Creation and Spirit

Join with PA IPL members across the state by planning ahead to create an outdoor event in YOUR area to take place any time on OCTOBER 4.

The event can be for a small group, your congregation, or your community at large, and it can be as simple as you wish. Consider a birdwatch, hike, or garden-sit, or a more traditional Blessing of the Animals, complete with pets.   Invite a local “nature leader” (naturalist, gardener, hiker, en plein air artist) and a spiritual leader to co-lead.

And of course please share your event with us — beforehand, and with a great photo or two after the fact.

forum and vigil: Climate, Jobs, and Justice: a Moral Response to the Pope’s Urgent Message

Media coverage of the event from the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia:

Original description:
This event is a coalition event planned and supported by many partners (see below).  The event begins at the Friends’ Center, Philadelphia (scroll to bottom for address and map), and ends with a procession around City Hall to LOVE Park for a vigil.  It will take place not far from the Shale Conference happening the same day.    Flier to shareFlyer B&W Climate, Jobs, Justice-FINAL

5:30 gathering and refreshments
6:00-7:15 ” A Just Transition” forum with compelling calls to action from community, faith, labor, and health leaders
7:30 Inspiring, art-filled procession from Friends Center through downtown Philadelphia, ending in a night vigil at LOVE Park.

Please join us for a forum and vigil to lift up Pope Francis’s urgent call for climate action and economic justice!  RSVP

In June, Pope Francis published an urgent letter to people across the world: On Care for Our Common Home.”  The letter urge people everywhere to take decisive action to preserve a livable climate and to build a just economy. The Pope will bring this message to Congress and the United Nations when he visits the US this September.

As Philly prepares for his arrival, hundreds of people from all backgrounds will come together for a forum, procession, and vigil. We will reflect on what the Pope’s message means to us here in Philly. And we will call on our elected officials to commit to a rapid shift to a just and sustainable economy, with renewable energy, clean air, living wage jobs, and justice for those who are harmed most by climate change. Everyone is welcome!

What to Expect:

  • Big, beautiful art
  • Compelling calls to action from faith, community, and labor leaders
  • Presentations about energy, health, pollution, clean jobs, and strategies for building a just and sustainable economy
  • To make friends with neighbors who care about community, people, and planet

Co-sponsored by:

  • 350 Philly
  • Green Justice Philly
  • Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility-Philadelphia
  • Sierra Club Southeast PA Beyond Coal Campaign
  • Shalom Center

Let us know if your organization would like to endorse the event! 

Spread the word through Facebook.

Quotes from the Pope’s Letter*PopeFrancis-01

“The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change.”
“There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy.”
“A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings. It is clearly inconsistent to combat trafficking in endangered species while remaining completely indifferent to human trafficking, unconcerned about the poor, or undertaking to destroy another human being deemed unwanted.”


We are hosting multiple Art Builds for anyone who wants to help create puppets, LED Signs, and giant banners! Learn more and RSVP for the next one here.

Ice Cream and Action: Beat the Heat (PITTSBURGH)

PA IPL will share a short faith-rooted message at each of 2 Beat The Heat rallies with PA environmental partners PennFuture and PennEnvironment to demonstrate support of the Clean Power Plan as an important and immediate step toward a fair clean energy future.  These were the remarks we delivered as testimony to the EPA in hearings last year.

EVEN IF you cannot GO: Send a message to your Senators and your Representative letting them know you are there in spirit, and telling them what you are doing to reduce emissions and beat the heat.  EASY format, you add details.  (Sharing with your friends?  Here’s the short, sensible link:

plan to SHOW UP in Pittsburgh?

  • RSVP (to PennFuture) to make sure there will be enough ice cream!
  • WEAR or CARRY something that will reveal your faith connection or voice, or silly heat-beating gear (giant fans, hats with shade umbrellas, snorkels, water wings…)
  • TAKE PHOTOS: a selfie and an event photo, and share them with us on Facebook, or via email.

Cool Head, Warm Heart at TEDx

It’s been a while, but the video of my presentation at TEDx has finally been officially released.  You should be able to click it in the window above, or follow this link to YouTube.

I am really grateful to all the TEDx crew who helped put this together and especially to Katie Kirsch who produced the wonderful visuals.

The Science paper that I refer to is

Steffen, Will, Katherine Richardson, Johan Rockström, Sarah E. Cornell, Ingo Fetzer, Elena M. Bennett, R. Biggs, et al. 2015. “Planetary Boundaries: Guiding Human Development on a Changing Planet.” Science, January, 1259855. doi:10.1126/science.1259855.

Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope

EileenFlanaganHeadShotResized_miniEngaging speaker, book signing, conversation, and refreshments.
Penn State, University Park.  7:00 PM at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center (public parking at the Nittany Deck, bus stop across the street at the Pattee Library).  Poster to share: Eileen Flanagan 4-7-2015 revised

*Books will be on sale before and after the talk.  Bring your favorite payment method, and have your book signed right there.  The books are printed with sustainable ink on recycled materials.  Read your copy and then contact Eileen for a group rate for your study circle or book group.

Eileen Flanagan is an author with an extraordinary story to tell.   Her evening talk will focus on the extraordinary power of aligning heart, mind, and spirit and engaging in important work.  Eileen’s story is the story of her intentional choice to reconnect with the ideals of her youth, and to honor her own potential.  It is a story of honesty, hope, faith, community, and courage.  Read a few of the impressive reviews of her brand-new book over at her website, where you can also learn more about Eileen, the backstory to the book, and link to articles she’s published in the Huffington Post, the Christian Century (cover story!), and more.

One of Eileen’s previous books, The Wisdom to Know the Difference, was endorsed by the Dalai Lama, and her articles have a appeared in a wide range of national publications. A graduate of Duke and Yale, Eileen leads the board of Earth Quaker Action Team, which uses nonviolent direct action to work for a just and sustainable economy.

Eileen is a seasoned writer, speaker and workshop leader.  She is a Quaker with deep ties to her Catholic upbringing.

Note: there will also be a breakfast Thursday morning — focusing on reflection and discernment — for campus and community faith leaders (clergy, lay people and students).  That event requires an RSVP: contact us

Co-sponsored by PA IPL, the Rock Ethics Institute, the Center for Spiritual and Ethical DevelopmentLutheran Campus MinistryWestminster Presbyterian Fellowship, and Foxdale Village; Reception refreshments provided by the 3rd Way Collective and the Wesley Foundation.

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