STATE COLLEGE — Earth Hour Prayer and Readings

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Earth Hour 2019 at PA IPL member congregation Trinity Lutheran Church at about 7:30 PM on March 27, following Holden Prayer Service.

Their invitation generously states “any PA IPL folks who would like to attend are most welcome to come for one of Pastor Ron’s Lenten suppers at 6 PM and then stay for the Holden Prayer Service at 7 PM.”  (Pastor Ron ministers from the kitchen as well as he does from the pulpit!)

Earth Hour started in 2007 as a simple observance of turning the lights off for an hour to show awareness of the negative effects human activities are having on our planet. While lights-out events remain central to the celebration of Earth Hour, the scope of the event has broadened as with the Connect to Earth theme for 2019 – something Trinity folks did with the Care of Creation hike on March 17.

The lights-out celebration officially happens from 8:30 to 9:30 PM on March 30 this year,  but lots of small observances take place at various locations during the weeks immediately before and after the formal date and time.

Trinity Lutheran will be observing Earth Hour in a very brief session of prayer and readings starting at about 7:30 PM after the conclusion of the Holden Prayer Service on Wednesday, March 27. We will be joined by friends from Good Shepherd Catholic Church.   Others are warmly welcomed.

ALTOONA — potluck, movie screening, discussion, and candlelight

SATURDAY, March 23, 6:30pm to 9:30pm
at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
806 13th St. Altoona, PA 16693
Use the entrance on 8th St.

For people of all faith traditions and none!  Join us!  RSVP to Greg at  215.242.0854 or by email.

Our evening begins with a pot luck dinner at 6:30 p.m. We’ll bring pizza chicken, you bring your favorite salad, dessert, entree, drinks, snack., etc.

Around 7:15, we’ll view a great new National Geographic film, Paris to Pittsburgh telling the stories of the ways communities are making a difference.  Scroll down on this page to see the trailer!

At 8:30 p.m., we’ll turn off the electric lights, light the candles and share our causes to celebrate the progress we’ve made towards climate action but also lift up our fears about the future.

Donations to PA IPL to continue our work using the power of our interfaith  voice to shine light on climate change as a moral issue and take action for change are welcome, either at the event or by following the link.

There is much to celebrate at this, our 2nd Earth Hour Celebration in Altoona: PA IPL has a new chapter in Pittsburgh, we have successfully delivered a petition to a nearby Ford dealership, asking them to help Ford recommit to the Clean Car Standards, we planted a wildflower meadow at St. Luke’s which will be making its first appearance soon, and several area churches together planted over 600 bare root trees and shrubs along the Lower Trail.

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.)

STATE COLLEGE: Earth Hour vigil

Rescheduled from March 21 due to uncertain evening road conditions.

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As part of the extended Earth Hour 2018, PA IPL member congregation Trinity Lutheran Church will hold a short 25 minute candle-light vigil, from 7:20-7:45, immediately after the Holden Prayer Service. Schedule.

Participants will have the chance to reflect on the call in the “Lenten Fast for Creation” for the date to capture our joy in Creation, and on how Creation strengthens our spirit, how we see it changing, and how we can protect it. 

Participants are invited to join the congregation for soup, salad,  and sandwiches in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 6:00 PM

 Contact Karl Raynar for details. 

Matzo Meditation — a liturgical interfaith seder at Earth Hour

This post was originally published here.  Reposted with permission
Marisa Guerin, PhD.

Original event/calendar post.  The downloadable MLK + 50 Freedom Seder created by the Shalom Center, which was a great resource in creating the Earth Hour seder.

Photos from the Seder were taken in low-light.  We are grateful to have them!  Thanks to Neysa Nevins for the visuals.

This reflection is inspired by the beautiful interfaith Seder that I participated in recently, jointly prepared and led by two women religious leaders, a rabbi and a minister (and that in itself was a gracious experience for this Catholic woman). The evening ceremony was focused on the theme of climate justice, and it was scheduled to coincide with “Earth Hour”, when electric lights around the world are turned off for one hour to shine a light on the need for climate action. The Seder was sponsored by Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light. In the beauty of candlelight, we commemorated the ancient traditions and living faiths of Judaism and Christianity.

During the service, Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein spoke of the symbolism of the matzo bread on each person’s plate. It is unleavened – that is, not puffed up, but plain, made with few ingredients and quickly-baked. Like our essential selves stripped of ego-puffiness, it is a bread that reminds us of what is basic and true. It is a bread of poverty, and also the bread that symbolizes freedom. It reminds us that even when what we have is humble and simple, we have enough. I could meditate on this for weeks.

Like matzo, the communion bread Continue reading Matzo Meditation — a liturgical interfaith seder at Earth Hour

PHILADELPHIA: Earth Hour— Interfaith Seder: When Earth Really Matters

event description and reflection posted here.

Join the Philadelphia Chapter of PA IPL for 

An Interfaith Seder to Welcome Passover and Holy Week

There will be music, prayer, discussion, and symbolic foods.
Draw from ancient traditions to deepen your understanding of climate justice.

All welcome!
$5 suggested donation to defray costs.  Donations of all sizes welcomed.
RSVPs appreciated. Contact Rev. Cheryl Pyrch,

Get a flier to post and share, or scroll down for a ready-to-go bulletin announcement. (Just copy and paste into your favorite newsletter program!)

From 8:30 to 9:30 well observe Earth Hourby turning off electric lights. This annual world-wide event shines a light on the need for climate action.

Saturday, March 24, 8:00pm to 10:00pm at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, 19118

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When the Earth Matters: An Interfaith Seder to Welcome Passover and Holy Week.  Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, Saturday, March 24, 8-10 p.m. Join Philadelphia PA Interfaith Power & Light for an evening of music, prayer, discussion and symbolic foods.  Draw from ancient traditions to deepen your understanding of climate justice.  At 8:30, we’ll join people around the world for “Earth Hour” by turning off  electric lights and moving to the softer, greener light of solar lamps.  There will be an opportunity to take action.  All welcome,$5 suggested donation.  Reservations appreciated. Contact the Rev. Cheryl Pyrch,