1000 Teachings Sermon: One in one thousand.

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:

In this description of The Holy One, Isaiah paints a picture of an omnipotent, creator God who somehow made the vast panoply of stars that fill the night skies. Human lights have now Continue reading 1000 Teachings Sermon: One in one thousand.

January 2018 newsletter: Greening and Growing in the Dark

Photo credit: Darlene O’Neal, Bellefonte PA

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

1000 Teachings sermon: Urgency

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.

Audio version of the sermon.

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


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STATE COLLEGE – double launch #EachGeneration and Central PA IPL Circuit Riders

PA IPL supporters in Centre, Huntingdon, and Blair Counties are joining forces to get to know one another, encourage one another, pray together,  learn of the activities of PA IPL, build community, and make common cause around caring for our Common Home and all who inhabit it.  We’re calling it the Central PA IPL Circuit Riders, as we’ll rotate amongst faith communities and institutions, so everyone gets a chance to see new places and people… and the chance to share familiar ones.

Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PA IPL) invites you to the first monthly meeting of  the Central PA IPL Circuit Riders. on Tuesday evening, January 9 at Trinity Lutheran Church from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for a presentation on the Justice for #EachGeneration  initiative — an inter-religious effort launched by the United Church of Christ Council for Climate Justice to support the 21 young people — including several with Pennsylvania ties — who are currently suing the federal government, seeking accountability and action for the damage done to our climate.  READ MORE, link to supports, see a video, and get a one-pager.

The evening’s presentation will be one of what is hoped to be 1,000 Sermons  preached or presentations given in support of these 10-21 year olds before the hoped for February 5 hearing of the case in U.S. District Court of Oregon…. we hope it will give you ideas and inspire you to create a sermon or study opportunity in your own faith community.  We’d love to share it here on our website, where it can go on to inspire others!   We’ll have some resources to share.

Find us in the Peace Room at Trinity Lutheran Church in State College.  It is not hard to find — just bear to your left after coming in the main entrance. Directions.

Want to help host (or organize) a future Central PA IPL Circuit Riders event?  Let Greg Williams know! 

A Call for Sermons in Solidarity with Youth Seeking Justice

Twenty-one youth have taken our federal government to court in demanding accountability and action in response to the damage done to our climate and the immense impact this damage has on their generation. Ultimately, the case brought by the youth is about seeking justice for #EachGeneration. To further the compelling and inspiring efforts of the youth, a range of faith organizations have initiated a call for more than a thousand sermons to be preached in solidarity with them. To pledge a commitment to deliver a sermon, visit www.eachgeneration.org. Youth are especially encouraged to preach.

  READ MORE, link to supports, see a video, and get a one-pager.

Listen to the Planet Philadelphia radio show segment about this case from August 2017, when they first got a court date.

  READ MORE, link to supports, see a video, and get a one-pager.