2019 Rider Profile: Chris Antal

Meet Chris Antal, seventh in the 2019 series of rider profiles.  Get to know the riders for the PA to DC rides as the series unfolds, then follow the trips!  Learn more.  Donate.

I am a staff chaplain at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia. Prior to that, I was a congregational minister and military chaplain. In 2012 deployed with the U.S. Army to Afghanistan, leaving my congregation, my wife, and our five young children for seven months. For the past decade my ministry has brought me into contact with servicemembers and Veterans who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as with the people who live, or used to live, in those countries. I have witnessed some of the tragic

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2019 Rider Profile: Rabbi Nathan Martin

Meet Rabbi Nathan Martin, sixth in the 2019 series of rider profiles.  Get to know the riders for the PA to DC rides as the series unfolds, then follow the trips!  Learn more.  Donate.

I’m pleased to be able to come back, help organize, and ride again for the PA IPL Philadelphia to Washington, DC bike ride! I do see bike riding not only as a way to try to stay healthy but also as an important awareness practice around reducing one’s carbon footprint in the world.

In my mid-20’s when I was living in Berkeley, California, I was first introduced to the idea of using one’s bicycle as their “car.” My housemate, an energy efficiency engineer and bike enthusiast, would not only ride his bike to work everyday — a good climb – but then would continue after work by bike for his shopping and social life events too. When he started dating his soon-to-be wife, they

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2019 Rider Profile: Jason Whitney

Meet Jason Whitney, fifth in the 2019 series of rider profiles.  Get to know the riders for the PA to DC rides as the series unfolds, then follow the trips!  Learn more.  Donate.

This is my third ride from State College to Washington D.C.  I also rode in 2014 and 2018.  This ride means the world to me.  There is something about getting to our nation’s capital under one’s own power that is a sort of self-efficacy and political-efficacy starter kit, and shows what positive things can come from becoming involved in high-quality groups like Interfaith Power & Light.   

This capital we ride to is not just any capital.  This is the capital of the United States of America, where we riders walk the halls of Congress and

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2019 Rider Profile: Ben Wideman

Meet Ben Wideman, fourth in the 2019 series of rider profiles, and one of the 2019 trip leaders.  Get to know the riders for the PA to DC rides as the series unfolds, then follow the trips!  Learn more.  Donate.

More than four years ago I met with Penn State professor, Dr. Jon Brockopp, simply to connect and learn more about his work and experience. I was a new campus minister to the Penn State community, and Jon’s name kept coming up as someone I should get to know. At the end of our time together he casually mentioned an annual bike ride he had started years earlier, originating in State College, and ending on Capitol Hill. He explained about the ride, and the unique experience of bringing together people from different faiths to pedal their bikes as a response to climate change.

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Pave the Way with Prayer

This May PA IPL cyclists from several counties will depart from State College and Philadelphia on May 10 and pedal our climate concerns all the way to Washington, D.C. They will speak with people along the way about their shared love for the earth. And they will raise money to support the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light.

They need your help and support. Pave the way with prayer. Send your hopes for our future, share a prayer, an image or a poem

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2019 Rider Profile: Mike Ford

Meet Mike Ford, second in the 2019 series of rider profiles, and one of the Philadelphia trip leaders. Get to know the riders for the PA to DC rides as the series unfolds, then follow the trips!  Learn more.  Donate.

As a Christian in the Anabaptist (Mennonite) tradition, I’ve long valued living a simple life and minimizing my impact on the world’s resources.  As I’ve come to understand more of climate change and the environmental challenges we are already seeing because of it, I’ve tried to learn more of what I can do

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