Faith Climate Action Week

SAVE THE DATE

Faith Climate Action Week is officially April 5-14, 2019, 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.
REGISTRATION is currently open.    There are both free, downoadable items, and kits to order if you want ready-to go postcards and/or a film to show.  The theme this year is Love Thy Nature, 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 them out!

faith-rooted resources available at a click:

For questions or more information please contact Kari Kiser Chinn, the Community Engagement and Programs Manager for IPL….. or reach out to us here at PA IPL.

April 2018 newsletter: Earth Day – Birth and Brokenness

Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
   the world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
let the mountains sing together for joy;
Psalm 98:7-8

Most celebrations of Earth Day tend toward the practical, or a simple celebration of the birth of our finall-visible spring, but the widespread celebration of Earth Day is in fact rooted in the conversation between awe and grief.

Awe inspired by the 1972 image of blue marble from Apollo 17 and collective grief came with the publication of Pennsylvanian Rachel Carson’s 1968 book Silent Spring, which engaged imagination to move readers to feel the deep grief of a future foretold by then-current action and inaction.

As faith communities, on Earth Day we are called to hold these things together —this awe and this grief— for without one, the other cannot be.  If we did not love our Common Home and our neighbors, there would be no call for lament, and no need for action.  But we do.

And so for us, Earth Day is not one-off birthday celebration, but rather can be a day to celebrate and commit ourselves to work —practical and joyful work, and prayerful and grief-tender work— with and for one another throughout the year.  Some work we may take on as practical necessity, some we may take on as spiritual discipline, as a way of finding our way back into right relationship with neighbor and squirrel, stream and Source.

On this Earth day, let us seek, reveal, and feel connection with the earth and all who dwell therein.  May we continue in determined and active hope.

Celebrate Earth Day with your faith community!

Earth Day is on Sunday, April 22, 2018.
Read on for resources, and a really important poem.

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