Turn $10 into $20!

A generous donor gave the national office of IPL a challenge this week: raise $5000 quickly, and he’ll donate $5000.  Please support national Interfaith Power & Light with a quick donation.  It can be small — skip a lunch out and donate that — you’ll be twice as generous as you think you are.

The national office of Interfaith Power & Light supports state work with materials, and a network of state leaders across the country.  I can’t tell you how important it is to be able to draw on that network!  The most tangible way the national office supports our work is by winning large-scale grants which they use to fund matching “regrants.”  PA IPL received a generous seed grant to get started, and 2014 will be our third time to receive funding for a matching grant.   We depend on your support, but this is a chance for us to send a little love back up the chain from PA!

Keep the light burning.

#GivingTuesday is a little strange — it feels oddly commercial fordanielmenorah an expression of the widely-held desire to return our collective focus to the values and wonder of the season, but here we are, and the work of PA IPL has never been more needed.  Please do use today to support our work financially, and reach out tomorrow to find out how to increase your participation. And, of course, pray for success greater than the sum of the parts. Nurture hope in the darkness. Lean toward the Light.

What are we up to?

#Climate Thanks

Gratitude and thanksgiving are an integral part of most of our faith traditions all year long, but this is the week that we focus on thankfulness in our secular lives, as Americans—at least until we flip the cultural switch to full-blown consumerism on Friday morning — so let’s pause here and take stock, too.  The work we’re doing can feel hopeless, the challenges too enormous and intractable, but we’re luckier than most.  We have the hope that we draw from Continue reading #Climate Thanks

Opening Prayers 2013 Annual Conference: Rev. Dr. Gil Waldkoening

image1426The 2013 Annual Conference (One Creation, Many Faiths: A Call to Action on Climate Change) opened with a prayer from each of four faith traditions, selected and offered by our four keynote panelists.  This was the prayer offered by the Rev. Dr. Gil Waldkoening of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. (Source link for the prayer at end.)

Ever living God, source of sustaining grace,
We remember your faithfulness to generations of old,
and your promise extended to present and future people.

We thank you, that by your grace, proven and promised,
there is hope in the midst of all things.
We pray that you would open our eyes to the real presence in all Creation,
and empower us to work for justice for people and Earth.

We pray especially for courage to face climate change.
We pray for a measure of your Spirit to repent
and change gluttonous abuse of your planet Earth.

We ask that while we humbly repent of our sins
that we would learn to have mercy and compassion toward all.

Through your son, Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

Opening Prayers 2013 Annual Conference: Peter Adriance

image14281The 2013 Annual Conference (One Creation, Many Faiths: A Call to Action on Climate Change) opened with a prayer from each of four faith traditions, selected and offered by our four keynote panelists.  This was the prayer offered by Peter Adriance of the U.S. Bahá’í Office of Public Affairs. (Source links for prayer at end.)

          O Thou kind Lord!  These are Thy servants who have gathered in this meeting, have turned unto Thy kingdom and are in need of Thy bestowal and blessing.  O Thou God! Manifest and make evident the signs of Thy oneness which have been deposited in all the realities of life.  Reveal and unfold the virtues which Thou hast made latent and concealed in these human realities.

          O God! We are as plants, and Thy bounty is as the rain; refresh and cause these plants to grow through Thy bestowal.  We are Thy servants; free us from the Continue reading Opening Prayers 2013 Annual Conference: Peter Adriance

Opening Prayers 2013 Annual Conference: Sister Pat Lupo

The 2013 Annual Conference (One Creation, Many Faiths: A Call to Action on Climate Change) opened with a prayer from each of four faith traditions, selected and offered by our four keynote panelists.  image14521This was the prayer offered by Sister Pat Lupo of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, PA. (Source links for prayer at end)

Who is fit to hold power
and worthy to act in God’s place?
Those with a passion for the truth,
who are horrified by injustice,
who act with mercy to the poor
and take up the cause of the helpless,
Continue reading Opening Prayers 2013 Annual Conference: Sister Pat Lupo