Many of you participated in the Earth Day Climate Prayers we’ve been sharing on Facebook and via our newsletter, and enjoying the short videos from a few leaders. IPL President Rev. Susan Hendershot shared the following message today, too.
Rev. Hendershot writes: Last weekend, on a beautiful spring afternoon, I went for a hike at Tilden Park in the Berkeley hills. The warm sun was on my shoulders as I hiked up hills and through the fragrant redwood and bay trees.
It was Wendell Berry who wrote:
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
All of us who are part of the IPL community know that all is not as it should be in the world, and it is easy for despair to grow-yet today, Earth Day, we remember our interconnection with Earth and with one another, while pledging to make a difference in how we live, work, and worship.
Today at noon local time, we invite you to lift up a prayer for Earth, and know that you are joining with thousands of IPL supporters around the country in doing so. Click here to download the prayer.
Three years ago on Earth Day, the Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony took place in New York, with more than 130 countries participating. This continues to be a sign of active hope as we work together for solutions to global warming, and later this week you will receive an email with information on how to screen a copy of the film Paris to Pittsburgh in your place of worship or your community.
We welcome the financial gifts to PA IPL that make it possible us continue and deepen our work, and we would love to have you make your donation in honor of Earth Day, or in honor of one or more of our Pennsylvania to Washington, DC cyclists. Learn more about contributing a prayer to the bike trip.