STATE COLLEGE: Care of Creation breakfast and discussion with Laudato Si

Pope Francis encyclical quote I urgently appealMembers of Trinity Lutheran Church and members of the wider community are all warmly invited to join any or all of our breakfast discussions on the first and third Saturday mornings in January and February.

from TLC’s event page:
Join our Care of Creation Team for FREE breakfast and FREE copies of Laudato Si – Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment and human ecology (this could be the PA Interfaith Power & Light handbook!). Learn how Laudato Si can inspire and lead us to Care for Creation in today’s climate. Please RSVP is you can attend.

This is a series of four Prayer/Bible Study / Discussion classes being held at Trinity Lutheran Church ~State College, PA on North Atherton Street, beginning Saturday, January 7 at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast. The four classes will meet the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of January and February (Jan. 7 & 21, Feb. 4 & 18). Contact Karl Raynar with any questions. (814) 574-4795 or by email.

This Changes Everything: The Book Group

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
In her most provocative book yet, Naomi Klein, author of the global bestsellers The Shock Doctrine and No Logo, tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced.  She argues that confronting climate change is no longer about changing light bulbs but about changing the world – before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe.  The subtitle of her book is “Capitalism vs. the Climate.”

Come join us for discussion on four Thursdays:  October 8, 15, 22, 29 at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Lane (West Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia) from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  All are welcome!  Co-sponsored by the Philadelphia group of PA IPL, Weaver’s Way Co-op, Be the Change and Big Blue Marble Books.  To register or for more information, please email.

6-session ecumenical discussion of Laudato Si

you (1)An ecumenical  group (multiple Christian denominations) will gather on 6 Wednesdays to discuss the encyclical “Laudato Si’: On care for our common home” in the light of scripture and Christian reflection on creation care. The first of six sessions will be on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 7:15-8:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s UMC. All are welcome!

Parking information is provided on the St. Paul’s website.  In brief: the small St. Paul’s lot is open after 5:00 PM. The large Pugh St. garage and the tiny McAlister St. garage are both very close to St. Paul’s.

CATA buses run frequently.  Walkers and cyclists are of course welcome, too!

Book Discussion Study Group: Reinventing Fire

We’ll gather virtually on six consecutive Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 for a discussion of Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era, physicist Amory Lovins’ book that looks at how the United States could move almost entirely to renewable energy.

Please RSVP for the dial-in information.  DATES: 8/11, 8/18, 8/25, 9/1, 9/8, 9/15  (join as you are able — we’ll be summarizing and discussion one section each week).

More about Reinventing Fire at the Rocky Mountain Institute


Interfaith Discussion on Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Climate Crisis (PHILLY-area)

Pope Francis’ much-anticipated Encyclical, addressed to all people on Earth, came out on Thursday, June 18.  It is beautiful and powerful and worthy of study and discussion.   The turnout for our discussion on June 26th made it clear that many of us are eager for the opportunity to do so in the company of others, so we are providing additional opportunities.

Please join PA Interfaith Power & Light and our hosts the Sisters of Mercy for text study and discussion led by Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein

When: Tuesday, July 21 10-11:30AM
Where: Convent of Mercy, 515 Montgomery Avenue, Merion, PA 19066
What: Discussion of select passages from the Encyclical.  Study sheets and refreshments will be provided.

Please help us prepare enough places by registering, and download the flyer below to spread the word!  If you’re sharing the registration with others, you can use this (easier-to-remember) address:

Until we meet for discussion, here’s some inspiration from Pope Francis (paragraphs 230-231):

Saint Therese of Lisieux invites us to practice the little way of love, not to miss out on a kind word, a smile or any small gesture which sows peace and friendship. An integral ecology is also made up of simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness. In the end, a world of exacerbated consumption is at the same time a world which mistreats life in all its forms. Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world. Love for society and commitment to the common good are outstanding expressions of a charity which affects not only relationships between individuals but also “macro-relationships, social, economic and political ones”. That is why the Church set before the world the ideal of a “civilization of love”. Social love is the key to authentic development: “In order to make society more human, more worthy of the human person, love in social life – political, economic and cultural – must be given renewed value, becoming the constant and highest norm for all activity.

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NW Philly: interfaith discussion of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Praised Be”

*PopeFrancis-01Invitation to Breakfast discussion about Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter on Climate Change/Care for Our Common Home

Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical, addressed to all people on Earth, came out on Thursday, June 18.   It is beautiful and powerful and worthy of study and discussion.

Join the Philadelphia Chapter of PA IPL for breakfast and an informal discussion led by Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein.  Text from our friends at the Catholic Climate Covenant below (with links to the full encyclical in English).   Please also note that 

we all have the chance to send our thanks to Pope Francis for his recent encyclical —delivered in person!  Please use this link to electronically sign a letter of thanks (and send on to your networks), and Dan Misleh of the Catholic Climate Covenant will hand-deliver the signatures to the Vatican on July 2-3

Where? At the Cafe at the Upsal Train Station (Sweet Sins at the POD Cafe).  Address below.  Plan to order yourself breakfast and then join us upstairs on the second floor, an inviting space with big windows.
When? Friday, June 26, 8:30-10AM
What? Discussion of select passages from the encyclical.  Study sheets will be provided.
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And from our friends at the Catholic Climate Covenant:

Early this morning, the Vatican released Pope Francis’s encyclical letter on ecology, Laudato Si’.  It is a beautiful document.  It says all of the best and truest things that could be said about our place here on Earth, “our common home,” in the words of Pope Francis.

Pope Francis calls us to understand our role among the deeply connected creatures of God’s creation.  He calls us to lead simpler lives that are more authentic and less driven by consumption.  Most of all, he calls us to care for the Earth and its people.

As you know, we’ve been hard at work on activities to support this incredible moment.

  • The full encyclical is here.
  • A list of quotations from the encyclical arranged by subject is here.
  • A live stream of a press conference with Cardinal Wuerl and Archbishop Kurtz is here. The press conference begins at 8:30 AM EST.

In peace,

Dan Misleh
Catholic Climate Covenant