A Message from Vermont Interfaith Power & Light
We live in a watershed moment for the planet and for religious congregations. The threatening planetary water crisis demands a strong response.
Congregations who engage in water-focused activities, education, and worship respond faithfully to the need to care for Earth and its waters, and they become engaged community leaders. They promote awareness and actions to care for local watersheds and thus play a part in ameliorating worldwide water justice issues.
All religions value and promote awareness of water. Congregation members deepen in their faith by becoming leaders in watershed care.
In 2018, Vermont Interfaith Power and Light (VTIPL) joined with local organizations to create a model for watershed stewardship, based on the experience of Ascension Lutheran Church in South Burlington, Vermont.
VTIPL has created two manuals, one with a Christian emphasis, Congregational Watershed Discipleship Manual: Faith Communities as Stewards of the World’s Waters (1st Christian edition) and another with an interreligious emphasis, Congregational Watershed Manual: Religious Communities as Stewards of the World’s Waters (1st Interreligious edition).
These inspiring and practical 40-page manuals are available by free download from the three websites listed below. High resolution print copies, spiral bound to conveniently lie flat, may be ordered from the organization Voices of Water for Climate (VOW), which is working with us to educate and spread the word about the need for watershed care.
VTIPL has arranged for VOW to take orders and distribute printed copies of the manuals. Donations to VOW are much appreciated to cover the costs incurred by VTIPL and VOW, including shipping and handling; details are on the order form.
- The Christian edition of the manual can be downloaded here.
- The interreligious edition of the manual can be downloaded here.
Additionally, pdfs of the manuals are posted on these websites:
For ordering information, please click here.