Put your donation on overdrive.

 

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Want to donate more than your checkbook says you can?   Anyone can turn the donation dial from “whippet” to “mastiff.” Here are five ways to give your donation more muscle:

  1. Tell a friend about PA IPL, about your deep concerns about climate change and about your path, and invite your friend to donate, too.
  2. Involve your congregation.  We’ll help.  A generous matching grant from the national IPL will effectively double congregational contributions of $250 or more.  The challenge is good both for direct contributions, and for directed donations by congregants (does your congregation call these “second collections”?).  We’ll only get the grant if we raise the match!
  3. Hold a house partyinvite friends to join you for a small event (dinner party at your house, game night, hike-and-hot-cider, and ask them to make a contribution to Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light instead of bringing a host gift.  Earth Hour (generally the 4th Saturday in March) is a great excuse for a party!  Reach out to see if someone from PA IPL might be available to join the party and make the (very soft) ask…. or go super-simple and designate PA IPL as your preferred birthday/anniversary/retirement gift.
  4. Help expand our successful Bike Trip program with a local solidarity ride of any length.  These will connect riders with congregations and elected leaders, supporting the efforts of our annual trip from State College to Washington, DC.   We’re actively looking for someone (or a group of someones) who will help organize local rides.  The rides are fun, and hopeful, and we want to give more individuals, congregations, and communities the chance to participate.  Do help us connect with the right people to make it happen!
  5. Finally, consider a multi-year pledge or, the next time you donate, an automatic recurring donation.  These kinds of donations help create a predictable financial base that is invaluable to our budgeting and planning. 

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TAKE ACTION: Pennsylvania and Climate Change

The Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee will conduct a hearing —open to the public —in Harrisburg (Minority Caucus Room, 418 Main Capitol) to answer the question:  What should Pennsylvania be doing to address climate change?   The hearing is sponsored by State Representative Greg Vitali.  Panelists will include Richard Alley, Tom Peterson, Janet Milkman, Christina Simeone, Rick Price, Erik Johanson. *  Begins at 10 AM.

  1. Do call your PA State Representative your PA State Senator and your to find out if s/he will be attending or sending staff and let us know.  Since this panel is sponsored by the House Democratic Policy council it may help Republican members to know that Dr. Alley publicly identifies himself as a registered Republican in his excellent climate change TV series Earth: the Operators’ Manual.
  2. UPDATE on task #2: Vote complete, Mr. Abruzzo was approved.   We did hear from at least one senator’s office that that particular senator had had extensive conversations with Mr. Abruzzo, and believed that his comments were taken out of context to seem more extreme than his views really are.  In any case, we hope that Mr. Abruzzo will soon learn more in his new role and will shift his statements accordingly.  While you’re on the phone with your state senator’s office, mention that you cannot understand how someone who “does not view [climate change] as harmful and sees no reason for Pennsylvania to adopt new policies to address it” could be in consideration for the top post at the DEP.  Ask your PA senator to vote against Chris Abruzzo as DEP secretary, and to insist that that job be filled by someone who understands that climate change is harming Pennsylvanians, and that we must act before we reach our limits because climate change doesn’t stop on a dime.

*We would be pleased to publicize a similar panel in the Republican caucus, but since there isn’t one, for now we’d just like to see all of our lawmakers take advantage of this knowledgeable panel.

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.