2019 Conference - Michigan Interfaith Power & Light

2019 Conference

Please join us at our 12th Sustainability Conference! 

Michigan Interfaith Power & Light’s biennial conference gathers faith leaders, people of conscience, and members of grassroots movements to LEARN from frontline groups about their challenges and successes, to SHARE stories about experiences and initiatives from 
around the state, and to CONNECT with one another across divides.
Join us in finding common purpose, having difficult conversations, and building a collective voice of moral leadership in our communities and across the state around clean energy, clean water, and more.

Get Tickets 

Regular registration is $65. Members and Light the Way participants register for $55.  Tickets for Students, Volunteers and Low-Income folks are $20. To request a scholarship, email [email protected]. No one will be turned away!

Your advance registration helps us make sure we can feed everyone. Thanks :)

On site registration is available while tickets last.  


Our opening Keynote Dialog will bring together Frank Ettawageshik, an internationally-recognized leader on climate, tribal sovereignty and cultural preservation, based in northern Michigan
and Shimekia Nichols, an organizer currently working on energy equity and democracy in Detroit and Highland Park. The speakers will share their reflections on their work, finding their moral voices, and how to be an ally in struggles for justice. 

Schedule & Agenda

Breakfast and registration begin at 8:30am. The program runs from 9am to 4:05pm.  See the full Agenda here.  


  • Kateri Boucher, Associate Editor of Geez magazine (Detroit)
  • Rev. Roslyn Bouier, Brightmoor Connections Food Pantry (Detroit)
  • Rev. Julie Brock, Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton
  • Rev. Lydia Kelsey Bucklin, Wild Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Northern MI (Marquette)
  • Owolabí William Copeland, cultural organizer (Detroit)
  • Rev. John Stewart Cummings, Grace in Action Church (Detroit)
  • Rabbi Nate DeGroot, Hazon Detroit
  • Jim Detjen, Edgewood United Church (E. Lansing)
  • Naim Edwards, MSU-Detroit Partnership for Food, Learning, and Innovation (Detroit)
  • Rabbi Moshe Givental, Work that Reconnects (West Bloomfield)
  • Rev. Denise Griebler, St. Peter's Church (Detroit)
  • Nicole Hill, Work for Me, DTE campaign (Highland Park)
  • BT Irwin, Voices for Earth Justice (Detroit)
  • Rev. Kevin Johnson (Detroit)
  • Jackson Koeppel, Soulardarity (Highland Park)
  • Sacramento Knoxx, The Aadizookaan (Detroit)
  • David Lewis, Genesis/Temple Beth Emeth (Ann Arbor)
  • Dr. Barry Lyons, Wayne State University (Detroit)
  • Steve Mulder, Climate Witness Project (Grand Rapids) 
  • Bradley Nedeau, Great Lakes Peace Center (Rapid River)
  • Deb Nedeau, Great Lakes Peace Center (Rapid River) 
  • Dr. James Perkinson, Ecumenical Theological Seminary (Detroit)
  • The Rt. Rev. Rayford Ray, Episcopal Diocese of Northern MI (Marquette)
  • Murray Rosenthal, Genesis/Temple Beth Emeth (Ann Arbor)
  • Rev. John Schleicher, Grace Lutheran Church (Lansing)
  • Rev. Nikki Seger, St. Michael's Episcopal Church and Community Garden (Lansing)
  • Rev. Greg Timmons, Calvary United Methodist Church (Flint)
  • Kathy Vanden Boogaard, Great Lakes Peace Center (Rapid River)
  • Lindsey Walker, Emmet County Recycling (Harbor Springs)
  • Lucia Wylie-Eggert, Art Director of Geez magazine (Detroit)
  • Bill Wylie-Kellermann (Detroit)
  • Lydia Wylie-Kellermann, Editor of Geez magazine (Detroit)
  • Rev. Jill Zundel, Central United Methodist Church (Detroit)

Performers & Ritual Leaders

  • Issa Abramaleem 
  • Oluwo Ifabayowa Adesanya Awoyade 
  • Diana WasaAnung'gokwe Seales
  • Allison Radell
  • Judith Sheldon 

Environmental Justice Tour

On Saturday, November 9 from 1-4pm, Justin Onwenu of the Sierra Club and environmental justice activist Theresa Landrum will lead a tour of 48217, Michigan's most-polluted zip code.  Tickets for the Tour are $30 each and space is limited!  Advance registration is required.


We need a few good volunteers to help with registration, speaker hospitality, food, time-keeping, note-taking and more!  Volunteers register for the Student rate of $20.  Sign up to volunteer here.   


Scholarships are available for those with financial need. Email [email protected].  


  • We will be livestreaming the Keynote Dialogue and 3 of our breakout sessions on Facebook!  The sessions and timing are noted on the Agenda.  
  • We will also be taking cell phone videos (i.e., the quality will be just okay) of most of the remaining sessions and will upload the videos to this webpage after the event.  

Refund Policy

Should you need to cancel, we can refund your registration up until 1 week before the event (Friday, November 1). Because of our fixed costs, we regret that we cannot offer refunds after this date. 


The event will be held at Marygrove College, located at 8425 W McNichols Rd in Detroit, in Madame Cadillac Hall.  The building is fully accessible.  Once you arrive to campus, security will direct you.  You can view a campus map here.  


There is ample free and secure parking on site.


Single dorm rooms are available at Marygrove for $50/night. If you would like to reserve a room for Thursday and/or Friday night, indicate this on your registration.  Reservation deadline: November 1. 


We thank the following Sponsors and Nonprofit & Startup Event Partners for their support!  

White Pine Sponsor

Bur Oak Sponsor

Sugar Maple Sponsor

Dogwood Sponsors

Hospitality Sponsors

Nonprofit & Startup Event Partners


Download the event flyer (PDF).