October 2019 Newsletter-Part 2: Annual Conference and Meeting

NEW PLANS FOR Our Annual Conference and Meeting

For PA IPL, October has always been the time for our  statewide annual conference. This year, the conference would have fallen on the same date, and in the same city, as it did last year: Pittsburgh, on October 27th.  This is also the place and date of the first anniversary of the shooting and deaths at the Tree of Life Synagogue, where 11 people from 3 congregations lost their lives.  Rather than mounting a conference now, we are supporting this time for remembering, drawing together in community, and rejecting the anti-semitism and anti-immigrant sentiment that fueled the attack in a sacred space. 

Pittsburgh has declared October 27th “Remember Repair Together” day.  We invite you to find your own ways of remembering, repairing, and joining together on this day.  Perhaps several congregations might together adopt a park, street, streambank or other spot where people gather, and where plants and animals live, to connect with our Common Home. Clean up litter, or remove invasive plants and plant diverse and resilient ecosystem-appropriate ones. 

We will have a conference, and it will be statewide in a whole new way. 

First, mark your calendar for Sunday afternoon, February 9th. 

We will gather in person in Scranton, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh for The Long Journey: From Extracting the Past to Cultivating the Future. Our three sites will share a fantastic keynote speaker, and each will have live, locally-focused workshops. 

Do you want to be part of one of the local conference teams, or begin talking with your faith community about sponsoring the conference?  Be in touch with Cricket.  

And, join us on Sunday, November 10th at 7:00 PM, for the video conference call that will serve as our Annual Meeting (usually part of the annual conference).  We’ll announce the Visionary Award, share highlights from 2019, plans for 2020 -—including our conference— and vote in new  Board members! There is no charge for this virtual gathering, but please sign up here.