Wisdom to Support & Inspire

Firelight is a blog and monthly email with poems, prayers, songs, and articles to nourish our souls and ground our climate justice work. We hope this will also serve as a resource for you to use in meetings and gatherings as invocations and reflections to ground the work you are doing with others in the heart and relationship.

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Rev. Lee Schaefer pointing to his garage, which was installed with an 8-panel solar array

Movement Builder: Rev. Lee Schaefer

By Buff Grace | November 15, 2020

Among the good reasons to work in the climate justice movement are the interesting and good-hearted people you meet on the way. People like the Rev. Lee Schaefer. Lee began volunteering as Movement Builder with Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light about a year ago and has already organized fellow members at his church, worked to…

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Driving Home a Message to Vote

By Jayda Pounds | November 2, 2020

Inspired by the “Chalk the Vote” campaign led by MNIPL’s Get Out The Vote team, my car art hopes to invoke those same tactics. Car art is a mobile medium, and surrounding cars must read and engage with the message.

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Voting is Loving: Thoughts on California Wildfires

By Charissa Verdoorn | September 24, 2020

This reflection is from Efua Sey, a senior at Macalester College from California. She attends Bethel Christian Fellowship in St. Paul. Efua is active in MNIPL’s Climate Justice Voter campaign – find out how you can get involved here! What does it feel like to be in Minnesota while hearing about the West Coast fires?…

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Honoring Juneteenth Day

By Whitney Terrill | June 19, 2020

Happy Juneteenth! Juneteenth is a day to celebrate how far we have come in the struggle for equality and freedom in the United States. Each June nineteenth commemorates the arrival of freedom to the remaining enslaved African Americans in 1865, and serves as a reminder of the hope, tenacity, and spirit of the African-American community…

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To reduce the risk of future pandemics, we need to move from domination to partnership with nature

By Teddie Potter | April 28, 2020

Welcome to this edition of Firelight: Wisdom to Support & Inspire! This edition of Firelight is written by Teddie Potter who shares reflections on how we can help health-care professionals fight crises like COVID-19 by changing the way we live and the choices we make. This Month’s Curator: Teddie Potter is Director of Planetary Health at…

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Miikawaadenim – To Be Beautiful

By Winona LaDuke | January 16, 2020

Welcome to this edition of Firelight: Wisdom to Support & Inspire! This edition of Firelight is written by Winona Laduke who shares reflections on co-creating a more kind and beautiful Northland, Minnesota, nation, and world. This Month’s Curator: Winona LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of Indigenous Economics, Food and…

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Start at the Roots and Grow Upward Together

By Bethany Divakaran | November 14, 2019

Welcome to this edition of Firelight: Wisdom to Support & Inspire! This edition of Firelight is curated by Bethany Divakaran who shares reflections on patient growth and rootedness. This Month’s Curator: Bethany Divakaran is a dabbling writer, a cycling enthusiast, an aspiring gardener, a self-made home canner, a puppy foster-mother, and a keen lover of…

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Sacred Circle Liturgy – a Climate Crisis Resource

By Devon Cupery | October 3, 2019

This Climate Crisis Liturgy is a worship resource recently created by David Weiss, a theologian, writer, poet and hymnist committed to doing “public theology” around issues of ecology, sexuality, justice, diversity, and peace. David offered it as a Sacred Circle for Our Climate at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ,  following the Global Youth Climate Strike…

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Writing for a Storm: Six Moments of Grief and Resistance

By Sara Wilhelm Garbers | September 19, 2018

As we begin this September edition of Firelight, we mourn the loss of life due to Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas and Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines. This month’s curator Sara Wilhelm Garbers offers us six moments of poignant reflection on our changing climate and inspiration for our collective response. This Month’s Curator: Sara Wilhelm Garbers…

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Facing Grief with Deep Love

By Teddie Potter | June 29, 2018

Dear Friend, I write to you with a special edition of Firelight, in response to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission decision to grant the Line 3 pipeline a Certificate of Need. Weep Weep for the youth whose future looks dark; Weep for the endless trail of tears and broken promises; Weep for the rice and the…

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