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Posted August 15, 2012 in Community Featured, Downtown

In what looks like an ordinary office building downtown, people of different faiths have formed a network for the sake of a common good. There, Christians, Jews, Mulims and others ome together under one uniting and universal cause: Mother Earth.

Interfaith Power & Light beckons all people of faith to its second annual conference at Plymouth Congregational Church.

People of faith from around the state will descend upon Des Moines this month for the Iowa Interfaith Power & Light’s second annual “Faith in a Changing Climate” conference on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, 4126 Ingersoll Ave. The purpose of the conference is to provide a place for people of faith to learn more about climate justice and how they can make a difference on the issue.

The theme this year is “Food, Faith and Climate: The Challenge of Living Sustainably,” featuring guest speakers Matthew Anderson, executive director of the National Religious Partnership on the Environment (a collaboration of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, the Evangelical Environmental Network, the National Council of Churches and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to further creation care efforts) and Holly Bressett, deputy director for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign with a focus on several central-region states.

Iowa Interfaith Power & Light will also launch a new “Food, Faith and Climate” program at the event “to help people connect the dots between their faith, their food choices and climate change,” according to Interfaith Power & Light executive director Susan Guy.

“Our two main focuses will be on how what we eat impacts climate change and how impacting coal has been on both human and environmental health,” she says. “Everyone is welcome to attend, because interface organizations work across the board with every faith’s traditions. We encourage all attendees to participate and bring what they learn back to their communities.”

Registration is $35 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and a resource kit. For more information and to register, visit http://iowaipl.org/calendar.html. Learn more about Interfaith Power & Light at http://www.iowaipl.org/home.html online.

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