Now Available: Video of PA IPL Interfaith Spiritual Care 2022 “Walking Through Life with Active Hope”

Session 4: “Ecological Spirituality”

This meeting, recorded Monday, December 5, 2022, was the final of four sessions of PA IPL’s 2022 Interfaith Spiritual Care series, “Walking Through Life With Active Hope.” The theme of our fourth program of 2022 is “Ecological Spirituality.” We explore this topic with music, meditation, images, prayer, and Active Hope practices.

PA IPL Interfaith Spiritual Care 2022: “Walking Through Life with Active Hope”
Session 4: “Ecological Spirituality”
Monday, December 5th at 7:00pm

We explore Joanna Macy’s Active Hope through the lens of Ecological Economics. As in the past, we use music, prayer, meditation, and small group discussion to explore this topic.

This Spiritual Care series provides space for our interfaith work and expressions of our traditions. Each event is designed to help us come together, reconnect, and seek hope as an interfaith community. Additionally, we offer opportunities for PA IPL Board Members and Chapter Members to organize faith specific celebrations.

Now Available: Video of PA IPL Interfaith Spiritual Care 2022 “Walking Through Life with Active Hope”

Session 3: “Ecological Economics”

This meeting, recorded Wednesday, September 12, 2022, was the third of four sessions of PA IPL’s 2022 Interfaith Spiritual Care series, “Walking Through Life With Active Hope.” The theme of our third program of 2022 is “Ecological Economics.” We explore this topic with music, meditation, images, prayer, and Active Hope practices.

PA IPL Interfaith Spiritual Care 2022: “Walking Through Life with Active Hope”
Session 3: “Ecological Economics”
Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00pm

We explore Joanna Macy’s Active Hope through the lens of Ecological Economics. As in the past, we use music, prayer, meditation, and small group discussion to explore this topic.

This Spiritual Care series provides space for our interfaith work and expressions of our traditions. Each event is designed to help us come together, reconnect, and seek hope as an interfaith community. Additionally, we offer opportunities for PA IPL Board Members and Chapter Members to organize faith specific celebrations.

Now Available: Video of PA IPL Interfaith Spiritual Care 2022 “Walking Through Life with Active Hope”

Session 2: “Environmental Justice”

This meeting, recorded Wednesday, June 22, 2022, was the second of four sessions of PA IPL’s 2022 Interfaith Spiritual Care series, “Walking Through Life With Active Hope.” The theme of our second program is “Environmental Justice.” We explore this topic with music, meditation, images, prayer, and Active Hope practices.

PA IPL Interfaith Spiritual Care 2022: “Walking Through Life With Active Hope”
Session 2: “Environmental Justice”
Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:00pm

This Spiritual Care series provides space for our interfaith work and expressions of our traditions. Each event is designed to help us come together, reconnect, and seek hope as an interfaith community. Additionally, we offer opportunities for PA IPL Board Members and Chapter Members to organize faith specific celebrations.

Climate Change Poetry

The poem below was first published in Drunken Boat.  We are pleased to print it here in advance of a poetry reading that members of Philadelphia PA IPL plan to attend February 1.

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Poet Hila Ratzabi writes:
I am a member of Kol Tzedek synagogue, a progressive Jewish congregation in West Philly. I identify with my Jewish faith tradition, and my Jewish identity informs my relationship to social and environmental justice. For me, religion must stand for justice. All faith traditions have some component of justice in their teachings, and I believe that if representatives of a faith betray that commitment by engaging in any form of oppression then they have marred their faith. Sadly that is too often the case in this country. But as people of faith we must have an awareness of the danger of unchecked power — this relates to how we treat the earth and how we treat other people.

This poem was written a few months after Hurricane Sandy, which was a transformative event for me; it shook me out of a state of complicity and made me realize how immediate and dire the climate crisis is. After years of kind of knowing and accepting the reality of climate change in the abstract, I suddenly felt that sense of terror when seeing the effects of climate change pounding at my very door. I’m currently working on a book of poems that engages more deeply with the psychological and emotional effects of our awareness of climate change, and this poem is part of that project.

Crossing the Tappan Zee Bridge the Day Before the End of the World
Before the waters fill the bridge’s mouth
Before the metal cathedral liquefies
Before the bolts explode like broken elbows Continue reading Climate Change Poetry