Simple Lenten Meals

Fri., February 16, 2018 6:30pm ·

We serve Simple Lenten Meals in the North Conference Room on the Friday evenings of Lent following the 6pm Stations of the Cross.

Each Friday we collect donations to benefit a different community-based organization in Washington, DC. St. Matthew's Social Justice Committee will organize and serve the meal on February 16, and the beneficiary of the evening’s almsgiving will be Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA).

Consider spending your early Friday evening with St. Matthew’s family and friends – come for the 5:30pm Mass, 6pm Stations of the Cross, and end with a shared meal and a great opportunity of almsgiving.

Please visit the Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) website from which the following is excerpted and summarized, and download IPL’s Lenten Creation Care Calendar:

Lenten Creation Care 2018

Cuidemos la Creación durante la Cuaresma de este 2018

Each day asks us to take a different action to help preserve God’s great gift of Creation.  May this Lenten season make us more mindful of how our daily choices impact both “our common home” and all we share it with, especially those living in poverty.

Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA)

Our Mission

To work with hundreds of congregations of all faiths across DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia to save energy, go green, and respond to climate change. 

We Are part of a network of Interfaith Power & Light groups across the country. 

Together we are building a national religious response to the climate crisis.

Learn - Go Green - Speak Out

Interfaith Power & Light Helps Congregations:

(1)   Educate by incorporating environmental concerns into worship, teaching, and preaching.

 (Speakers Bureau) - meet skilled speakers whose environmental work is rooted in their faith traditions.  Our speakers and teachers offer guest sermons, text studies, adult forums, youth group programs, and skills workshops on green themes in our congregations.  

(Film Library) - borrow from our collection of environmental films to inspire your congregation. 

(2)   Go green by supporting them in saving energy, rebidding their electricity contracts, purchasing clean power, going solar, and shifting institutional purchasing and practices to minimize environmental impact. 

(Going Solar) - learn from IPL’s resources and experience; (Support Clean Power) – join others in Community Power Programs to secure lower rates for 100% clean energy; (Home Energy Workshops) - learn to reduce home energy consumption. 

(Multi-faith light switches) – remind that turning lights off is an act of stewardship; (Green Congregation Guides) - developed to reflect diverse religious traditions; (Green Food Choice Guides); (Green Leaders’ Listserv) -  online conversation (w/ Q & A) of congregations’ green teams sharing resources, ideas, and offering encouragement and moral support to go green. 

(3)   Speak out as part of state and national advocacy efforts to protect Creation.  IPL provides public opportunities for people of faith to speak out for creation and to bring a uniquely powerful moral voice to local environmental advocacy campaigns.  

(Climate Ethics Campaign) – objective:  when deciding if or how to respond to climate change, we must act on our nation’s moral and ethical principles to protect current and future generations from unjustifiable suffering and death, act in a just and equitable manner, and protect Earth’s natural systems that support all life, including ours. 

(Choose Clean Water Campaign) – brings together 200 organizations from PA, NY, MD, DE, VA, W VA, and DC to help those in the Chesapeake watershed regions choose clean water. 

(DC Solar United Neighborhoods) – coalition to make DC a solar city by organizing solar cooperatives to educate and advocate.  (Stopping the Keystone XL pipeline) – IPL tireless, significant contributor. 

Our local Interfaith Power & Light (one of forty local affiliates) is a project of the InterFaith Conference (IFC) of Metropolitan Washington

Since 1978, IFC of Metropolitan Washington has brought together the area’s diverse religious communities to promote dialogue, understanding, and a sense of community, and to work cooperatively for justice. 

IFC members currently include eleven historic faith communities:  Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Latter-day Saints, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sikh, and Zoroastrian.  They work to create a just community (1) through coalition-building, education, training, and advocacy; (2) by uniting diverse faith leaders to speak and act together; (3) by publishing community resources; and (4) by holding public events including concerts, awards ceremonies, lectures, and public dialogues.