Cool Head, Warm Heart at TEDx

It’s been a while, but the video of my presentation at TEDx has finally been officially released.  You should be able to click it in the window above, or follow this link to YouTube.

I am really grateful to all the TEDx crew who helped put this together and especially to Katie Kirsch who produced the wonderful visuals.

The Science paper that I refer to is

Steffen, Will, Katherine Richardson, Johan Rockström, Sarah E. Cornell, Ingo Fetzer, Elena M. Bennett, R. Biggs, et al. 2015. “Planetary Boundaries: Guiding Human Development on a Changing Planet.” Science, January, 1259855. doi:10.1126/science.1259855.

Math and love: a cool head and a warm heart

330px-Roe_john-1John Roe is a Mathematics professor at Penn State, and a board member of PA IPL (the link on his name will give you a glimpse of his wide-ranging talents and interests). John also keeps a blog called Points of Inflection that is well worth following.  This semester he is teaching a course he has been building to for a long time: Math for Sustainability.   You can read a news article about the course, or go directly to the course website.

In February, Penn State held a sold out TEDxPSU, which was streamed, and now has finally been released as a set of videos.   Sit down with your lunch and enjoy John Roe give his TEDxPSU talk entitled Cool Head, Warm Heart: Math, Love, and Sustainability

Our Voices: 8 nights of Hanukkah & Climate Change

Our friends at Our Voices (and the #LightForLima campaign) have partnered with Shomrei Breishit: Rabbi and Cantors For the Earth to create and share 8 videos of rabbis and cantors who have created special prayers or kavannot (meditations) for lighting the candles for Hanukkah, connecting the holiday with our need to act on climate change.

1st night: Rabbi Lawrence Troster (coordinator of Shomrei Breishit) and Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster (Program Director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights) of Teaneck, New Jersey introduce the videos and talk about the connections between Hanukkah, climate change and environmental justice.

Whether or not you are Jewish, give the videos a listen.  If you are not Jewish, you will find various pieces that activate echoes in prayer, practice, and scripture of your own traditions.  If you are, it will bring a new lens to familiar practices, prayers, and songs.

The encouragement in the 7th night (from Pittsburgh!) to lift our own small lights and lean toward the light in those around us (together joining our sparks into something far more powerful and bright than we could ever create alone) will be evocative for people of all faiths. It is certainly a much-needed encouragement for all engaged in working for climate justice.

2nd night: Rabbi Jill Hammer (Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion, who specializes in ancient and contemporary midrash) New York, New York does a meditation on the Temple as a symbol for the world and how we must purify Continue reading Our Voices: 8 nights of Hanukkah & Climate Change

Prayers for courage, imagination, and action, and a thunderclap!

World leaders are gathering right now in Lima, Peru, negotiating the details of the next climate change treaty to come forward in Paris in 2015.   Many opened the conference with fasting.  National leaders, climate change leaders, and faith leaders are all there, including PA IPL member Professor Don Brown, who is leading sessions on the ethics of Climate Change, and will offer a phone call and webinar for PA IPL members this winter.

People of all faiths from around the world are supporting the negotiations with prayer.  Please join them with a daily prayer moment of your own now through December 7.  Invite others to join you, hold a public vigil, or create a prayer or vigil in your own faith community, as part of an existing service, or as a standalone event.

You may find this video a compelling part of an invitation to join you in prayer.  It builds to a very strong ending that calls on each of us as individuals.

Philly-area folks may have a leg up on vigil planning, thanks to this week’s prayer workshop Continue reading Prayers for courage, imagination, and action, and a thunderclap!

the power of song

At PA IPL’s 2014 Annual Conference, Climate Justice: Faith in Action  the Rev. Rhetta Morgan of the Ecclesia Spiritual Center drew participants in to the sanctuary for the keynote session by beginning her music in the sanctuary at Summit Presbyterian Church.  After a few announcements, she re-centered us and drew us close in Spirit for an excellent entry into our ably-moderated keynote panel.   Following the panel, Rhetta again led us in inspiring and energizing song, sending us forth from the keynote to the rest of the workshops.  Thanks to Peter Handler, you can get a taste of that here:

Prior to the workshops, participants enjoyed really fabulous refreshments from Weaver’s Way Co-op (with support from the Rock Ethics Institute), and fellowship and conversation with our Green Resources exhibitors.