Ice Cream and Action: Beat the Heat (EVERYONE)

Don’t live near Philadelphia or Pittsburgh?  You can still support the July 30 Beat the Heat rallies (though you’ll have to buy your own ice cream, alas!)

[Click through to Philadelphia or Pittsburgh rally info.]

Sit down with in a shady spot with your ice cream and 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:

Having a party of one, or your own neighborhood or congregational mini-gathering?  TAKE PHOTOS: a selfie or a group photo, and share on Facebook, or via email.  You can really go all-out by wearing or holding something that will reveal your faith connection or voice, OR silly heat-beating gear (giant fans, hats with shade umbrellas, snorkels, water wings…)

Interfaith Discussion on Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Climate Crisis (PHILLY-area)

Pope Francis’ much-anticipated Encyclical, addressed to all people on Earth, came out on Thursday, June 18.  It is beautiful and powerful and worthy of study and discussion.   The turnout for our discussion on June 26th made it clear that many of us are eager for the opportunity to do so in the company of others, so we are providing additional opportunities.

Please join PA Interfaith Power & Light and our hosts the Sisters of Mercy for text study and discussion led by Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein

When: Tuesday, July 21 10-11:30AM
Where: Convent of Mercy, 515 Montgomery Avenue, Merion, PA 19066
What: Discussion of select passages from the Encyclical.  Study sheets and refreshments will be provided.

Please help us prepare enough places by registering, and download the flyer below to spread the word!  If you’re sharing the registration with others, you can use this (easier-to-remember) address:

Until we meet for discussion, here’s some inspiration from Pope Francis (paragraphs 230-231):

Saint Therese of Lisieux invites us to practice the little way of love, not to miss out on a kind word, a smile or any small gesture which sows peace and friendship. An integral ecology is also made up of simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness. In the end, a world of exacerbated consumption is at the same time a world which mistreats life in all its forms. Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world. Love for society and commitment to the common good are outstanding expressions of a charity which affects not only relationships between individuals but also “macro-relationships, social, economic and political ones”. That is why the Church set before the world the ideal of a “civilization of love”. Social love is the key to authentic development: “In order to make society more human, more worthy of the human person, love in social life – political, economic and cultural – must be given renewed value, becoming the constant and highest norm for all activity.

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NW Philly: interfaith discussion of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Praised Be”

*PopeFrancis-01Invitation to Breakfast discussion about Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter on Climate Change/Care for Our Common Home

Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical, addressed to all people on Earth, came out on Thursday, June 18.   It is beautiful and powerful and worthy of study and discussion.

Join the Philadelphia Chapter of PA IPL for breakfast and an informal discussion led by Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein.  Text from our friends at the Catholic Climate Covenant below (with links to the full encyclical in English).   Please also note that 

we all have the chance to send our thanks to Pope Francis for his recent encyclical —delivered in person!  Please use this link to electronically sign a letter of thanks (and send on to your networks), and Dan Misleh of the Catholic Climate Covenant will hand-deliver the signatures to the Vatican on July 2-3

Where? At the Cafe at the Upsal Train Station (Sweet Sins at the POD Cafe).  Address below.  Plan to order yourself breakfast and then join us upstairs on the second floor, an inviting space with big windows.
When? Friday, June 26, 8:30-10AM
What? Discussion of select passages from the encyclical.  Study sheets will be provided.
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And from our friends at the Catholic Climate Covenant:

Early this morning, the Vatican released Pope Francis’s encyclical letter on ecology, Laudato Si’.  It is a beautiful document.  It says all of the best and truest things that could be said about our place here on Earth, “our common home,” in the words of Pope Francis.

Pope Francis calls us to understand our role among the deeply connected creatures of God’s creation.  He calls us to lead simpler lives that are more authentic and less driven by consumption.  Most of all, he calls us to care for the Earth and its people.

As you know, we’ve been hard at work on activities to support this incredible moment.

  • The full encyclical is here.
  • A list of quotations from the encyclical arranged by subject is here.
  • A live stream of a press conference with Cardinal Wuerl and Archbishop Kurtz is here. The press conference begins at 8:30 AM EST.

In peace,

Dan Misleh
Catholic Climate Covenant

CONFERENCE Faith, Climate, and Health: Creation Care for a Greener Future

PA IPL is pleased to be a cosponsor of this exciting conference:

Faith, Climate, And Health:
Creation Care For A Greener Future

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Friday, April 17, 2015, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Grace Hall, Cabrini College  REGISTER

At this free conference, concerned citizens will gather to examine the perils of climate change and how we as a society can address them.

  • SEE the spiritual call to care for God’s creation.
  • JUDGE the scientific evidence about the threats posed by climate change.
  • ACT with practical initiatives on how to undertake take political, institutional, and personal advocacy to arrest climate change and bring about a greener world.

Plenary session speakers:

  • John Francis Burke, Ph.D., Cabrini College
    “The Greening of Catholic Social Teaching”
  • Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Ph.D., The Shalom Center
    ”From Eden to Shabbat to Jubilee:
    The Earth-Oriented Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures”

Breakout Sessions:

  • Carrie Nielsen, Ph.D., Cabrini College
    “A Scientific Engagement of Environmental Health Issues”
  • Chuck Marshall, Central Baptist Church
    “Striving for a Carbon-Neutral Faith-Based Community:
    The Case of Central Baptist, Wayne PA”
  • The Shalom Center, Environmental Political Advocacy
    “Move Our Money, Protect Our Planet”
  • Rev. Mitch Hescox, Evangelical Environmental Network
    “The Joseph Pledge: Preparing Churches for Extreme Weather & Climate Change”

Lunch will be provided.
Topics and speakers subject to change.

Participating organizations:

Supporting the Conference for Climate Change
To donate to the Climate Change Conference, please indicate your designation under “If Other, please specify” on the Online Giving Form.

Donations will be used to cover conference costs, such as lunch.

For more information, contact John F. Burke, Ph.D. via email or at 610-902-8772

Climate Disruption is a Moral Issue: Interfaith Climate Advocacy Training

This event is past, but there is a SECOND CHANCE in AUGUST!

Join this workshop either remotely or in person.  The fee is $15 to help with technical capacity (remote) lunch (in person) and facilities.  (Let us know if that fee is prohibitive.)

A day of preparation for people of all faiths

Learn how to speak with  moral authority on the issue of climate change in Pennsylvania

AdvocacyTrainingWorkshopHeaderJoin us to develop clear messages to bring  directly to policymakers in 2015 to support ambitious, legally-binding  targets for carbon dioxide emissions, renewable power and energy efficiency.

Workshop Leaders:

  • Joy Bergey, Federal Policy Director, PennFuture
  • Jose Aguto, Legislative Secretary on Sustainable Energy and Environment at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, Washington DC
  • Donald Brown, Professor,  Widener University Sustainability Ethics and Law Edwards,
  • Justin Wright, Mediator and Negotiation trainer, Active Neutrals

People of faith possess the moral authority to be important and credible parties to the awakening of awareness and responsibility for climate change among elected leaders and non-elected policy makers.

We seek to prepare people of faith who are willing to pro-actively initiate meetings with policy makers, electoral candidates and other religious leaders to lift up the moral dimensions of this crisis and support effective and rapid transition plans for a clean energy future in Pennsylvania and the nation.

Join us!