Philadelphia PA IPL Earth Hour: Lights Out, Party ON!

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Philadelphia PA IPL Invites you to Earth Hour 2016…

… a party that will celebrate the beauty of the night sky and the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, March 19 from 6:45 pm to 9:45 pm at the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting.


  • A “Greet the Light” experience with the opening of the ceiling Skyspace over the meetinghouse,
  • The music of  Acoustic Blender,
  • An earth-defying dessert bar,
  • The glow of solar lanterns during international Earth Hour.

Proceeds from the Philadelphia PA IPL Earth Hour will benefit PA IPL’s Time to Build up Campaign, which aims to  triple our staff and expand our reach, establishing a foundation for PA IPL to become a truly state-wide organization.

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The ceiling will open at 7 pm

The skyspaceSkyspace at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is an installation designed by light artist James Turrell.

At sunset, a section of the roof of the meetinghouse will slide open for a “Greet the Light” program, a meditative and prayerful experience of the wonder of light — both natural and human-inspired. If the weather has other plans, there will be an alternative light show,

Participants lie on their backs to view the light show. With the ceiling open to the March sky we recommend dressing warmly or bringing a blanket to be extra cozy.  You can also bring a yoga mat if you have one.

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Acoustic Blender will jazz up the place 

Starting at 8 pm, the party will move into the social room and will include the music of Acoustic Blender, as well as some great desserts, while we celebrate the amazing work that PA IPL is doing to combat climate change and care for our planet.

We’ll join international Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30

eiffel towersAt 8:30 pm the party will continue in the glow of solar lanterns when the electricity goes off to mark the ninth annual international Earth Hour.

Originated by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour is a world-wide movement  in which  individuals, communities and businesses throughout the world are invited to turn off their non-essential lights on the same day from 8:30 pm to 9:30 as a sign of commitment to the planet.

Bring your own light alternative (no candles, though) to add to the ambiance. High-level donors can take home a solar powered lantern, while supplies last.

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Green Transportation Challenge

As a special show of love for the earth and its climate, consider an alternative to driving to the event:

  • Bike racks are available to the left of the building.
  • For public transit, use the #23 SEPTA bus; the L SEPTA bus; the SEPTA Chestnut Hill East line’s Wyndmoor station (three-block walk); or the SEPTA Chestnut Hill West line’s St. Martin’s station (one-mile walk).



SCRANTON: Terra Preta hosts a PA IPL Earth Hour evening

This year, Terra Preta will be hosting an Earth Hour gathering. The lights will be out during dinner from 8-9pm. We invite you to join us in celebrating and making a difference for our planet!

Terra Preta has partnered with Rabbi Daniel Swartz of Temple Hesed and PA IPL Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light to bring this global event to Scranton!

What to expect: During the hour of 8-9pm, the lights will be out in the dining room and you will be eating solely by candle light. In addition to our dinner menu, we will have local and sustainable dinner features, utilizing our local farmers while reducing our waste. We will have a few special guests with us. You will have a chance to get to know local farmers (Fullers Overlook Farm will be there) and learn about ways to access locally grown food. From 6-9pm we will also have live music brought to you by Mark Woodyatt Violin and Entertainment.

We would like to invite you to join Terra Preta in what promises to be an amazing and inspiring global celebration of our collective commitment to the planet. Be sure to make your reservation soon by calling Terra Preta at 570-871-4190

Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement by World Wildlife Fund to unite people to take action for the planet. Earth Hour was started in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and since then it has grown to engage supporters in over 172 countries and territories worldwide. During this global moment of solidarity, Earth Hour supporters around the world to take a stand to solve our planet’s biggest environmental challenge yet and shine a light on climate action.

To make reservations for Earth Hour Dinner, please call Terra Preta at 570-871-4190

Preach-In Preachers’ Breakfast –rescheduled!

The 2/6 breakfast must be cancelled, due to fallen trees and no power.  All are encouraged to attend this event at 1:00 on February 11.   Register here.

Mark your calendar and pass the word in your networks:  we’ve rescheduled the “Preacher’s Preach-in Breakfast” for Thursday, February 6th, at 8:15 at Summit.   This is over a week before the national “preach-in” but that date is only suggested, and it will be a time to share information, strategies or challenges for preaching on climate change.  We’ll also have postcards and advocacy information.    RSVPs appreciated, so I’ll know how much coffee to make.  (We always encourage participants to bring their own mugs.)


Poetry on Social & Environmental Justice: A Reading and Discussion with Poets Cynthia Lowen & Hila Ratzabi

Members of Philadelphia PA IPL plan to attend this event.

Living in period of history where nuclear weapons and climate crisis are part of our mental landscape can be challenging, to say the least. While political activism is essential, the arts, and specifically poetry, play a role in how humans process the extremely complicated and often harrowing world we live in today. Offering a means for the imagination to manage and mitigate these difficult topics, poetry can serve as a voice of justice and hope. Poets Cynthia Lowen and Hila Ratzabi will read poems and lead a discussion on this topic. Lowen’s debut book of poetry, The Cloud That Contained The Lightning, addresses nuclear weaponry, and Ratzabi’s work-in-progress is a book of poems that responds to climate change. We look forward to an engaging discussion on the intersection of poetry and social and environmental justice.

Hot cocoa, cider, and snacks will be served.
Tickets: $5 in advance; $7 at the door Purchase Ticket

Note that if you are interested in the reading, but unavailable on 2/1, there is another reading including Hila Ratzabi on 1/31 at 7:00 PM.  Details here.

Retreat for Climate Change Activists

Enter the New Year with renewed energy for being a steward of the Earth.  The Philadelphia chapter of PAIPL will be hosting an afternoon of spiritual nourishment, renewal, and inspiration for climate change activists of all faiths.

Sunday, January 5, 2-4:30 p.m., Summit Presbyterian Church, 6757 Greene St., Philadelphia, PA  19119.

The retreat is informed by Joanna Macy’s Works that Reconnects”  This process encourages us to connect with our love for all life as well as the feelings that arise within us when we encounter the destruction and chaos of our world. Continue reading Retreat for Climate Change Activists

Annual Conference


Our 2013 Annual Meeting and Conference in
Harrisburg was a Great Success!

This is the state’s largest gathering for people of faith concerned about climate change—a time for interfaith worship, workshops, resource gathering, and networking with others who are responding to climate change as a moral issue. Thanks to everyone who made it such a great success.


“One Creation, Many Faiths:
Call to Action on Climate Change”

Saturday, October 5, 11:00 to 4:00
(registration and green fair open at 10)
Colonial Park United Church of Christ
5000 Devonshire Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17112

10:00             On-site registration (still only $25, some extra lunches will be available)

GREEN FAIR opens — non-profits, busineses, and faith groups offering creative ideas and diverse ways of caring for Creation.

11:00             KEYNOTE PANEL

How do different faith traditions respond to climate change? (scroll down for panelists’ bios)
Peter Adriance, National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the US, Washington, DC
Rabbi Mordechai Leibling, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Philadelphia
Sister Pat Lupo, Mt. St. Benedict, Erie
Rev. Dr. Gil Waldkoenig, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg.

12:30            LUNCH (vegetarian; included in your registration fee)

2:00               WORKSHOPS

…that highlight practical actions congregations can take and work to be done in our communities.

Also: STUDENT MEET-UP for college students interested in the intersection of climate change and faith.

3:30               Annual meeting; elections; DOOR PRIZES!

Presentation of the third annual PA IPL Visionary Award

4:00               Display of lower-impact vehicles in the parking lot.

Come talk to owners of

* an all-electric Tesla Roadster
* a plug-in Ford Focus
* a hybrid Toyota Prius