Conference breakout workshop preview: Resisting: One Family’s Story (Philadelphia)

Have you seen the amazing workshops that will be part of our February 9th conference?

This is one of the breakout workshops planned for our Philadelphia location. Register now for the Philadelphia conference-The Long Journey: from Extracting the Past to Cultivating the Future.

The Philadelphia conference will be at the First Presbyterian Church of Germantown, 35 Chelten Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144.

Resisting: One Family’s Story
The Clatterbuck Family, PA IPL Visionary Award Recipients

  • Mark Clatterbuck, Associate Professor of Religion at Montclair State University in New Jersey
  • Malinda Harnish Clatterbuck, Associate Pastor at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster and Community Rights Coordinator for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
  • Ashton Clatterbuck, freshman at Bennington College in Bennington VT
  • Hannah Clatterbuck, Junior at the Stone Independent High School in Lancaster

Our Visionary Awardees, the Clatterbuck family, recount their reaction, and ultimately response, to a gas transmission charted to go through their community.  Founders of Lancaster Against Pipelines, the Clatterbucks will recount how standing up to the bullying of a large corporation empowered the community to bond together – to become stronger- and how the community they are a part of creating continues today. Malinda, Mark, Ashton and Hannah will invite us to consider what we are capable of, and what we are willing to do to stand up for what we believe in.  What are the spiritual underpinnings we hold that ground us in the work that we do, and continue to do? Read more about them in the New Yorker.

There are three workshops per location. Find everything you need to know about the conference here.

Register for the Philadelphia location now.

Conference breakout workshop preview: Bio Divina (Scranton)

Have you seen the amazing workshops that will be part of our February 9th conference?

This is one of the breakout workshops planned for our Scranton location. Register now for the Scranton conference-The Long Journey: from Extracting the Past to Cultivating the Future.

The Scranton conference will be at the IHM Center, 1512 University Ave., Dunmore, PA 18509. The center is adjacent to the Marywood University campus. For GPS or Google Maps, use N41.43381 W75.63615 with the address, or these directions will get you there from any direction.

Bio Divina Jan Novotka

Bio divina is a contemplative way of reading and praying the book of creation. This experience will listen for and seek God’s presence in nature using the four steps similar to lectio divina  read, meditate, pray, and contemplate. (This workshop may take place outdoors, weather permitting.)

Jan Novotka is an internationally known retreat facilitator and songwriter. She has ministered as a high school religion teacher, a high school campus minister, and a pastoral associate. She is passionate about spiritual consciousness and Earth consciousness. Jan is certified in Earth Literacy, is an organic gardener, and a longtime member of the IHM EarthCARE Committee.

There are three workshops per location. Find everything you need to know about the conference here.

Register for the Scranton location now.

Conference breakout workshop preview: Climate Action: What if it were easier? (Pittsburgh)

Have you seen the amazing workshops that will be part of our February 9th conference?

This is one of the breakout workshops planned for our Pittsburgh location. Register now for the Pittsburgh conference-The Long Journey: from Extracting the Past to Cultivating the Future.

The Pittsburgh conference will be at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Register now.

Climate Action: What if it were easier?
Seth Bush, Radical Support Collective

All of the successful changemakers who have come before us have had one thing in common: the ability to sustain themselves and stay present to what is meaningful through the pain, challenge and hard work that is an inevitable part of transforming the world.This interactive workshop, led by Seth Bush from the Radical Support Collective, will show you 4 simple principles for walking a path of ecological and social stewardship with ease rather than struggle that you can practice in your own life and bring home to your congregation. Learn to take small, sweet steps toward what’s meaningful to you and make an impact that other people want to be a part of because they’re lit-up by it, not overwhelmed.

Seth Bush is a coach for social change leaders working to heal the climate crisis. He has managed and organized grassroots campaigns for clean air, renewable energy, and environmental justice for the Sierra Club in Baltimore and as a community activist in Pittsburgh where he now lives. Seth’s dedication to community, equity, and stewardship grows from his roots as a Quaker, and he delights in helping leaders do bold, visionary work that is sustainable for the long haul. Read more about him and his organization at Radical Support Collective.

There are three workshops per location. Find everything you need to know about the conference here.

Register for the Pittsburgh location now.

Conference breakout workshop preview: Turning On, Turning Away, Turning Toward: What does it mean for people of faith in Philadelphia? (Philadelphia)

Have you seen the amazing workshops that will be part of our February 9th conference?

This is one of the breakout workshops planned for our Philadelphia location. Register now for the Philadelphia conference-The Long Journey: from Extracting the Past to Cultivating the Future.

The Philadelphia conference will be at the First Presbyterian Church of Germantown, 35 Chelten Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144.

Turning On, Turning Away, Turning Toward: What does it mean for people of faith in Philadelphia? 
Leaders of Philadelphia PA IPL 

The Rev. Cheryl Pyrch, Philadelphia PA IPL chair

This workshop will be a deep dive into the keynote.  We’ll explore what we bring as a faith community, what we’ve done in the past and how we may do things differently in light of the questions and insights raised by our speaker.  This will be a structured conversation, led by facilitators who have studied the keynote. We’ll pay special attention to how we may be allies to people in frontline communities.  All are welcome, whether or not you have been involved with PA IPL!  Come join us for the rich and provocative conversation.    

There are three workshops per location. Find everything you need to know about the conference here.

Register for the Philadelphia location now.

Conference breakout workshop preview: Listen, seek, serve, grow. (Pittsburgh)

Have you seen the amazing workshops that will be part of our February 9th conference?

This is one of the breakout workshops planned for our Pittsburgh location. Register now for the Pittsburgh conference-The Long Journey: from Extracting the Past to Cultivating the Future.

The Pittsburgh conference will be at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Register now.

Listen, seek, serve, grow.
Pastors Cynthia and John Wallace, Oasis Project

Come hear the story of one congregation’s  response to the fraying of opportunity and community in their neighborhood.  With deep listening and real appreciation for all the community has to offer, their work has fruited: there is vibrant community space, places to share skills, and spaces and occasions to care for one another, body and soul.  These vibrant, resilient, and still-growing results invite us to pause for the joyful, slow work of listening and building, so that we can build the spirit and trust-anchored partnerships we need to fuel a truly just transition.

Dr. John Wallace, Ph.D. is the David E. Epperson Chair and Professor, Center on Race and Social Problems Senior Fellow for Research and Community Engagement at The University of Pittsburgh (with joint appointments in the Katz School of Business, Department of Sociology and the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences) as well as serving as the Senior pastor of Bible Center Church in Homewood.

Over the past 30 years work has focused on the well-being of African American children, youth and communities. He is the principal investigator on the University of Pittsburgh Center on Race and Social Problems’ Comm-Univer-City of Pittsburgh Project, an integrated program of research, teaching, and service. He is also the principal investigator on the Healthy Living, Healthy Learning, Healthy Lives project — a community-based participatory research project that  examines the correlates, causes, and consequences of disparities in children’s asthma.

Dr. Cynthia Wallace Ed.D. oversees the administration and management of Bible Center’s ministries, personnel, and finances in consultation with the Pastor and Leadership Team. She is also the Executive Director of the Oasis Project which includes oversight of Oasis Transportation, Everyday Cafe and our community programs. Pastor Cynthia has a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Chicago, a M.A. in School Administration from the University of Michigan, a M.A. in Counseling from Geneva College and an Ed.D. in Education Leadership from the University of Pittsburgh.

There are three workshops per location. Find everything you need to know about the conference here.

Register for the Pittsburgh location now.

Conference breakout workshop preview: To Thrive is to Grow! (Philadelphia)

Have you seen the amazing workshops that will be part of our February 9th conference?

This is one of the breakout workshops planned for our Philadelphia location. Register now for the Philadelphia conference-The Long Journey: from Extracting the Past to Cultivating the Future.

The Philadelphia conference will be at the First Presbyterian Church of Germantown, 35 Chelten Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144.

To Thrive is to Grow! 
Tree Planters, Tree Tenders, and Gardeners of Philadelphia  

Increasing the city’s ‘green footprint’ battles climate disruption on several fronts: trees create shade and moisture, cooling overheated neighborhoods; green spaces absorb CO2; and community gardens and urban farms provide locally-grown and consumed food, shaving emissions from trucking produce from miles away.  These are just a few initiatives alive and well in Philadelphia. Making these, and other carbon-reducing, heat-relieving options available to all Philadelphians is an empowering, and necessary, step to achieve equity as we face the coming climate crisis.  Our panelists will give an overview of projects-in-progress, and offer information to participants to be involved in local, hands-on work.

There are three workshops per location. Find everything you need to know about the conference here.

Register for the Philadelphia location now.