Wisdom to Support & Inspire

FIrelight includes content to nourish our souls and inspire our climate justice work. We hope these offerings can also support your meetings and gatherings as you ground your time together in relationship and care. If you'd like to contribute a reflection, poem, or another source of inspiration for Firelight, contact [email protected].


Climate Stories: An Earth Day 2022 Reflection

Johannah shared this reflection at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in St. Paul on April 24, 2022, for Earth Day Sunday. You can also listen here. Finding our climate…


Celebrating Elly Wagner’s Life

We at MNIPL want to honor and celebrate the life of Eleanor “Elly” Wagner (1941-2021)—an amazing person and activist who was dedicated to social justice, climate justice, and sustainability.  Elly…


Testimonies from Treaty People

Many members of MNIPL’s extended community attended August’s Treaty People Walk for Water and Treaties Not Tar Sands. Here are a few beautiful personal testimonies about their experiences, offered generously through words, video, and imagery.


Swimming Gitchi Gami

As I ran into the chilly waters of Lake Superior, I was stunned by the clarity and the color: the most vibrant yet subtle sky blue, both bright and deep.…


Being at the Water Protector Camp

This reflection was written by Barb Patterson, a member of Edina Community Lutheran Church (ECLC), following a trip to Palisade on April 17, 2021. Dick and I left the Twin…


Reflections on the Trial of Derek Chauvin

Today, we expect that jury selection will begin for the criminal trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. We know that for many of us, and especially…


Volunteer Spotlight: Kristen Anderson

Kristen Anderson was in danger of being called a “bluestocking polymath” even before finishing college. Now, among her many activities, she is focusing her skills and efforts to serve MNIPL…


Youth N’ Power Volunteer: Jaiden Ellington-Vasser

Jaiden admits she was skeptical when she first met staff and students of MNIPL’s Youth N’ Power program. Now she is one of its core members and a vibrant young…

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

Movement Builder: Rev. Lee Schaefer

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…


Driving Home a Message to Vote

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.