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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.

Islamic Horizons: Divest and Reinvest

Reprinted from Islamic Horizons, September-October 2016, pp. 38-39
written by Saffet Abid Catovic, one of the authors of the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change. [Recommended further reading about mosques in Morrocco taking action, and about a mosque in North Carolina responding to the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change.]
Islamic Horizons COP21 and divestment

Muslims involved in the environmental “green” movement often cite two of Prophet Muhammad’s (salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) hadiths: “Indeed the world is green and sweet, and indeed God has left you to remain to see how you behave. So beware of the world, beware of the world” and “People have common share in three (things): Grass (herbage/vegetation for humanity and animals), water and fire (light, heat and power, which includes the electrical power derived from burning fossil fuels and other sources of energy).”

Most conflicts throughout history, regardless of their size, can be tied, in one way or another, to one side’s access and/or control over these finite life-sustaining resources. Currently, these resources are not being shared equitably, in terms of the present members of creation and those yet to come. Just as the global faith communities and their leaders have declared their intent to battle climate change by releasing statements and declarations (e.g., the Papal Encyclical on the Environment and Climate Change and Laudato Si), local faith leaders must continue to mobilize their congregations to pursue this cause.

Meeting in Istanbul on Aug. 17-18, 2015, over 60 Muslim scholars, academics, and environmental activists from around the world adopted an Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change. This bold grassroots initiative was driven by various NGOs, including…

Read the rest of the article at Islamic Horizons (you will have to navigate to pp. 38-39), or via a PDF of the same article.

The Islamic Declaration on Climate Change that was released in the space between the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, and the COP21 talks in Paris.  You can find links to the encyclical, the Islamic Declaration, and many other multifaith resources published in that time period on our website here.

We recommended clicking through to read about how these statements are leading to actino in mosques in Morrocco, and in a mosque in North Carolina.]

SCRANTON: Care for the Earth Panel

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The Care for the Earth panel is sponsored by Marywood Campus Ministry, Marywood University Science Department, and Marywood University Campus Studies, and will take place in the McGowan Room in the Swartz Center for Spiritual Life.

Together with our obligation to use the earth’s goods responsibly, we are called to recognize that other living beings have a value of their own in God’s eyes.
—Laudato Si §69


BONUS: wildflower seed giveaway!

PHILADELPHIA: Institute for Religion and Science spring lecture series 3

The Institute for Religion and Science at Chestnut Hill College, a Regional Center for exploring Science and Spirituality, will focus its activities on the theme, “Human Flourishing.” They invite the public to these lectures and to their Reading Circle.

Laudato Si’: Reflections on Pope Francis and the Environment

Thomas J. Reese, SJ
Senior Analyst, National Catholic Reporter

In his encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis reflects on what science and theology can tell us about our responsibility for our common home and how politics and economics is getting in the way of our fulfilling that responsibility. He calls us to radical changes in our life style, economics, and spirituality.

Father Thomas J. Reese was educated at St. Louis University, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and at the University of California Berkeley, where he received a Ph.D. in political science. He worked in Washington as a writer and lobbyist for tax reform from 1975 to 1978. He was an associate editor of America magazine, where he wrote on politics, economics and the Catholic Church, from 1978 to 1985 and editor-in-chief from 1998 to 2005. He was a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center from 1985 to 1998 and 2006 to 2013.

His trilogy on the organization and politics of the church includes: Archbishop: Inside the Power Structure of the American Catholic Church (1989), A Flock of Shepherds: The National Conference of Catholic Bishops (1992), and Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church (1996).In 2014, Father Reese was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission that reviews the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress.

To download a flyer for this event click here.
For directions please see the map below, or view the Chestnut Hill College Campus Map.
Videos from past IRS lectures are posted.

LUNCHTIME TALK: Laudato Si and the Jewish Sages: Reflections on Climate Justice

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This lunchtime talk at Villanova University is the final event in a series that included a multi-faith roundtable conversation with Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council on Justice & Peace, and a number of Philadelphia PA IPL members.

This event takes place in the St. Rita Community Room.

PA IPL Board President Rabbi Daniel Swartz is the featured speaker.  A light lunch is provided, so an RSVP is a must. 

daniel headshotDownload Rabbi Daniel’s study with excerpts from Laudato Si in facing-page “conversation” with Jewish wisdom and scripture, ancient to the present.  Both one-session and three-session supports are included.


VILLANOVA: Cardinal Peter Turkson and a multi-faith roundtable conversation

The Creation of Laudato Si
An Interfaith Conversation with Religious Leaders

Cardinal Peter Turkson

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President, Pontifical Council on Justice & Peace, and a draft author of Laudato Sí

Free but RSVP REQUIRED by Feb. 18

Thursday, February 25, 2016 
Villanova Room, Connelly Center

9:30–10AM Refreshments and Registration
10:00–11:30 AM Presentation by Cardinal Turkson with Multi-faith Responses & Roundtable Conversation


  • Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light
  • Rev. J. Anyabwile Bankole, Greater Mount Vernon Baptist Church
  • Imam Sohaib Sultan, Princeton University
  • Sister Marie Cook, Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community
  • Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Shalom Center

You are invited to share in this unique opportunity to learn the story behind the creation of Laudato Si and to discuss its impact in diverse religious communities and within the wider environmental movement.

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson serves as the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Working with the Council, Cardinal Turkson had primary responsibility for developing the first draft of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si.

 Please RSVP by February 18. For more information, contact julia.sheetz@villanova.edu