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RURAL Partner event: The State of Appalachia – Gathering Faith Voices for a Thriving Appalachia

Rooted in our faith, with a commitment to the spiritual, economic, and ecological restoration of our home, we gather to problem-solve, and to organize.

This conference is co-sponsored by: West Virginia Council of Churches, Christian Appalachian Ministires, Catholic Committee of Appalachia, Creation Justice Ministries and more…, and will take place in Southern West Virginia, at Pipestem State Park.  PA IPL is actively seeking funding for travel and scholarships to support clergy people and lay leaders from congregations in the Appalachian foothills of PA to attend.   Please reach out if you are interested.

MORE INFO:  event website    flier     Facebook Event page

Diocesan Conference 2016: A Revolution of Tenderness

Scranton Diocesan Congress logoPA IPL will have a table at the Diocese of Scranton’s 2016 Congress, themed A Revolution of Tenderness.  (Rabbi Daniel Swartz will be one of the friendly faces behind the table), and the workshops include

3B – Laudato Si and the Call for a New Lifestyle (Jezreel) Pope Francis calls the earth our “Home.” And he beckons us to commit ourselves to a new way of living that measures the impact–positive and negative–of our lifestyle choices. We will explore the theme of simplicity and how our lives can be enriched by a more creation-mindful life.

Registration, and LOTS more info on the conference website.  Check out the really impressive list of workshops and presenters, and don’t miss the link to the Year of Mercy Concert the night before the Congress begins.   Concert registration is separate.

The keynote speaker, Jim Martin, SJ, has won writing awards and appeared on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report more than once.

University of Scranton directions and campus map.

Powerful Faith-Based Organizing for Climate Justice

To register, please call 610-566-4507 Ext 167
338 Plush Mill Road Wallingford, Pennsylvania Ext. 137, 610-566-4507 www.pendlehill.org
Pendle Hill A Quaker Study, Retreat, and Conference Center

The call to climate justice and protecting Earth as our common home is a paramount moral challenge of our time. Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, and other world religious leaders have raised their voices to proclaim the urgency of addressing climate disruption.

More and more people of faith are responding to the climate crisis with action – from community organizing to solarize neighborhoods, to lobbying state government to forestall fracking, to engaging in nonviolent direct action to halt building of the Keystone XL pipeline. Skillful strategic actions in these areas complement each other and strengthen the movement for climate justice.

Ready to build your skills for climate justice? Join us June 16-19 for a three-day conference to enhance the power of people of faith to meet the challenge of climate disruption. Beginning with multifaith worship on Thursday evening, we will use plenaries, workshops, and interest groups on Friday and Saturday to deepen our capacity to work with others effectively in three skill areas:

  •  lobbying and moral advocacy in the public sphere
  •  constructive community resilience building
  •  formulating and carrying out strategic nonviolent direct action campaigns.

On Sunday, we will connect our themes and close with a circle of commitment to pledge our next faithful steps to achieve climate justice.

To register, please call 610-566-4507 Ext 167

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Hope in the Age of the Climate Crisis: Finding Our Moral Compass

Save Sunday, October 25, 2015 for our 2015 Annual Conference, Hope in the Age of the Climate Crisis: Finding our Moral Compass.  (Registration is NOW OPEN!)
2015 will be our second year of 2 in Philadelphia (after 2 in State College and 2 in Harrisburg).  This year we will be hosted by the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia, and we’re thrilled to have LTSP and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College co-sponsoring.
Clergy note: CEUs will be available.

2-sided flyer available: PA IPL Annual Conference 2015 Flyer Final

The conference will be in the afternoon, so if you’re local, and a Sunday-morning-service-attender, you’ll be able to go to your home congregation’s services if you wish.  We would like to have vans or buses coming from farther-flung areas, both to make it easy to get there (no driving on unfamiliar roads!) and so that people can attend in small groups and get to know others from their own areas en route.  Please let us know if you’re interested in being a passenger or a point-person!

Registration will begin at 1:00, and the Plenary Session will begin promptly at 1:30.  The conference ends at 4:45, and PA IPL’s Annual Meeting will take place from 5:00-6:00.


The Good Earth: Creation and Ministry in an Ecological Age

Conference flier: SLC 2015 flyer 050915
Jump to conference info,  or  go to blog post to watch videos of the plenary speakers.

PA IPL will have a table on Monday and Tuesday — drop by and see us, or send news and photos of your most recent climate-response work for us to share with others!

Some parts of this conference are FREE, and there is a buy-two-get-one-FREE discount for registrants from the same congregation.  Attend all or part, but PLEASE REGISTER (for the sanity of the organizers and food-preparers)

NOTE: This conference by the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary department of Continuing Education was designed for pulpit clergy in mainline Protestant churches, but it is absolutely open to all — lay leaders, public, people from all faith traditions are welcome.  Attend and listen for the deep echoes from the scripture, wisdom, and practices of your own tradition and then SHARE SHARE SHARE with us!

The Good Earth:
Creation and Ministry in an Ecological Age


Fred Bahnson is director of the Food, Faith, & Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. He is the author of Soil & Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith (watch Fred’s TED x Manhattan talk) and (with Norman Wirzba) Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation. He holds a masters in theological studies from Duke Divinity School. After being drawn to the agrarian life while serving as a peaceworker among Mayan coffee farmers in Chiapas, Mexico, he returned to the U.S. and in 2005 co-founded Anathoth Community Garden, a church-supported agriculture ministry in Cedar Grove, NC which he then directed until 2009.

Norman Wirzba is professor of theology, ecology, and rural life at Duke Divinity School. (Watch an interview with Norman at Duke University on Food and Faith). He pursues research and teaching interests at the intersections of theology, philosophy, ecology, and agrarian and environmental studies. His work focuses on understanding and promoting practices that can equip both rural and urban church communities to be more faithful and responsible members of creation. Current research is centered on a recovery of the doctrine of creation and a restatement of humanity in terms of its creaturely life. Professor Wirzba has published several books; his most recent are Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating and (with Fred Bahnson) Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation. He is co-founder and executive committee member of the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology.


Full Conference Fee (includes all events except the Farm to Table Banquet): $150

Individual Event Rates:

  • Sunday Only: $10 • Farm to Table Banquet on Monday evening (optional): $30
  • Monday, Tuesday, OR Wednesday: $75 / day
  • Tuesday Movie Night, The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year
  • Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson: $10 donation

More information: ConEd@pts.edu ~ 412-924-1345



CONFERENCE Faith, Climate, and Health: Creation Care for a Greener Future

PA IPL is pleased to be a cosponsor of this exciting conference:

Faith, Climate, And Health:
Creation Care For A Greener Future

Faith, Climate, and Health- Creation Care for a Greener Future #ActOnClimate (1)

Friday, April 17, 2015, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Grace Hall, Cabrini College  REGISTER

At this free conference, concerned citizens will gather to examine the perils of climate change and how we as a society can address them.

  • SEE the spiritual call to care for God’s creation.
  • JUDGE the scientific evidence about the threats posed by climate change.
  • ACT with practical initiatives on how to undertake take political, institutional, and personal advocacy to arrest climate change and bring about a greener world.

Plenary session speakers:

  • John Francis Burke, Ph.D., Cabrini College
    “The Greening of Catholic Social Teaching”
  • Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Ph.D., The Shalom Center
    ”From Eden to Shabbat to Jubilee:
    The Earth-Oriented Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures”

Breakout Sessions:

  • Carrie Nielsen, Ph.D., Cabrini College
    “A Scientific Engagement of Environmental Health Issues”
  • Chuck Marshall, Central Baptist Church
    “Striving for a Carbon-Neutral Faith-Based Community:
    The Case of Central Baptist, Wayne PA”
  • The Shalom Center, Environmental Political Advocacy
    “Move Our Money, Protect Our Planet”
  • Rev. Mitch Hescox, Evangelical Environmental Network
    “The Joseph Pledge: Preparing Churches for Extreme Weather & Climate Change”

Lunch will be provided.
Topics and speakers subject to change.

Participating organizations:

Supporting the Conference for Climate Change
To donate to the Climate Change Conference, please indicate your designation under “If Other, please specify” on the Online Giving Form.

Donations will be used to cover conference costs, such as lunch.

For more information, contact John F. Burke, Ph.D. via email or at 610-902-8772