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BRYN MAWR— Interfaith Moral Climate Advocacy Workshop

PA IPL will hold our 6th Interfaith Moral Climate Advocacy workshop from 9:00-4:30 on Saturday October 14, in Bryn Mawr PA.

We value the richness of interfaith work, and we recognize that it comes with particular challenges — including that some events may be on days with religious conflicts of varying degrees.  In 2016 we offered this workshop in Greater Philadelphia on a Sunday afternoon, and we will of course offer a mix of Saturday, Sunday, and weeknight events in the future.  We hope you will join us whenever you are able.

We are pleased to welcome Justin Wright to Pennsylvania for two workshops in a single weekend.

Looking for the Pittsburgh workshop instead? It’s here.



Join us to develop clear, faith-soaked messages to bring directly to policymakers to support ambitious, legally-binding targets for carbon dioxide and methane emissions, energy efficiency and a just transition to renewable power.

Hosted by the Environmental Justice group at
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church
625 Montgomery Ave.
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010

Workshop Leaders include:

People of faith possess the moral authority to be important and credible voices: finding shared values, and awakening awareness and responsibility for bold climate action among elected leaders and non-elected policy makers.

We seek to prepare people of faith who are willing to pro-actively build relationships, and initiate meetings with policymakers, electoral candidates and other religious leaders to lift up the moral dimensions of this crisis and support effective and rapid transition plans for a just, clean energy future in Pennsylvania and the nation.

LUNCH and SNACKS are provided.  
Please bring a mug or water bottle for your drinks.
DISCOUNTS for people signing up as a small group from the same faith community or ministerium

!This workshop is supported in part by a grant from the Patricia Kind Family Foundation


King of Prussia—Superfund Prayer Tour

The National Religious Partnership for the Environment and Creation Justice Ministries will co-host a Superfund Prayer Tour in the King of Prussia area northwest of Philadelphia.  If you will be in services on Saturday, or you cannot get to King of Prussia, please join in prayer, and let us know that you will be doing so.

RSVP to Shantha Ready Alonso at shantha@creationjustice.org.
Learn much more about the sites.
(Especially helpful for those praying from afar.)

The tour will begin with a briefing at Valley Forge Acres Park regarding Superfund sites in the area. We will then view the Stanley Kessler Superfund Site, and the Crater/Keystone Superfund site. We will be led in prayer by Deacon Sergei Kapral of the Orthodox Church in America.

Masks will be provided for attendees to mitigate smells and limit dust inhalation.

Please join us for this important prayer event as we highlight the need to protect communities from toxic pollution and urge Congress to fully fund the EPA and its Superfund Program.

$20 fee covers lunch and snacks.
If this fee is a barrier to your attendance, please contact us at PA IPL

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.  


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.

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.