Now Available: Video of PA IPL Interfaith Spiritual Care 2022 “Walking Through Life with Active Hope”

Session 3: “Ecological Economics”

This meeting, recorded Wednesday, September 12, 2022, was the third of four sessions of PA IPL’s 2022 Interfaith Spiritual Care series, “Walking Through Life With Active Hope.” The theme of our third program of 2022 is “Ecological Economics.” We explore this topic with music, meditation, images, prayer, and Active Hope practices.

PA IPL Interfaith Spiritual Care 2022: “Walking Through Life with Active Hope”
Session 3: “Ecological Economics”
Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00pm

We explore Joanna Macy’s Active Hope through the lens of Ecological Economics. As in the past, we use music, prayer, meditation, and small group discussion to explore this topic.

This Spiritual Care series provides space for our interfaith work and expressions of our traditions. Each event is designed to help us come together, reconnect, and seek hope as an interfaith community. Additionally, we offer opportunities for PA IPL Board Members and Chapter Members to organize faith specific celebrations.

Interfaith Spiritual Care 2022 – Session 3: “Ecological Economics”

Please join PA IPL for our 2022 zoom series, “Walking Through Life With Active Hope.” The theme of our second program is “Ecological Economics.” We will explore this topic with music, meditation, images, prayer, and Active Hope practices.

PA IPL Interfaith Spiritual Care 2022:
Walking Through Life with Active Hope
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Session 3: “Ecological Economics”
Monday, September 12th at 7:00pm

We will be exploring Joanna Macy’s Active Hope through the lens of Ecological Economics. As in the past, we will use music, prayer, meditation, and small group discussion to explore this topic.

This Spiritual Care series provides space for our interfaith work and expressions of our traditions. Each event is designed to help us come together, reconnect, and seek hope as an interfaith community. Additionally, we will offer opportunities for PA IPL Board Members and Chapter Members to organize faith specific celebrations.

Register now and receive an email providing the Zoom link for the meeting.

Now Available: Video of PA IPL Interfaith Spiritual Care 2022 “Walking Through Life with Active Hope”

Session 2: “Environmental Justice”

This meeting, recorded Wednesday, June 22, 2022, was the second of four sessions of PA IPL’s 2022 Interfaith Spiritual Care series, “Walking Through Life With Active Hope.” The theme of our second program is “Environmental Justice.” We explore this topic with music, meditation, images, prayer, and Active Hope practices.

PA IPL Interfaith Spiritual Care 2022: “Walking Through Life With Active Hope”
Session 2: “Environmental Justice”
Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:00pm

This Spiritual Care series provides space for our interfaith work and expressions of our traditions. Each event is designed to help us come together, reconnect, and seek hope as an interfaith community. Additionally, we offer opportunities for PA IPL Board Members and Chapter Members to organize faith specific celebrations.

Interfaith Spiritual Care 2022 – Session 2: “Environmental Justice”

Please join PA IPL for our 2022 zoom series, “Walking Through Life With Active Hope.” The theme of our second program is “Environmental Justice.” We will explore this topic with music, meditation, images, prayer, and Active Hope practices.

PA IPL Interfaith Spiritual Care 2022:
Walking Through Life with Active Hope
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Session 2: “Environmental Justice”
Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:00pm

This Spiritual Care series provides space for our interfaith work and expressions of our traditions. Each event is designed to help us come together, reconnect, and seek hope as an interfaith community. Additionally, we will offer opportunities for PA IPL Board Members and Chapter Members to organize faith specific celebrations.

Register now and receive an email providing the Zoom link for the meeting.

Interfaith Spiritual Care 2022 – Session 1: “The Cry of the Earth”

Please join PA IPL for our 2022 zoom series, “Walking Through Life With Active Hope.” The theme of our first program is “The Cry of the Earth.” We will explore this topic using Joanna Macy’s Active Hope spiral using poetry, meditation, readings, and song.

PA IPL Interfaith Spiritual Care 2022:
Walking Through Life with Active Hope
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Session 1: “The Cry of the Earth”
Wednesday, February 23rd at 7:00pm

This first session of our seasonal programs in 2022 will honor the spiritual gifts with which our creator has blessed us from the natural world. The program will include interfaith prayers, meditation, and music.

This Spiritual Care series provides space for our interfaith work and expressions of our traditions. Each event is designed to help us come together, reconnect, and seek hope as an interfaith community. Additionally, we will offer opportunities for PA IPL Board Members and Chapter Members to organize faith specific celebrations.

Register now and receive an email providing the Zoom link for the meeting.

Reflection on Hope

Offered by Harrisburg PA IPL chair, Rachel Mark, and member congregation Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, 12/31/17

On the subject of hope, I pondered what I thought about it and how I personally relate to it. If you know me, then you would assume I was going to make a climate change connection. But everyone has heard that before. So I thought about how hope ties in to world peace, how hope relates to equality, and how it relates to any number of social justice issues. However, for me hope is deeply connected, not just with aspiration, but with action. So yes I did indeed come back to climate change.

On October 16, when I traveled to the small Susquehanna River town of Columbia in Lancaster County, with intrepid UCH member Barbara Van Horn [photo and article], I did not have a preconceived notion of what I intended to do that day. I only knew I wanted to be present with a group of people who over the course of several weeks, had inspired me with their stories, their vision and their determination. As we gathered that morning and listened to instructions, options, and possible consequences of civil disobedience, it became clear to me that I needed to stand with those in the “no trespass zone”, in the way of pipeline construction, and to risk arrest.

I felt a deep resolve to stand in support of new and old friends, who were committed to taking action against an injustice to their land and neighbors, an injustice to their children, an injustice to the climate. With this community, I have now shared a prison cell, sang songs, stood in the rain, and froze our butts, all of which has restored my energy and hope. I have discovered that where there is resolve, where there are still options and choices to be made, there is hope.

Active hope, in community with others, seems to me the healthiest and perhaps only sane way to live in the face of an uncertain and daunting future. Daunting, not just in terms of climate change, but in terms of our democracy and civilization.

Several days ago in my email box, there was a short message written by a writer familiar to many UU’s. Rebecca Solnit is an American writer whose book A Paradise Built in Hell was read by many UU circles. The email message read:

Dear Rachel,

It’s a race. And you’re in it; it’s your race too, to win or lose.

A race between the increasingly ominous news about how the climate is changing and the extraordinary measures being taken to slow that change and transform our society. That’s one of the challenges of this moment: to feel the despair and the hope, both, together. And then to choose hope.

Hope doesn’t mean pretending that climate change doesn’t exist or that we can erase it. It means we can fight for the best outcome instead of settle for the worst.

Leonard Higgins, a Unitarian Universalist from Oregon, has been convicted and faces sentencing for his involvement in pipeline action. Leonard was one of five activists, so-called Valve Turners, who turned the valves on pipelines in four northwestern states, and halted the flow of petroleum for one day. Leonard faces a prison term of up to ten years.

About hope, I think I most resonate with Emily, another one of the five valve turners. She says, “to be honest, I’m not sure what I hope for, except that humans can be as loving and sane and brave as possible in the coming decades—to each other, to the world. I look into the future, sometimes to think about how life might start to reestablish something like the abundance and magic that’s here now. “

Hope is the opposite of resignation, of giving up. It is about resolve, about looking for those actions that work to bring about our vision.

To further quote Rebecca Solnit in her book Hope in the Dark:

“Hope means another world might be possible, not promised, not guaranteed. Hope calls for action. To hope is to give yourself to the future. Anything could happen and whether we act or not has everything to do with it. I want to start over, with an imagination adequate to the possibilities, the strangeness and the dangers on this earth in this moment.”

As long as there are visions, options, and further actions to be done, there is room for action—and hope.

—Rachel Mark

More about the site and history of the pipeline protests in rural Lancaster County here. The Adorers of the Blood of Christ have been leaders, as have Lancaster Against Pipelines, which is led by a Mennonite clergyperson.

Rachel appears in a photo at the Day 5 verse (that’s the Golden Rings one) of a fun 12 Days of Christmas rewrite by Lancaster Against Pipelines.