Around the Spiral: Practices of the Work That Reconnects

Dates: April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5th

Registration is free, but required.

For several years, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light has been offering practices from the Work That Reconnects/Engaging Active Hope at our conferences, workshops, and virtually.  We knew we were laying a firm foundation to build resilience and support for the coming climate crisis; we could not have anticipated how meaningful this work would be right now.  Going around the Spiral of the Work allows people to rest in gratitude for mother earth; to honor their pain for the world and themselves as we go through this pandemic; to see with new and ancient eyes that what we are experiencing is part of the Great Unraveling and the Great Turning to a life sustaining society; and to Go Forth with a new vision for the future and a sense of community support.

This event is free and open to all – donations gratefully accepted!

Register now!

Around the Spiral: Practices of the Work That Reconnects

5:00-5:30 especially for families; 5:30-6:15 for young adults, and 6:15-7:00 for anyone and everyone.  Please feel free to come at the best time for you.

Registration is free, but required.

For several years, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light has been offering practices from the Work That Reconnects/Engaging Active Hope at our conferences, workshops, and virtually.  We knew we were laying a firm foundation to build resilience and support for the coming climate crisis; we could not have anticipated how meaningful this work would be right now.  Going around the Spiral of the Work allows people to rest in gratitude for mother earth; to honor their pain for the world and themselves as we go through this pandemic; to see with new and ancient eyes that what we are experiencing is part of the Great Unraveling and the Great Turning to a life sustaining society; and to Go Forth with a new vision for the future and a sense of community support.

Our opening event will offer special times for both families and young adults to experience this work, as well as a time open to all.  We’ll be offering this free (though donations are welcome) through our virtual platform, Zoom.  We will send the link to join to you after you register.

 

Register now!

virtual — The Sacred Space Between Us – Earth Hour in song, reflection, and prayer

The Sacred Space Between Us
An On-Line Earth Hour Celebration Supporting PA IPL, the Earth and One Another
March 28 from 7:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Register now (free)

Come join Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light’s friends and supporters from all over the state as we fill our social distance with love for the earth and each other. This internet-based gathering over Zoom will include live music, earth prayer and reflection culminating with a candle-lit count down to Earth Hour.

At 8:30 participants may exit for unplugged Earth Hour observances in their own homes, or may choose to remain in our virtual gathering space to participate in 45 minutes of practices that will take us through a spiral of Active Hope from The Work That Reconnects. There’s a bit more about Active Hope and The Work That Reconnects (with some additional links) in our Thanksgiving 2019 note. 

Register now (free)

This social media event replaces several in-person Earth Hour benefits for PA IPL throughout the state.  We invite those who can to offer their financial support by making a donation when you register.

For more information contact us.

How to tune in
After you register, we’ll send you confirmation email.  The day before, you’ll get a link for the Zoom conference. Have a candle ready as we’ll shut off our lights, and countdown to a candle lit Earth Hour, which begins at 8:30 p.m. Some of us will power down our computers and other grid-based electronics and spend the rest of Earth Hour in candle-light and heart-light in the sacredness of our own homes.  Others will remain in our virtual gathering space to participate in 45 minutes of practices that will take us through a spiral of Active Hope from The Work That Reconnects.

Tips for marking Earth Hour offline:

  • Take a quiet or music-filled candle-lit walk outside with one or two others, honoring that loving social distance of 6 feet between people.  If you can be in a dark place, and the night is clear, pause to look up at the sky more than once.
  • If your household is multi-human-ed and multi-aged (or more playful than mobile) ask Google about Shadow Buff, Bag of Nouns, Forehead Detective, and Fictionary to get you started.

Register now (free)

Facebook Event Post for people whose networks and congregations are more active than ever in that space.  Feel free to share this widely!

 

Sing together and share favorite poems about the earth. Use this sing-along page compiled by PA IPL Board President the Rev. Barb Ballenger. (can we still link to it?)

CANCELLED PHILADELPHIA-Earth Hour 2020–Singing for the Earth

The in-person event below has been cancelled. 
Please do join us for a virtual gathering on Saturday, March 28th with
live music, prayer, and reflection

learn more              register

 


The in-person event below has been cancelled. 

Philadelphia PA IPL Invites you to celebrate Earth Hour 2020 with Singing for the Earth.

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Singing for the Earth is a gathering that will celebrate the beauty of the night sky and the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, March 28 starting at 7 p.m. at the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting Skyspace, 20 E Mermaid Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Download a flyer!

Featuring:

  • A “Greet the Light” experience with the opening of the ceiling Skyspace over the meetinghouse (see below)
  • Reflective music by The Rising Song Institute and the Rev. Scott Robinson
  • A solar-lit reception during international Earth Hour, which starts at 8:30 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light. Donations will be cheerfully accepted the night of the event.

 

Register and Buy tickets now!

 

A light show at sunset

skyspaceThe Skyspace at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is an installation designed by light artist James Turrell.

At sunset, a section of the roof of the meetinghouse will slide open for a “Greet the Light” program, a meditative and prayerful experience of the wonder of light — both natural and human-inspired. (If the weather has other plans, there will be an alternative program.)

Participants lie on their backs to view the light show. With the ceiling open to the March sky we recommend dressing warmly or bringing a blanket to be extra cozy.  You can also bring a yoga mat if you have one.

We’ll join international Earth Hour at 8:30 p.m.

At 8:30 pm we’ll continue in the glow of solar lanterns when the electricity goes off to mark the ninth annual international Earth Hour.

Originated by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour is a world-wide movement in which individuals, communities and businesses throughout the world are invited to turn off their non-essential lights on the same day from 8:30 pm to 9:30 as a sign of commitment to the planet.

Weather permitting we’ll close the evening with a candle-lit outdoor ritual.

Buy tickets now!

STATE COLLEGE–Earth Hour Benefit and Experience

This in-person event has been cancelled.
Please do join us for a virtual gathering with live music, prayer, and reflection.
learn more                       register

 


The in-person event below has been cancelled.

Location: Webster’s Bookstore Cafe
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm: Film screening of the James Balog film The Human Element
7:30-10:00 pm: Earth Hour Benefit and Experience

Please join PA IPL and millions of people around the world switch off the lights in support of nature and our planet on Saturday, March 28th at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe.

Come early to Webster’s at 6:00 pm to view a screening of the film The Human Element by James Blalog.  The film captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change and inspires us to reevaluate our relationship with the natural world.

Delicious Webster’s food and drinks available for purchase if it’s your dinnertime.

 

Following the film, all are welcome to stay afterwards from 7:30-10:00 pm for an Earth Hour benefit and experience! Enjoy live music and Engaging Active Hope experiences taking place during the lights out hour at 8:30-9:30 pm.
There is no charge to attend this event, but it’s a benefit for PA IPL, so come prepared to bid on silent auction items or make a donation of the right size for you.  All proceeds support PA IPL.

Check out local Earth Hour events here!

Download a flyer!

 

March 2020-The Cusp of Springtime

This was first published as March 2020 newsletter.  Now that we have fully entered this time of COVID-19, we trust that our members will use resources responsibly — virtually, in-household , or much later. As you will see in other posts, the newsletter included March and April events, an action idea, and a review of our February Annual ConferenceWe will be adding virtual connecting points and more.

The Cusp of Springtime

Although some would say there was no real winter in 2019-2020, nonetheless, the calendar heralds a change in the season.  Thoughts of springtime fuel our March newsletter’s opportunities, and yet we pause first to take in all that is alive and churning within us – and the myriad ways we are called to respond.

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened.
Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.
Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

(The Essential Rumi, trans. Coleman Barks, San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1995)

Please join others around the state as we honor all the ways there are to ‘kneel and kiss the ground.’

Earth Hour

Have you made plans to host, or attend, an Earth Hour gathering?  It’s not too late! 
Since 2007, people around the world have paused on a Saturday close to the Spring Equinox – this year March 28th – to ‘power down’ and turn off the lights from 8:30-9:30 pm local time.  PA IPL encourages and supports all kinds of Earth Hour gatherings — concerts, house parties, vigils, and celebrations – all opportunities to show reverence for our planet.   Two special celebrations in Philadelphia and State College are fundraisers for PA IPL, helping us continue our programming, keeping it affordable and accessible. 

Bike Trip

NOW is the time for interested cyclists and volunteers to sign up for the 2020 Bike Trip.  We are seeking riders from several locations around the state, particularly Philadelphia, State College, and Harrisburg for the new Capital-to-Capital ride, our annual ‘minimal carbon’ event delivering a message directly to elected officials. This year’s trip takes place May 15-19, with a launch overnight on May 14.  If you know someone who might be interested in riding, or in supporting the riders, please encourage them to join us! Potential cyclists and volunteers can access a recording of the informational webinar; we’re asking for cyclist registration and commitments by March 31st.
Would your business, foundation, community group, or congregation like to sponsor the bike trip? Pass this information on by sharing this newsletter, or this 1/2 page print sheet.
PS – watch for the 2020 supporters’ prayer project which is forthcoming!

Faith Climate Action Week 

Congregations around the country are gearing up for Faith Climate Action Week April 17-26. This annual “week” of action organized by Interfaith Power & Light calls faith communities to preach, teach, and act for the climate.  This year’s theme is Love Made Visible, and includes activities around tree planting, art, and activism or civic engagement rooted in love.  There are downloadable resources, or you can order a print kit for a small fee.
This year’s suggested film is The Human Elementby filmmaker James Balog, who also made the powerful and beautiful film Chasing Ice.

Earth Day

The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day is on April 22nd.  The theme is Climate Action, and the day handily falls immediately before the Ecumenical Advocacy Days sponsored by the Council of Churches, which is also climate-themed this year

Engaging Active Hope

With more coverage of the growing phenomena of climate anxiety and despair, we are offering more opportunities to gather to strengthen our spirits and resolve.  We are just wrapping up our first Engaging Active Hope Virtual Workshop, and are about to offer an in-person workshop in Philadelphia. Would your congregation, school or organization like to host an in-person or online workshop?
Please be in touch.