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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.
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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.

Mission: 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.

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Tuesday is National Day of Racial Healing and we certainly need it!!   💜⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀The process of healing—how we do that b...
01/15/2021

Tuesday is National Day of Racial Healing and we certainly need it!! 💜
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The process of healing—how we do that both collectively and individually—is going to be a big part of what we meditate on this year. Not simply because 2020 was just absolutely devastating ... but because the harm that we all have experienced (though multifaceted and different for everyone) is rooted in centuries of #racism and in #injustice and a lack of care and reciprocity for #motherearth
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The solutions are right in front of us. They all start with reorienting our bodies and our spirits to #love — for one another and for the Earth. ❤️🌎
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Posted @withregram • @kelloggfoundation We are proud to announce the fifth annual National Day of Racial Healing on Jan. 19, 2021. Mark your calendars and join us for a dynamic, virtual event designed to facilitate racial healing to bridge divides for our children and future generations.
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#HowWeHeal #WKKF #KelloggFoundation #TRHT #Equity #RacialHealing #Community #RacialEquity #NDORH #National #Unity #Truth #Livestream #Event

Dawn Blackman is sharing her stories of migration TODAY and there's still time to register to join us! You really won't ...
01/15/2021

Dawn Blackman is sharing her stories of migration TODAY and there's still time to register to join us! You really won't want to miss this master storyteller at noon. See you soon around the virtual campfire 🔥 https://bit.ly/Story-Circle-Dawn-Blackman

#MigrationisBeautiful #StoryCircle

With less than a week now from the inauguration, this is the time to be thinking about what we as faith leaders can do l...
01/14/2021

With less than a week now from the inauguration, this is the time to be thinking about what we as faith leaders can do locally to advocate for justice-oriented #Climate policies. Join us for this Faithful Citizens Workshop in 2 weeks on Jan 28th at 5pm CT to set goals so IL leads the #CleanEnergy Future!

Register here ➡️ http://bit.ly/Jan2021-FCW

#FaithfulCitizens #Workshop #Webinar #ActOnClimate

A great Kick-Off can “up” your Green Team's game in 2021! 💪🏽 Join Coaches and Teams from around the state to get 2021 of...
01/13/2021

A great Kick-Off can “up” your Green Team's game in 2021! 💪🏽 Join Coaches and Teams from around the state to get 2021 off to the best possible start. One hour of presentations, engagement, plenty of Q&A and no 💤 ‼️

Register now to join us on Jan 27 at 7PM: http://bit.ly/Green-Team-Kick-Off

Next week Tuesday is the National Day of Racial Healing! There are many ways to participate, including a video premierin...
01/12/2021
National Day of Racial Healing 2021

Next week Tuesday is the National Day of Racial Healing! There are many ways to participate, including a video premiering at 2pm Central on W.K. Kellogg Foundation's YouTube channel. RSVP Now⬇️

THE NATIONAL PREMIERE IS 01.19.21 Mark your calendar and join us for essential and timely conversations on racial healing, equity and justice. As we enter 2021, truth-telling, strong relationships, collaboration and collective purpose will be as important as ever. The program begins at 3pm EST/12pm....

Our January 15 Story Circle features Dawn Blackman, Outreach Minister, Garden Steward of Randolph Street Community Garde...
01/08/2021

Our January 15 Story Circle features Dawn Blackman, Outreach Minister, Garden Steward of Randolph Street Community Garden, and master storyteller. Dawn comes from a family of storytellers and has traveled through the years and across the globe. Come hear the stories of migration passed down in her family.

Register for free: bit.ly/Story-Circle-Dawn-Blackman

#MasterStoryteller #StoryCircle #MigrationIsBeautiful

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.How would Dr. King view climate ...
01/07/2021

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

How would Dr. King view climate justice? Inspired by the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., join us next week Wednesday for a webinar that will examine climate change through a justice lens. Where are the crucial areas of energy, transportation, food access and community organization that offer people of faith an opportunity to “bend the arc” of history toward the Divine Intention?

We are excited to announce Rev. Michael Malcolm, Executive Director of @alinterfaithpl, will be joining us as a special guest.

Please register: http://bit.ly/RememberingMLK-ClimateSolutions

“'We know that there is a very big difference in how we’re perceived as an automatic threat, and how white people – even...
01/07/2021
Many Feel Storming Of U.S. Capitol Was Allowed To Happen, And It Highlights Double Standards When It Comes To Race

“'We know that there is a very big difference in how we’re perceived as an automatic threat, and how white people – even armed white people – are not considered an automatic threat,' [Delmarie] Cobb said."

Yesterday we put out a statement decrying the hypocrisy of how yesterday's insurrection was handled and reaffirming our commitment to truth, healing, and justice. You can read it in full here: https://www.faithinplace.org/news/us-capitol-riot-response-statement.

Many say the storming of the U.S. Capitol highlights the double standards that protesters of different races face in this country.

Today our staff paused our work to gather on video. We expressed and prayed together as we are deeply sad and disturbed ...
01/06/2021
Live Updates: Pence and Lawmakers Evacuate as Trump Supporters Storm Capitol, Halting Count of Electoral Votes

Today our staff paused our work to gather on video. We expressed and prayed together as we are deeply sad and disturbed at the events unfolding today at the US Capitol. The double standard seen in the response of the law enforcement today evidences the racism and white supremacy in our nation.

As people of faith and conscience, we were especially disturbed to see violent actions today taken in Jesus’ name. May we as a country open our eyes to the twisting of Jesus' commitment to justice and call to love our neighbor as ourselves.

“Mom, they would have shot us if we had even attempted this,” said the son of one of our Black staffers today.

As we feel anger at the double standard and concern for the coming days as our administration transitions, we are committed to voicing truth to power and fighting for justice in the face of blatant racism. As the Biden administration takes office on the 20th, we are committed to not only advancing racial and climate justice but also to the long, hard, and essential road to healing our fragmented country.

- Faith in Place and Faith in Place Action Fund

We have also posted this statement on our website, which you can find here: https://www.faithinplace.org/news/us-capitol-response-statement

For updates on this unfolding story: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/01/06/us/electoral-vote

The Capitol building was placed on lockdown, with senators and members of the House locked inside their chambers, as Congress began debating President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Our interconnectivity to the #Earth and one another was undeniable in 2020. From choking wildfires to Black Lives Matter...
01/04/2021

Our interconnectivity to the #Earth and one another was undeniable in 2020. From choking wildfires to Black Lives Matter protests to COVID-19, we know we are in relationship with everything around us; the pandemic, systemic racism, and the ongoing climate crisis are intertwined.

George Floyd’s, “I can’t breathe,” continues to echo in our communities. People of color disproportionately suffer violence, hunger, and sickness. Over 350,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and loneliness and anxiety weigh heavy. Our planet is choking from the warming effects of fossil fuels.

2020 yelled at us that our ecological and social crisis is a spiritual crisis.

And that is why we, as people of diverse spirituality and #Faith, must claim the wisdom of the ages for this moment. We believe that the tools of connection offered by our various spiritual traditions offers us a path towards #EnvironmentalJustice.

We are resilient. Together we have grown, adapted, and embodied hope.

During 2020, Faith in Place distributed over $200k in emergency food relief grants, learned about climate change and racism with thousands from across the world, guided people on virtual nature outings, and supported Green Teams through virtual spaces. In a world that often seems lost, we knew we could light the way for #Hope and #Justice.

As we enter a new year, we commit to working with you to continue addressing the spiritual crisis of disconnection we all face.

Rev. Brian J. Sauder
President & Executive Director

Happy New Year from all of us @faithinplace !! Thank you for shining a light in the darkness with us throughout this pas...
01/01/2021

Happy New Year from all of us @faithinplace !! Thank you for shining a light in the darkness with us throughout this past tumultuous year. We are immensely proud and grateful of how our community has come together and shown how resilient it can be in the face of two #Pandemics — #Covid and #Racism.

The virtual space hasn't held us back from making an impact. From holding the Eco-Ambassador Summer Youth Program online in four regions, to hosting our fifth-annual Green Team Summit for a national and EVEN international audience, to distributing $202,000 to 74 Houses of Worship facing the #FoodCrisis, we continue to innovate new ways of centering #Equity in the #Climate conversation. 🌎

Join us as we continue to Light the Way! toward a #JustRecovery to the #ClimateCrisis in 2021!

Hurry! – Today is the last day! Make a donation by 11:59 pm to receive a tax deduction for 2020! Your 2020 tax-deductibl...
12/31/2020

Hurry! – Today is the last day! Make a donation by 11:59 pm to receive a tax deduction for 2020! Your 2020 tax-deductible gift will enable us to continue lighting the way for #EnvironmentalJustice in 2021! Your support enables us to respond to #Covid19 in our communities, empower our #Youth, virtually connect people to nature, educate about justice-based climate solutions, advocate for social justice and clean energy jobs, and so much more! Thank YOU for how you have helped us accomplish this amazing impact in 2020.

Please donate: http://bit.ly/Light-the-Way-into-2021

#Donate #Fundraiser #GiveBack #LightTheWay #AJustRecovery

12/30/2020
Light the Way: Empowering Youth to Advocate

When we equip #Youth to lead the movement for climate and environmental justice, unforgettable things happen!

This summer our Lake County Eco-Ambassadors learned about the power legislators possess to make environmental changes and create a more equitable future. Faith in Place Outreach Director Celeste Flores organized a virtual meeting with the Eco-Ambassadors and their state and federal legislators. Hear what Eco-Ambassador, Kathy Colin, and IL State Representative Mary Edly Allen have to say about that meeting in this short video!

By supporting Faith in Place today, you can give the gift of more meaningful experiential learning opportunities for our youth like this one. Thank you! 🎁
http://bit.ly/Light-the-Way-into-2021

We've started hearing the stories from our Covid-19 Food Crisis Relief Fund grantees and one in particular had us tearin...
12/29/2020

We've started hearing the stories from our Covid-19 Food Crisis Relief Fund grantees and one in particular had us tearing up! Cyndy Ash of @jubileefarmsucc gave us a call to tell us how much it meant to her to have the mini-grant. To hear her say the grant will get them through the winter is when you know this grant is saving lives and livelihoods. What better gift to give than one that feeds people and keeps small businesses running! 💕 Please consider making a donation today to help us continue this work into 2021. http://bit.ly/Light-the-Way-into-2021

"Our partners, Faith in Place, granted us enough funds to buy over 1,000 pounds of chicken and beef to give away to our ...
12/27/2020
Reshorna and Derrick Fitzpatrick: TIME's Heroes of 2020

"Our partners, Faith in Place, granted us enough funds to buy over 1,000 pounds of chicken and beef to give away to our North Lawndale community. I am super excited that we have the ability to take care of our community."

- Pastor Reshorna Fitzpatrick, The Historic Stone Temple Church and TIME Magazine Hero of 2020

Stone Temple Church is on the front lines of the food crisis that has resulted from the #Covid19 #Pandemic. It is amazing to see how meaningful an impact we have made for the North Lawndale community through your support and from the Chicago Region Food System Fund. But that's just the tip of the iceberg! Since October, we have distributed $202,000 to 74 Houses of Worship addressing the pandemic's food crisis.

As our communities face ongoing economic challenges from the pandemic, we ask you to partner with us so we can continue providing relief and resiliency programs like this during 2021. Please donate today: http://bit.ly/Light-the-Way-into-2021

Reshorna and Derrick Fitzpatrick transformed their church into a food bank, a distribution center and a stage for self-expression

Wishing you peace and blessings this holiday season from @faithinplace! 🌟 We invite you to mediate on the following pray...
12/23/2020

Wishing you peace and blessings this holiday season from @faithinplace! 🌟

We invite you to mediate on the following prayer written by Sister Miriam Therese Winter and published in the @hartfordcourant way back in 2005! Yes, that may be a long time ago, but the #multifaith dialogue in the article is quite lovely. We'll include the link down below if you want to read/pray the other prayers. 🙏🏼

Sister Winter's prayer is especially fitting to reflect back on the injustices of 2020. Let her prayer strengthen your resolve to continue to seek moments where you can Light the Way! 🕯️ toward #EarthCare and #ClimateJustice in your community!
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Creator of all that is and was
And of all who ever will be,
We thank You for Your bountiful spirit
Visibly present among us
In star-studded skies on a December night,
In the first faint blush of dawn's early light,
In the footprints of our forests,
In the ebb and flow of surf and tide,
In the song of the bird and the wind and the rain,
In our rivers and streams
And wide open spaces,
In the chaotic pace of congested places,
In the cyclical dance of the seasons
That mirror the movements of our lives,
In our festivals and celebrations,
In the hope that rises in our hearts
Like the hills that we call home.
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We see You in the eyes of those we love.
May we grow accustomed to seeing You
In our neighbor and our co-worker,
In the stranger and the passer-by
And those who are in need.
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Help us to bridge the perennial gap
Between young and old, rich and poor,
Between race, religion, culture, class, and diverse orientations,
So that those who are at risk among us
Will also be able to thrive.
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Bless all who inhabit our cities and towns
With freedom from fear and anxiety.
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May peace prevail around and within us
As we promote justice,
Practice hospitality,
Show compassion,
Give generously,
And lay our lives on the line to ensure
Equal opportunity
For all God's people,
The preservation
Of God's creation,
Now and always.
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Amen.
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Sister Miriam Therese Winter
Professor of liturgy, worship, and spirituality @hartsem

Check out the other prayers here: https://bit.ly/37C09E1

In case you're looking for some low-waste #holiday activities for this week or last-minute #gift ideas, here's a great v...
12/22/2020
100 SUSTAINABLE SWAPS FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON

In case you're looking for some low-waste #holiday activities for this week or last-minute #gift ideas, here's a great video with 100 awesome ideas — and it's inclusive of many faiths! Check it out!

This video zips through 100 sustainable swaps for the festive season! »WATCH MORE from this series»»100 ZERO WASTE SWAPS YOU HAVE TO TRY: https://youtu.be/xk...

Joan Goodwin (1926-2006) was a leader in the Unitarian Universalist community as well as an author. This quote is an exc...
12/21/2020

Joan Goodwin (1926-2006) was a leader in the Unitarian Universalist community as well as an author. This quote is an excerpt from her piece, "To the Four Directions" which you can read here in full: https://www.harvardsquarelibrary.org/poetry-prayers-visual-arts/joan-goodwin-to-the-four-directions/

As today marks the #WinterSolstice — the longest night of the year, we invite you to mediate on what wonderful things, ideas, and visions are gestating in you. What does this new year hold for you and how can you Light the Way! for people around you?

Long winter nights also often put a strain on our #MentalHealth and we would like to hold space for that, especially in light of how devastating this year has been for so many. And as the holiday season continues—a time that in a normal year can be joyous for some and difficult for others—we remember especially our dear ones we have lost this year to the double #Pandemics of #Covid and #Racism.

Holding the joy and the sadness, the endings and beginnings, here are just two resources that can offer grounding and light in these dark days:

Calm's free resources: https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath

And a guide to managing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): https://www.mindspringshealth.org/mental-health-blog/light-for-dark-days/

Take good care ❤️

Do you know what will happen tomorrow, Monday, December 21st? The Winter Solstice will arrive, marking the beginning of ...
12/20/2020

Do you know what will happen tomorrow, Monday, December 21st?

The Winter Solstice will arrive, marking the beginning of the astrological winter in the northern hemisphere. ❄️ After the longest and darkest night of the year, the light returns—as daylight gradually grows longer with each passing day.

For us, the Winter Solstice marks the end of a long, challenging year, leading to new light in 2021. 🔆 Do you know what else is growing longer? The Eco-Ambassador Youth Program is becoming a year-round initiative! 🎉

Through the expansion of this program, we will be able to impact MORE young people AND deepen the relationships we have with our current cohort. Eco-Ambassadors like Kathy Colin from Lake County will have sustained #mentorship from our Youth Program Coordinator, Cesar Almeida, and will be able to strengthen their #leadership skills through projects, outings, and collaboration with their fellow Eco-Ambassadors! 💪🏽

This program expansion would not be possible without support from friends like you. Please make a difference in the lives of youth with a donation to Faith in Place. ❤️

Please donate here: http://bit.ly/Light-the-Way_EndofYr

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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