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Green Justice Philadelphia: strategy session

Green Justice Philly (GJP) is a diverse and growing coalition of organizations committed to building a healthy, sustainable and economically just Philadelphia region.  The Philadelphia Chapter of PA IPL is one of the founding organizations of GJP and has been playing a key leadership role in strengthening the coalition.  On Thursday, June 8, GJP held a strategy session to develop our new campaign, which is focusing on stimulating the City of Philadelphia’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy while working wth under-resourced Philadelphia neighborhoods to develop local wealth and jobs.

The strategy session included a presentation about DC’s campaigns to move towards renewable energy.  Some 70% of greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to cities; thus, cities have a significant role to play in reducing emissions.  The complexity of a campaign of this nature requires bringing together leaders, activists, communities, policy experts, and technical experts, and it is inspiring how we are coming together to find common solutions to support the health of our local and global community.  Stay tuned for more details and how you can get involved as the campaign develops.  

[NOTE: This emissions reduction work aligns with the All Hands on Deck: Going to Zero Emissions in Pennsylvania effort by a statewide coalition to work in municipalities toward specific climate pollution reduction targets; the Paris Pledge from IPL nationally allows congregations or other institutions and individuals to publicly commit to similar targets.]Green Justice Philadelphia

Gratitude to PA IPL for providing lunch and to Summit Presbyterian Church for hosting the strategy session.  

—Submitted by Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein

The strategy session was attended by about 16 people from coalition partners PA IPL, Delaware Riverkeepers Network, Clean Air Council, PA Federation Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way (a union for rail workers), Neighborhood Networks, Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), Sierra Club, 350 Philly, solar industry (plus a call-in from an organizer of DC’s solar campaign)…with facilitation by Matthew Armstead of Training for Change.  Note that Food & Water Watch is a member of the coalition but their representative was not available.  

GERMANTOWN: Movie & Discussion — FROM THE ASHES

Join Germantown Friends Meeting for a special, FREE, advance showing of a brand new movie from National Geographic to be released nationally later this year.
Sunday, June 11 at 7:00
at the Germantown Friends School, Yarnall Auditorium

From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future could and should be. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. The movie invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.

Discussion will include individual and public actions toward care of our Common Home, including fast and fair transition to a clean energy future.

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PHILADELPHIA: This Changes Everything movie and discussion

Weaver’s Way and Phildelphia PA IPL bring a free screening of the documentary film based on Naomi Klein’s powerful book about climate change This Changes Everything.

Special Guests Peter Winslow and Mordechai Liebling will share information about plans to transform Philadelphia into a fossil fuel energy hub (and how you can get involved) and Mordechai Liebling on behalf of Green Justice Philly.

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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.

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Videos from past IRS lectures are posted.

PHILADELPHIA: Institute for Religion and Science spring lecture series 2

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.

Change ~ Contemplation ~ Civil Discourse

Janet Mock, CSJ
Former Executive Director of Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)

In an increasingly diverse global community, change is inevitable. How do we understand, discern, and manage our response to the changing world around us so as to foster well-being for all? How can we engage one another in issues of importance even when we don’t see eye to eye? This presentation will provide resources for addressing these questions.

Janet Mock, a Sister of St. Joseph of Baden, PA, has served as formation director and in Congregational leadership for her community, worked in urban ministry in association with Carlow Hill College in Pittsburgh, and served as director of the Ecumenical Institute on Racism, a collaborative effort of Carlow College and Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania. From 1997, Janet served in the Washington area as executive director of the Religious Formation Conference, as director of the Institute for Leadership and Mission at Washington Theological Union, and as executive director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in Silver Spring, Maryland. Currently, Janet is working with religious communities of women in the areas of facilitation, education, and retreat ministry.

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.

PHILADELPHIA: Institute for Religion and Science spring lecture series 1

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.

Where the Great Heron Feeds: Christianity, Animism, and the Re-Enchantment of the World

Mark I. Wallace Ph.D

Professor of Religion, Swarthmore College
Commonwealth Chateau, SugarLoaf Campus
Chestnut Hill College

 Announcing its presence in silent flight, the Great Blue Heron teaches us that all of creation is sacred. Using biblical and historical sources, I illustrate how Christianity sees all of Nature as filled with God’s presence and suggest how the vision of a shared and verdant Earth saturated with Divine Presence can morally and spiritually empower responses to the crises of global warming and unsustainable living that are truly trans formative.

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For directions please see the map below, or view the Chestnut Hill College Campus Map.
Videos from past IRS lectures are posted.