Stories from the Road — Hope for what can be

This week we have two stories from the road, each from a cyclist who participated in the 2019 bike trip. Rabbi Meryl Crean, from the Philadelphia region, talks about environmental values formed as a Girl Scout and carried through to her work as a rabbi and environmental advocate. The Dr. Rev. Dean Lindsey of State College connects the local ride to its global implications for the environment, particularly for vulnerable low-elevation countries, like Kiribati — a perspective informed by his own deep connections to another low-elevation area: New Orleans as well as his sabbatical to Kiribas.

For 8 years PA IPL has sent cyclists from Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C. as a low-carbon way to advocate for people and planet, connect communities, and financially support PA IPL. This summer we are telling stories from the road. See how our donation tree is growing here and help us meet our $30,000 fundraising goal.

Other voices from the road: Joyce Breiner

Read Joyce’s reflection.

Take Action: advocate and vote

Sustained advocacy is building relationships with legislators with the idea that all policy is a covenant with the future.

We engage in respectful and challenging, non-partisan, solutions-oriented conversation with our public officials over time. Our conversations begin with shared values, and may frame moral dilemmas for our legislators and others.

We focus on legislation that ceases expansion of our fossil fuel infrastructure, and promotes renewable energy deployment and widespread use of energy efficiency technology and practice. We are clear that solutions must not increase energy burdens or continue to ignore “sacrifice zones“; policies should increase equity and repair past harms caused by our profligate energy use and choices.

Learn more by joining our monthly Sustained Advocacy Policy Update Zoom calls by phone or by computer. People on the list get the call summary one week after the call, whether or not they were able to attend, including a federal action item, a state action item, a discussion hook, positive news, and a closing meditation. The actions in the July call summary are still good ones! Because legislators are in-district in August, our “call” will be summary-only in August. Watch your inbox on August 27th! 

Make sure you and your neighbors are ready to vote!
We want you to be able to vote safely and effectively. Please share this information with your congregation, and with your community groups. We created a downloadable Word document of this information to link to your congregation’s newsletter or website.

  1. Register for a vote-by-mail ballot online (English and Spanish language applications available). Scroll directly to the bottom of the page, confirm that you are not a robot, and click “begin your application.”
    Your ballot will be mailed to you. You can track your ballot as your request is processed, then as it moves through USPS to your mailbox.
  2. Print the registration form, fill it out, and choose an option below

No matter how you vote, your vote must be complete by November 3.
Mail-in ballots must be at your county elections office by November 3.
Drop off your completed ballot in person at your county elections office before November 3, or mail it from a neighborhood with speedy mail service well before November 3. (Either way, you will seal the completed ballot in an unmarked inner envelope, then a signed outer envelope according to the directions.) Current rules say that postmarks are not enough; arrival is what matters.

Turn to Prayer

Please hold PA IPL and all who are working toward climate justice in your prayers through the week.

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 are featuring a different prayer from the collection. This week’s prayer was written by a member of the Philadelphia chapter of PA IPL.

Two Ways to Get your Donation Matched!

Supporters of PA IPL’s Stories from the Road Campaign have two ways to see their contributions matched! A group of generous donors has created a matching fund of up to $4,000, doubling the contribution impact of one-time givers during the August campaign. Those who make a three-year pledge will have their first year of donation matched through our For the Long Haul campaign. These opportunities come with immense gratitude for the generous people seeding our growing organization’s fundraising efforts. 

 Save the Date for the Stories from the Road: Celebrating the Journey Zoom event, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.

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 during Stories from the Road. Additional tickets can be purchased for $10. Spaces are limited, so donate now!