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 Weekis 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!
The Human Element Screening Kit and Movie: Follows environmental photographer James Balog on his quest to highlight Americans on the front lines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world.
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.
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 Conference. We 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.’
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.
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.
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.
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 learn more register
and let us know if you’d like to add your event to the list growing here:
Philadelphia Earth Hour benefit event—March 28–Singing for the Earth
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.
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.)
PA IPL is now offering a virtual gathering on Saturday, March 28th with live music, prayer, and reflection Learn more Register
PA IPL member congregation Trinity Lutheran Church will be hosting supper followed by the Holden Prayer Serviceeach Wednesday evening during Lent. This year, they will be including Earth Hour or prayer in each service. People of all faiths are welcome to join in, knowing that the service will be a Christian Lenten service.
The Lenten suppers will take place in fellowship hall starting at 6 PM. The Holden Prayer Service follows at 7 PM and will conclude each Wednesday evening by 7:30 PM.
This year, Trinity Lutheran will be observing Earth “Hour” across Lent with a Gospel meditation followed by an Earth Hour meditation taken from the ELCA Care of Creation statement during each of the six Wednesday Lenten prayer services.
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.
The lights-out celebration officially happens from 8:30 to 9:30 PM on Saturday, March 28 this year, but lots of small observances take place at various locations during the weeks immediately before and after the formal date and time.
This was first published as part 4 of the February 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 Conference. We will be adding virtual connecting points and more.
Faith Climate Action Week April 17-26… or anytime during the year!
This annual “week” of action organized by Interfaith Power & Light calls faith communities across the country 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 will be downloadable resources, or you can order a print kit for a small fee. This year’s suggested film is The Human Elementby filmaker James Balog, who also made the powerful and beautiful film Chasing Ice.
This early spring is the time of year when, if we give our attention, we can see the power of the life force gathering. Pause to notice a swollen or reddening twig. If you have a little snow on the ground, you may see not only the emerging green tips of daffodils, but also the melt right around them, caused by the heat of the metabolism fueling their growth! Make space to share your awe and wonder on a congregational bulletin board or sharing table, and include us by sharing photos, poems, drawings, songs, or whatever you are inspired to create. With your permission, we will post in our online spaces (and we will credit you however you would like).
This was first published as part 4 of the February 2020 newsletter. Scroll up or down for more upcoming March and April events, an action idea, and a review of our February Annual Conference.
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.