News from PA Interfaith Power & Light

Jon Brockopp

PA-IPL’s February Newsletter, sent by Jon Brockopp:

30 PA congregations signed up for the Preach-in on climate change

We heard from many PA IPL members who devoted this past weekend to a preach-in on climate change, joining a thousand congregations across the country. To get a flavor of these events, check out our blog for texts and our website for pictures. You can even view Rev. William Thwing’s inspiring sermon from the St. Andrew’s evensong in State College here.

Have some pictures, video or text from your creation care event? We’d love to help spread the word and inspire others – post them on our facebook page or send them to

Resources available for your congregation

PA IPL has several programs for member congregations, including reduced-cost energy audits. But what if you’ve already had one? We recommend you schedule a meeting with one of our energy experts to help determine your energy plan of action. Contact Cricket, either by email or at the PA IPL office (814-876-2597) to make arrangements.

We also offer zero-interest loans to our member congregations to help them make capital purchases (insulation, lighting) that will reduce their carbon footprint. And don’t forget our extensive resource pages, with books, videos and more.

Upcoming events in State College, Johnstown, Southeast PA and more

  • February 25 – Penn State IPL is sponsoring the “Positively Green” day of service.
  • February 25 – Pennsylvanians are invited to cross into Wilmington, Delaware for a workshop on reducing energy costs; more information here.
  • March 1 – The State College Creation Care Coalition is gathering for dinner at 5:45 at the Community Cafe at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church  on Thursday, March 1, followed by a program at 6:45.
  • March 24 – The Johnstown Creation Care group is sponsoring a public event on Saturday, March 24, from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Grove Avenue United Methodist Church in Moxham; contact Rev. Bill Thwing for details.
  • Send us your cluster events and we’ll publicize them. Don’t belong to a cluster? Check out our facebook page or contact us to connect with other PA IPL folks in your area.

March 31 – Earth Hour parties, a fundraiser for PA IPL

Earth Hour started in Australia five years ago. For an hour (8:30-9:30 p.m. local time), people everywhere will turn out the lights in an effort to increase awareness of climate change. PA IPL encourages you to hold an Earth Hour party at your home. Invite friends over for snacks, music, board games, etc. and at 8:30 turn off your lights for an hour.

Instead of a bottle of wine or flowers, ask your guests for a 20 dollar donation to PA IPL – it’s tax deductible and every dollar you raise is doubled, thanks for a generous matching grant from IPL national. Better yet, invite people to join PA IPL!

Learn more here, or register your party on our facebook page. Contact for help with organizing your event or to submit donations.

Board members Daniel Swartz and Joy Bergey speaking out

PA IPL’s board members are speaking out on major energy issues. Rabbi Daniel Swartz, PA IPL vice president, calls the new shale gas extraction fee “inadequate” and in at least one case a “step backwards.” He urges our representatives to work toward the goals we outlined in our Statement on Marcellus Gas Drilling. To sign the statement, click here. Read Daniel’s full statement on our facebook page.

This past summer, PA IPL board member Rachel Mark was arrested in front of the White House in a demonstration against the Keystone pipeline. As board member Joy Bergey writes in a new blog post, an important battle was won, but the fight goes on. Read Joy’s blog here.

News from the Executive Committee

October 14 – Save the date for our Annual Meeting and Conference: October 14 in Harrisburg. We are planning for a green fair, informative speakers, workshops and more.

Several PA IPL members are planning to ride bicycles to Washington, DC at the end of April. Contact us if you’re interested in joining us or you would like to help.

Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light (paipl.orgis a community of congregations, faith-based organizations, and individuals of faith responding to climate change as a moral issue, through advocacy, energy conservation, energy efficiency, and the use of clean, renewable energy.

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