STATE COLLEGE–Earth Hour Benefit and Experience

This in-person event has been cancelled.
Please do join us for a virtual gathering with live music, prayer, and reflection.
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The in-person event below has been cancelled.

Location: Webster’s Bookstore Cafe
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm: Film screening of the James Balog film The Human Element
7:30-10:00 pm: Earth Hour Benefit and Experience

Please join PA IPL and millions of people around the world switch off the lights in support of nature and our planet on Saturday, March 28th at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe.

Come early to Webster’s at 6:00 pm to view a screening of the film The Human Element by James Blalog.  The film captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change and inspires us to reevaluate our relationship with the natural world.

Delicious Webster’s food and drinks available for purchase if it’s your dinnertime.


Following the film, all are welcome to stay afterwards from 7:30-10:00 pm for an Earth Hour benefit and experience! Enjoy live music and Engaging Active Hope experiences taking place during the lights out hour at 8:30-9:30 pm.
There is no charge to attend this event, but it’s a benefit for PA IPL, so come prepared to bid on silent auction items or make a donation of the right size for you.  All proceeds support PA IPL.

Check out local Earth Hour events here!

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STATE COLLEGE: State College Friends Meeting Dinner Fundraiser

This in-person event has been cancelled.  We hope to reschedule for a future date. 

Gather virtually with PA IPL instead: 

PA IPL is now offering a virtual gathering on Saturday, March 28th with live music, prayer, and reflection
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Date & Time: Thursday, March 19, 5:30-7:00 PM
Location: State College Friends’ Meetinghouse, 611 E Prospect Ave, State College, PA 16801

State College Friends Meeting is hosting a free lasagna dinner fundraiser for two local environmental groups-Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light & Nittany Valley Environmental Coalition.

The donations collected through the fundraiser will be split among the two groups.

Come out and enjoy a delicious lasagna dinner that raises money for our local groups!

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date changes STATE COLLEGE: poetry and photos, fracking and faith

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Program begins at 9:00AM, and finishes a bit before 10:00 (in time for 10:00 church)
People of any faith or none are welcome. RSVPs appreciated so they can set up extra chairs.

Join member congregation St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church’s Adult Forum to hear from Poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf  will talk about Shale Play, her newly published collaboration with photographer Steven Rubin.  She will show some images, read some poems

DATE CHANGES (changed due to weather) :
Sunday, FEBRUARY 3rd at 9:00AM at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Julia Kasdorf and Steven Rubin have an  exhibit linked to the book at the Bellefonte Art Museum, January 4-27.  They will present together in secular settings:

Jan. 11th at 7:30pm at the  Bellefonte Art Museum
Jan. 24th at 7:30pm

Thursday, January 31 at 7:30pm in the Foster Auditorium in the Pattee and Paterno Library on the Penn State University Park campus.



Learn more about the artists:                          

You may remember Julia Spicher Kasdorf’s work from the close of our April 2018 newsletter, copied here:

In honor of [the April 13, 2018 A Better Path Coalition] event, we will end with a powerful poem by Pennsylvania docupoet Julia Spicher Kasdorf.  For more from her, including explorations of faith, bookmark this written interview to read with time to reflect.

But first, the poem:

“A Mother on the West Virginia Line Considers the Public Health”
The industry thinks I’m too dumb to back down; they don’t know
I do this for my Mom and Dad. They were 69 and 71.
He had pulmonary fibrosis, worked with asbestos all his life. She grew up
near the coke ovens back when kids were sent into the mines to pick coal.
So they both had lung problems, but their home, the next hollow over,
sits 350 feet from a compressor station. We sealed the house,
set up an air scrubber, but—four of their neighbors passed last year, too.
We bought the coal rights to our 115 acres because we know
the company will come up to your front door, but we let the gas go,
just didn’t see this coming. A gentleman from New Jersey leased our land.
One day we come home to find pink ribbons tied in the field. Then bulldozers.
They put in four shallow wells and a Marcellus well on a 5-acre pad

Continue reading where the poem is printed in full with permission

STATE COLLEGE: First 100 hours climate vigil

evening prayer candlesThis vigil is connected with a national network of vigils for climate courage and action.

People of all faiths are warmly invited to join us.

Nationally, Interfaith Power & Light is joining with GreenFaith and the Franciscan Action Network, among others, to support first 100 hours vigils for climate courage across the nation during the time of transition as President Obama steps down, and President Trump steps into office. Send friends in other states to to find an event near them or download the interfaith prayer.

Learn more about these vigils, and get the Pennsylvania-customized materials.