AKRON: EnergyStar for Congregations workshop

Join your hosts at the Mennonite Central Committee to learn about a powerful tool to help track energy stewardship and energy savings in houses of worship.

The energy we choose and use has impacts on vulnerable people, and on the ecosystems on which we all depend. Even when we choose renewables, when we use no more than we need, we are better stewards of one another and our Common Home, and we can better light the way for others on the same path!

Invite members of your house of worship’s property committee,  business office, and building stewards as well as clergy and interested congregants — including those who may have small businesses!   RSVPs are helpful, but not required.

ENERGY STAR® Pennsylvania Stewardship Tour

Virtually every faith tradition teaches stewardship: Out of gratitude and appreciation for what we have been given, we are taught to make wise use of gifts and assets such as financial and natural resources, the time and talents of congregation members, and the house of worship, itself, in ways that are responsible and accountable.

  • However, like most U.S. commercial buildings, the typical worship facility wastes about 30 percent of the energy for which its congregants pay.

No-cost efficiency actions and careful investments can earn substantial savings to be returned to the mission of the congregation. What could your congregation do with funds equivalent to 30 percent of your annual energy bill? Also, while saving money, the pollution related to this wasted energy will be reduced—pollution that impacts human life and health. Further, natural resources will be conserved for our children and generations to come.

ENERGY STAR is the nation’s voluntary program helping congregations, businesses, schools, homeowners, and tenants save energy and water—and therefore money. Local Pennsylvania faith communities are hosting ENERGY STAR presentations on tools, training, and technical support freely available at www.energystar.gov/congregations.

Get a flier for this event. See all the events.

TOOLS:

  • Action Workbook for Congregations (PDF) for savings facts and strategies, action lists, no-cost/low-cost “Sure Savers” and more
  • Free, online Portfolio Manager® tool for tracking energy, water savings, and recycling/material management, and the resulting pollution prevention at energystar.gov/benchmark

CHESTER COUNTY Retreat: Rewilding the Way

Todd Wynward, a Board member of New Mexico IPL, and author of Rewilding the Way: Break Free to Follow an Untamed God will be in Pennsylvania to lead the Winter Peace Retreat for the Franconia Mennonite Conference.  The retreat has been opened to members and friends of PA Interfaith Power & Light of all faith traditions.   Download the retreat brochure.

Todd is also speaking at Plains Mennonite Church on Thursday evening, February 9.

When he’s not rewilding Christianity, Todd Wynward spends his time reinventing public education and re-imagining the American way of life, starting with his own. Todd has been engaged in experiential education and social change movements for twenty years. He is co-founder of a wilderness-based public charter school, leads backpacking and river trips for adult seekers, and is an animating force behind TiLT, an intentional life-change movement in Taos, New Mexico. Todd is married with one son.

Registration Deadline JANUARY 20

From the brochure: 
The Winter Peace Retreat has been held for over forty years, bringing together Mennonites who care about peace and justice to worship, to learn, and to share their stories together, as well as to inspire each one to be witnesses in their own settings. Besides adult sessions, there are also sessions for children ages 5-12 at the same time. Come and enjoy a tranquil retreat setting while learning together as followers of Jesus!

Download the full brochure for registration info, the full schedule, children’s program, quotes from Todd,

Location: St. Mary of Providence Center 227 Isabella Road, Elverson, PA 19520 610-942-4166 www.stmaryofprov-pa.org

For More Information: Direct any questions about the retreat itself to Carolynn Boyd, or see the Peace and Justice Committee’s website.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY Author talk- A Feast of Courage in the Heart of Winter

Todd Wynward, a Board member of New Mexico IPL, and author of Rewilding the Way: Break Free to Follow an Untamed God will be in Pennsylvania to lead the Winter Peace Retreat for the Franconia Mennonite Conference.  The retreat  has been opened to members and friends of PA Interfaith Power & Light of all faith traditions (event page hereTodd Wynward

Todd will speak at Plains Mennonite Church on Thursday evening, February 9:

A Feast of Courage in the Heart of WinterCatch some vision! Be inspired and provoked as Todd Wynward shares modern-day examples of communities practicing creative resistance, everyday courage, and prophetic Imagination.

When he’s not rewilding Christianity, Todd Wynward spends his time reinventing public education and re-imagining the American way of life, starting with his own. Todd has been engaged in experiential education and social change movements for twenty years. He is co-founder of a wilderness-based public charter school, leads backpacking and river trips for adult seekers, and is an animating force behind TiLT, an intentional life-change movement in Taos, New Mexico. Todd is married with one son.

Near and far: moving from empathy to neighborly action.

Stone Church of the Brethren welcomed 2015 PA IPL cyclist Eric Sauder as a guest preacher on Sunday.  He loved meeting the wonderful Stone Church congregation and has shared his sermon and benediction with us.

Every morning after waking up, I make my way to the kitchen, put on water for coffee, get the newspaper, turn on the radio, and scroll through the latest news updates on my phone. The multiple news sources may seem excessive, but, any good engineer knows how important it is to have redundant systems. The next 15 minutes are a deluge of crises reaching from our community to every corner of the world. It’s really overwhelming. With new disasters every morning, it seems that the list of hurting people is always growing.

This struggle is nothing new. Certainly there’s been a robust news industry in all of our lifetimes, but it does seem that with every new “advance” in media platforms this messaging invades a bit further into our personal space. At least the town crier stayed in the street and the newspaper on our doorstep—the phones are in our pockets. Now, thanks to Facebook’s video autoplay feature, I don’t even choose whether or not my morning breakfast routine contains footage of a white police officer gunning down an unarmed black man.

I believe it’s important that we can see and hold the challenges of the world, because for the first time in human history we’re witnessing how our actions have very real global impact. Continue reading Near and far: moving from empathy to neighborly action.