Nationwide Earth Day Climate Prayer

 Sign up and download a Climate Blessing here.

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. 

STATE COLLEGE — Earth Hour Prayer and Readings

Flyer to post and share.

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.

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.)

Faith Climate Action Week


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.

SCHNECKSVILLE: Greetings, Earthlings! What in the world are we doing to our beautiful planet? Let’s talk.

This devotional and discussion event, open to people of all faiths and none, is hosted by members of the Baha’i Faith in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. It will

begin with a potluck lunch and be
followed by prayers for humankind and a
discussion of the book “Eleven”,

by Paul Hanley, which addresses the fact that the population of the world is likely to reach 11 billion by the year 2100 …and what can be done to accommodate an additional 4 billion people to an already overburdened world.

This will be a devotional meeting with a discussion.

Please call 484-238-0409 for more information and directions.

CENTRE COUNTY: Blessing of the Tractors (and hand tools)

Emmanuel Union Church will have a Blessing of the Tractors, a Celebration of Earth Day, and prayer for a Successful Growing Season.  Come with or without a tractor to celebrate a long growing heritage in our rich valley… and feel free to bring a more human-sized garden tool for the blessing, too.