Learn more about the five energy priorities the MA Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action is working for as part of comprehensive energy legislation
The Energy Bill is Coming: Join a MAICCA Meeting with Your Legislator!
In April, we encourage TBE members to join the MAICCA delegations that are meeting with legislators to talk about priorities for the omnibus energy legislation.
Check out the list of scheduled meetings to see if there is already a group meeting with your legislator. We will provide talking points, background materials, and many of our meetings have delegation leaders who will help guide the meeting. All they are missing is YOU! If you don’t see a meeting with your legislator, more are in the works — and we can help you create one!
To join a scheduled meeting or sign up to lead your own, click here! Or contact Amy Benjamin at [email protected]
Sign Up for a Call-In Training: Tips for Building a Better Meeting with your Legislator
Wednesday, March 30; Sunday, April 3; Sunday, April 10 — 8 pm to 9 pm
We've scheduled call-in trainings for delegation leaders and anyone who wants to learn more about how to prepare for and lead an effective legislator meeting. Join a call and bring your questions!
Click one of the following dates to sign up (we'll send you call-in information):
Offshore Wind Briefing Call-In with Amber Hewett, National Wildlife Federation
Wednesday, April 6, 8 pm to 9 pm
The new prospects to develop offshore wind present an extraordinary opportunity for Massachusetts — for thousands of jobs; a large-scale, renewable clean energy resource; and a huge economic boon in the form of a new US offshore wind industry based right here in Massachusetts! Join Amber for a call-in briefing to learn more about the opportunities and issues of offshore wind in Massachusetts and what we need to tell our legislators about this clean energy priority!
Click the date to sign up: Wednesday, April 6, 8 to 9 pm
Background of the upcoming legislative action:
Why this action?
This is an important moment in the legislative process and our fight for clean and just energy policy in Massachusetts. As you may know, all of the major energy provisions being considered by the legislature (related to solar, offshore wind, hydropower, and natural gas) will be rolled into Speaker DeLeo’s big omnibus energy bill. The bill is being written by House leaders and could come out anytime. There have been many important developments in the legislative landscape and revealing “messages” and signs about what may be in the omnibus bill — some good and some not good. We want to take this opportunity now, in a big way, to make sure legislators hear our priorities for comprehensive energy policy: what we do and don’t want to see in the omnibus bill!
What we are planning:
This MAICCA-wide legislative action will be like our November 10 Legislative Action Day, in that we hope to have at least one meeting with every legislator with a MAICCA member in their district, but rather than meetings taking place on one day at the State House, they will take place over a month and mainly in district offices. As with November 10, MAICCA will provide (updated) talking points and background materials, multiple opportunities for trainings and Issue briefings, logistic support for scheduling and coordination of legislator meetings, and we will work with congregational leaders to help promote the initiative and encourage participation.
Look below to see our accomplishments around Climate Action!
Answering the Call - A further description:
Join members of Boston area congregations and faith organizations for this very special interfaith gathering to share messages of hope, inspiration, and action for healing our world. Together we will raise our voices as unified people of faith and seize the moment for concrete, communal action to safeguard our planet.
With his encyclical in June and U.S. visit in September, Pope Francis has created an opportunity for people of all faiths to respond to the challenge of climate change as an issue of moral imperative and social justice with “a new and universal solidarity.”
At this event -- part service, part forum, part rally -- we will gather to learn
What Pope Francis is telling us about the connection between faith, social justice, and climate change;
What the call to action on climate means to people of faith in Massachusetts and what the practical response looks like in our communities;
What we can accomplish together as people of faith that we cannot accomplish alone!
Climate change is the defining moral issue of our time, challenging our relationship to the earth, to each other, and to next generations. People of faith in Massachusetts have a proud history of leadership on issues that reflect shared core values. Now it is our turn. Let’s join together to restore balance between our values and our care for our common home.
Minister Mariama White-Hammond
Imam Ismail Fenni
Sponsors and Supporters Include:
American Baptist Churches of MA Creation Care Ministry
Bethel AME Church (Boston)
B'Nai Or of Boston
Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE)
Church of the Covenant (Boston)
Congregation Dorshei Tzedek
Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
Corpus Christi - St. Bernard Parish (Newton)
Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, UCC
First Parish in Bedford Climate Justice Group
First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Medfield
First Unitarian Society of Newton Green Sanctuary Committee
Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Quaker), Bolder and Deeper Earth Action Group
Global Catholic Climate Movement
Hebrew Senior Life
Holy Family Parish (Concord, MA)
Holy Spirit Ecumenical Catholic Community (Wellesley Hills)
Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action
Jewish Climate Action Network
Jewish Community Relations Council
Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ, Environmental Ministries Task Team
Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light
Ma’yan Tikvah-A Wellspring of Hope
Moishe Kavod House
Natural Dharma Fellowship
Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue
One Earth Collaborative
Our Lady Help of Christians and Sacred Heart Parishes Justice & Peace Committee (Newton)
Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center
Sacred Heart Parish (Lexington)
St. Brigid Parish (Lexington)
St. Ignatius of Loyola (Chestnut Hill)
St. John the Evangelist Parish (Wellesley)
Temple Beth Avodah (Newton)
Temple Beth Elohim (Wellesley)
Temple Beth Zion (Brookline)
Temple Israel (Boston)
Temple Ohabei Shalom (Brookline)
Temple Shir Tikvah (Winchester)
Temple Sinai (Brookline)
The Eliot Church of Newton, UCC
Unitarian Universalists of Wellesley
Unitarian Universalist Mass Action Network
Wellesley Friends Meeting
Wellesley Village Church Environmental Ministry, UCC