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PA to DC bike trip – blessing and sendoff!

The 2017 cyclists are training now!  All the info you need and more on our Bike Trip page…. you can read about past rides and riders, see the profile series about 2017 riders contribute in honor of the riders, and more!

blessingWhether you are a rider or not, you can join us for the blessing and sendoff in State College… this year’s site is at Foxdale, where resident clergy members will offer their blessings. There will also be cupcakes and cheering!

Gather for snacks at 3:40, blessing about 3:45, and sendoff by 4:05.

If you want to ride along on the first leg to McAlevy’s Fort be sure to let us know.

Reach out to PA IPL to plan a trip in or from your community, or to plan a Bike to Worship weekend.

Donate online to PA IPL in support of the PA-to-DC cyclists
or send a check, memo: bike 2017 to PA IPL 243 S. Allen St. #337, State College, PA 16801

MANY THANKS to our 2017 silver sponsor Sun Directed

and our 2017 bronze sponsors, the KBB Beth Richards Group and Freeze/Thaw Cycles 
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Board Profile: Barbara Ballenger

This Board member profile is one of a series that will roll out from now through the early fall.  Board members are active PA IPL volunteers who live and serve across Pennsylvania.  Barbara Ballenger was elected to the Board for a 3-year term in October 2015, and currently serves as board Secretary.

ballenger_photoBringing to the earth and her changing climate the same urgent compassion that I have felt for people in poverty, for the victims of war and violence and for those who are the victims of injustice is something that I have come to gradually.  Part of it has been in learning and understanding how climate justice intersects with all the issues that affect vulnerable people. And part of it has been the result of wiser people continuing to turn my attention to the complexities of climate change, when I wanted to wander off in directions a bit easier for me to understand.

My husband, Jess, is one of those people. I first got involved with the climate care conversation that ultimately produced PA IPL when I sat in for him on a local meeting to plan a climate change conference at Penn State University in State College. That’s usually how it begins for me — one meeting becomes another and another and I’m hooked. Maybe he secretly had that in mind.

The issue wasn’t new for me.  It resonated deeply with my professional work as a pastoral minister, first in the Catholic Church and then the Episcopal Church. Engaging and empowering people of faith in the religious obligation to “do justice, love kindness and to walk humbly with God” (Micah 6:8)” pretty much sums up ministry for me.

So I worked with other people of faith in Continue reading