Interfaith Power and Light

Interfaith Power and Light – a remarkable organization that you might not know about

Ruth Robinson

We hope you will take a moment to become familiar with this multi-faith, multi-state organization.  Its work is vital to the planet. The final paragraph in the Mission statement is right in line with Person of the Planet’s goals.


Interfaith Power & Light effort began in 1998 with Episcopal Power & Light and the support of Grace Cathedral as a unique coalition of Episcopal churches aggregated to purchase renewable energy. In 2000, this Episcopal effort broadened its focus, brought in other faith partners, and California Interfaith Power & Light was born. California IPL developed a successful organizational model that engaged hundreds of congregations, educated thousands of people of faith about the moral and ethical mandate to address global warming, and helped pass California’s landmark climate and clean energy laws. Building on California’s success, this model has now been adopted by 40 state affiliates, and we are working to establish Interfaith Power & Light programs in every state. 


The mission of Interfaith Power & Light is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. This campaign intends to protect the earth’s ecosystems, safeguard the health of all Creation, and ensure sufficient, sustainable energy for all.

Global warming is one of the biggest threats facing humanity today. The very existence of life – life that religious people are called to protect – is jeopardized by our continued dependency on fossil fuels for energy. Every major religion has a mandate to care for Creation. We were given natural resources to sustain us, but we were also given the responsibility to act as good stewards and preserve life for future generations.

For two decades, IPL has been helping congregations address global warming by being better stewards of energy. The campaign has a track record of tangible results: shrinking carbon footprints and educating hundreds of thousands of people in the pews about the important role of people of faith in addressing this most challenging issue.

In addition to practicing energy stewardship in our facilities, IPL brings the voice of the faith community into the policy-making arena. We know that our actions alone cannot stem the tide of climate change – we need to enact public policies to advance clean energy and to limit carbon pollution. IPL is working to support policy change at the local, state, and national levels.

As people of faith, our mission includes being advocates for vulnerable people and communities that are the most heavily impacted by climate change. From air pollution to droughts to rising seas, it is poor people who are being hit first and worst by global warming. Our goal is to ensure that climate policies provide adaptation and mitigation support for communities domestically and internationally whose health and survival is at stake. We also aim to make sure that all people can participate in and benefit from the growing clean energy economy.


Camp Fire Survivors Need Help – Here’s What You Can Do.

Camp Fire Survivors Need Help – Here’s What You Can Do.

There are a myriad of opportunities to assist the survivors of the Camp Fire in Butte County, the nation’s largest fire in over 100 years. 

1.    There is al elementary school teacher who has started a drive to provide ukuleles to the children in his school and elsewhere who have lost everything.  These ukuleles will not belong to the school, but to each child, so that they can keep it.  He is coordinating with Music Connection of Chico,, for ukuleles, and a gig bag (padded storage), with strings and a tuner for just under $65.  All you have to do is call them at 530-898-0110 and ask for the Paradise Package.  They’ll do the rest.  If you want to contact Tim Hull, the teacher, you can call, 530-680-5786.

2.    The Northern California Conference of the United Church of Christ is working with the UCC Disaster Relief Ministries to provide aid to individuals and families affected by the Camp Fire.  You can write a check to ACC and mark it UCC Fire Fund and we’ll get the check to the right folk.  The Conference has already been sending funds to our UCC churches in the affected areas who are doing direct service.

Donations for Fire Victims

Donations for Fire Victims

Thank you so much for your quick and generous response to a request for clothes and blankets for the victims of the Camp Fire. We sent a packed carload of warm coats and jackets and blankets to Chico on Wednesday afternoon. And we have even more clothing and shoes still here at the church.

I have been asked not to drive another carload of clothing to the Chico area. They are presently saturated with clothing donations. The blankets and warm jackets were very welcome, but we have been asked to give the remaining clothing to the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, or Goodwill. These organizations will get the clothing to areas most in need, including those impacted by other fires and hurricanes. I was told that Goodwill and Salvation Army will give (rather than sell) items to people from disaster areas.

The Rev. James Peck, a UCC minister from Chico, took our blankets and jackets back to Chico with him today. We talked briefly about the fact that in a week or three the main part of the fire drama will (hopefully) be over. But the work of putting lives back in order will only be starting. There may be other opportunities for Arlington Community Church to support the Paradise community. If so, we can be sure that ACC will respond with full hearts. To echo Rev. Susan Meeter's sermon last Sunday, we will be "all in." Thank you, everyone.

- Sara Laferte



People have dignity when they can purchase gifts/food for their own families.

Families of North Richmond are very grateful for the partnership that ACC has had with the Neighborhood House of North Richmond since 1960’s.  Our ACC Christmas project is part of our partnership.  Thank you for your generosity of past years and we invite you to extend the same this year from November 11th through November 25th. 


You will not need to purchase any food.  Please purchase 1 or several gift cards for the minimum amount of $25.00 at “FOOD MAX”.  It’s the nearest place for the families to purchase their own food.  No limit on the number of cards you can purchase.




·       For children and young adolescents from 0-15 yrs. get a $25.00 gift card.

·       For ages 16-18, get a $30.00 gift card.

·       For the Head of Household and SENIORS, get a minimum $30.




Please make checks to Arlington Community Church (ACC) and on memo line write North Richmond Christmas.





2       Place gift cards and checks in a separate envelope that will be provided for you.  Put them in the offering plate at the time during service on Sundays between the dates of November 11th through Nov. 25th.

3       NOTE:  During the first week of December we will deliver the gift cards and a check for $800 to use toward the purchase of Christmas protein (chickens or turkeys).


BMSJ--Concha Delgado Gaitan  (510) 812-4278

Rev. Charles DENNIS Alger Interim Minister

Rev. Charles DENNIS Alger

Interim Minister

Dear Members and Friends of Arlington Community Church,

The Interim Minister Search Committee placed a brief note in last week's Parishscope and an announcement was made in church last Sunday. We would like to take this opportunity to share more about Rev. Charles DENNIS Alger. (He prefers being called Dennis.)

Dennis has had a very interesting and diverse career. He has served in interim capacities and spent 23 years as a Hospice Chaplain. He has spent most of his time in Oregon and Hawaii. Dennis has very strong convictions about churches being involved with justice ministries.

He and his wife have two adult daughters and he resides in Southern California near Carlsbad. They have two dogs who make sure he has daily exercise. His post graduate degrees are from the University of Hawaii (Political Science) and San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Dennis has a great sense of humor, which we experienced during his interviews. His references had great praise for him, both written and telephone interviews.

When reading his profile, we knew we had been blessed with a great match.

Dennis will begin Advent with us on December 2nd. We will have a special Coffee Hour for him after church and on Thursday, December 6th, our First Thursday will be a Potluck Dinner with him. (Please put these dates on your calendar.)

He will reside in a studio apartment near the church and we may call on the Congregation to help furnish it.

We know you have loads of questions, please do not hesitate to contact anyone on the Interim Search Committee.


Anita Baker, Ruth Robinson, Linda Young