RETREAT EVENING: Coming Back to Life in an Age of Climate Distruption

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 12.13.35 PMLocation: Houston Room of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Led by: Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein
Free will offering will be collected at the conclusion
Please register to attend.
Download a flier to print, share, and post: Earthday flier

Join Wellspring and the new Interfaith Power & Light Committee at St. Martin’s as we celebrate Earth Day with an interactive workshop exploring the spiritual call to care for the earth. Our workshop is “Coming Back to Life in an Age of Climate Disruption – A Retreat Evening” drawing from the exercises of Joanna Macy and Molly Brown and led by Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein, an active member of the Philadelphia chapter of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light and member of the Germantown Jewish Center.  Co-led by Greg Williams and Jess Ballenger.
Attendees are encouraged to bring journal and pen. All are welcome.

Please register to attend.

=NOTE: St. Martin-in-the-fields hosts a free home-cooked community meal, to which we are all invited, at 6PM, and if you’re able to come earlier, the youth choir of the church will be presenting an Evensong for Earth Day.


Climate Disruption is a Moral Issue: Interfaith Climate Advocacy Training

This event is past, but there is a SECOND CHANCE in AUGUST!

Join this workshop either remotely or in person.  The fee is $15 to help with technical capacity (remote) lunch (in person) and facilities.  (Let us know if that fee is prohibitive.)

A day of preparation for people of all faiths

Learn how to speak with  moral authority on the issue of climate change in Pennsylvania

AdvocacyTrainingWorkshopHeaderJoin us to develop clear messages to bring  directly to policymakers in 2015 to support ambitious, legally-binding  targets for carbon dioxide emissions, renewable power and energy efficiency.

Workshop Leaders:

  • Joy Bergey, Federal Policy Director, PennFuture
  • Jose Aguto, Legislative Secretary on Sustainable Energy and Environment at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, Washington DC
  • Donald Brown, Professor,  Widener University Sustainability Ethics and Law Edwards,
  • Justin Wright, Mediator and Negotiation trainer, Active Neutrals

People of faith possess the moral authority to be important and credible parties to the awakening of awareness and responsibility for climate change among elected leaders and non-elected policy makers.

We seek to prepare people of faith who are willing to pro-actively initiate meetings with policy makers, electoral candidates and other religious leaders to lift up the moral dimensions of this crisis and support effective and rapid transition plans for a clean energy future in Pennsylvania and the nation.

Join us!


Eat. Study. Preach. Pray.

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Philadelphia PA IPL held what may be the first Preach In Preachers’ Breakfast to not be iced-out on the original date!  17 people joined in a text study of Exodus 23:1-3, the Torah portion for February 14th .(Preach-In on Climate Change weekend), with the discussion led by Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein (who took the photo) and Rev. Cheryl Pyrch.  Thanks to Susan Saxe for catering breakfast for the group!  Want to make plans for something like this in your neck of the woods before Preach In 2016? We’ll help you make the connections.

Pray where you are:
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Interfaith Power & Light’s national Preach In has joined with the international Continue reading Eat. Study. Preach. Pray.

Climate Change Workshop: Get Involved

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A series of workshops is planned. Contact us  about setting one up in your area.

Come to a free workshop in State College on Sunday, February 8, from 2-4 p.m.

At this interactive event, you will meet other people of faith who are concerned about climate change. You will gain concrete tools to begin speaking to others in your community. And, you will learn about PA IPL’s work right here in the Centre region. We believe that climate change is a moral challenge, and that people of faith have a special responsibility to respond.

Your facilitators for this event are Cricket Hunter and Jon Brockopp. Cricket is the executive director of PA IPL, a mother of 2, and active member of Grace Lutheran. She holds a master’s degree in science education and is a former science teacher. Jon is associate professor of religious studies and history at Penn State. An educator with 25 years of experience, he is an expert on comparative religious ethics. Jon also directs an Initiative on Religion and Ethics for Penn State’s Rock Ethics Institute.

Come on Sunday, February 8, 2-4 p.m. to Grace Lutheran Church (corner of Garner and Beaver Ave.) in State College. We’ll be in the Fireside Room, down the hall from the sanctuary. Registration is free and will help us to contact you in case we have to cancel due to icy roads.

Earth Story/Our Story: Climate Change Calls us to Heal Ourselves and the World

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 4.15.00 PMJoin Central Baptist Church, PA Interfaith Power & Light, Coalition for Peace Action, and Sustainable Business Network for this 1/2 day workshop by an inspiring young social philosopher, author and speaker.  A light lunch will be served.  While the workshop is not fee-based, there will be a donation request.

Download (and share!) a PDF of the poster with information on breakout sessions:  EisensteinWorkshop.CBC

Central Baptist Church is located at 106 W. Lancaster Ave in Wayne, PA 19087, directly across from the Wayne Cinema. Church parking is accessed from West Wayne Ave, across from the Post Office. The church is one block from the Wayne train station on the Paoli line.  For more information and RSVP contact church office 610 688 0664 or the workshop contact person.   The organizer will contact everyone who has RSVPd if there is a need to use the snow date.

Charles Eisenstein conducts workshops across the country as well as internationally.  You can read more about him on his blog, where a recent essay was entitled “The End of War.”   His most recent book, “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible,” is our feature book for the workshop. (Watch a 12-min film based on the book online.)

The workshop will include a free-will donation for the speaker, Charles Eisenstein, in line with the philosophy of the “gift economy” he describes in his second book, Sacred Economics. Eisenstein is also co-leading a 2-day residential workshop with John Perkins later in February at Pendle Hill.

The CBC workshop on Feb. 7 is part of a year-long series focused on Climate Change at Central Baptist Church by two of the congregation’s mission groups: Peacemakers, and Ecology. Pastors Laurie Sweigard and Tom Beers have chosen to make climate change the focus of their fall worship series, “Creation Waits With Eager Longing.” Other events in this series:

  • Journey of the Universe, the movie, telling the “story” of the universe and Earth, will be shown to seniors (9/11), at September Wednesdays’ 6:08, and Sunday October 5 after worship. A visually stunning and thought-provoking introduction to “Earth Story.”
  • Green Christianity, by Mark Wallace (professor at nearby Swarthmore College), is the focus for a Sunday adult learning community 9:30AM from September 7 to October 12. The book is available for sale at a subsidized price at the Fair Trade table. A preview disc of Renewal, stories of faith communities’ responses to the eco-crisis, is inside the book. Learning community September 7, 14, and 21, will take a closer look at Renewal, and learning community September 28, October 5 and 12 will be taught by Mark Wallace, the author. “When God Was a Bird: Christianity, Animism, and the Re-Enchantment of the World” is his theme.
  • People’s Climate March:  a bus leaves CBC at 8AM and return at 7 PM for the New York march.
  • “Getting to Zero” (zero carbon footprint) is a congregational goal we will be challenged to achieve using an online tool, introduced September 28.
  • “Jesus, the Wood Thrush, and the Re-Enchantment of the World” is the theme of Mark Wallace’s sermon October 12.
  • Short Films on ecology from Baptist Peace Camp 2014: learning community October 19 and 26.

Note: Primary funding for this event is a grant from First Baptist Church, Ardmore, given upon the sale of that church when it disbanded.

Prayer as if the Earth Really Matters: Philly-area workshop and potluck

Communities of faith are increasingly bringing their prayer and practices to bear on a profound religious and spiritual question: the radical dangers posed by the climate crisis to the web of human and more-than-human life forms on Planet Earth. We will explore both how Earth-awareness can enter more deeply into our formal prayer services and also how public action, intended to affect public and corporate policy toward the Earth, can become prayerful.

Please join us for this post-Thanksgiving Dinner and Discussion:  Prayer as if the Earth Really Matters, An Interfaith Workshop Led by Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center

Vegetarian potluck provided by PA IPL, so please do let us know if you plan to come!
Monday, December 1, 6-8 p.m., hosted by new PA IPL congregational member Mishkan Shalom, at the corner of Shurs Lane & Freeland Avenue

For more information about this event or about Philadelphia PA IPL contact (215) 438-2825