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

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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


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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



HARRISBURG: Stirring the Waters — Faith, Science, and Action

REGISTER BY APRIL 8 so we can be good hosts!

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Stirring the Waters: Faith, Science, and Action!
an interreligious Blessing and Celebration
Sunday, April 17 5:00 PM-8:15 PM
(register for outdoor activities beginning at 1:30)

Blessing of the Waters
5:00 PM State Street Riverfront Park, Harrisburg
followed by a procession to the Capitol Rotunda where we will have our dinner.
If you can, do BRING BANNERS and flags from your congregation or faith community.

Click through for a PDF poster that will tell you more about the add-on afternoon canoe trip (with DCNR officials) or hike, too. Learn more.

Please REGISTER BY APRIL 8 so we can be good hosts!

EVERYONE is welcome for an interfaith Blessing of the Waters, Thanksgiving, a catered dinner (halal, kosher, and vegan options), a learning session, a talk by climate scientist and oceanographer Ray Najjar (you can read his bio, but it won’t tell you that he is also a charter member of PA IPL, a 2013 PA IPL cyclist, a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, and a father of 3 who, with his family, slashed their household carbon emissions!

Participants should DRESS FOR VARIABLE SPRING WEATHER for the afternoon tree planting and Multi-faith Blessing of the Waters!

Please REGISTER BY APRIL 8 so we can be good hosts!

Each year Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) gathers members for a lobby-and-learning day at the Capitol in Harrisburg on a particular issue.  This year, it’s climate change.  LAMPa’s advocacy and workshop day will be April 18 (Learn more here – anyone of any faith tradition is welcome to register, but recognize ahead of time that examples will be chosen for Lutherans).

The day before their learning day,  they gather for a less formal faith-and-learning event. This year LAMPa is teaming up with PA IPL and the national ELCA “glocal event team” for celebration and more.  Click the image for a PDF poster that will tell you more about the add-on afternoon canoe trip (with DCNR officials) or hike, too. Learn more.

HARRISBURG “Laudato Sí”—A conversation for everyone

Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home
What can we learn from this extraordinary Encyclical?    What does it mean for our lives?
An invitation to all faith and non-faith traditions.

hart2075John C. Dernbach will lead us in reflection and discussion.  He is Distinguished Professor of Law Director, Environmental Law & Sustainability Center, Widener University, Commonwealth Law School.

FREE PARKING in the adjacent parking garage.

Coming from Sunday worship at your own congregation?  Consider gathering a small group for a soup-and-sandwich lunch after services and traveling over together!Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 4.07.43 PM

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Love thy Nature film

Promoted by Physicians for Social Responsibility–Harrisburg/Hershey

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REGISTER HERE:  https://www.tugg.com/events/39514

Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature is a cinematic immersion into the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. And while our environmental crisis threatens the survival of our species, a renewed connection with nature holds the key to a highly advanced new era.


The Church and the Environment: The Moral and Ethical Dimensions of Caring for Creation

Catholics and non-Catholics alike are welcome.  Invite your Adult Education Class to join you!  Nothing would send a clearer signal that the people of Harrisburg are serious about caring for the Earth and the poor than filling this 300+ seat auditorium!  No fee or registration is required.

Flier for sharing: The Church and the Environment (2) ( from the Diocese of Harrisburg)

Catholic social teaching has long emphasized the need to “Care for God’s Creation” as a
central aspect of stewardship and a shared responsibility for all to consider.

This theme has been highlighted and emphasized by Pope Francis in his recent
encyclical, Laudato Si, in which he provides us with a number of perspectives on our
relationship with the environment as Christians and Catholics.

To aid us in understanding our obligation to protect and maintain our environment, this
lecture and discussion will explore the foundational teachings as well as contemporary
documents that shape our common responsibility.

Rev. David Danneker, Ph.D., Presenter
Father David Danneker is Pastor of Saint John Neumann Parish, Lancaster. He
graduated from St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a B.A. in
Philosophy in 1978. He graduated from Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg,
Maryland in 1982 with both a M.A. in Theology and a M.Div. degree. In 1992 Father
Danneker received a Ph.D. from St. Louis University, with a specialization in Moral
Theology and Medical Ethics.

He has served on the Medical Ethics Committees of several hospitals and nursing
homes, as an Adjunct Professor of Applied Ethics at Elizabethtown College as well as
on several Diocesan and Interchurch committees.

Sponsored by the Commission on Catholic Social Doctrine
No fee or registration is required for this event.

Climate Disruption is a Moral Issue: Interfaith Climate Advocacy Training (HARRISBURG)

Climate Disruption is a Moral Issue
Interfaith Climate Advocacy Training

August 26, 2015

9:30am to 4:30pm
A day of preparation for people of all faiths
Learn how to speak with moral authority on the issue of
climate change in Pennsylvania

Interfaith Climate Advocacy Workshop

Download a flyer to spread the word: ClimateDisruption (2)

Join us to develop clear messages to bring directly to policymakers to support ambitious,
legally-binding targets for carbon dioxide and methane emissions, energy efficiency
and a just transition to renewable power

Workshop Leaders:

Hosted by the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, at its 1280 Clover Lane location

People of faith possess the moral authority to be important and credible voices,  awakening awareness and responsibility for bold climate action among elected leaders and non-elected policy makers.

We seek to prepare people of faith who are willing to pro-actively initiate meetings with policymakers, electoral candidates and other religious leaders to lift up the moral dimensions of this crisis and support effective and rapid transition plans for a just, clean energy future in Pennsylvania and the nation.    Click through to REGISTER.

LUNCH and SNACKS are provided. 
Please bring a mug or water bottle for your drinks.
DISCOUNTS for people signing up as a small group from the same faith community or ministerium

Sponsored by:

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