4th annual gathering on Preaching and Speaking About Climate Change

This year it’s breakfast!  Tuesday, February 3rd, 8:30 a.m. in the parlor at Summit Presbyterian Church, 6757 Greene St., 19119.  Doors open at 8:15.  Download the flier: PhillyPreachersBreakfast.02.2015

Cheryl.MalkahBinahPlease do RSVP so we’ll know how many places to prepare, and include your email and phone so that we’ll know where to contact you in case of poor road/sidewalk conditions (It’s February.  It’s happened before!).

The workshop is open to clergy and non-clergy alike.  We’ll be doing a text study of the Exodus 23: 1-3, from the Torah portion for February 14th.    Bring a favorite translation!

THE CONTEXT: Every year in mid-February (February 13/14/15 this year) national Interfaith Power and Lights encourages a “Preach-In” on climate changeWe use this as an excuse to gather clergy and other interested folks together for fellowship, food, and a discussion about bringing climate change before the congregation.  We’ll share resources, advocacy materials, and brainstorm and support one another.

Participating does not commit you to  participating in the preach-in — it’s a chance to explore, study, and learn. Led by Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein and Rev. Cheryl Pyrch.

Thank you to Susan Saxe for catering breakfast.

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 3.51.24 PMNOTE: this year Interfaith Power & Light has joined with Our Voices to add a world-wide prayer at 12 noon on Valentine’s Day.  Sign up to commit your prayer, and share the news in your congregation and networks.

Honoring the Future: Climate Art and Action

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 7.38.04 PMPhiladelphia PA IPL member Peter Handler (left) and colleague Paula Winokur have an upcoming exhibit as part of the ongoing Honoring the Future: Creating Climate SmART Communities work to explore climate change in all its complexity.  The tagline for the project really conveys their purpose: Harnessing the power of art to educate, empower, and engage the Public on Climate change.

While the exhibit will be open January 30-March 30, 2015, you can only attend the “Meet the Artists” reception on February 1, from 3:00-5:00.  Both exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Workshop extravaganza!

Over in our Events calendar there is SO MUCH good stuff right now.  Check out a few highlights: 
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A series of workshops on involving your congregation or community in our work to respond to climate change as an urgent moral issue.

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A climate change art exhibit and auction at PA IPL member congregation Mishkan Shalom (featuring works by Philadelphia PA IPL member Peter Handler.

 Cheryl.MalkahBinahPreaching About Climate Change workshop on Tuesday morning, February 3 — for clergy and non-clergy alike.  Rev. Cheryl Pyrch and Rabbi Melissa Klein will lead a text study of Exodus 23:1-3 (the Torah portion for Feb. 14).  Download a PDF flier from the event listing.

MBW_full Our Earth/Our Story: Climate Change Calls Us to Heal Ourselves and the World workshop hosted by PA IPL member congregation Central Baptist Church on Saturday, Feb. 7. Speaker Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics and more) .Light lunch included! Download a PDF flier from the event listing

AdvocacyTrainingWorkshopHeaderClimate Disruption is a Moral Issue: Interfaith Climate Advocacy Training (remote or in-person participation) Feb. 19 9:00-5:00; registration required 

Faith, Climate, and Health- Creation Care for a Greener Future #ActOnClimate (1)Faith, Climate, and Health: Creation Care for a Greener Future conference to be held at Cabrini College on April 17.

agyemanAnd we recommend going to hear Julian Agyeman speak on Just Sustainabilities at the Penn Humanities Forum (rescheduled from January).


Coalition Rally: NO pipelines! YES clean and just future!

1Remember earlier this month how we showed up when Republicans held their big national meeting in Hershey, PA? It’s the Democrats’ turn!  This meeting is of House Democrats, and we hear that the President may be joining them.

We have joined 350.org as a coalition partner on this, and would love to have many PA IPL folks and people of faith joining the event.  The Facebook Event Page is public, so you can look at it even if you’re not “on Facebook”   If you are a Facebook user, please use the event page to promote and share in your networks.

photo credit: Rev. Jesse Brown ImagesByJesseBrown
photo credit: Rev. Jesse Brown ImagesByJesseBrown

BRING SIGNS to communicate with passers-by, media, and the people actually attending the conference.  Particularly needed: signs speaking to climate justice, the moral dimensions of climate change, and highlighting faith voices.  For some texts from Abrahamic traditions to reference find a short list of ideas at  https://www.paipl.us/event/public-protest-philadelphia/   Since the target of this protest is the President with his “all of the above” strategy, “Power from Above, NOT “all of the above”” is always a good go-to.

PA IPL board member Rev. Cheryl Pyrch and active Philly PA IPL member Rabbi Arthur Waskow are quoted in the press release:

We ask President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline once and for all.  We ask him to remember the children of this country, future generations and the poor and middle-class who bear the greatest burdens of climate change.  It is past time to emphasize energy conservation, efficiency, and investment in wind and solar.

— Rev. Cheryl Pyrch, Summit Presbyterian Church

President Obama, Judaism, like all religious and spiritual traditions, regards the Earth with awe and love. Indeed, Judaism is rooted in the indigenous spirituality of shepherds and farmers, who remembered that an arrogant Pharaoh brought plagues upon the land, and who taught us to make sure the land could live in a rhythm of work and rest. Now all Mother Earth is in danger of choking on the Plague of scorching air that modern Carbon Pharaohs have imposed upon us all.   The Tar Sands Pipeline is a modern Plague. It will damage the regions it traverses, and  its burning of super-saturated high-carbon oil will endanger our planet. Mr. President, we urge you to face these Pharaohs down and —  once and for all —  free our people and the Earth from this Plague by refusing a permit to the KXL Pipeline.”

—Rabbi Arthur Waskow, the Shalom Center

Below is the description from 350Philly:

We just got word that President Obama is going to be speaking at the Society Hill Sheraton on Thursday evening. The House Democratic Caucus is convening in Philadelphia to plan their 2-year agenda in Congress. As we are in the final days of a decision on KXL, we are going to make sure that Obama knows for darn sure where we stand.

We are  rallying  to call on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline and to call for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and living wage jobs. Our rally here in Philadelphia will be part of national series of actions. But we at 350Philly believe this is an opportunity to not just amplify the message to Reject KXL once and for all — but also to demand the national policies we need for a Just Transition. 

Because the President’s schedule is subject to change on short notice, we are asking that everyone be fluid and flexible. Keep an eye on our FB Event Page for continuous updates–partners, messages, locations, and more!!!

BRING: signs, banners, and friends

Philadelphia PA IPL: local monthly meeting

The Philadelphia cluster of PA IPL is very active and plans workshops, services, and works in coalition with many other groups bringing faith voices to climate justice and clean energy future efforts, and climate justice voices to faith work.  Their monthly meetings alternate between Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:00 PM and are open to everyone.  Particular meetings may focus either on planning or on a particular program.

The group meets at Summit Presbyterian Church in Mt. Airy.

Monday, January 12
Tuesday, February 10
Monday, March 9
Tuesday, April 14
Monday, May 11
Tuesday, June 9

Prayer as if the Earth Really Matters: Philly-area workshop and potluck

Communities of faith are increasingly bringing their prayer and practices to bear on a profound religious and spiritual question: the radical dangers posed by the climate crisis to the web of human and more-than-human life forms on Planet Earth. We will explore both how Earth-awareness can enter more deeply into our formal prayer services and also how public action, intended to affect public and corporate policy toward the Earth, can become prayerful.

Please join us for this post-Thanksgiving Dinner and Discussion:  Prayer as if the Earth Really Matters, An Interfaith Workshop Led by Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center

Vegetarian potluck provided by PA IPL, so please do let us know if you plan to come!
Monday, December 1, 6-8 p.m., hosted by new PA IPL congregational member Mishkan Shalom, at the corner of Shurs Lane & Freeland Avenue

For more information about this event or about Philadelphia PA IPL contact cpyrch@summitpres.net (215) 438-2825