Hi, I’m Bret Myers — playful pastor extraordinaire.
I remember the first bike I had that I was excited about: It was an 18″ conventional bike I already had, but transformed with hi-rise handlebars and a glittering blue banana seat. Life couldn’t get much better than that!
Of course, until it did. Having outgrown it, I needed something more my size — only this time faster! A 10 speed John Deere bicycle (yes, you read right!) not only kept the “cool” factor, but increased my ability to travel farther than previously imaginable.
Numerous country road trips, especially to a sacred place where my family used to boat and water ski, sated my love of nature while simultaneously cultivating my joy of riding.
While in seminary in Boston, I joined Cyclists Fighting Hunger, and completed a cross country ride from San Francisco to Boston while raising awareness about hunger and malnutrition. I upgraded my ride for that trip to an 18 gear touring bike which I still own and will be riding on the PA IPL trip.
My aforementioned love of nature gave me an inbred desire to protect the beauty and purity of our earthly habitat. I have advocated on her behalf since I can remember, having been appalled around 3 or 4 at the nerve of someone to have written graffiti on some rocks.
As a pastor, currently at Faith UCC in State College, I have always tried to speak on behalf of the voiceless, and come to the aid of the oppressed. The environment fits that description as well as anything.
Climate change is already having negative effects on our world and its inhabitants. As humans, we are called to be the caretakers of all life on earth, and to never forget our spiritual connection to, and interdependence with, all that naturally exists on this biosphere.
I have always received emotional, physical, and spiritual sustenance from my interactions with the natural world. I’ve been inspired, even to tears of joy, by its beauty. I have been motivated, encouraged, and healed by its “still small voice” lessons about life. And I feel a duty to preserve and nourish the vibrancy and flourishing of the ecological systems by which my own life has been sustained.
I am grateful for this opportunity to act on behalf of our environment and global world. I pray that it will encourage the support of others to commit themselves to doing what they can to make this spinning orb a more healthy and whole place to live out our years, and to ensure that we leave its blessings fully intact for future generations.
Donate online to PA IPL in support of the PA-to-DC cyclists
or send a check, memo: bike 2017 to PA IPL 243 S. Allen St. #337, State College, PA 16801
MANY THANKS to our 2017 silver sponsor Sun Directed