January 2021 Newsletter: The Year Ahead – Tending the Garden with PA IPL

PA IPL has many amazing programs for the year ahead. Many of our statewide initiatives are outlined below but we value and need your participation. In addition to the plan outlined here, we hope to hear more from you about the work you are doing to be stewards of creation and the ideas you have for new local and statewide programs. We want you to know you have a seat at the table and we will work together to pursue the topics and programs of greatest interest to you.

Email us about any events you or your congregation/chapter may be organizing. If your congregation or organization has not yet signed our Climate Justice Covenant or become an institutional member, and you think they may be interested in doing so, please reach out directly to PA IPL’s Executive Director, David Heayn-Menendez.

Please also send us any images of the work you are engaged in and the beauty of creation around you. Also, let us know your ideas and proposals. The better connected and coordinated we are the greater fruit our garden will yield. 

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PA IPL 2021 Programs:
Creation Care
Sustained Advocacy: Calls, Summaries, Actions
Education: Webinars, Workshops, Films
Resources and Presentations from PA IPL and our Network
Spiritual Care
PA IPL Toolkit
PA IPL Chapter Meetings
Annual Conference
Annual Advocacy Bike Ride

To support these initiatives Donate Today!

Snug in their beds.

We’re always pleased to see pictures of work done by the Weatherization First events!  This story comes from volunteers who also happen to be members of the Green Team at Grace Lutheran Church.


The volunteer group consisted of a pastor, a couple of young high schoolers, and a leader with DIY insulation experience.  They specifically recruited people who were small and/or flexible and strong to more easily work in the tight corners of the attic crawlspace.

THE CHALLENGE: The house in question generally has $300 gas bills per month in the winter, despite thrifty habits. The Continue reading Snug in their beds.

Here’s where it goes.

What are we up to? 
I’m asking you to donate, but don’t give blindly.   Read on to catch a glimpse of PA IPL’s current work and be inspired to increase your gift this year.  [paypal-donation purpose=”PAIPL 2013 Appeal”]

Put your donation on overdrive.


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Want to donate more than your checkbook says you can?   Anyone can turn the donation dial from “whippet” to “mastiff.” Here are five ways to give your donation more muscle:

  1. Tell a friend about PA IPL, about your deep concerns about climate change and about your path, and invite your friend to donate, too.
  2. Involve your congregation.  We’ll help.  A generous matching grant from the national IPL will effectively double congregational contributions of $250 or more.  The challenge is good both for direct contributions, and for directed donations by congregants (does your congregation call these “second collections”?).  We’ll only get the grant if we raise the match!
  3. Hold a house partyinvite friends to join you for a small event (dinner party at your house, game night, hike-and-hot-cider, and ask them to make a contribution to Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light instead of bringing a host gift.  Earth Hour (generally the 4th Saturday in March) is a great excuse for a party!  Reach out to see if someone from PA IPL might be available to join the party and make the (very soft) ask…. or go super-simple and designate PA IPL as your preferred birthday/anniversary/retirement gift.
  4. Help expand our successful Bike Trip program with a local solidarity ride of any length.  These will connect riders with congregations and elected leaders, supporting the efforts of our annual trip from State College to Washington, DC.   We’re actively looking for someone (or a group of someones) who will help organize local rides.  The rides are fun, and hopeful, and we want to give more individuals, congregations, and communities the chance to participate.  Do help us connect with the right people to make it happen!
  5. Finally, consider a multi-year pledge or, the next time you donate, an automatic recurring donation.  These kinds of donations help create a predictable financial base that is invaluable to our budgeting and planning. 

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