BRYN MAWR: Missa Gaia performance

Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Presents Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia

On Sun., April 22 at 4:00 p.m., PA IPL member congregation, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church presents a major musical event for all age groups that expresses gratitude to God for his gift of the earth. Whale and wolf song, the call of loons, bird calls, organ and saxophone improvisation, high-tech videos, jazz, samba, bossa nova, gospel, folk music … all these musical and art forms and more will resonate in our Sanctuary!

Earth… known to the ancient Greeks as Gaia… is the inspiration for jazz great Paul Winter’s brilliant Missa Gaia. Composed in 1980 following an inspiring visit to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, Winter has created a joyous, celebratory mass that integrates world music with sounds made in the wild to celebrate the whole earth as a sacred space.

This performance features the Sanctuary Choir, Singing for Life, Youth Chorale, and Children’s Choir, along with jazz musicians, a haunting audio soundtrack of animal-song superimposed over the singing of the choir, and a dazzling video that will be projected above the choir.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $5 for students. To purchase in advance, visit Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Sing to the Wissahickon!

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In honor of World Water Day Philadelphia PA IPL member Ellen Weaver invites friends to come celebrate Water and sing to the Wissahickon, and for all the earth’s rivers (and water).

The group will meet near the Valley Green parking lot. RSVP for the specific location.

Expect some chanting and toning, some water songs (bring a favorite camp song about rivers or water if you have one), along with prayers and blessings and thanks, and some freestyle melodies without words.

Please join us and include your voice.  Friends are welcome!

BRYN MAWR— Interfaith Moral Climate Advocacy Workshop

PA IPL will hold our 6th Interfaith Moral Climate Advocacy workshop from 9:00-4:30 on Saturday October 14, in Bryn Mawr PA.

We value the richness of interfaith work, and we recognize that it comes with particular challenges — including that some events may be on days with religious conflicts of varying degrees.  In 2016 we offered this workshop in Greater Philadelphia on a Sunday afternoon, and we will of course offer a mix of Saturday, Sunday, and weeknight events in the future.  We hope you will join us whenever you are able.

We are pleased to welcome Justin Wright to Pennsylvania for two workshops in a single weekend.

Looking for the Pittsburgh workshop instead? It’s here.



Join us to develop clear, faith-soaked messages to bring directly to policymakers to support ambitious, legally-binding targets for carbon dioxide and methane emissions, energy efficiency and a just transition to renewable power.

Hosted by the Environmental Justice group at
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church
625 Montgomery Ave.
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010

Workshop Leaders include:

People of faith possess the moral authority to be important and credible voices: finding shared values, and awakening awareness and responsibility for bold climate action among elected leaders and non-elected policy makers.

We seek to prepare people of faith who are willing to pro-actively build relationships, and initiate meetings with policymakers, electoral candidates and other religious leaders to lift up the moral dimensions of this crisis and support effective and rapid transition plans for a just, clean energy future in Pennsylvania and the nation.

LUNCH and SNACKS are provided.  
Please bring a mug or water bottle for your drinks.
DISCOUNTS for people signing up as a small group from the same faith community or ministerium

!This workshop is supported in part by a grant from the Patricia Kind Family Foundation


King of Prussia—Superfund Prayer Tour

The National Religious Partnership for the Environment and Creation Justice Ministries will co-host a Superfund Prayer Tour in the King of Prussia area northwest of Philadelphia.  If you will be in services on Saturday, or you cannot get to King of Prussia, please join in prayer, and let us know that you will be doing so.

RSVP to Shantha Ready Alonso at
Learn much more about the sites.
(Especially helpful for those praying from afar.)

The tour will begin with a briefing at Valley Forge Acres Park regarding Superfund sites in the area. We will then view the Stanley Kessler Superfund Site, and the Crater/Keystone Superfund site. We will be led in prayer by Deacon Sergei Kapral of the Orthodox Church in America.

Masks will be provided for attendees to mitigate smells and limit dust inhalation.

Please join us for this important prayer event as we highlight the need to protect communities from toxic pollution and urge Congress to fully fund the EPA and its Superfund Program.

$20 fee covers lunch and snacks.
If this fee is a barrier to your attendance, please contact us at PA IPL

Green Justice Philadelphia: strategy session

Green Justice Philly (GJP) is a diverse and growing coalition of organizations committed to building a healthy, sustainable and economically just Philadelphia region.  The Philadelphia Chapter of PA IPL is one of the founding organizations of GJP and has been playing a key leadership role in strengthening the coalition.  On Thursday, June 8, GJP held a strategy session to develop our new campaign, which is focusing on stimulating the City of Philadelphia’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy while working wth under-resourced Philadelphia neighborhoods to develop local wealth and jobs.

The strategy session included a presentation about DC’s campaigns to move towards renewable energy.  Some 70% of greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to cities; thus, cities have a significant role to play in reducing emissions.  The complexity of a campaign of this nature requires bringing together leaders, activists, communities, policy experts, and technical experts, and it is inspiring how we are coming together to find common solutions to support the health of our local and global community.  Stay tuned for more details and how you can get involved as the campaign develops.  

[NOTE: This emissions reduction work aligns with the All Hands on Deck: Going to Zero Emissions in Pennsylvania effort by a statewide coalition to work in municipalities toward specific climate pollution reduction targets; the Paris Pledge from IPL nationally allows congregations or other institutions and individuals to publicly commit to similar targets.]Green Justice Philadelphia

Gratitude to PA IPL for providing lunch and to Summit Presbyterian Church for hosting the strategy session.  

—Submitted by Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein

The strategy session was attended by about 16 people from coalition partners PA IPL, Delaware Riverkeepers Network, Clean Air Council, PA Federation Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way (a union for rail workers), Neighborhood Networks, Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), Sierra Club, 350 Philly, solar industry (plus a call-in from an organizer of DC’s solar campaign)…with facilitation by Matthew Armstead of Training for Change.  Note that Food & Water Watch is a member of the coalition but their representative was not available.  


Join Germantown Friends Meeting for a special, FREE, advance showing of a brand new movie from National Geographic to be released nationally later this year.
Sunday, June 11 at 7:00
at the Germantown Friends School, Yarnall Auditorium

From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future could and should be. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. The movie invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.

Discussion will include individual and public actions toward care of our Common Home, including fast and fair transition to a clean energy future.

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