RECORDING AVAILABLE — Solar Options for Houses of Worship (Main Line PA IPL)

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July’s (virtual) meeting of the Main Line chapter of PA IPL was a presentation about solar options for faith institutions.  One way to beat the heat of the sun is to put it to work on our behalf.

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Our meeting will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, July 27. We will spend the first 30 minutes catching up on all that is going on in our different faith institutions. At 7:30, we will hear about: Solar options for Houses of Worship from Joy Baxter. 

Many houses of worship are called by their faith to implement climate change solutions such as rooftop solar.  However, nonprofits are excluded from government incentives for solar installations that are provided through tax incentives.  Several options of how to finance a solar installation for houses of worship will be discussed including an in-depth discussion of the private LLC model, which provides the maximum financial benefit to the congregation. The LLC can be made up of several environmentally conscious small investors from your community who get a modest return of their investment or a large environmentally conscious investor.

Presenter Joy Baxter is an active member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ardmore where she is the chair of their Green Team. St. Paul’s Green Team is currently pursuing an LLC option for a solar installation at St. Pauls. Joy and her husband installed solar panels on their home 8 years ago and are involved in various solar activities. Joy’s background is in chemical engineering research and she also enjoys playing violin with the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra.

We will conclude our time together by exploring future programming ideas. We look forward to seeing you on Monday night.

Please contact Courtenay Willcox for more information.

RECORDING AVAILABLE — Engaging Active Hope: How to Do It!

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For several years, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light has been offering practices from the book Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone at our conferences, workshops, and virtually.  We knew we were laying a firm foundation to build resilience and support for the coming climate crisis; we could not have anticipated how meaningful this work would be right now.  Going around the Spiral of the Work allows people to rest in gratitude for mother earth; to honor their pain for the world and themselves as we go through this pandemic; to see with new and ancient eyes that what we are experiencing is part of the Great Unraveling and the Great Turning to a life sustaining society; and to Go Forth with a new vision for the future and a sense of community support.

This one-session event will walk through the outline and details of a 6-session, online book-study-practice series we have developed, and which we hope you will now offer either in-person (as circumstances allow) or virtually in your own settings and with your own audiences/groups.

This event is free and open to all – donations gratefully accepted.

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