This is the state’s largest gathering for people of faith concerned about climate change—a time for interfaith worship, workshops, resource gathering, and networking with others who are responding to climate change as a moral issue. This past year, over 200 people attended one or more of our events. Scroll down to see the full schedule.
Our 2012 Annual Meeting and
Conference in Harrisburg was a great success!
Power for Pennsylvania: Climate Change and Faith-Based Action
1280 Clover Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17113
2 – 6 p.m.
Dr. Richard B. Alley: “Power for Pennsylvania: Progress on Energy and Climate”
Dr. Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at the Pennsylvania State University, has traveled from Antarctica to Greenland to help learn the history of Earth’s climate, and whether the great ice sheets will fall in the ocean and flood our coasts. With over 200 scientific publications, he has been asked to provide advice to the highest levels of government, and been recognized with numerous awards including election to the US National Academy of Sciences, and the Heinz Award. He also has been compared to a cross between Woody Allen and Carl Sagan for his enthusiastic efforts to communicate the excitement and importance of the science to everyone, and is the host of the recent PBS series Earth: the operators’ manual.
Rev. Fletcher Harper: “Green our Faiths: Educating and Mobilizing our Communities to Protect the Earth”
Rev. Harper is Executive Director of GreenFaith, a national interfaith organization that inspires, educates and mobilizes people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership. Under his leadership, GreenFaith has developed innovative programs linking religious belief and practice to the environment. An award-winning spiritual writer and nationally-recognized preacher on the environment, he teaches and speaks at houses of worship nationwide about the moral, spiritual basis for environmental stewardship and justice. A graduate of Princeton University and Union Theological Seminary, he has served as a parish priest for ten years and in leadership positions in the Episcopal Church.
1:30 Press Conference
2:00 Welcome and Introduction — Green Fair Opens
2:10 Keynote 1: Power for Pennsylvania: Progress on Energy and Climate – Dr. Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at the Pennsylvania State University
New science continues to show that our energy choices affect Earth’s climate and that using this knowledge can help people. A sustainable energy system that can supply everyone is increasingly practicable.
2:40 Keynote 2: Green our Faiths: Educating and Mobilizing our Communities to Protect the Earth – Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, GreenFaith
Faith-based action on the environment presents unique challenges and promises, bringing together different faith groups to learn from, work with and grow together through effective climate action.
3:10 Dialog with Keynoters
3:45 Workshops (click here for descriptions):
1. Acting as if Tomorrow Matters: Accelerating the Transition to Sustainability – John Dernbach
2. Climate Change, Policy and Action in Pennsylvania and Washington, D. C. –Joy Bergey
3. How to Work with Communities of Color on Sustainability — Rafiyqa Muhammad
4. Earth Care Team Creation in Your House of Worship – Rev. Doug Hunt and Chuck Marshall
5:00 Annual meeting
2nd annual Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light Visionary Award to Donald Brown
Pennsylvania Cool Congregations awards
Elections to Board of Directors and other brief business
5:45 Blessing and Adjournment
6:00 Orientation and dinner for board members