In 2002, Fr. Charles Morris, a Catholic priest, convened a diverse group of faith leaders and founded Michigan Interfaith Power & Light as a faith response to global warming. Michigan IPL is part of national Interfaith Power & Light and was the fourth state to join. There are currently 40 state affiliates who reach a total of 18,000 faith communities across the country.
Michigan Interfaith Power & Light’s mission is to inspire and equip people of faith to exercise stewardship of and love for all Creation.
We offer practical ways to put faith into action by promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainable practices that lead to a cleaner, healthier, and more just world.
Humans beings, made in the image of their Creator, are uniquely entrusted with the care of the Earth. We accept the findings of the vast consensus of the scientific community that much of the degradation and recent warming (fever) of the Earth is human-caused. Therefore we encourage all people of faith to vigorously reclaim this sacred trust so that the health of the Earth might be restored.
We are people of hope, convinced that the Creator has built regenerativity into Creation. Therefore we engage in our mission, trusting not in human effort alone, but as partners with our Creator in providing environments in which the natural processes of renewal can both cleanse and reinvigorate the Earth toward its intended beauty and bounty.
Historically, grassroots efforts originating in churches helped abolish slavery, win women’s suffrage, and lead the Civil Rights movement. Today, Michigan IPL works statewide to gather and focus the immense grassroots power within Michigan’s faith communities to help them become leaders in the effort to minimize humankind’s negative impact on the environment. We aim to:
Foster and create an educated faith constituency that’s committed to proactive solutions to decreasing harmful coal plant emissions through energy efficiency & renewable technologies. These solutions will decrease air pollution and improve public health. Additionally, as Houses of Worship become more energy efficient and spend less on energy bills, those funds can be re-allocated to support critical community services like food pantries, job placement assistance, homeless shelters, and childcare.
Convince public officials, businesses, and utilities to significantly reduce energy demand and move Michigan to a cleaner, more efficient energy system. Michigan needs to replace its antiquated energy system dependent on fossil fuels with a modern, sustainable system that focuses on energy efficiency as well as clean energy sources like wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower. Reducing our reliance on costly, imported fossil fuels will also help grow Michigan’s economy; the construction and installation of efficient and clean energy technologies will create new jobs throughout the state.