BRYN MAWR: Film and Discussion (and dinner!)

Join the Environmental Justice Committee and others at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian and beyond for National Geographic’s realistic, hopeful film about climate action and solutions: Paris to Pittsburgh, and stay for a discussion.

When: Wednesday, May 22 from 6:30-8:30 pm.  If you would like to join us for dinner at 5:30, please RSVP.

Where: Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Witherspoon Parlor.

Members of the wider community are warmly invited.

Watch the trailer here:

PITTSBURGH: Paris to Pittsburgh movie screening and discussion

The First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh invites friends, neighbors, and community members to join members for National Geographic’s realistic, hopeful film about climate action and solutions: Paris to Pittsburgh, and stay for discussion afterwards.

Check out the trailer right now:

SCRANTON: Paris to Pittsburgh movie screening and discussion

Join us PA IPL Board member and Marywood University faculty member Melinda Krokus and others  for National Geographic’s realistic, hopeful film about climate action and solutions: Paris to Pittsburgh, and stay for a facilitated discussion.

When: Tuesday, April 9th from 7-9 pm
Where: Marywood University, The Learning Commons, Room 331/337

Students, faculty, staff, and members of the greater Scranton community are all warmly invited.

Download the poster to share.

…and scroll down to watch the trailer right now:

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.

BRYN MAWR: Movie series 3— Look & See, a portrait of Wendell Berry

The Environmental Justice Committee of PA IPL member congregation Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church has selected 3 documentaries to be shown at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute for a Green on Screen series.  Each will be followed by thought-provoking discussions as part of the committee’s ongoing mission to educate and advocate for God’s creation in the congregation and the larger community

Wednesdays, April 12 – 26, 7:00 p.m., Bryn Mawr Film Institute, with talk-backs running for about 30 minutes at the conclusion of the film.

4/25 – LOOK & SEE: A Portrait of Wendell Berry
            discussion with Rev. Gilson Waldkoenig, PhD
Paulssen-Hale-Maurer Prof. of Church in Society, United Lutheran Seminary

LOOK & SEE revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community.

In 1965, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farm house and began a life of farming, writing and teaching.  This lifelong relationship with the land and community would come to form the core of his prolific writings. A half century later Henry County, like many rural communities across America, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt – all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities. Writing from a long wooden desk beneath a forty-paned window, Berry has watched this struggle unfold, becoming one of its most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life.

Filmed across four seasons in the farming cycle, LOOK & SEE blends observational scenes of farming life, interviews with farmers and community members with evocative, carefully framed shots of the surrounding landscape.  Thus, in the spirit of Berry’s agrarian philosophy, Henry County itself will emerge as a character in the film – a place and a landscape that is deeply interdependent with the people that inhabit it.