2016 Rider Profile: Pastor Ben Wideman

Meet Ben Wideman, first in our get-to-know-the-riders series.  The 2016 PA-to-DC ride  will take place April 29 -May 3, though Ben will have to return to State College after Orbisonia, PA.  Ben was a 2015  through-rider.

11143321_638594625579_8980769153136480603_oIn my role as a campus pastor at Penn State my work is primarily focused on issues of peace and social justice and how faith and spirituality is tied in to these things. It is meaningful work, however there is a very real challenge in moving from philosophical conversations to actual practical experiences that create a better world.

I’m drawn to experiences like the PA-IPL Bike Trip because it does just that. It takes a philosophical idea (that people of faith should care about our environment) and provides an opportunity to take an actual real step toward living out that philosophy in a practical way in our world.

This ride acts as a visible reminder that people of faith care about the environment – and that they care enough to ride all the way from central Pennsylvania to Washington DC! The ride builds relationships across a diverse group of participants – not only those who chose to ride, but also all the people who engage the riders at stops along the journey. It offers riders a way to Continue reading 2016 Rider Profile: Pastor Ben Wideman

Organizing meeting for 2016 bike trip: potential and committed volunteers, cyclists, hosts

IMG_6905[1]Join by Skype or in person, Sunday evening, 2/21.  For connecting info  RSVP .


Dear PA IPL bike trip supporters,

It’s cold out, but time to start thinking about the 2016 PA IPL bike trip, scheduled to depart State College on April 29 and arrive in DC on May 3. About 10 cyclists have signaled their interest in riding this year, and we do have room for a few more. So perhaps this is your year to join us! Perhaps you know someone who might be interested in coming along – please pass on this message!

We also have many ideas for expanding the impact of this trip throughout PA and MD, so even if you’re not riding we would love to have you join us for an organizational meeting on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m., which you can attend in person (in State College) or via skype.  RSVP to trip organizer Jon Brockopp for connecting info or address. IMG_6828[1]made it to DC!