Earth Hour

This was first published as part 4 of the February 2020 newsletter.  Now that we have fully entered this time of COVID-19, we trust that our members will use resources responsibly — virtually, in-household , or much later. As you will see in other posts, the newsletter included March and April events, an action idea, and a review of our February Annual Conference. We will be adding virtual connecting points and more.

Since 2007, people around the world have paused on a Saturday close to the Spring Equinox to ‘powerdown’ and turn off the lights from 8:30-9:30pm local time.  This year’s Earth Hour takes place on Saturday, March 28th.

NEW: Virtual, statewide gathering on the evening of Saturday, March 28th with live music, prayer, and reflection. You will find (free) registration and all the details on this Sacred Space Between Us event page.

PA IPL encourages and supports all kinds of Earth Hour gatherings — concerts, house parties, vigils, and celebrations.

Two special celebrations in Philadelphia and State College, are fundraisers for PA IPL helping us continue our programming, keeping it affordable and accessible.  There’s room for many more events across the state!

Let us help you plan yours — we’ll help you with ideas, logistics, and publicity so you can join in the movement on March 28 from 8:30-9:30pm local time!

Below are some of this year’s Earth Hour events happening across the state. Let us know if you’d like to add your event to the list growing here:  :

This was first published as part 3 of the February 2020 newsletter.  Scroll up or down for more upcoming March and April events, an action idea, and a review of our February Annual Conference.

2020 Annual Bike Trip

This was first published as part 4 of the February 2020 newsletter.  For the moment, our bike trip plans are on hold.  We will review the situation with our volunteers, leaders, and hosts and update the bike page on April 10th. It’s still a good idea to register as an interested cyclist, or email as a way to let us know you may be interested in riding or volunteering.  We will be sure to be in touch directly with those who do.

As we look forward into the spring, there are so many things happening!  Jump in!

Our annual Bike Trip has a big, exciting change this year: it will be a Capital-to-Capital trip!  We hope to have folks from various areas of the state participate, which will involve some logistical planning to get folks to the start. 

If you are a potential cyclist, or would like to support the cyclists in some way, or know potential cyclists, we had an informational webinar for cyclists and volunteers on Sunday evening, February 23rd. It is now available as a recording.

Register to get the recording. (free)

This was first published as part 2 of the February 2020 newsletter.  Scroll up or down for more upcoming March and April events, an action idea, and a review of our February Annual Conference

Great Leaping Leap Year!

Leap year gives us an extra day in our calendars, and it comes this month!  What will you do with your one wild and precious ‘bonus’ day?

Thanks to more than 170 of you for joining us at our annual conference.  We have heard the sense of co-conferencing across regions was terrific.  As much as we were all disappointed not to have our planned plenary speaker with us, the history of Pennsylvania’s extraction —and the history of resistance and re-growth— was very helpful to many attendees.   We would love to share your reflections about the workshops you attended, and hear how the conference has continued to inform your thinking, conversations, or prayers. Send them to us at paipl.org, and let us know we have permission to share on Facebook or on our blog.

To hear from Colette Pichon Battle, who was unable to be with us, check out her recent TED talk and Law for Black Lives, both available online. 

This was first published as part 1 of the February 2020 newsletter.  Scroll up or down for more upcoming March and April events, an action idea, and a review of our February Annual Conference

Conference breakout workshop preview: Resisting: One Family’s Story (Philadelphia)

Have you seen the amazing workshops that will be part of our February 9th conference?

This is one of the breakout workshops planned for our Philadelphia location. Register now for the Philadelphia conference-The Long Journey: from Extracting the Past to Cultivating the Future.

The Philadelphia conference will be at the First Presbyterian Church of Germantown, 35 Chelten Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144.

Resisting: One Family’s Story
The Clatterbuck Family, PA IPL Visionary Award Recipients

  • Mark Clatterbuck, Associate Professor of Religion at Montclair State University in New Jersey
  • Malinda Harnish Clatterbuck, Associate Pastor at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster and Community Rights Coordinator for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
  • Ashton Clatterbuck, freshman at Bennington College in Bennington VT
  • Hannah Clatterbuck, Junior at the Stone Independent High School in Lancaster

Our Visionary Awardees, the Clatterbuck family, recount their reaction, and ultimately response, to a gas transmission charted to go through their community.  Founders of Lancaster Against Pipelines, the Clatterbucks will recount how standing up to the bullying of a large corporation empowered the community to bond together – to become stronger- and how the community they are a part of creating continues today. Malinda, Mark, Ashton and Hannah will invite us to consider what we are capable of, and what we are willing to do to stand up for what we believe in.  What are the spiritual underpinnings we hold that ground us in the work that we do, and continue to do? Read more about them in the New Yorker.

There are three workshops per location. Find everything you need to know about the conference here.

Register for the Philadelphia location now.

Conference breakout workshop preview: Bio Divina (Scranton)

Have you seen the amazing workshops that will be part of our February 9th conference?

This is one of the breakout workshops planned for our Scranton location. Register now for the Scranton conference-The Long Journey: from Extracting the Past to Cultivating the Future.

The Scranton conference will be at the IHM Center, 1512 University Ave., Dunmore, PA 18509. The center is adjacent to the Marywood University campus. For GPS or Google Maps, use N41.43381 W75.63615 with the address, or these directions will get you there from any direction.

Bio Divina Jan Novotka

Bio divina is a contemplative way of reading and praying the book of creation. This experience will listen for and seek God’s presence in nature using the four steps similar to lectio divina  read, meditate, pray, and contemplate. (This workshop may take place outdoors, weather permitting.)

Jan Novotka is an internationally known retreat facilitator and songwriter. She has ministered as a high school religion teacher, a high school campus minister, and a pastoral associate. She is passionate about spiritual consciousness and Earth consciousness. Jan is certified in Earth Literacy, is an organic gardener, and a longtime member of the IHM EarthCARE Committee.

There are three workshops per location. Find everything you need to know about the conference here.

Register for the Scranton location now.

Conference breakout workshop preview: Climate Action: What if it were easier? (Pittsburgh)

Have you seen the amazing workshops that will be part of our February 9th conference?

This is one of the breakout workshops planned for our Pittsburgh location. Register now for the Pittsburgh conference-The Long Journey: from Extracting the Past to Cultivating the Future.

The Pittsburgh conference will be at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Register now.

Climate Action: What if it were easier?
Seth Bush, Radical Support Collective

All of the successful changemakers who have come before us have had one thing in common: the ability to sustain themselves and stay present to what is meaningful through the pain, challenge and hard work that is an inevitable part of transforming the world.This interactive workshop, led by Seth Bush from the Radical Support Collective, will show you 4 simple principles for walking a path of ecological and social stewardship with ease rather than struggle that you can practice in your own life and bring home to your congregation. Learn to take small, sweet steps toward what’s meaningful to you and make an impact that other people want to be a part of because they’re lit-up by it, not overwhelmed.

Seth Bush is a coach for social change leaders working to heal the climate crisis. He has managed and organized grassroots campaigns for clean air, renewable energy, and environmental justice for the Sierra Club in Baltimore and as a community activist in Pittsburgh where he now lives. Seth’s dedication to community, equity, and stewardship grows from his roots as a Quaker, and he delights in helping leaders do bold, visionary work that is sustainable for the long haul. Read more about him and his organization at Radical Support Collective.

There are three workshops per location. Find everything you need to know about the conference here.

Register for the Pittsburgh location now.