Opening Prayers 2013 Conference: Rabbi Mordechai Liebling

The 2013 Annual Conference (One Creation, Many Faiths: A Call to Action on Climate Change) image1424opened with a prayer from each of four faith traditions, selected and offered by our four keynote panelists.  This was the prayer offered by Rabbi Mordechai Liebling of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. (Source link for prayer at end.)

Elohei Haruchot,
God of all spirit, all directions, all winds
You have placed in our hands power
unlike any since the world began
to overturn the orders of creation.

Please God, give us wisdom
and skillful hands to heal Continue reading Opening Prayers 2013 Conference: Rabbi Mordechai Liebling

“listening sessions” — Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark

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My name is Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark, a Sister of St. Joseph of Philadelphia. I am here today representing the Sisters of St. Joseph and Chestnut Hill College of Philadelphia. I am also an Ambassador of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Climate Change Coalition. Speaking from a faith perspective and the moral imperative of doing no harm to God’s creation, I implore you to write Emission Guidelines for reducing carbon pollution from existing fossil fuel power plants that truly make a difference for global climate.

As Pope Francis has said in his call to us all, “Whenever human beings fail to live up to Continue reading “listening sessions” — Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark

Skeletons Schmeletons. Are there exposed pipes in your basement?

If there are bare copper hot water pipes visible near your hot water heater, you can save 1454687_10153525872015105_685902091_nenergy and money.  A Weatherization First team from Grace Lutheran Church took these before and after photos over the weekend.  The fix will lower the utility bill for a low-income household AND reduce climate emissions.

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Not much of a DIY person?  You can handle this without resorting to any colorful language.  I promise.  Click through to the directions, and you’ll know you can, too. Continue reading Skeletons Schmeletons. Are there exposed pipes in your basement?

“listening sessions” — Rabbi Daniel Swartz

Statement of Rabbi Daniel Swartz, President, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light; Spiritual Leader, Temple Hesed of Scranton

I live in an area where thIMG_0742e scars from previous generations of coal-dependence are obvious and deep.  It’s been over 50 years since the last of mines in the Scranton area closed, and yet we are still suffering from the consequences of coal, from blighted land to ongoing stream pollution.  The injustice is nearly as obvious as the blot on the land – one generation benefited from cheap fuel, while numerous later generations pay the cost.

Yet this heritage of pollution is nothing compared to problems we are bequeathing to future Continue reading “listening sessions” — Rabbi Daniel Swartz

“listening sessions” – Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman

Dr Karyn WisemanOn Friday, the EPA held a “listening session” in Philadelphia, allowing a 3-minute statement about the proposal to create standards for existing power plants to limit carbon pollution by anyone who registered .  These sessions were scheduled in 11 cities across the US. 

Use this form to submit your own comments to the EPA.  You can compose your own letter entirely, edit the form letter, or send the prepared text as is.

Here is the statement by the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman, a member of PA IPL charter member congregation Chestnut Hill United Church: 

My name is Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman, and I am an ordained United Methodist minister. I am also a professor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. I speak today on behalf of Chestnut Hill United Church in Philadelphia, where my family attends and are members.

Our church has been working to address environmental injustice for over twenty years. We are extremely concerned about what climate change is already doing to God’s Earth and God’s people. And as a mother of a 14-year-old boy, the distress I feel for the future, due to climate disruptions, is highly personal.

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“listening sessions” —Cricket Hunter

Cricket Hunter photoOn Friday, the EPA held a “listening session” in Philadelphia, allowing a 3-minute statement about the proposal to create standards for existing power plants to limit carbon pollution by anyone who registered .  These sessions were scheduled in 11 cities across the US.  

Several PA IPL leaders prepared statements.  We’ll post those statements as they come in.  Another faith-and-climate leader, Rev. Mitch Hescox of Evangelical Environmental Network was the first speaker, and John Elwood, a board member at EEN, spoke later in the day.   

Use this form to submit your own comments to the EPA.  You can compose your own, edit the form letter, or send as is, as you prefer.

Here is PA IPL executive director Cricket Hunter’s statement: 

Thoughtful people disagree on the moral or spiritual gravity of unintended harm.  But to knowingly allow harm to come to others – to stand by and choose convenience or profit first?  On that, all of our faith traditions are clear: it is not OK.  And people of faith are not alone – ask the children on any playground.

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