Multi-Faith Earth Day Service

Washington National Cathedral and Interfaith Power & Light co-host this online service focused on our shared call to climate action. Join us in prayer and song in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Sunday, April 19th at 2:00 p.m. 

Our traditions are beautiful in their diversity. Each offers a unique gift to our collective effort to protect our Earth with all her living communities. Leaders from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Latter-Day Saints, Muslim, Sikh, Unitarian Universalist and other spiritual communities share their traditions’ gifts through sacred text, commentary, and song, and call us to collective action.

NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY! Watch here!

Across the country, caring people of every faith tradition are coming together to respond to the climate crisis. Participating organizations in this service will include: The Bhumi Project, Creation Justice Ministries, Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action, EcoSikh, GreenFaith, Interfaith Power & Light, Interfaith Power & Light of DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia, LDS Earth Stewardship, One Earth Sangha, Unitarian Universalist Association, Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, and Young Evangelicals for Climate Action.

Faith Climate Action Week 2020

Please choose distributed events for now, or plan for in-person events with your congregation or  community much later.  There are options included for individuals and households that can be done together-apart using your congregational social media or e-newsletter.

Faith Climate Action Week is officially April 17-26, 2020, but we encourage people to extend earlier or later as you wish, particularly by creating a series of events and actions to grow a season of loving earth and loving one another, that might stretch handily from Valentine’s Day to Earth Day.

The theme this year is Love Made Visible, and activity supports include a wide range of ideas for groups big and small, and even for households to do separately, then share their experiences with friends and neighbors,  or in their congregations.  Check out the links below on how to participate and download a flyer to share with your congregation!

Free, downloadable items, and kits to order if you want ready-to go postcards and/or a film to show:

Resources from our archives:

As part of Faith Climate Action week, joyfully plant and care for trees to show our love for one another and our common home. You can report trees here that you have planted at your home, at your congregation, or if you purchased trees to be planted elsewhere.

For questions or more information please email IPL here….. or reach out to us here at PA IPL.

EARTH HOUR — pick your time, place, and celebration!

March 10-March 28, 2020

Earth Hour is a worldwide event, uniting people as they join to turn off the electricity and go dark for 1 hour, local time on a Saturday in late March.  This year Earth Hour is

8:30-9:30 PM local time
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Celebrate with your friends, your neighborhood, or your congregation, and choose what you are hungry for… from reflective to (a little) raucous.  Are evenings not so good for you?  No problem!  It’s a worldwide event, so you can watch online as the Eiffel Tower or the Sydney Opera House goes dark (3:30 PM our time for Paris, or 5:30 AM for Sydney). … and feel free to choose a different night in the 10 days on either side of the spring equinox, which we’re calling  “Earth Hour, the Director’s cut.”

Every year, PA IPL invites people to hold Earth Hour parties at home or in their houses of worship that act as fundraisers and “friend-raisers” for PA IPL.  It’s great chance to jump in… and it’s fun. Celebrate reaching a goal, or setting a goal — or both.  Let us know if you want some colorful PA IPL handouts to share!  We’ve had all sorts and scales of regional Earth Hour parties in the past, some private and some public, from celebrations and parties, to vigils, seders, and discussions, and thematic dinners.  You can check out a sampling of past events publicized on our website, and scroll down on this page for ideas to get you started.

We hope you will join us for virtual gathering on Saturday, March 28th with live music, prayer, and reflection
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 and let us know if you’d like to add your event to the list growing here: 

Here are a few ideas to get you started.  If you’re going with 8:30-9:30 local time and you can, make it dramatic: do a countdown and throw the main breaker for your whole house so everything goes out at once.

  • potluck party  — potluck food and potluck poems
  • a candle-lit sharing of gratitude and lament.
  • open mic night (acoustic from 8:30-9:30)
  • hire a local acoustic musician to play (does the local high school have a jazz band?  I bet they have a pianist!)
  • analog game night —inter-generational parlor games (by candlelight or solar camping lantern during Earth Hour itself). Ask Google about Shadow Buff, Bag of Nouns, Forehead Detective, and Fictionary to get you started.

  • flashlight tag for the kids
  • brie and baguettes at 3:30 in the afternoon when Paris goes dark (you can watch online)
  • tea and scones (or a Monty Python sing-a-long?) at 4:30 in the afternoon when London landmarks turn off their lights.
  • The Climate Ribbon project began in connection with the first People’s Climate March in New York City in 2014.  The link takes you to a short video about the project.
  • Water-linked activities fit well since World Water Day is 3/22.
  • If you’re having an event where a prayer or meditation would be a good fit (or you want to send folks home with one!) there are some good ones here  (some directly on the page, and some linked to it, including the prayer Interfaith Power & Light uses at noon on Earth Day.)

Earth Day 2019

Many of you participated in the Earth Day Climate Prayers we’ve been sharing on Facebook and via our newsletter, and enjoying the short videos from a few leaders. IPL President Rev. Susan Hendershot shared the following message today, too.

Rev. Hendershot writes: Last weekend, on a beautiful spring afternoon, I went for a hike at Tilden Park in the Berkeley hills. The warm sun was on my shoulders as I hiked up hills and through the fragrant redwood and bay trees.

It was Wendell Berry who wrote: 

Continue reading Earth Day 2019

Nationwide Earth Day Climate Prayer

 Sign up and download a Climate Blessing here.

Join your prayer with others in solitude, while walking in the woods, with friends and family, with your congregation, in your neighborhood, or, as a multi-faith group from Philadelphia PA IPL has done, on the island of a busy intersection with a banner or two inviting folks to join them. 

EARTH HOUR — pick your time, place, and celebration!

March 11, 2019 – March 30, 2019

Earth Hour is a worldwide event, uniting people as they join to turn off the electricity and go dark for 1 hour, local time on a Saturday in late March.  This year Earth Hour is

8:30-9:30PM local time
Saturday, March 30, 2019.

Celebrate with your friends, your neighborhood, or your congregation, and choose what you are hungry for… from reflective to (a little) raucous.  Are evenings not so good for you?  No problem!  It’s a worldwide event, so you can watch online as the Eiffel Tower or the Sydney Opera House goes dark (3:30 PM our time for Paris, or 5:30 AM for Sydney). … and feel free to choose a different night in the 10 days on either side of the spring equinox, which we’re calling  “Earth Hour, the Director’s cut.”

Every year, PA IPL invites people to hold Earth Hour parties at home or in their houses of worship that act as fundraisers and “friend-raisers” for PA IPL.  It’s great chance to jump in… and it’s fun. Celebrate reaching a goal, or setting a goal — or both.  Let us know if you want some colorful PA IPL handouts to share!  We’ve had all sorts and scales of regional Earth Hour parties in the past, some private and some public, from celebrations and parties, to vigils, seders, and discussions, and thematic dinners.  You can check out a sampling of past events publicized on our website, and scroll down on this page for ideas to get you started, and let us know if you’d like to add your event to the list growing here: 

  • Altoona- March 23- potluck, movie screening  and discussion.
  • State College – March 27 – earth hour prayer and readings (following dinner and a Christian Lenten service)
  • State College – March 30 – party, music, and silent auction 7:30pm. Webster’s Cafe (come early for the film!)
  • State College – March 30 – film screening Pittsburgh to Paris. 6:15pm.  Webster’s (stay for the party!) Paris to Pittsburgh, a movie about action and solutions.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.  If you’re going with 8:30-9:30 local time and you can, make it dramatic: do a countdown and throw the main breaker for your whole house so everything goes out at once.

  • potluck party  — potluck food and potluck poems
  • a candle-lit sharing of gratitude and lament.
  • open mic night (acoustic from 8:30-9:30)
  • hire a local acoustic musician to play (does the local high school have a jazz band?  I bet they have a pianist!)
  • analog game night —inter-generational parlor games (by candlelight or solar camping lantern during Earth Hour itself). Ask Google about Shadow Buff, Bag of Nouns, Forehead Detective, and Fictionary to get you started.

  • flashlight tag for the kids
  • brie and baguettes at 3:30 in the afternoon when Paris goes dark (you can watch online)

  • tea and scones (or a Monty Python sing-a-long?) at 4:30 in the afternoon when London landmarks turn off their lights.

  • The Climate Ribbon project began in connection with the first People’s Climate March in New York City in 2014.  The link takes you to a short video about the project.
  • Water-linked activities fit well since World Water Day is 3/22.
  • If you’re having an event where a prayer or meditation would be a good fit (or you want to send folks home with one!) there are some good ones here  (some directly on the page, and some linked to it, including the prayer Interfaith Power & Light uses at noon on Earth Day.)