POSTPONED. BRYN MAWR: an Interfaith Tu b’Shevat Seder for EVERYONE

Image provided by Rabbi Yitzhak Nates
Image provided by Rabbi Yitzhak Nates

POSTPONED due to forecast (church building will be closed).  Will be rescheduled.  Date TBA.

A rooted, creative, mystical, musical, Jewish and environmental Holy Day (the New Year of the Trees) will be held at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church (map and address below).

Have a light dinner beforehand, then come to enjoy and learn about Jewish mysticism, and about how we can together walk a bit more lightly on our planet.  Fruits, nuts, and a bissel of cake will be part of the seder (service).

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Click the image to download the PDF flier. Share with your congregation and your neighbors!

Rabbi Yitz encourages interested folks to be in touch in advance!  Send any sorts of questions —or email him about any way you might like to participate.  Musicians that would like to join are most welcome (Cantor Daniella is a collaborative music leader!), or people may share (in advance) any “green” songs,  from their faith traditions or beyond. 

If possible, let us know that you’ll join us,** so we can be sure to have plenty of food to share.   Free-will offerings will be gratefully accepted.

Cosponsored by PA Interfaith Power & Light and the Main Line Jewish Community Derech HaLev, and hosted by Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church

*We’ll plan for people to be able to leave by 8:30, but if there is lots of energy and interest to continue, some folks may stay on just a bit longer.

**RSVP to info@paipl.org.   We will send a single reminder email with indoor directions to the room we’ll be in to everyone who RSVPs.  Both our shopping list and our meeting room choice depends on about how many people will join in, but we don’t want RSVPs to keep any last-minute joiners away!

Praying with Paris — in Philadelphia and Harrisburg

The Paris climate talks (the 21st such talks) began on Monday, November 30.  People around the world held vigils and marches on 11/29 and 11/30 to show our leaders that we are with them in spirit, supporting the difficult, urgent, vital work that they are engaged in.  The people’s voices —including faith voices— have been vital in getting international leaders as far along as we are.

Check back here for a one-a-day series of actions and solutions from now until 12/11.

HarrisburgVigilMarch.11.29.2015In HARRISBURG, a multi-faith service hosted by Grace United Methodist Church was attended by about 120 people, and  made the evening news.  News coverage embedded at the bottom of this page (these links can expire quickly!)

Inspiring speakers included  Professor John Dernbach  (himself a Paris Summit delegate) and former PA Senator Franklin Kury (the author of Article1, Section 27 of our PA Constitution, and the recipient of our first PA IPL Visionary Award, back in 2011).   Father Jim Podlesny talked about the significance of the Pope’s encyclical and what it means for Paris.

 David Glasgow, music director of Unitarian Universalists of Cumberland Valley, provided opening music, with congregational singing of  We Would be One, This is My Song, and Blue Boat Home.    Harrisburg Drummers added color and energy.

Readings and reflections were offered by leaders from the Religion & Society Center, Baha’ís of Harrisburg, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of PA, Hadee Mosque, and PA IPL. 

The event concluded on the Capitol steps with a rousing speech by former pastor and climate activist, the Rev. Jerry Miller, along with other testimonies, more drumming, and singing of Let There Be Peace on Earth.

IMG_5098In PHILADELPHIA , PA IPL member congregation First United Methodist Church of Germantown  hosted an afternoon multi-faith vigil on Monday, 11/30.  The vigil and prayer was led by Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein, the Rev. Cheryl Pyrch, and song led by Daniella Forstater.  Participants from many local congregations, including the Sisters of St Joseph, the Germantown Jewish Centre, P’nai Or, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the Unitarian Society of Germantown, host FUMCOGSt. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, the Shalom CenterSummit Presbyterian Church, and Good Samaritan Baptist Church and more!

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Because of the attacks in Paris last week, planned marches and outdoor gatherings were not allowed, so the Place de la Republique filled with 10,000 pairs of shoes, “marching” without their owners.  Among them: Pope Francis’ shoes, and Ban Ki Moon’s shoes.

Nearly 10,000 people linked arms to form a human chain through Paris, stretched out along about 2km of the 3 km (2 mile) route of the planned march, rather than gathered in one spot.

Religious leaders delivered a multi-faith petition signed by nearly 1.8 million yesterday, and Cristina Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, broke out into a dance with Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of South Africa, who was among those delivering the signatures to the talks.

HARRISBURG Fox43 coverage:

Fast for the Climate

Members of PA IPL will join Fast for the Climate December 1, while international climate talks are going on in Paris, and on the first of each month following.  We’re joining national and international organizations, religious and secular.   Register at the link  to be counted, making your fast an act of corporate solidarity, as well as individual spiritual discipline.  Use the “Fasters” link to see some of the leaders who will be fasting with you.

This fast is not bound by specific rules: you may choose how you will fast.   You may choose a food fast, or make yours a carbon fast, giving up a particular use of fossil fuels that day —car, hot water, or stove, for example.   If you are not normally a vegan, eating vegan on the first of each month is both in the spirit of the fast, and good practice for moving toward a lower-carbon diet.   Go to the Fast for the Climate page for more about fasting — food fasting and alternative fasting.

Share your experiences with us via email, on our Facebook page, and on Twitter (PAIPL_US) all with the hashtag: #fastfortheclimate.

Quotes from fasters: 

“It’s a rich personal experience, it gives a sense of revival, and cleansing, and joyfulness.”

“To bring climate change under control we need to exercise self-control, we need to act together, fasting enhances our focus and determination.”

“I feel physically in solidarity with people who are affected by climate change when I fast, it gives us a glimpse of the reality for millions, a feeling of connection and urgency.”

Interfaith Discussion on Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Climate Crisis (PHILLY-area)

Pope Francis’ much-anticipated Encyclical, addressed to all people on Earth, came out on Thursday, June 18.  It is beautiful and powerful and worthy of study and discussion.   The turnout for our discussion on June 26th made it clear that many of us are eager for the opportunity to do so in the company of others, so we are providing additional opportunities.

Please join PA Interfaith Power & Light and our hosts the Sisters of Mercy for text study and discussion led by Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein

When: Tuesday, July 21 10-11:30AM
Where: Convent of Mercy, 515 Montgomery Avenue, Merion, PA 19066
What: Discussion of select passages from the Encyclical.  Study sheets and refreshments will be provided.

Please help us prepare enough places by registering, and download the flyer below to spread the word!  If you’re sharing the registration with others, you can use this (easier-to-remember) address: http://tinyurl.com/EncyclicalDiscussionJuly21

Until we meet for discussion, here’s some inspiration from Pope Francis (paragraphs 230-231):

Saint Therese of Lisieux invites us to practice the little way of love, not to miss out on a kind word, a smile or any small gesture which sows peace and friendship. An integral ecology is also made up of simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness. In the end, a world of exacerbated consumption is at the same time a world which mistreats life in all its forms. Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world. Love for society and commitment to the common good are outstanding expressions of a charity which affects not only relationships between individuals but also “macro-relationships, social, economic and political ones”. That is why the Church set before the world the ideal of a “civilization of love”. Social love is the key to authentic development: “In order to make society more human, more worthy of the human person, love in social life – political, economic and cultural – must be given renewed value, becoming the constant and highest norm for all activity.

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NW Philly: interfaith discussion of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Praised Be”

*PopeFrancis-01Invitation to Breakfast discussion about Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter on Climate Change/Care for Our Common Home

Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical, addressed to all people on Earth, came out on Thursday, June 18.   It is beautiful and powerful and worthy of study and discussion.

Join the Philadelphia Chapter of PA IPL for breakfast and an informal discussion led by Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein.  Text from our friends at the Catholic Climate Covenant below (with links to the full encyclical in English).   Please also note that 

we all have the chance to send our thanks to Pope Francis for his recent encyclical —delivered in person!  Please use this link  http://tinyurl.com/PAIPLStandsWithPopeFrancis to electronically sign a letter of thanks (and send on to your networks), and Dan Misleh of the Catholic Climate Covenant will hand-deliver the signatures to the Vatican on July 2-3

Where? At the Cafe at the Upsal Train Station (Sweet Sins at the POD Cafe).  Address below.  Plan to order yourself breakfast and then join us upstairs on the second floor, an inviting space with big windows.
When? Friday, June 26, 8:30-10AM
What? Discussion of select passages from the encyclical.  Study sheets will be provided.
RSVP helpful but not required to malkahbinah@gmail.com

You are welcome to share this invitation widely

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And from our friends at the Catholic Climate Covenant:

Early this morning, the Vatican released Pope Francis’s encyclical letter on ecology, Laudato Si’.  It is a beautiful document.  It says all of the best and truest things that could be said about our place here on Earth, “our common home,” in the words of Pope Francis.

Pope Francis calls us to understand our role among the deeply connected creatures of God’s creation.  He calls us to lead simpler lives that are more authentic and less driven by consumption.  Most of all, he calls us to care for the Earth and its people.

As you know, we’ve been hard at work on activities to support this incredible moment.

  • The full encyclical is here.
  • A list of quotations from the encyclical arranged by subject is here.
  • A live stream of a press conference with Cardinal Wuerl and Archbishop Kurtz is here. The press conference begins at 8:30 AM EST.

In peace,

Dan Misleh
Catholic Climate Covenant