This sermon was given by Greg Williams, Board President of PA IPL, at his home church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Altoona, PA, on February 4, 2018, the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B (lectionary page) and is part of the 1000 Teachings #EachGeneration movement. We’re delighted to share it with all of you.
In preparing to give today’s homily, I was particularly struck by the reading from Isaiah. Isaiah has always stood out for me because of the beauty of the images and poetry of the writing, all written at several very dark times for the Israelites — times of despair not unlike our present times. This passage in in Isaiah 40 stood out for me:
It is the Holy One who sits above the circle of the earth, The Holy One who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in:
somehow, in some way, it has managed to survive – pampas grass in the snow
— Matsuo Bashō, 17th c, Japanese
It is winter – and it is 2018 – and so it’s understandable that we seek evidence of ‘survival,’ perhaps against all odds. At Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light we know that surviving – even thriving– is most fully realized when we can reach for meaningful action, companions in the work, the sense of fullness that comes from prayer, ritual and meditation, and always, always, generative hope. Here are some ways we are cultivating all of these around the state right now – we hope you’ll join in!Continue reading January 2018 newsletter: Greening and Growing in the Dark
This sermon was given by The Rev. Rebecca S. Myers, LSW, at The Church of the Nativity and St. Stephen’s, Newport, PA, on January 21, 2018, the third Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B (lectionary page) and is part of the 1000 Teachings #EachGeneration movement, and we’re delighted that she has shared it with all of us.
And immediately they left their nets and followed him.Mark 1:18
Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that 2017 was one of the warmest years on record since weather records have been kept, which began in 1880. Kay Cramer also sent the Environmental Stewardship Committee a link to a carbon calculator and I once again calculated my carbon footprint.
I have been trying to reduce my personal carbon footprint over the past few years. I drive a pretty fuel efficient vehicle and often walk to the church rather than drive. I love to hang my clothes out to dry when the weather is conducive to do so. I choose sustainable electricity through PA PowerSwitch. If offered, I choose carbon offsets when I fly or take the train. And last summer, I installed a heating/cooling system similar to what we have here in the church. The new system runs on electricity, which in my case is using a sustainable electricity source. My fuel oil furnace is a backup when it’s especially cold.
So, while I’ve personally reduced my carbon footprint, it turns out it’s still 17.30 metric tons. What’s known as