country.

We encourage you to visit your nearest Native American Cultural Center to learn more about the history, culture, and contributions of Native Americans in your area.

Happy National #NativeAmericanHeritageDay. Today, we honor the rich cultures, accomplishments, contributions, and heritage of the Native American People.

On this day, we center gratitude for the diverse Native American community, as we continue to listen, learn, and speak out against the grave injustices they have faced in this country.

We encourage you to visit your nearest Native American Cultural Center to learn more about the history, culture, and contributions of Native Americans in your area.

This holiday season, we remember the importance of centering #gratitude. At Faith in Place, we are grateful for our amaz...
11/25/2021

This holiday season, we remember the importance of centering #gratitude.

At Faith in Place, we are grateful for our amazing team, the beautiful communities we work with and serve, and for our collective work towards #environmentaljustice for all.

What are you grateful for?

This holiday season, we remember the importance of centering #gratitude.

At Faith in Place, we are grateful for our amazing team, the beautiful communities we work with and serve, and for our collective work towards #environmentaljustice for all.

What are you grateful for?

After our 2021 Green Team Summit, in which we explored the ways food can heal our connection to our bodies, our communit...
11/24/2021

After our 2021 Green Team Summit, in which we explored the ways food can heal our connection to our bodies, our communities, and our environment, Faith in Place decided to create a FREE cookbook filled with delicious recipes sent in by staff, volunteers, and Summit attendees.

We hope that you'll enjoy these delicious and meaningful recipes with your loved ones this holiday season!

You can view the full cookbook on our Sustainable Food and Land Use webpage (linked in our bio) or by visiting: https://bit.ly/FIPcookbook

After our 2021 Green Team Summit, in which we explored the ways food can heal our connection to our bodies, our communities, and our environment, Faith in Place decided to create a FREE cookbook filled with delicious recipes sent in by staff, volunteers, and Summit attendees.

We hope that you'll enjoy these delicious and meaningful recipes with your loved ones this holiday season!

You can view the full cookbook on our Sustainable Food and Land Use webpage (linked in our bio) or by visiting: https://bit.ly/FIPcookbook

Join Faith in Place and Sierra Club Illinois for our rescheduled virtual Town Hall event to discuss the Climate and Equi...
11/23/2021

Join Faith in Place and Sierra Club Illinois for our rescheduled virtual Town Hall event to discuss the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) with State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford on December 15th at 6pm CT!

Register today: https://bit.ly/3FCFVIj

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Join Faith in Place and Sierra Club Illinois for our rescheduled virtual Town Hall event to discuss the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) with State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford on December 15th at 6pm CT!

Register today: https://bit.ly/3FCFVIj

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Faith in Place began in 1999 as a project of the Center for Neighborhood Technology. Our goal was to gather religious leaders in the Chicago region in dialogue, prayer, and action on issues of environmental sustainability. Initially, we worked in seven Chicago locations. In time, our work in the seven communities evolved into a region-wide approach. As communities of faith throughout Illinois began requesting our help, we began to welcome participation more widely. Faith in Place incorporated as an independent organization in late 2003 and moved to our own offices in late 2004. Later that year Faith in Place joined efforts with a national organization by becoming the proud Illinois affiliate of Interfaith Power & Light (IPL). As public consciousness about environmental issues and climate change grew in the early 2000s, religious communities increasingly expressed interest in taking action for better Earth care. Faith in Place continued partnering with more faith communities and inspired projects on a variety of scales, from installing rain barrels, to planting community gardens, to changing light bulbs, to becoming solar-powered houses of worship, and everything in between! We also started our popular summer program to involve youth, particularly young African Americans and Latino/as, in energy conservation and exploration of Cook County nature preserves. Realizing that the actions of faithful individuals and houses of worship alone were insufficient to bring about the significant changes needed at the scale of the crises facing our planet, Faith in Place forayed into the realm of policy advocacy. Our first annual trip to Springfield for Advocacy Day was held in 2007 and continues to grow every year. By 2009, we had expanded greatly as an organization and moved our offices to a more centralized location downtown. In 2010, Brian Sauder, a seminarian with an environmental sciences degree helped start an inter-faith vegetable garden with a Mosque and Mennonite church in Urbana. His actions caught the attention of staff in the Chicago office who were seeking to expand outreach to the Central Illinois region, and joined him in launching the Central Illinois office. Brian became our Policy Director and was instrumental in leading several initiatives for state-wide environmental legislation. After fourteen years of dedicated service to the organization, Faith in Place’s founder and longtime Executive Director, Rev. Dr. Clare Butterfield, transitioned to important philanthropic work. She turned Faith in Place over to the capable and trusted hands of board member Henrietta Saunders to lead the leadership transition in autumn 2013. Rev. Brian Sauder became the Executive Director of Faith in Place in June 2014. We continue to expand our outreach to people of faith across Illinois by increasing staff to connect with communities in Lake County, Central Illinois and Southeastern Illinois. In addition, we continue working with geographically, racially, and socio-economically diverse houses of worship, emphasizing the Green Team approach to encourage people to take meaningful action with their faith communities. As we look to the future, we are always excited to meet new faces and engage more people of faith on the path to better Earth care. We also hope to continue inspiring faith partners with whom we have lasting relationships, and challenge each other to deepen our shared commitment to protecting our common land, water, and air for future generations!

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Faith in Place empowers Illinois people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth, providing resources to educate, connect, and advocate for healthier communities.

Since 1999, Faith in Place has worked with over 1,000 houses of worship throughout Illinois to protect our common land, air, and water. With outreach staff working across the state and offices located in Chicago, the North & West Suburbs, Lake County, and Central Illinois, Faith in Place inspires faithful people to care for the Earth through four program areas: Energy & Climate Change, Sustainable Food & Land Use, Water Preservation, and Advocacy.

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We'd like to have a leader (or two) from Faith in Place join our co-organizer team for Compassionate Illinois, to be launched Jan 20. See the 2nd section of this link (my contact info is at the bottom): www.CompassionateCitizens.us
I'm looking at a 400kW solar system for a church. Any advice?
Greetings! How can I be notified when the registration for the Green Ramadan webinars will be available? I'd like to share it on my Green Ramadan page.
Ron, Thought you might be interested in seeing this. My apologies to any others in the "conversation." This is for our church's Organist/Administrator. Wasn't sure how to send it to just him! Would I "tag" him? Susan Snowdon
Friends, can you help spread the word? The Well Spirituality Center in LaGrange, IL is sponsoring a special workshop on Saturday April 6. It's focus is on rethinking and reinventing our way forward in the middle of these massive, and often overwhelming, changing times. Terry Patten is leading the workshop and this year's Sacred Universe Award recipient. Check out the details and join us if you can! https://csjthewell.org/courses/conversations-that-matter/
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event on March 23rd in Gibson City. Even though this is in Ford County, it is open to all Illinois residents, and is the closest option for Champaign County residents.
We want to invite everyone to the #RiseForClimate event in Galena: EV Showcase, solar cooking demos, networking with local environmental groups... https://www.facebook.com/events/491321707957863/
Looking to give back by volunteering! ShareFest has many opportunities to serve others. We need over 200 volunteers this month! Visit
FiP does great work with church organizations throughout Chicagoland. We are proud to be a part of this years Winter Farmers Markets program.
How does your non-profit organization plan to deal with the new Net Neutrality ruling