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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Workshop extravaganza!

Over in our Events calendar there is SO MUCH good stuff right now.  Check out a few highlights: 
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A series of workshops on involving your congregation or community in our work to respond to climate change as an urgent moral issue.

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A climate change art exhibit and auction at PA IPL member congregation Mishkan Shalom (featuring works by Philadelphia PA IPL member Peter Handler.

 Cheryl.MalkahBinahPreaching About Climate Change workshop on Tuesday morning, February 3 — for clergy and non-clergy alike.  Rev. Cheryl Pyrch and Rabbi Melissa Klein will lead a text study of Exodus 23:1-3 (the Torah portion for Feb. 14).  Download a PDF flier from the event listing.

MBW_full Our Earth/Our Story: Climate Change Calls Us to Heal Ourselves and the World workshop hosted by PA IPL member congregation Central Baptist Church on Saturday, Feb. 7. Speaker Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics and more) .Light lunch included! Download a PDF flier from the event listing

AdvocacyTrainingWorkshopHeaderClimate Disruption is a Moral Issue: Interfaith Climate Advocacy Training (remote or in-person participation) Feb. 19 9:00-5:00; registration required 

Faith, Climate, and Health- Creation Care for a Greener Future #ActOnClimate (1)Faith, Climate, and Health: Creation Care for a Greener Future conference to be held at Cabrini College on April 17.

agyemanAnd we recommend going to hear Julian Agyeman speak on Just Sustainabilities at the Penn Humanities Forum (rescheduled from January).


Positively Green 2014



On March1, PSU IPL held the 4th annual Positively Green .   By afternoon the participants had made and installed 22 window inserts!   Check out the finished product in the photo to the right — you’re looking through 2 “panes” of insulating plastic with an excellent insulating air pocket between.  Impressively clear and window-like, isn’t it?  Effective, too.  One group of students reported being able to actually feel the difference in “their” house from beginning to end of the (very quick) installation!  The PSU IPL officers did a fantastic job organizing the day, and they’ve created a PowerPoint presentation they’re willing to share to show exactly how Continue reading Positively Green 2014

Thanks, ACE Hardware and the State College community

ACE Hardware of State College hosted the Weatherization First project of PA IPL for a fundraiser on SaturACE.locallogoday, October 19, and discounted weatherization supplies by 10% for PA IPL and the DIY folks who came in that day.

Generous donations from community members totaled  $260 in ACE gift cards, $311 in cash and checks, and 38 weatherization items donated, which congregational and community teams will put to excellent use!


Positively Green: A Service Day Alternative to State Patty’s Day

On February 23, 2013 Penn State students hold the third annual Positively Green day of service.  Last year, 30 students, faculty and staff undertook a two-hour training session, and then went out into the community, helping State College neighbors make their houses more energy efficient.

We began at 10:30 am, with a full day of activities:

10:30 AM  Training in the Frizzell Room of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center (corner of Curtain and Allen on campus, right across from the libraries)

12:00 PM  lunch!

12:30 PM  move to local worksites to begin energy efficiency work in low-income homes

3:00 PM   regroup at Pasquerilla (with cookies!)

4:00 PM   adjourn

image10911ith financial support from the Rock Ethics Institute and generous donations from our corporate sponsors (Lowe’s and Wal-Mart),our students changed light bulbs, installed weather-stripping, and upgraded homes with low-flow shower heads and hot water pipe insulation (see more pictures here). Students also learned how to discuss energy usage and encourage folks to make lifestyle choices that save energy and protect our planet.




Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light is proud to sponsor the first student IPL in the nation—thanks, Penn State students, for being part of the climate change solution!