The Rev. John Dear, peace activist, priest and author, will visit Lycoming College this March for a reading, reflection and signing of his new book, “They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace & Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change.” Slated for March 27, 7 p.m., in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall on the Lycoming College campus, the event is free and open to the public.
They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace & Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change, makes a connection between active nonviolence and solidarity with nature. In his book, Dear shows how a global outbreak of violence could lead to catastrophic climate change, ultimately arguing for the need for a grassroots movement of nonviolence. The book’s title is based upon Jesus’ third Beatitude: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Reading “meekness” as “nonviolence,” Dear notes how Jesus practiced nonviolence and lived at one with creation, suggesting we do the same.
Dear is a long time peace activist, lecturer and teacher, and the author of 35 books including “Thomas Merton Peacemaker,” “Living Peace,” “The Beatitudes of Peace” and “Lazarus Come Forth!” Dear now works with Campaign Nonviolence and the Vatican Nonviolence Initiative. He has been nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize, including by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel laureate himself.
Learn more about the author: www.johndear.org
Listen to a podcast of a recent dharma talk Fr. Dear gave at the Upaya Institute.
Jacqueline Patterson will speak about Climate Justice at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. She is the director of the NAACP Climate Justice Program.
This is not a PA IPL event, but Jacqueline Patterson was a keynote speaker at PA IPL’s 2014 Annual Conference — Climate Justice: Faith in Action — and we are big fans!
Registeration required for this event organized and hosted by Main Line Unitarian Church. (Pro tip: peer up at their solar shingles before you go in!)
Building on her experience at Standing Rock and her career as a socially and environmentally minded entrepreneur, Judy will discuss how we can build a values-based regional economy that protects our water, air, and land for future generations, creates meaningful jobs, increases equality and builds healthy and joyful community life.
Judy Wicks is an author, international activist and entrepreneur, Judy founded Philadelphia’s iconic White Dog Cafe in 1983, which became a pioneer in the farm to table movement and a model in sustainable business practices. She is founder of Fair Food Philly (2000) and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (2001) and the nationwide (BALLE) Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (2001). Judy founded Black Cat, which featured locally made and fair-trade gifts for twenty years. In 1970, Judy cofounded the original Free People’s Store, now well known as Urban Outfitters (no longer affiliated).
Her work has earned numerous local and national awards, including the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award, and was inducted into the University Science Center’s Innovators Walk of Fame in 2016.
Good Morning, Beautiful Business, Judy’s acclaimed memoir, won a national gold medal for business leadership. Judy continues her work to build a new economy of beautiful businesses.
Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch & beverage with you.
Judy will do a book signing before and after the talk.
Ticket cost is $10.00. The net proceeds to benefit young people that are/have aged out of the foster care system.
On Wednesday October 7th, 7:00 PM a talk entitled “Laudato Si, Be praised: On the care of our Common Home” by Daniel Scheid, PhD, professor at Duquesne University Theology Department, longtime environmental activist, and a participant in the Catholic Climate Covenant. His talk will highlight and explore the main themes of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical, underscoring that care for the Earth is not marginal to Christian vocation, but central. Dan will also propose ways in which Catholic ecological teaching can be further developed in wake of the encyclical.
Event to be held at the Kearns Spirituality Center, Sisters of Divine Providence. Contact Sr. Mary Jane Coultas, 412-366-1124.
Dr. Ken Davis will offer a talk to provide additional background in some of the underlying scientific and economic issues for anyone reading, discussing, or preparing to read Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si. PA IPL member congregation Good Shepherd Catholic Church in State College invites the community to join them for this talk in their Parish Hall.
The bulletin announcement from Good Shepherd:
Celebrate the feast of St. Francis (Sunday, October 4th) by attending a discussion of the context for the papal encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’ at 6:30pm in the Parish Hall. Parishioner Ken Davis, a climate scientist at Penn State, will present some of the scientific and economic issues that underlie Laudato Si’. There will be opportunities for questions and discussion.
The Green Committee of Foxdale Retirement Village invites you to a talk by Rev. Alison Cornish, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light
Free and open to the public!
Join us in the Auditorium of the Foxdale Village Retirement Community (map below) on Saturday morning, September 19. Talk begins at 10:00.
The papal encyclical released earlier this summer offers a unique opportunity to amplify and elevate voices of those responding to climate change. And not a minute too soon … In this interactive talk, Rev. Cornish will cover the main points of the encyclical that resonate with people of all faiths.
The Reverend Alison Cornish recently joined PA IPL as Executive Director. She is a Unitarian Universalist minister, and comes to PA IPL with a background in parish ministry, nonprofit management, multifaith work, advocacy for the marginalized — and a passion and commitment to care about, and for, the Earth, which has shaped her theology and activism over the past two decades.
Flier to download and share: FoxdaleEncyclicalTalk.flier.09.19.2015
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