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.  Student tickets are $20. To ask about scholarships, email director@miipl.org.  


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. 


Take a look at our Agenda, including workshops!


  • 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)
  • Rabbi Nate DeGroot, Hazon Detroit
  • 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)
  • BT Irwin, Voices for Earth Justice (Detroit)
  • Sacramento Knoxx, The Aadizookaan (Detroit)
  • 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. 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)


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


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 to those with financial need. Email director@miipl.org.  

Travel & Lodging

  • If you are interested in carpooling, note this on your registration and we will help facilitate connections.
  • 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 or email director@miipl.org. 

Environmental Justice Tour

On Saturday Nov. 9, Justin Onwenu of the Sierra Club and environmental justice activist Theresa Landrum will be leading a tour of 48217, Michigan's most-polluted zip code and ground zero for environmental injustice in our state.  Find details and register here.  Space is limited! 


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

White Pine Sponsor

Sugar Maple Sponsor

Dogwood Sponsors

Hospitality Sponsors

Nonprofit Event Partners

Your business or nonprofit can support the conference by: 


Download the flyer (PDF).