PHILADELPHIA: Sewing Seeds of Transformative Leadership

Shalom Center -Sowing Seeds of Transformative LeadershipNote that there are two events, each with registration.  One runs 5-7, and the next 7-9 on Sunday, May 21st.

The Shalom Center invites you to meet and to honor three crucial (and faith-rooted) activists who “Sow the Seeds of Transformative Leadership” at a celebration on Sunday May 21, 2017 in Philadelphia (Roxborough neighborhood):

Dinner: A dinner where registrants will be able to meet each other and our three honorees, 5-7pm.
Please be aware that space is limited and that on 5/8/17, if space is still available, the contribution level increases.  Click here to Register Now!

Honor Event:  A shared conversation in which the three honorees will talk with each other and other attendees, in the host congregation’s sanctuary, 7-9 pm.
Please be aware that fot the Honor Event as well, space is limited and that on 5/8/17, if space is still available, the contribution level increases. Click here to Register Now!

HARRISBURG— Creating a Sustainable Energy Future in Pennsylvania

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The panelists at this event will offer their presentation the following day, on April 19, to new legislative members of the PA House and Senate at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. Their hope is to educate legislators and the public about the health and environmental impacts of our current system, and about the moral foundation for a clean energy future. 

Get the flier.
Get the flier for the follow-on Lunch and Learn for legislators and their staffers.
Invite your elected officials in Harrisburg to attend.

cosponsored by: 
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STATE COLLEGE: Movie and Panel —The Age of Consequences

Age of Consequences FlyerA free screening of the documentary “The Age of Consequences” followed by a panel discussion will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at the State Theatre in downtown State College. The event is free and open to the public.  The panel is moderated by PA IPL cyclist Peter Buckland, and includes PA IPL cyclist Janet Swim.  The event is co-sponsored by PA IPL member congregation the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County.

“The Age of Consequences” investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration and conflict through the lens of U.S. national security and global stability. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather and sea-level rise function as “accelerants of instability” and “catalysts for conflict” in volatile regions of the world.

In a recent written statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis recognized the threat climate change poses.

“Climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today,” he wrote. “It is appropriate for the Combatant Commands to incorporate drivers of instability that impact the security environment in their areas into their planning.”

David W. Titley, director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State and retired Rear Admiral with the U.S. Navy responded, saying, “I am heartened, but not surprised, to learn that Secretary Mattis understands the changing climate is one of the many risks the Department of Defense needs to manage. The changing climate is evident in every Combatant Commander’s Area of Responsibility.”

While the public has watched policy makers and media pundits argue about climate change’s reality, the military has not. “This reality has been recognized for over a decade by both the military and the intelligence communities,” said Titley in a statement to the Center for Climate and Security. “Climate change impacts the physical operating environment, our defense infrastructure, and can tip regions already unstable into chaos and conflict. It is essential to the military’s overall readiness that these risks from climate change be acknowledged and managed, just as the Defense department manages other areas of significant risk.”

Throughout the film, Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that by continuing with business as usual, the consequences of climate change – waves of refugees, failed states, terrorism – will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century. While the film paints a dark picture, it also provides follow-up actions people can take on climate change.

“It’s important to remember that we the people can do things right here, right now,” said Peter Buckland of Penn State’s Sustainability Institute. “While the science is clear and the threat is real as this film shows, we can’t get hung up on fear when there are tangible things we can do.”

Buckland stressed that the discussion following the film will help audience members do just that. The moderated discussion will include three panelists:

  • Janet Swim, professor of psychology, who has researched climate change communication,
  • Jeffrey Brownson, associate professor of energy and mineral engineering,
  • and David W. Titley, retired Rear Admiral and director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State.

The panelists will be available for questions after the discussion.

Co-sponsors of the event include Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Center for Global Studies, Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, Sustainability Communications Initiative, Rock Ethics Institute, The Arthur W. Page Center, Sierra Club Moshannon Group and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County.

For more information regarding the event, contact Peter Buckland at For more information about sustainability efforts at Penn State, visit

STATE COLLEGE: Panel—Desperate Environmental Times? Ordinary People Getting Extra Ordinary Results

Penn State Law is proud to host:

DESPERATE ENVIRONMENTAL TIMES?Sierra Club panel 03.26.2017

Personal stories of environmental advocacy plus what’s ahead for the next 4 years.

Presented by the
Sierra Club Moshannon Group

SUNDAY, MARCH 26,  4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Katz Auditorium of the PSU Law School building at University Park
Free parking adjacent to the building.

Get directions and GPS info.
Download a poster to share.


Jim Slotterback of the Responsible Drilling Alliance
Peter Buckland of the PSU Center for Sustainability
Cricket Hunter of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light
Lara Fowler of Penn State Law

Co-sponsored by:

Sierra Club-PSU Law Panel cosponsors


ALTOONA: movie and panel – Faith Against Fracking

FaithAgainstFracking screenshotJoin us for a free showing of the movie Faith Against Fracking (trailer below), followed by presentations by two Pennsylvania residents who have paid the price of petroleum extraction and transport.

Ellen Gerhart, Huntingdon County, was forced by eminent domain to allow the Mariner 2 pipeline to cross her land, which had long been placed under registered forest protection.

Michael Badges-Canning, Butler County, has firsthand experience of the damage fracking has done to his drinking water.

There will be a brief, optional prayer service following the program. 

Download a flyer to print and share.
Read PA Interfaith Power & Light’s resolution calling for No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure.
Learn more about a new pipeline hotspot, with eminent domain actions anticipated.  Newspaper. Lancaster Against Pipelines is running non-violent mass action trainings.

Segment from Faith Against Fracking from Big Love Productions on Vimeo.

Panel: Moving Forward With Inclusion

Cricket Hunter will be one of many panelists (short intros, followed by an involvement fair-type breakout) at this event. Centre Daily Times advance article

from the event flier:
Join a variety of Centre County leaders to hear what our government, business, and community organizations can and are doing to protect those who are most vulnerable in our society.

Among our Panelists:
Mike Pipe, Centre County Commissioner
Andrew Shubin, PA Civil Rights Attorney
Kathleen Stenhouwer, Asst. Dir., Women’s Resource Center
Dr. Michelle Saylor, Bellefonte Area School Superintendent
Tom King, State College Asst. Mgr for Public Safety and former Chief of Police

There will be an opportunity to join small-action committees for follow-up actions.

Submit your questions now by sending an email to
Please include “MFWI Question” in the subject line.

Centre Daily Times advance article