2015 Fall Conference

Saturday, September 26, 2015 Button-HowtoGreenYourCongregation-RSVPMultifaith
9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
With an optional free fellowship lunch for further conversation

Grace Church
Student Ministries East Wing
5504 E 146th St. Noblesville

FREE—Please click here to RSVP
Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes.

  • See how congregations are protecting God’s Creation.
  • Save your congregation money.
  • Network with experienced leaders.

Free babysitting will be available during the conference and luncheon from 9:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for children up to 5th grade.  Please indicate the number and ages of children when you RSVP.  There are a limited number of spots for free childcare so please RSVP right away.

Guest Presentors from:

  • Project Eden
  • Northview Church
  • Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
  • St. Peter's United Church of Christ
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis
  • All Souls Unitarian Church
  • First Presbyterian Church (Jeffersonville)
  • Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light

Breakout Sessions:

  • Building a Green Team: Sharon Horvath and Diane Hamstra
    Two different approaches to starting a green team will be discussed. The session will include ideas about how to attract members, build support, initiate activities, and sustain a team once you have it.
  • Living Faith and Creation Care: Trisha Tull and Larry Kleiman
    Environmental issues are often seen as scientific, technological, or political, but at root they involve human meaning and belief: the purposes of human life, our relationships with creator and creation, and our responsibilities to the future. In this workshop we will explore ways that faith calls us to earth care.
  • Rethinking Energy Use and Cost: Ray Wilson and Cindy Whitaker
    Learn why you should be concerned about energy consumption in your congregation and home, and how to get started reducing it.
  • Landscaping Green and Creating Community Gardens: Ginger Bievenour and Sara Sterley
    Project Eden is a nonprofit focused on reconnecting people with creation and restoring broken ecosystems, and features a community garden. St. Peter’s Native Habitat, consisting of rain gardens and prairie, grew out of a desire to make better use of the church property and to increase its environmental responsibility. Learn about the processes of discernment and growth for these two environmentally and socially beneficial land conversions.
  • Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling: Tammy Snyder and Steven Boggs
    Learn why reducing, reusing, and recycling common materials matter economically and ecologically, how to do a waste audit of your facility, and the ins and outs of implementing source reduction and recycling in your congregation.
  • Public Issues and Policy Challenges: Mike Oles and Paula Sutton
    Indiana’s environmental future is currently being discussed in Washington DC, at the statehouse, and in communities across the state. This workshop will highlight why it is important for people of faith to make their voices heard in the public arena.

Project Eden Tours:

After the conference, there will be tours of the community garden and restoration areas at Grace.




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