PA IPL-Solar Options for Houses of Worship

Join us at this July’s Main Line Interfaith Group — a PA IPL chapter to hear about solar options for faith institutions. One way to beat the heat of the sun is to put it to work on our behalf.

Our meeting will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, July 27. We will spend the first 30 minutes catching up on all that is going on in our different faith institutions. At 7:30, we will hear about: Solar options for Houses of Worship from Joy Baxter. 

Many houses of worship are called by their faith to implement climate change solutions such as rooftop solar.  However, nonprofits are excluded from government incentives for solar installations that are provided through tax incentives.  Several options of how to finance a solar installation for houses of worship will be discussed including an in-depth discussion of the private LLC model, which provides the maximum financial benefit to the congregation. The LLC can be made up of several environmentally conscious small investors from your community who get a modest return of their investment or a large environmentally conscious investor.

Presenter Joy Baxter is an active member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ardmore where she is the chair of their Green Team. St. Paul’s Green Team is currently pursuing an LLC option for a solar installation at St. Pauls. Joy and her husband installed solar panels on their home 8 years ago and are involved in various solar activities. Joy’s background is in chemical engineering research and she also enjoys playing violin with the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra.

We will conclude our time together by exploring future programming ideas. We look forward to seeing you on Monday night.

Please contact Courtenay Willcox for more information.

WAYNE-Main Line Faith Institutions Collaborate to Address Climate Change

Location: Central Baptist Church, 108 West Wayne Ave., Wayne, PA 19087 (across from Wayne post office)
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Please join Executive Director Rev. Alison Cornish of PA IPL and Main Line worshiping communities in a meeting to share information, be informed, explore opportunities for collaboration beyond the walls of our own faith institutions, and be a collective voice for communities of faith concerned about climate change and other environmental desecrations.

Main Line worshiping communities have implemented projects to educate individuals and institutions about climate change and address the moral imperative of creation care. Some of these faith communities have galvanized into groups, such as MainLine Interfaith Green Group (M.I.G.G.) and Earth Care Collaborative. These collaboratives reach more people and tap into the knowledge and experience of communities that have undertaken environmental initiatives and programming. Recently, multiple Main Line faith communities initiated a starting point for a more structured and effective way to bring about change in our places of worship, municipalities, and the broader community.

Download a flyer and share this invitation with all communities of faith you know!

Light refreshments will be served.

 

BRYN MAWR: Movie series 3— Look & See, a portrait of Wendell Berry

The Environmental Justice Committee of PA IPL member congregation Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church has selected 3 documentaries to be shown at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute for a Green on Screen series.  Each will be followed by thought-provoking discussions as part of the committee’s ongoing mission to educate and advocate for God’s creation in the congregation and the larger community

Wednesdays, April 12 – 26, 7:00 p.m., Bryn Mawr Film Institute, with talk-backs running for about 30 minutes at the conclusion of the film.

4/25 – LOOK & SEE: A Portrait of Wendell Berry
            discussion with Rev. Gilson Waldkoenig, PhD
Paulssen-Hale-Maurer Prof. of Church in Society, United Lutheran Seminary

LOOK & SEE revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community.

In 1965, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farm house and began a life of farming, writing and teaching.  This lifelong relationship with the land and community would come to form the core of his prolific writings. A half century later Henry County, like many rural communities across America, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt – all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities. Writing from a long wooden desk beneath a forty-paned window, Berry has watched this struggle unfold, becoming one of its most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life.

Filmed across four seasons in the farming cycle, LOOK & SEE blends observational scenes of farming life, interviews with farmers and community members with evocative, carefully framed shots of the surrounding landscape.  Thus, in the spirit of Berry’s agrarian philosophy, Henry County itself will emerge as a character in the film – a place and a landscape that is deeply interdependent with the people that inhabit it.

BRYN MAWR: Movie series 2: The Islands and the Whales

The Environmental Justice Committee of PA IPL member congregation Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church has selected 3 documentaries to be shown at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute for a Green on Screen series.  Each will be followed by thought-provoking discussions as part of the committee’s ongoing mission to educate and advocate for God’s creation in the congregation and the larger community

Wednesdays, April 12 – 26, 7:00 p.m., Bryn Mawr Film Institute, with talk-backs running for about 30 minutes at the conclusion of the film.

4/18 – The Islands and the Whales
            discussion with Lisa J Rodrigues, PhD.
Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director, Geography & the Environment, Villanova University

 Scottish filmmaker Mike Day turns his lens on the isolated North Atlantic archipelago of the Faroe Islands with The Islands and the Whales, which won the DOC NYC Grand Jury Prize and the Hot Docs Emerging International Filmmaker Award in 2016. The longtime hunting practices of the Faroese are threatened by dangerously high mercury levels in whales, decimated seabird populations and anti-whaling activists. Day explores the undeniably timely tensions between the environment, health, tradition and culture.

In their remote home on the Faroe Islands, the islanders have always accepted what nature could provide and been proud to put local food on the table. Because their soil yields little bounty, the Faroese harvest their seas. As a result, the islanders are among the first to feel the impact of our ever more polluted oceans. Contaminated by the outside world, the whales they capture are toxic. What once ensured their survival now endangers their children, and the Faroese must make a choice between health and tradition.

 

4/25 – LOOK & SEE: A Portrait of Wendell Berry
            discussion with Rev. Gilson Waldkoenig, PhD
Paulssen-Hale-Maurer Prof. of Church in Society, United Lutheran Seminary

BRYN MAWR: Movie Series 1 — How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change

The Environmental Justice Committee of PA IPL member congregation Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church has selected 3 documentaries to be shown at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute for a Green on Screen series.  Each will be followed by thought-provoking discussions as part of the committee’s ongoing mission to educate and advocate for God’s creation in the congregation and the larger community

Wednesdays, April 12 – 26, 7:00 p.m., Bryn Mawr Film Institute, with talk-backs running for about 30 minutes at the conclusion of the film.

4/11 – How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change
discussion with Alison Cornish
Executive Director PA Interfaith Power & Light

In How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change, Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?

4/18 – The Islands and the Whales
            discussion with Lisa J Rodrigues
Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director, Geography & the Environment, Villanova University

4/25 – LOOK & SEE: A Portrait of Wendell Berry
            discussion with Rev. Gilson Waldkoenig, PhD
Paulssen-Hale-Maurer Prof. of Church in Society, United Lutheran Seminary

BRYN MAWR— Interfaith Moral Climate Advocacy Workshop

PA IPL will hold our 6th Interfaith Moral Climate Advocacy workshop from 9:00-4:30 on Saturday October 14, in Bryn Mawr PA.

We value the richness of interfaith work, and we recognize that it comes with particular challenges — including that some events may be on days with religious conflicts of varying degrees.  In 2016 we offered this workshop in Greater Philadelphia on a Sunday afternoon, and we will of course offer a mix of Saturday, Sunday, and weeknight events in the future.  We hope you will join us whenever you are able.

We are pleased to welcome Justin Wright to Pennsylvania for two workshops in a single weekend.

Looking for the Pittsburgh workshop instead? It’s here.

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Join us to develop clear, faith-soaked 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.


Hosted by the Environmental Justice group at
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church
625 Montgomery Ave.
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010


           
Workshop Leaders include:

People of faith possess the moral authority to be important and credible voices: finding shared values, and 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 build relationships, and 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.

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

!This workshop is supported in part by a grant from the Patricia Kind Family Foundation