These calls are scheduled monthly, and are a chance to develop and maintain a base of knowledge about current and emerging climate policy and legislation, municipal through federal, with a focus on important issues and/or roles for Pennsylvanians and moral, ethical, and faith-rooted messages. More.
The calls are open to people at any stage of advocacy and policy involvement. We begin and end with a short meditation, reflection, prayer or centering breath, and include both reports and discussion. We will identify and/or choose a limited number of key actions for each month.
The resources that support this call come from and through a variety of sources: IPL national, the Washington Inter-religious Staff Community and connected organizations, the US Climate Action Network, and PennFuture.
4th Thursdays, 12:30-1:30
Join from your computer or your phone. The only charges are your normal charges for call or internet service. This program is funded entirely by donations from our supporters to our general fund.
Our Sustained Advocacy Policy Update call is coming up on Thursday, October 22nd from 12:30-1:30 PM EST.
Both “old hats” and folks new to policy discussions or advocacy report finding these calls useful. Indeed, the calls and summaries include tools for interesting and worthwhile conversations with friends, family, and congregational study groups in addition to curated policy updates, positive news, and 2 advocacy actions, and a closing meditation or prayer.
You are welcome to join these Zoom calls from your phone or your computer — we share links in the chat during the call which will later appear in the summary. There is no fee to participate, just your normal costs for call minutes or internet service. You will receive a well-labeled “LINK” email in your inbox the morning of the call. That will contain both phone and computer connection information. Whether or not you can join live, you will receive the summary in your inbox a week after the call. We are able to do this work because of financial donations of all sizes, given by people like you.
At PA IPL, we believe that policy is a covenant with the future. We see household and congregational action as important spiritual discipline, and as illustrations of the possible. We know, too, that more is needed and that action is possible at local, state, and national levels.
In these calls and beyond, we focus attention on the moral implications of climate change and energy policy. We are committed to conversations that are radically nonpartisan, and that invite everyone into bold and necessary action.
At PA IPL, we recognize that all policy is a covenant with the future.
PA IPL’s Sustained Advocacy monthly calls are are a chance to develop and maintain a base of knowledge about current and emerging climate policy and legislation, municipal through federal, with a focus on important issues and/or roles for Pennsylvanians and moral, ethical, and faith-rooted messages.
The calls are open to people at any stage of advocacy and policy involvement. We begin and end with a short meditation, reflection, prayer, or centering breath. Calls (and summaries) include Each call (and summary) includes a “discussion hook” – one or two articles about a current issue that offer the opportunity to engage with elected officials or, friends, family, or co-workers, and that could be the basis of discussion and exploration with a congregational study group. Each month we identify one federal and one state action item, highlighted in the summary that comes out a week later.
The resources that support this call come from and through a variety of sources: IPL national, the Washington Inter-religious Staff Community and connected organizations, the US Climate Action Network, and networks of organizations interested in a Pennsylvania powered by clean, renewable energy.
This week we have two stories from the road, each from a cyclist who participated in the 2019 bike trip. Rabbi Meryl Crean, from the Philadelphia region, talks about environmental values formed as a Girl Scout and carried through to her work as a rabbi and environmental advocate. The Dr. Rev. Dean Lindsey of State College connects the local ride to its global implications for the environment, particularly for vulnerable low-elevation countries, like Kiribati — a perspective informed by his own deep connections to another low-elevation area: New Orleans as well as his sabbatical to Kiribas.
Sustained advocacy is building relationships with legislators with the idea that all policy is a covenant with the future.
We engage in respectful and challenging, non-partisan, solutions-oriented conversation with our public officials over time. Our conversations begin with shared values, and may frame moral dilemmas for our legislators and others.
We focus on legislation that ceases expansion of our fossil fuel infrastructure, and promotes renewable energy deployment and widespread use of energy efficiency technology and practice. We are clear that solutions must not increase energy burdens or continue to ignore “sacrifice zones“; policies should increase equity and repair past harms caused by our profligate energy use and choices.
Learn more by joining our monthly Sustained Advocacy Policy Update Zoom calls by phone or by computer. People on the list get the call summary one week after the call, whether or not they were able to attend, including a federal action item, a state action item, a discussion hook, positive news, and a closing meditation. The actions in the July call summary are still good ones! Because legislators are in-district in August, our “call” will be summary-only in August. Watch your inbox on August 27th!
Make sure you and your neighbors are ready to vote! We want you to be able to vote safely and effectively.Please share this information with your congregation, and with your community groups. We created a downloadable Word document of this information to link to your congregation’s newsletter or website.
You can register to vote by mail three ways— choose ONE!
Register for a vote-by-mail ballot online(English and Spanish language applications available). Scroll directly to the bottom of the page, confirm that you are not a robot, and click “begin your application.” Your ballot will be mailed to you. You can track your ballot as your request is processed, then as it moves through USPS to your mailbox.
Print the registration form, fill it out, and choose an option below
mail the completed form to your county elections office. This option depends on mail service in both directions, and so is least preferred, but it’s a great way for folks with internet service and printers to help friends or neighbors who have neither. (But do it soon!)
No matter how you vote, your vote must be complete by November 3. Mail-in ballots must be at your county elections office by November 3. Drop off your completed ballot in person at your county elections office before November 3, or mail it from a neighborhood with speedy mail service well before November 3. (Either way, you will seal the completed ballot in an unmarked inner envelope, then a signed outer envelope according to the directions.) Current rules say that postmarks are not enough; arrival is what matters.
Turn to Prayer
Please hold PA IPL and all who are working toward climate justice in your prayers through the week.
In 2019, PA IPL supporters “paved the cyclists’ way with prayer,” submitting original prayers, poems and artwork to express the deep faith that underlies their commitment to climate justice and care. The cyclists shared a compilation of these prayers with elected officials in Washington, as part of their advocacy conversations. Each week we are featuring a different prayer from the collection. This week’s prayer was written by a member of the Philadelphia chapter of PA IPL.
Two Ways to Get your Donation Matched!
Supporters of PA IPL’s Stories from the Road Campaign have two ways to see their contributions matched! A group of generous donors has created a matching fund of up to $4,000, doubling the contribution impact of one-time givers during the August campaign. Those who make a three-year pledge will have their first year of donation matched through our For the Long Haul campaign. These opportunities come with immense gratitude for the generous people seeding our growing organization’s fundraising efforts.
Save the Date for the Stories from the Road: Celebrating the Journey Zoom event, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.
On Sep. 1, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, we’ll culminate our campaign with a live zoom-based Stories from the Road Celebration, featuring live music, prayer, storytelling, and a chance to share your own stories of climate work with people throughout the state. The event is free with a donation during Stories from the Road. Additional tickets can be purchased for $10. Spaces are limited, so donate now!
Joyce Breiner has been welcoming cyclists to Poolesville, Maryland since the earliest rides. In her role as director of Poolesville Green, she has created many and varied opportunities for cyclists and community members to connect and learn. What that doesn’t tell you is that (1) she personally hosted riders until the ride got big enough that she connected us with the Am Kolel Sanctuary Retreat Center and (2) she cooks legendary breakfasts. Joyce shared this reflection:
Please share a few sentences describing a highlight of a past bike trip. There have been a number of highlights over the years – 8 so far?! From small beginnings of hosting a handful of riders in our Poolesville home to showcasing progress on sustainable actions in our community, it has been years of fun and growth in faith and purpose.
How has the bike trip continued to impact or sustain you? The bike trip has been a reminder of the importance of continuing the work to encourage and inspire a more sustainable future.
In what ways are you continuing to reap inspiration and energy from your experience of the trip? Thinking of the PA IPL friends we have met and hosted each year, remembering the conversations we’ve shared and listening to their experiences along the trip continue to feed the soul. Hopefully sharing our experiences has been inspiring in return.
Please share a few sentences on what you are doing right now to support the work of PA IPL in raising climate change as a moral issue. Last year I achieved the Climate Change Professional designation as certified by the Association of Climate Change Officers and the State of Maryland. I am a member of the Montgomery County Maryland Climate Planning Workgroup, which is determining how to achieve the county’s climate emergency goals of reducing GHG emissions 80% by 2027 and 100% by 2035. I am advocating to allow agrovoltaic Community Solar projects in the county’s Agricultural Reserve through adoption of a countywide Zoning Text Amendment.
PA IPL’s Sustained Advocacy group is following and promoting community solar legislation in Pennsylvania — it is bipartisan and in both houses! You can help!
What “call to action” would you encourage others to take regarding climate change at this time?
This week, listen as IPL founder, the Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, reflects on greeting the 2013 group of PA IPL cyclists on the day they arrived in Washington DC, and what their ride meant to those who had gathered from all over the country to learn and advocate as part of IPL’s annual National Conference.
Listen to Sally’s reflection here…
Other voices from the road: “A bridge issue, not a wedge issue”
Resist contributing to the waste being produced at this time by disposable masks, gloves, grocery bags. Sew masks, use reusable bags where they are allowed. And live in a way that respects and protects the life around you.
Connect with people that give you hope. For people living alone, like herself, she suggests getting off the computer and picking up the telephone to spend time with family and friends.
Sally says she takes long walks outside to restore her soul. “It gives me the hope I need to get through all of this,” she says.
And if you’re finding yourself stuck at home, take the time to read about climate change and, listen to podcasts. Sally recommends the weekly podcast Outrage + Optimism, co-hosted by Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac, and Paul Dickinson.
Turn to Prayer
In 2019 PA IPL supporters “paved the cyclists’ way with prayer”, submitting original prayers, poems and artwork to express the deep faith that underlies their commitment to climate justice and care. The cyclists shared a compilation of these prayers with elected officials in Washington, as part of their advocacy conversations. Each week we’ll feature a different prayer from the collection.
We ask that you hold PA IPL and the work of climate justice and care in your prayers through the week.
Creator God, in this very divisive time, let us all work together to protect our Common Home. Open the hearts, eyes, and minds of those who do not see or care to see the damage we have done to your wonderful gift, the Earth. You have given us the knowledge in recent years to understand how we can better care for our planet. Forgive us when greed and fear get in the way of us moving ahead to cleaner sources of energy. Give us all the courage to do the right thing. Amen. —George Dempsie, Huntingdon, PA, board member, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light
Save the date— Stories from the Road Live Celebration, Sept. 1
On Sep. 1, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, we’ll culminate our campaign with a live zoom-based Stories from the Road Celebration, featuring live music, prayer, storytelling, and a chance to share your own stories of climate work with people throughout the state.
The event is free with a donation to PA IPL during the Stories from the Road campaign (June through August) Additional tickets can be purchased for $10. Seating is limited, so donate now!