This week, listen as IPL founder, the Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, reflects on greeting the 2013 group of PA IPL cyclists on the day they arrived in Washington DC, and what their ride meant to those who had gathered from all over the country to learn and advocate as part of IPL’s annual National Conference.
Listen to Sally’s reflection here…
Other voices from the road: “A bridge issue, not a wedge issue”
Read Peter’s full reflection – and catch more photos in this week’s blog post.
Take Action: Tips from Sally Bingham
Sally offers these suggestions for caring for the earth and maintaining hope during this time of uncertainty. (Hear it in her bonus reel here.)
- Resist contributing to the waste being produced at this time by disposable masks, gloves, grocery bags. Sew masks, use reusable bags where they are allowed. And live in a way that respects and protects the life around you.
- Connect with people that give you hope. For people living alone, like herself, she suggests getting off the computer and picking up the telephone to spend time with family and friends.
- Sally says she takes long walks outside to restore her soul. “It gives me the hope I need to get through all of this,” she says.
- And if you’re finding yourself stuck at home, take the time to read about climate change and, listen to podcasts. Sally recommends the weekly podcast Outrage + Optimism, co-hosted by Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson.
Turn to Prayer
In 2019 PA IPL supporters “paved the cyclists’ way with prayer”, submitting original prayers, poems and artwork to express the deep faith that underlies their commitment to climate justice and care. The cyclists shared a compilation of these prayers with elected officials in Washington, as part of their advocacy conversations. Each week we’ll feature a different prayer from the collection.
We ask that you hold PA IPL and the work of climate justice and care in your prayers through the week.
Creator God, in this very divisive time, let us all work together to protect our Common Home. Open the hearts, eyes, and minds of those who do not see or care to see the damage we have done to your wonderful gift, the Earth. You have given us the knowledge in recent years to understand how we can better care for our planet. Forgive us when greed and fear get in the way of us moving ahead to cleaner sources of energy. Give us all the courage to do the right thing. Amen.
—George Dempsie, Huntingdon, PA, board member, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light
Save the date— Stories from the Road Live Celebration, Sept. 1
On Sep. 1, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, we’ll culminate our campaign with a live zoom-based Stories from the Road Celebration, featuring live music, prayer, storytelling, and a chance to share your own stories of climate work with people throughout the state.
The event is free with a donation to PA IPL during the Stories from the Road campaign (June through August) Additional tickets can be purchased for $10. Seating is limited, so donate now!