January 2021-PA IPL Announcements

PA IPL Statewide Monthly Meetings

Starting this month PA IPL will hold a regular Statewide Meeting on the 3rd Mondays of the month at 7pm via Zoom. If you would like to join us for this meeting to discuss PA IPL business, Climate Justice, and enjoy a regular lineup of programming please sign up here. You are still welcome to attend your local chapter meetings as well. Visit our meeting page on our website and Facebook page for programming details posted each month.

Julia Morgan Fund

PA IPL has been selected as a recipient of a grant from the Julia Morgan Fund in order to continue our work with the Germantown Tree Tenders and the Mastery Charter School Pickett Campus. We thank the Julia Morgan Fund and FUMCOG (First United Methodist Church of Germantown) for their ongoing support for Climate Justice and the work of PA IPL.

If you, your congregation, or chapter are aware of funding opportunities, or would like to apply for funding collaboratively, please contact us.

Sips of Sustenance

Due to the increase of PA IPL programming and initiatives, beginning this month, the twice weekly Sips of Sustenance emails will only be sent out once a week each Sunday. We appreciate all of your feedback and contributions to this work and hope the community continues to send us notes and quotes to use in these Sips. We will use the time to provide ongoing support for PA IPL chapters and congregations as well as to organize and write more Letters to the Editor, OpEds, Sermons, and workshop programs. 

January 2021 Newsletter-Creation Care

After planting 1,000 trees last year in Central PA, due to the hard work of PA IPL Board member Greg Williams, and many dedicated stewards of creation across the state, this year PA IPL will receive and plant or distribute 10,000 native trees from the Chesapeake Bay Fund!

This year our Creation Care program will expand the scope of our work in Northeast PA and North Central PA. In addition to our original site in Williamsburg, we will have new distribution centers in Scranton and Lewisburg. 

We are actively looking for volunteers to participate in planting events and the removal of invasive species across the state. If you are interested in volunteering or can help in identifying additional sites, please sign up here. Trees will be delivered to the three centers in April and the planting season will go through June but other work is always available year round. 

If you are also interested in accepting trees yourself, we will have a limited number of unreserved trees available. All trees are distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis and we cannot guarantee specific species. please register here. 

This expansion will also result in greater expenses for PA IPL, any donations to support this important work would be appreciated.

January 2021 Newsletter: The Year Ahead – Tending the Garden with PA IPL

PA IPL has many amazing programs for the year ahead. Many of our statewide initiatives are outlined below but we value and need your participation. In addition to the plan outlined here, we hope to hear more from you about the work you are doing to be stewards of creation and the ideas you have for new local and statewide programs. We want you to know you have a seat at the table and we will work together to pursue the topics and programs of greatest interest to you.

Email us about any events you or your congregation/chapter may be organizing. If your congregation or organization has not yet signed our Climate Justice Covenant or become an institutional member, and you think they may be interested in doing so, please reach out directly to PA IPL’s Executive Director, David Heayn-Menendez.

Please also send us any images of the work you are engaged in and the beauty of creation around you. Also, let us know your ideas and proposals. The better connected and coordinated we are the greater fruit our garden will yield. 

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

PA IPL 2021 Programs:
Creation Care
Sustained Advocacy: Calls, Summaries, Actions
Education: Webinars, Workshops, Films
Resources and Presentations from PA IPL and our Network
Spiritual Care
PA IPL Toolkit
PA IPL Chapter Meetings
Annual Conference
Annual Advocacy Bike Ride

To support these initiatives Donate Today!

December 2020 Newsletter

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Take a moment as you read this. Breath. Let the air fill your lungs as you plant your feet firmly below you. Wrap your arms around yourself and breath deeply once more. Take the moment. 

If this year has taught us anything it is that we must take every moment we can to pause and connect. The connections to each other and to creation have never been more valuable. For many of us, December is a time for connecting to family and tradition. From the Jewish festival of lights, Hanukkah to the month long celebration of Advent in anticipation of Christmas or the yearly gathering of the Winter Solstice (Yule) we are driven to make connections with families and friends through sharing and giving.

The Future of PA IPL

As this difficult year ends, help us continue to be a faith based voice for climate justice so we can provide community and hope for so many across Pennsylvania. We need your financial support in these uncertain times now more than ever to advocate and care for our environment, especially those most vulnerable frontline communities. 

2020 has been challenging for us all but the year ahead holds so much promise. Thanks to your support and dedication to climate justice and your stewardship for creation we will continue to take on climate change as an ethical and moral issue through advocacy, education, energy conservation, creation care, and the promotion of clean renewable energy. 

To support these initiatives Donate Today!

November 2020 Newsletter: Webinar Recordings

We have two webinar recordings now available-Solar Options for Congregations and Engaging Active Hope book study:

  • Solar Options for Congregations:
    Joy Baxter did a virtual presentation about solar options for congregations for the Main Line PA IPL chapter, and it is now available to all of you!  Get the recording. ​​​
  • Engaging Active Hope Book Study:
    In June, Alison Cornish held a webinar for folks interested in preparing to lead an Engaging Active Hope book study, either virtually or (eventually) in person. 
    The recordings and materials are available here.

November 2020 Newsletter-An Extraordinary Decade & Stepping Away

Dear Friends,
I am writing this letter on the eve of our election.  It is a day when I am working hard (as so many of you are) to set the national drumbeat of focus on The Moment aside to hold space for a parallel focus on the whole arc of work (which started before any of us did, and which will surely continue beyond the times any of us can even imagine).

You already know that I will step away from Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light on the 15th of this month, after an extraordinary decade of working with you all.  While this is the right thing at the right time for me and for my family, it is still hard, and a little scary.  But here is the thing:  I believe in the possibilities that you embody, and in my faithful moments, I trust each of us to keep craving justice, to lean into our shared work with personal commitment, and —supported by our faiths— to nurture the hope that, together, we can be much more than the sum of our parts. 

One of the things PA IPL has done well from the start is to make sure that this organization is not about a single person — we have created spaces for many gifts, and avoided that all-too-common organizational affliction of Founders Syndrome.  Jon Brockopp gathered folks following a Climate Ethics conference at Penn State in 2009, to form a steering committee that led to the start of PA IPL in 2010, then he stepped back to support the work as Treasurer, rather than President, before cycling off the Board to continue as an active and inventive volunteer.  The Religion and Society Center in Harrisburg provided shelter for PA IPL in those first couple of years until we stepped out on our own, and then celebrated with us as we did.  Charter Board members intentionally structured the Board so that there were rotating terms, and term limits, inviting new leaders to step in regularly with fresh perspectives, and new ideas.  Of course, our staffing evolved over that time, too. 

It is the right time for me to step down, and for PA IPL to continue forward, boldly.  I look forward to seeing new growth, new flourishing, and I look forward to being able to look to my left, and look to my right, and draw inspiration and warmth from all that you are doing.  Continue doing the work with heart.  Share your stories generously, with courage, and in celebration.  Those stories will lift someone else who will, in turn, inspire you again.  Sometimes it is the smallest story that serves as the seed of something big and beautiful.  

The moment feels big; the work is beautiful; the way you show up matters.

Yours with gratitude, and in faith,