Join us for a 30 video presentation with breaks for discussion and worship sharing. Light supper provided. Video comments by Cornel West, Juliet Schor, Van Jones and Naomi Klein about ways that climate disruption, social injustice and institutional racism are driven by indiscriminate economic growth. We will look for ways forward as we consider FCNL’s affirmation that policies recognizing that the”biosphere is finite” are essential and view short clips of how some committed PYM Friends have been inspired to engage in these crises.
the Eco-Justice Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is a friend and supporter of PA IPL.
Our 2013 Thanksgiving post shared this gorgeous movie, which is free, but cannot be embedded. It’s beautiful, wonder-filled, and free and is worth streaming on a big screen to share with others once the dark settles in. Read more, and maybe check out the movie. Before that, though, do get outside, no matter the weather. Watch the sky. Pick up a leaf. Breathe. And give thanks.
It's been a while, but the video of my presentation at TEDx has finally been officially released. You should be able to click it in the window above, or follow this link to YouTube.
I am really grateful to all the TEDx crew who helped put this together and especially to Katie Kirsch who produced the wonderful visuals.
The Science paper that I refer to is
Steffen, Will, Katherine Richardson, Johan Rockström, Sarah E. Cornell, Ingo Fetzer, Elena M. Bennett, R. Biggs, et al. 2015. “Planetary Boundaries: Guiding Human Development on a Changing Planet.” Science, January, 1259855. doi:10.1126/science.1259855.
John Roe is a Mathematics professor at Penn State, and a board member of PA IPL (the link on his name will give you a glimpse of his wide-ranging talents and interests). John also keeps a blog called Points of Inflection that is well worth following. This semester he is teaching a course he has been building to for a long time: Math for Sustainability. You can read a news article about the course, or go directly to the course website.
1st night: Rabbi Lawrence Troster (coordinator of Shomrei Breishit) and Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster (Program Director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights) of Teaneck, New Jersey introduce the videos and talk about the connections between Hanukkah, climate change and environmental justice.
Whether or not you are Jewish, give the videos a listen. If you are not Jewish, you will find various pieces that activate echoes in prayer, practice, and scripture of your own traditions. If you are, it will bring a new lens to familiar practices, prayers, and songs.
The encouragement in the 7th night (from Pittsburgh!) to lift our own small lights and lean toward the light in those around us (together joining our sparks into something far more powerful and bright than we could ever create alone) will be evocative for people of all faiths. It is certainly a much-needed encouragement for all engaged in working for climate justice.
2nd night: Rabbi Jill Hammer (Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion, who specializes in ancient and contemporary midrash) New York, New York does a meditation on the Temple as a symbol for the world and how we must purify Continue reading →