Return to the home of your soul.

PA IPL’s 2018 Annual Conference was in Pittsburgh, on Saturday, October 27th, across the river from Squirrel Hill.  The terrible news broke just as the first people were arriving.  Most people heard the news at the conference.  We made space for prayers together, and songs and prayers already planned took on different significance.

Filmmaker Kirsi Jansa was there, and captured the audio from the song “Return Again” by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, led by Barb Ballenger, and sung by all present.  She set the audio to scenes from the following hours and days.  Despite what the screen below says, the video link will work well, it just will take you to Kirsi’s vimeo page.

Return Again from Kirsi Jansa on Vimeo.
Return again, return again
Return to the home of your soul
Return to who you are
Return to what you are
Return to where you are
Born and reborn again.

The song followed a shared litany that had the repeated line “We have forgotten who we are.”

Comments by the president of the national IPL network, the Rev. Susan Hendershot, and some further reflection about connections can be found on our Facebook page, where you are welcome to join in the conversation.

2018 Annual Conference — Facing the Climate Crisis: Called to Save our Common Home

REGISTER NOW: Saturday, October 27, 2018, 11:30-4:30, Pittsburgh  Doors open at 11 for lunch, registration, a faith-full Green Fair, and more!


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Facing the Climate Crisis: Called to Save Our Sacred Home is being generously hosted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1066 Washington Road,  Mt. Lebanon, PA 15228  We have a wonderful set of keynote speakers and workshop leaders.

Bulletin inserts, fliers to post, and blurbs for online calendars and electronic newsletters are ready for September and October publications and worship publications!

We value the richness of interfaith work, with all its challenges. We recognize that events will take place on days which conflict with some religious practices. Following 4 years of Sunday afternoon conferences, this conference will be on a Saturday, but we are working with partners to announce a nearby Shabbat service for Jewish friends and members whose practice will allow them to participate in a faith-rooted conference following Saturday morning services. We will continue to strive to offer a mix of Saturday, Sunday, and weeknight events in the future. We hope you will join us whenever you are able. 

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PITTSBURGH— Interfaith Moral Climate Advocacy workshop

PA IPL will hold our 7th Interfaith Moral Climate Advocacy workshop from 1:00-7:30 on Sunday October 15th in Pittsburgh PA.

We value the richness of interfaith work, with all its challenges.  We recognize that events will take place on days which conflict with some religious practices.  We will continue to strive to 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 Bryn Mawr workshop instead? It’s here.

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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.


We are thrilled that Repair the World is partnering with us and will join with The Open Door to be the workshop hosts at 6022 Broad St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.


           
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.

SUPPER 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

Cosponsored by

the Peacemaking Team of the Pittsburgh Presbytery

and

the EcoJustice Working Group of the Thomas Merton Center

 

This workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the Patricia Kind FamilyFoundation.

 

Paris COP21 Report-back: presentation and discussion with Pittsburgh filmmaker Mark Dixon

The Paris Climate Summit (COP 21) received unprecedented levels of coverage, and officials and proceedings were held in prayer by people of all faiths, from all corners of the world.  In the end: a new agreement was reached!

Whether you’ve read a lot or only a little, you are welcome to join us for a thoughtful presentation and discussion with Mark Dixon, citizen journalist, who traveled to witness this important moment.

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Tuesday, January 19, 7:00 PM
hosted by First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh,
5401 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

PA IPL particularly encourages clergy, lay leaders, and faith-linked green teams to attend, and to follow up with a lunchtime conference call discussion about responding to climate change in our own congregations, Friday 2/22 12:15-1:00 PM.  RSVP for more info.

Co-sponsored by PA Interfaith Power & Light, the Environmental Justice Committee of The Thomas Merton Center, and Pittsburgh 350.org