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PHILADELPHIA: sidewalk swarm – Thank you EPA workers!


Prayerful circle of faith leaders just before going in to testify at EPA hearings in Pittsburgh, July 2014.

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED, but you can check out the (recorded) streaming video of the event, and hear Rev. Cheryl Pyrch’s 1 minute address at about the 8:30 mark.  Participants reported wonderful conversations, from EPA workers who really appreciated our presence!

Join PA IPL and many other organizations for a lunchtime thank you during Public Service Recognition Week to say thanks to the Philadelphia EPA employees!  — They’ll come out at lunchtime for coffee (or iced tea) provided by some of our partners, and we’d like crowds of citizens to be around to thank them for the often-thankless work that they do to protect our air, our water, and our atmosphere.

Drop in any time between 11:30 and 1:30 as you are able — bring cards or greetings from friends or neighbors who can’t be there in person.

It’s time to change the narrative – those working in public service have vitally important roles and their work is valued. We stand with them!

Share the Facebook event page and use “invite friends” to make sure there is a terrific crowd: Philadelphia EPA Thank You Rally!

Join us on Thursday, May 11th, anytime from 11:30-1:30.
The Philadelphia EPA office is at 1650 Arch St; Find us at the corner of Arch and North 17th.

Please share this event and bring a friend or two! #OurEPA #ThanksEPA


PHILLY: Climate, Race, Ju$tice: We are All In This Together

screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-2-16-00-pmJoin 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.

Gratitude and wonder.

A Cornucopia of Thanks: our Thanksgiving 2014 post has multi-faith table prayer resources, and begins with a prayer: squirrel

God of sun and God of rain,
In you, there is no dryness.
In you, no weed chokes the root.
No blight  …. read more and get the links to all the multi-faith stuff.

And if you want to think about different ways to approach climate change conversations with family this Setting the Table, Planting the Seeds post is for you.

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.

Cool Head, Warm Heart at TEDx

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.

Math and love: a cool head and a warm heart

330px-Roe_john-1John 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.

In February, Penn State held a sold out TEDxPSU, which was streamed, and now has finally been released as a set of videos.   Sit down with your lunch and enjoy John Roe give his TEDxPSU talk entitled Cool Head, Warm Heart: Math, Love, and Sustainability