2015 Fall Conference - How to Green Your Congregation
Grace Church, Saturday, September 26, 2015      hipl_logo_transparent

Conference goals:

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

People of faith from many congregations attended!

Thanks to all for coming to Hamilton County's first multi-faith environmental conference. Your energy, enthusiasm and concern for caring for God's creation is inspiring.   It was really wonderful to have so many denominations represented.
  • St. Peter's UCC, Carmel
  • Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Carmel  Collage_for_website_-_2015_Green_Conference_narrow2
  • King of Glory Lutheran Church, Carmel
  • Northview Church, Carmel
  • Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, Carmel
  • St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, Carmel
  • Grace Church, Noblesville
  • First Presbyterian, Noblesville
  • City of Noblesville
  • Holy Spirit at Geist Catholic Church, Fishers
  • Geist Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Fishers
  • Al-Huda Foundation, Fishers
  • Eman Schools, Fishers
  • Sufi Muslim, NY
  • Sheridan Wesleyan, Westfield
  • All Souls Unitarian Church, Indianapolis
  • Unitarian Universalist, Indianapolis
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Indianapolis
  • Calvary United Methodist Church, Indianapolis
  • Cross and Crown Lutheran, Indianapolis
  • First Presbyterian, Jeffersonville

Many faith traditions call on us to care for God's creation.  Pope Francis, who is visiting the U.S. this week, issued an Encyclical on Climate Change calling on people of all faiths to come together to care for our common home - Our Earth.  With this conference we are off to a great start.

We hope you learned some things you can use and share with others at your congregation, and that you were able to network and make connections that will support green efforts at your congregation.

Breakout Sessions:

  • Building a Green Team: Sharon Horvath and Diane Hamstra
    Two different approaches to starting a green team will be discussed, including 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
    Learn about the processes of discernment and growth for these two environmentally and socially beneficial land conversions. 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.
  • 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.

Thanks to our Partners, Sponsors & Friends!

Many thanks to our partners Hoosier Interfiath Power and Light and Project Eden, to our host Pastor Keith Carlson and Grace Church, to our guest speakers, to everyone who worked so hard to put the conference together, and especially Cindy Whitaker for contributing delicious morning snacks and lunch.

Thanks also to Sara Sterley for tours of the community garden and restoration areas at Grace, and to INPAWS, Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District, White River Alliance, HIPL, St. Thomas Aquinas Creation Care Team and CGI for sharing your resources.

Everyone's contributions are greatly appreciated!!!



Click here to see conference flyer.

Click here to see the Aug 18 press release.

Cover story in the Noblesville Current

Click here to see suggested blurb for bulletin, website and facebook.