November 2020 Newsletter-Thank You

As the year and the semester wind down, we can begin to move past the election. Within the great cycles of change, let us not forget to give thanks and remember our blessings no matter their amount of distance from us in time and space. During Samhain and Halloween the doors between worlds and possibilities are open. For Dia de los Muertos, the Jain New Year, All Saints Day and All Souls Day and Thanksgiving we are also reminded of the passage of time, loved ones, and standing on the threshold of new beginnings. But let us also draw upon the Hindu tradition of Diwali to celebrate the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. No matter how this year has been for you or the election results pan out, seek solace in faith, community, and tomorrow. The path begins with hope and thanks.


Don’t wait until the fourth Thursday in November, to sit with family and friends to give thanks.
Make every day a day of Thanksgiving! —Charmaine J. Forde

October 2020 Newsletter: Learning for Mind and Spirit

Join us The Temple for Understanding and the Marble Collegiate Church in collaboration to offer a multifaith climate + prayer created by others on October 16 and 17.  The events are free with registration.

The Forum2020 gathering “Science, Spirituality, the Climate Emergency and Our Future” on Friday, October 16th, from 10:00am-1:00pm, consists of three 30-minute panels.  Speakers and panelists are listed here, including The Rev. Susan Hendershot, President of Interfaith Power & Light (national).

The multifaith prayer service will take place Saturday morning, October 17th from 10am-11:30am, with “prayers, affirmations and contemplations offered by Indigenous and world religious leaders and sacred music by renown international artists including Yungchen Lhamo, Samir Chatterjee and Steve Gorn, Marble Collegiate Church Choir, Marble Collegiate Church Gospel Choir.”

October 2020 Newsletter: Indigenous People’s Day

This past October 12th was Indigenous People’s Day. The way we treat one another and the way we treat the environment are intertwined.  Each is an expression of the other, tangibly, and metaphorically. 

If you are in Pennsylvania, you are standing on land that is the ancestral home of the Erie, the Haudenosaunee, the Lenape, Munsee, Shawnee, or Susquehannock tribes.  As Pennsylvania residents, we must recognize that retellings of the egalitarian intentions of William Penn must also include the all-too-real history of the Paxton Boys Uprising.  Many Eastern states now formally recognize tribes within their borders.  Pennsylvania does not, though there are rich multi-tribal gatherings of Native Americans in this Commonwealth.

As we mark Indigenous People’s Day, and focus on the work of environmental and climate justice: pause to honor the ways that Native groups in the United States have put themselves on the line to protect everyone’s water against pipeline incursions (and the climate harm at both ends of those pipelines).  May Pennsylvanians follow those leads on this land, in faith, and with love.

October 2020 Newsletter: Webinar-Power from Above


Join us for this webinar on Thursday evening, October 15th 7:00-8:00 PM EST to learn how you can choose 100% renewable electricity for your household.

You’ll get slides you can use at home after the webinar, and if the internet is robust enough, we may even do a couple of live searches. 

This webinar uses Pennsylvania state resources, and is specifically designed for people living in Pennsylvania.

Registration is required.