CONFERENCE Faith, Climate, and Health: Creation Care for a Greener Future

PA IPL is pleased to be a cosponsor of this exciting conference:

Faith, Climate, And Health:
Creation Care For A Greener Future

Faith, Climate, and Health- Creation Care for a Greener Future #ActOnClimate (1)

Friday, April 17, 2015, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Grace Hall, Cabrini College  REGISTER

At this free conference, concerned citizens will gather to examine the perils of climate change and how we as a society can address them.

  • SEE the spiritual call to care for God’s creation.
  • JUDGE the scientific evidence about the threats posed by climate change.
  • ACT with practical initiatives on how to undertake take political, institutional, and personal advocacy to arrest climate change and bring about a greener world.

Plenary session speakers:

  • John Francis Burke, Ph.D., Cabrini College
    “The Greening of Catholic Social Teaching”
  • Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Ph.D., The Shalom Center
    ”From Eden to Shabbat to Jubilee:
    The Earth-Oriented Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures”

Breakout Sessions:

  • Carrie Nielsen, Ph.D., Cabrini College
    “A Scientific Engagement of Environmental Health Issues”
  • Chuck Marshall, Central Baptist Church
    “Striving for a Carbon-Neutral Faith-Based Community:
    The Case of Central Baptist, Wayne PA”
  • The Shalom Center, Environmental Political Advocacy
    “Move Our Money, Protect Our Planet”
  • Rev. Mitch Hescox, Evangelical Environmental Network
    “The Joseph Pledge: Preparing Churches for Extreme Weather & Climate Change”

Lunch will be provided.
Topics and speakers subject to change.

Participating organizations:

Supporting the Conference for Climate Change
To donate to the Climate Change Conference, please indicate your designation under “If Other, please specify” on the Online Giving Form.

Donations will be used to cover conference costs, such as lunch.

For more information, contact John F. Burke, Ph.D. via email or at 610-902-8772

Annual Conference


Our 2013 Annual Meeting and Conference in
Harrisburg was a Great Success!

This is the state’s largest gathering for people of faith concerned about climate change—a time for interfaith worship, workshops, resource gathering, and networking with others who are responding to climate change as a moral issue. Thanks to everyone who made it such a great success.


“One Creation, Many Faiths:
Call to Action on Climate Change”

Saturday, October 5, 11:00 to 4:00
(registration and green fair open at 10)
Colonial Park United Church of Christ
5000 Devonshire Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17112

10:00             On-site registration (still only $25, some extra lunches will be available)

GREEN FAIR opens — non-profits, busineses, and faith groups offering creative ideas and diverse ways of caring for Creation.

11:00             KEYNOTE PANEL

How do different faith traditions respond to climate change? (scroll down for panelists’ bios)
Peter Adriance, National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the US, Washington, DC
Rabbi Mordechai Leibling, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Philadelphia
Sister Pat Lupo, Mt. St. Benedict, Erie
Rev. Dr. Gil Waldkoenig, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg.

12:30            LUNCH (vegetarian; included in your registration fee)

2:00               WORKSHOPS

…that highlight practical actions congregations can take and work to be done in our communities.

Also: STUDENT MEET-UP for college students interested in the intersection of climate change and faith.

3:30               Annual meeting; elections; DOOR PRIZES!

Presentation of the third annual PA IPL Visionary Award

4:00               Display of lower-impact vehicles in the parking lot.

Come talk to owners of

* an all-electric Tesla Roadster
* a plug-in Ford Focus
* a hybrid Toyota Prius

Faith for Thought 2013

Faith for Thought is a one-day conference, sponsored by Calvary Baptist Church in State College, where people explore together how Christian faith connects with our daily lives. The theme for 2013 – “Seeds of Hope” – derives from God’s call to the first humans to “tend the garden” of his creation. PAIPL co-sponsored the 2013 conference where together we we seek an authentically Christian response to contemporary ecological anxieties, one that combines theological depth, scientific rigor, and a passion for justice.

About sixty people gathered at Grace Lutheran Church in State College to hear the keynote speakers

and to share in a range of breakout sessions and hands-on activities.