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 →
World leaders are gathering right now in Lima, Peru, negotiating the details of the next climate change treaty to come forward in Paris in 2015. Many opened the conference with fasting. National leaders, climate change leaders, and faith leaders are all there, including PA IPL member Professor Don Brown, who is leading sessions on the ethics of Climate Change, and will offer a phone call and webinar for PA IPL members this winter.
At PA IPL’s 2014 Annual Conference, Climate Justice: Faith in Action the Rev. Rhetta Morgan of the Ecclesia Spiritual Center drew participants in to the sanctuary for the keynote session by beginning her music in the sanctuary at Summit Presbyterian Church. After a few announcements, she re-centered us and drew us close in Spirit for an excellent entry into our ably-moderated keynote panel. Following the panel, Rhetta again led us in inspiring and energizing song, sending us forth from the keynote to the rest of the workshops. Thanks to Peter Handler, you can get a taste of that here:
Prior to the workshops, participants enjoyed really fabulous refreshments from Weaver’s Way Co-op (with support from the Rock Ethics Institute), and fellowship and conversation with our Green Resources exhibitors.
Bill McKibben gave us permission to share the video message he prepared for PA IPL’s 2014 conference Climate Justice: Faith in Action.
We’ll share lots more from Climate Justice: Faith in Action as we gather pictures and video from attendees, and the words of our generous and talented contributors. Subscribe to the blog so that you’ll get an email whenever we post something new (right-side column), or just watch our Facebook page for the links. Directly below the video you’ll find links to more on a few of the items Bill McKibben mentions within.
NOTES and LINKS:
Sally Bingham is the President and Founder of the national Interfaith Power & Light.
Pennsylvania’s history includes the first commercial oil wells* owned by Standard Oil (a Rockefeller company), and a deadly toxic smog in Donora, PA in 1948 which is credited with catalyzing the clean air movement. (Donora is in the Monongahela Valley south of Pittsburgh, where air quality and environmental justice issues are still live) .
The video below gives you a chance to hear just a bit from each of our keynote speakers. (The intro was necessary because it will play on DVD-equipped buses to the People’s Climate March on Saturday.) Speaking of the march, EVERYONE can: