The Sacred Space Between Us: Earth Hour 2020
Saturday, March 28, 2020, 7:45 PM
An Online Earth Hour Celebration Supporting PA IPL, the Earth and One Another
Saturday, March 28 from 7:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Come join Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light’s (PA IPL) friends and supporters from all over the state as we fill our social distance with love for the earth and each other. This internet-based gathering over Zoom will include live music, earth prayer, and reflection culminating with a candle-lit count down to Earth Hour.
Undaunted by Coronavirus cancelations, this social media event replaces several in-person Earth Hour fundraisers for PA IPL throughout the state. We invite you to offer your financial support by making a suggested donation of $20 when you register.
For more information contact the Rev. Barbara Ballenger.
How to tune in
After you register, we’ll send you a link to access the Zoom conference. Have a candle ready as we’ll shut off our lights, and countdown to a candle lit Earth Hour, which begins at 8:30 p.m. Then we’ll power down our computers and other grid-based electronics and spend the rest of Earth Hour in candle-light and heart-light in the sacredness of our own homes.
PA IPL is a state-wide organization that helps people of faith engage on climate change as a moral issue. Proceeds benefit the work of Pennyslvania Interfaith-Power & Light
The Rev. Barbara Ballenger
(215) 247-7466 ext. 102
Barbara (she/her) joined St.
Martin’s in 2014. In June
Barbara’s family moved from State College to Philadelphia, where her husband
works at Drexel University. They’re excited to be a part of St. Martin’s
vibrant faith community. Barbara’s family includes her husband, Jess, adult
son, Jesse, and high school-aged daughter, Hannah. Non-human family members
include Tara the rat and Oakley the dog.
Barbara hales originally from northeast Ohio, where she grew up and went to school. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kent State University and a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Ursuline College.
Barbara’s ministry background is based largely in the Roman Catholic Church where she worked for more than 17 years in a variety of faith-based positions, including parish faith formation director, campus minister, newspaper reporter and program coordinator for Catholic Relief Services. She also worked for eight years in a performing arts ministry as a retreat leader, songwriter and storyteller.
Most recently Barbara worked for Episcopal Relief & Development as a training coordinator in US Disaster Preparedness and Response. She joined the Episcopal Church in 2010, with the long-term goal of priestly ordination.
Woven through her work in ministry is a passion for social, economic and environmental justice. Over the years, Barbara has worked on issues of peace and non-violence, cultural understanding, global and domestic poverty, sustainability and environmental stewardship.
For fun Barbara loves to read, make music, and turn broken things into mosaics. You’ll probably also see her riding her bike around West Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill. She might even stop and ask you for directions.
Barb began seminary in the fall of 2017. Read more here.
In June 2019, Barb was ordained a Deacon in the Episcopal Church, on her path to full priestly ordination later in the year. Read more about becoming a deacon here.
On Friday, December 13, 2019, Barbara was ordained to the Priesthood at St. Martin's.