PHILA: Can We Talk? Communicating with Friends, Family, Neighbors, Fellow Congregants, Coworkers about Climate Change

6:45 – tea/snacks
7:00 – PA IPL chapter business meeting
7:30 – Can We Talk? Communicating with Friends, Family, Neighbors, Fellow Congregants, Coworkers about Climate Change

According to Earthjustice, most Americans say that they care about the environment, yet a growing number believe that the situation is hopeless. And even those who think that something can be done don’t engage nearly as much in environmental advocacy as one might expect. 

This disconnect between ecological concern and action must be addressed, given the broad public support needed to tackle increasingly complex ecological challenges, including climate change.

We’ll take a look at the Ecological Roadmap, a national segmentation study of the American public that organizes people according to how they rank more than 130 social values which help shape the public’s understanding of, and engagement in, environmental issues. 

After some conversation, we’ll have a chance to try out some conversations/role plays with people who we’d love to talk with, but who see the world from some very different perspectives.

All welcome! RSVPs appreciated but not required.

Agenda / 6:45 – tea/snacks / 7 – business meeting / 7:30 – above program
Organizers: Philadelphia chapter of PA Interfaith Power & Light 

PHILADELPHIA: Sewing Seeds of Transformative Leadership

Shalom Center -Sowing Seeds of Transformative LeadershipNote that there are two events, each with registration.  One runs 5-7, and the next 7-9 on Sunday, May 21st.

The Shalom Center invites you to meet and to honor three crucial (and faith-rooted) activists who “Sow the Seeds of Transformative Leadership” at a celebration on Sunday May 21, 2017 in Philadelphia (Roxborough neighborhood):

Dinner: A dinner where registrants will be able to meet each other and our three honorees, 5-7pm.
Please be aware that space is limited and that on 5/8/17, if space is still available, the contribution level increases.  Click here to Register Now!

Honor Event:  A shared conversation in which the three honorees will talk with each other and other attendees, in the host congregation’s sanctuary, 7-9 pm.
Please be aware that fot the Honor Event as well, space is limited and that on 5/8/17, if space is still available, the contribution level increases. Click here to Register Now!

HARRISBURG-area WORKSHOP: Active Hope and the Work that Reconnects

Please REGISTER so that we know how many to expect.  Share the flier.  Share and Invite via the Facebook event page.

joannamacyspiralActive Hope is waking up to the beauty of life on whose behalf can act. We belong to this world. The web of life is calling us forth at this time.

— Joanna Macy, ecophilosopher and founder, The Work that Reconnects; co-author of Active Hope: How to Get Out of the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy

Saturday, May 14, 2016 ~ 10:00 a.m. to Noon
The Unitarian Church of Harrisburg
1280 Clover Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17113

Facilitator:  Marcia Berry ~ PA Interfaith Power & Light

At this moment in history, we are all faced with discouraging information and personal experiences that point to a worldwide environmental crisis, growing resource inequality, environmental racism, and intensifying violence locally and worldwide.

The Active Hope Workshop offers a program for all who are interested in building sustainable, diverse, and caring communities for today and for the future. This workshop offers an empowering framework to help move people from overwhelm to engagement — coming together, supporting one another to create the kind of world we long for.

Active Hope offers powerful tools for activists and change agents in all causes and movements:

˜   empowering framework      ˜   restorative practices      ˜   mutual support /respite


Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 10.26.53 AMGet the flier.    Register.


What if part of the reason so many of us have failed to act is not because we are too selfish to care about an abstract or far-off problem, but because we are utterly overwhelmed by how much we do care?

—Naomi Klein, activist and author This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate



POSTPONED. BRYN MAWR: an Interfaith Tu b’Shevat Seder for EVERYONE

Image provided by Rabbi Yitzhak Nates
Image provided by Rabbi Yitzhak Nates

POSTPONED due to forecast (church building will be closed).  Will be rescheduled.  Date TBA.

A rooted, creative, mystical, musical, Jewish and environmental Holy Day (the New Year of the Trees) will be held at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church (map and address below).

Have a light dinner beforehand, then come to enjoy and learn about Jewish mysticism, and about how we can together walk a bit more lightly on our planet.  Fruits, nuts, and a bissel of cake will be part of the seder (service).

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Click the image to download the PDF flier. Share with your congregation and your neighbors!

Rabbi Yitz encourages interested folks to be in touch in advance!  Send any sorts of questions —or email him about any way you might like to participate.  Musicians that would like to join are most welcome (Cantor Daniella is a collaborative music leader!), or people may share (in advance) any “green” songs,  from their faith traditions or beyond. 

If possible, let us know that you’ll join us,** so we can be sure to have plenty of food to share.   Free-will offerings will be gratefully accepted.

Cosponsored by PA Interfaith Power & Light and the Main Line Jewish Community Derech HaLev, and hosted by Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church

*We’ll plan for people to be able to leave by 8:30, but if there is lots of energy and interest to continue, some folks may stay on just a bit longer.

**RSVP to   We will send a single reminder email with indoor directions to the room we’ll be in to everyone who RSVPs.  Both our shopping list and our meeting room choice depends on about how many people will join in, but we don’t want RSVPs to keep any last-minute joiners away!