March 2020-The Cusp of Springtime

This was first published as March 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 ConferenceWe will be adding virtual connecting points and more.

The Cusp of Springtime

Although some would say there was no real winter in 2019-2020, nonetheless, the calendar heralds a change in the season.  Thoughts of springtime fuel our March newsletter’s opportunities, and yet we pause first to take in all that is alive and churning within us – and the myriad ways we are called to respond.

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened.
Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.
Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

(The Essential Rumi, trans. Coleman Barks, San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1995)

Please join others around the state as we honor all the ways there are to ‘kneel and kiss the ground.’

Earth Hour

Have you made plans to host, or attend, an Earth Hour gathering?  It’s not too late! 
Since 2007, people around the world have paused on a Saturday close to the Spring Equinox – this year March 28th – to ‘power down’ and turn off the lights from 8:30-9:30 pm local time.  PA IPL encourages and supports all kinds of Earth Hour gatherings — concerts, house parties, vigils, and celebrations – all opportunities to show reverence for our planet.   Two special celebrations in Philadelphia and State College are fundraisers for PA IPL, helping us continue our programming, keeping it affordable and accessible. 

Bike Trip

NOW is the time for interested cyclists and volunteers to sign up for the 2020 Bike Trip.  We are seeking riders from several locations around the state, particularly Philadelphia, State College, and Harrisburg for the new Capital-to-Capital ride, our annual ‘minimal carbon’ event delivering a message directly to elected officials. This year’s trip takes place May 15-19, with a launch overnight on May 14.  If you know someone who might be interested in riding, or in supporting the riders, please encourage them to join us! Potential cyclists and volunteers can access a recording of the informational webinar; we’re asking for cyclist registration and commitments by March 31st.
Would your business, foundation, community group, or congregation like to sponsor the bike trip? Pass this information on by sharing this newsletter, or this 1/2 page print sheet.
PS – watch for the 2020 supporters’ prayer project which is forthcoming!

Faith Climate Action Week 

Congregations around the country are gearing up for Faith Climate Action Week April 17-26. This annual “week” of action organized by Interfaith Power & Light calls faith communities to preach, teach, and act for the climate.  This year’s theme is Love Made Visible, and includes activities around tree planting, art, and activism or civic engagement rooted in love.  There are downloadable resources, or you can order a print kit for a small fee.
This year’s suggested film is The Human Elementby filmmaker James Balog, who also made the powerful and beautiful film Chasing Ice.

Earth Day

The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day is on April 22nd.  The theme is Climate Action, and the day handily falls immediately before the Ecumenical Advocacy Days sponsored by the Council of Churches, which is also climate-themed this year

Engaging Active Hope

With more coverage of the growing phenomena of climate anxiety and despair, we are offering more opportunities to gather to strengthen our spirits and resolve.  We are just wrapping up our first Engaging Active Hope Virtual Workshop, and are about to offer an in-person workshop in Philadelphia. Would your congregation, school or organization like to host an in-person or online workshop?
Please be in touch.

Going Virtual

As our way of rising to meet this most extraordinary moment, PA IPL will be sharing a short message of daily sustenance — an image, a poem, a link — our offering to you for nourishment, support, and connection. If you’d like find Daily Sustenance in your inbox, and you aren’t already on our list, sign up here. We’ll get you hooked up.

in the Ommatidium, Samuel Wilkinson and Beau Lotto

As a statewide organization that has long used remote connections to weave our community, we are lucky to have experience with virtual workshops, as well as the more common calls and webinars. Our in-person meetings are on hold. We are working to create meaningful alternatives, and will announce them here on the website, here and in the event listings. Where an in-person event has been reshaped for virtual participation, we will note that at the top of the existing event listing. Calls like our monthly Sustained Advocacy calls continue at their usual time and place.

Please do join us for Around the Spiral: Practices of the Work that Reconnects, every Tuesday evening, 7:00 – 8:00 pm ET.

COVID-19

Faith Climate Action Week

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.

Faith Climate Action Week April 17-26… or anytime during the year!

This annual “week” of action organized by Interfaith Power & Light calls faith communities across the country to preach, teach, and act for the climate.  This year’s theme is Love Made Visible, and includes activities around tree planting, art, and activism or civic engagement rooted in love.   There will be downloadable resources, or you can order a print kit for a small fee. This year’s suggested film is The Human Element by filmaker James Balog, who also made the powerful and beautiful film Chasing Ice.

The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22. The theme is Climate Action, and the day handily falls immediately before the Ecumenical Advocacy Days sponsored by the Council of Churches, which is also climate-themed this year

This early spring is the time of year when, if we give our attention, we can see the power of the life force gathering.  Pause to notice a swollen or reddening twig. If you have a little snow on the ground, you may see not only the emerging green tips of daffodils, but also the melt right around them, caused by the heat of the metabolism fueling their growth!  Make space to share your awe and wonder on a congregational bulletin board or sharing table, and include us by sharing photos, poems, drawings, songs, or whatever you are inspired to create. With your permission, we will post in our online spaces (and we will credit you however you would like).

This was first published as part 4 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.

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