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.

Faith in Place’s 2022 Green Team Summit — Rooted Together!

Join Faith in Place’s Green Team Summit, Rooted Together on September 11-14th. The 7th Annual Summit will by a hybrid event, fully accessible online with in person watch parties across Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

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Faith in Place is the proud IL, IN & WI affiliate of Interfaith Power and Light. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers people of all faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth. At the summit we will engage faith and spiritual leaders from across the Midwest – connecting communities to environmental justice, healing & climate resilience.

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, is the chief climate scientist for The Nature Conservancy and a distinguished professor and chair at Texas Tech University. She can often be found talking to people about why Climate Change matters and what we can do to fix it!

Join us to be inspired and encouraged in your environmental work by registering for free at greenteamsummit.org. Everyone is invited! The Summit is made possible because of sponsorships and donations from Individuals, Corporations, and Organizations.

This year Individual Sponsors can honor or recognize someone or something special to them on our Green Team Summit website such as:

    • A loved one
    • An essential worker
    • A mentor
    • A favorite organization
    • A treasured place
    • An admirable cause
    • A sponsorship in your own name also helps make the Summit free to all attendees

This special honor is a wonderful gift for a birthday, graduation, anniversary, retirement, or other celebration as the message will remain on our Summit website for one year! Please see the sponsorship options – Sponsor as an Individual — 2022 Green Team Summit – any donation is greatly appreciated!

See you at the Summit!

Voting is a Sacred Obligation

By Mike Kennedy, Faith Climate Justice Voter Campaign Manager
August 17, 2022

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb of Bethesda, Md.’s Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation encouraged an IPL webinar audience that voting is a “sacred obligation” and “awesome opportunity.”

“The Jewish tradition says, if something matters enough, it’s no longer just a good idea,” Dobb, an IPL board member, said during IPL’s August 9 webinar about sermons, divrei Torah, and khutbahs crafted to encourage voting. “It’s mandated. Like charity. You can give even more, but a certain amount of generosity is actually obligatory, not just voluntary. We call it ‘tzedakah’, not just charity, but righteousness and justice.”

“Same for voting and for involvement in the democratic enterprise within a free society. It’s not just a good idea. It’s, religiously speaking, the law. Voting and defending democracy, is, in Jewish parlance, a mitzvah, a sacred obligation that is in turn also an awesome opportunity. I pray that we can all articulate in our own faith language how this is, in fact, a holy imperative for all of us.”

The webinar reminded faith leaders of the importance of using their prophetic voices to call the faithful to live by their most deeply held values in an election year, and that voting is one way we can all bring forth a world rooted in those values.

Imam Mustapha Elturk, President of the North American Islamic Organization in Michigan, said the Prophet Muhammad once stated, “Whoever sees something that is detested, let him change it by hand.”  Elturk added, “I use the word ‘hand’ to mean authority. We could change things through the courts, but more so through the ballot. Go out and vote. Take with your ‘hand’ this ballot and stick it in the (ballot) box.

IPL Board Chair the Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Durley offered important counsel to those who don’t preach. “So if any of you who are not necessarily clergy but you need your (spiritual) leader (to preach on voting), you’ve got to let them know that they have an obligation,” Durley said. “They have been, we call it in our tradition, called for such a time as this, to speak to the conditions of our people.”

“Can I use a word that we don’t use now?,” Durley asked. “Right and wrong. There are certain things that are just not right. It’s not right what these petroleum companies are doing. It’s not right what they’re doing in the gas and fuel. So in (preaching), you’re not talking about red or blue, you’re talking about some basic fundamental ethical questions that need moral answers to, and that will give people the impetus to try to move ahead to make a difference and I think that that’s how you inspire people.”

The full webinar and short answers from it are available here. If you want to offer a message this fall on the importance of voting, let us know here and we will send you a nonpartisan sermon resource document.

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.