links and resources from Facing the Climate Crisis: Called to Save our Sacred Home.

Our 2018 statewide Annual Conference Facing the Climate Crisis: Called to Save our Sacred Common Home was a wonderful conference, beautifully planned, filled with deeply generous leadership and participation.  It was also in Pittsburgh, on October 27, 2018, the day of the hate-motivated killings at Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.  The terrible news broke just as the first people were arriving. Most people heard the news at the conference. We made space for prayers together, and songs and prayers already planned took on different significance.  A few were unable to be there. Those who were gathered found comfort in the chance to be in a community of caring.  By the time we adjourned, thanks to the strength of the Pittsburgh networks present, people left with times and places for multiple vigils and services over the next three days.

We will continue to share resources from the day here as they are shared with us.  We are so grateful to the volunteers, leaders, speakers, musicians,  sponsors and attendees who made it all possible.


Rev. David Carlisle had to miss the conference to be fully present for a family emergency; Rabbi Ron Symons was called to respond to the shootings.

workshops and workshop leaders

Workshops and workshop leaders are all cross-linked on our Annual Conference page.  When “portable” materials are generously shared with us, we will share them with you — though they certainly will be pale compared to the richness of the interaction, leadership, and community of the in-person workshops.

PA IPL’s 2018 Visionary Award to Dr. Patricia DeMarco was beautifully received by Mark Dixon and Kirsi Jansa, who delivered the plaque and award citation to her after the conference.  We are delighted that Patty’s treatments have been successful, and she is now focused on regaining her remarkable energy.

These sponsors helped make the day possible
business sponsors

faith community sponsors

Gathering and break times were enriched by the presence of many allies at information tables.

Our delicious vegetarian lunch was from Baby Loves Tacos, and the amazing apples we snacked on were Stayman Winesaps from Penns Corner Farm Alliance.

Program book ads also helped underwrite the conference, and lift up the work of friends and allies.  Thank you.