Hamilton County Green Congregations

Carmel Green Initiative and the Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light hipl_logo_transparentpartnered in 2014 to connect the faith community in Hamilton County on the issue of Creation Care through education and network opportunities, and to help congregations actively care for Creation with green project ideas and support from congregations doing similar work.  Hamilton County Green Congregations was formed in April 2016.

Hamilton County Green Congregations is an interfaith coalition of individuals from a variety of congregations to help people of faith care for Creation. The coalition provides information and networking to foster the sustainability of the environment.

Please join in the ongoing discussion about how Hamilton County congregations can act on behalf of God's Creation, the poor, and future generations.

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SOLAR POWER FOR YOUR CONGREGATION AND HOME

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 3-5 p.m.    St._Peters_Solar_Panels_2016
St. Peter's United Christian Church
3106 East Carmel Drive, Carmel, IN 46033
Carmel Drive and Keystone

The topic for the evening will be on solar power for buildings of worship and homes. Then network and share what's happening in your congregation.

Harnessing the sunshine at your congregation or home is a great way to reduce your environmental footprint and free up financial resources that can be re-directed to meaningful ministries in your faith community.  Even if your congregation might not be ready for solar right now, this is a great way to get an introduction to solar energy so that you can begin planning.

Learn about St. Peter's new solar panels and what it takes to install and finance solar power.  Phil Teague, owner of Rectify Solar, Inc. will describe the solar project at St. Peter's and other commercial and residential projects. Craig Penquite, with St. Peter's Solar Team, will describe the installation from St. Peter's perspective, maintenance concerns, the performance of its new solar panels, and the amount of money saved. Cindy Whitaker, who helped get the grant for St. Peter's, will address the costs, the grant application process and the fundraising requirements. Cindy will also talk about solar power at her Zionsville home.

Following the panel discussion, anyone interested in networking and learning about what other congregations are doing to go green is invited to stay for a group discussion.

To get the most out of this program, we recommend that your pastor, a board or parish council member, the building or facilities manager, the person who pays the bills, members of your Creation Care ministry, and any interested parishioners attend.  Please contact Leslie Webb at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

This energizing workshop is co-sponsored by St. Peter's UCC green ministries, Hamilton Country Green Congregations and Carmel Green Initiative.

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OCTOBER 2016 - HOW TO SAVE ENERGY

Thanks to all who came to HCGC's presentation - How to Save Energy at Your Congregation.  It was really wonderful to have 12 local congregations represented.  Saving energy is one of the most effective ways to reduce your congregation's environmental footprint and care for God's Creation.   By conserving energy, your congregation will free up financial resources that can be re-directed to meaningful ministries in your faith community. Many thanks to Holy Trinity for hosting, Diane Hamstra and Paula Sutton for organizing and Ray Wilson for sharing his expertise.  Special thanks to Father Bill for the tour of Holy Trinity's beautiful mosaics and iconography frescoes.

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2015 FALL CONFERENCE

Thanks to all who came to Hamilton County's first multi-faith environmental conference - How to Green Your Congregation.  It was really wonderful to see so many denominations & 19 congregations represented!  As you know, many faith traditions call on us to care for God's creation.  Pope Francis' encyclical calls on people of all faiths to come together to care for our common home - Our Earth.  We're off to a great start.  Many thanks to Grace Church and Project Eden for hosting the conference, to our partner Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light, to our guest speakers, and to everyone who worked so hard to put the conference together.  Everyone's contributions are greatly appreciated!!!  Read more.

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JUNE 2015 MEETING

Thanks to St. Peter's for hosting and to everyone who attended for sharing your ideas and concerns about caring for God's Creation.  Special thanks to Ginger for the tour of the award-winning native landscaping.
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LAY LEADERS INVITATIONAL

Thanks to all who attended the May 2015 meeting and thanks to Grace/Project Eden for hosting.  Your energy and enthusiasm for caring for Creation is inspiring. Special thanks to Sara and Greg for the tour of Project Eden gardens and orchard.

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CLERGY INVITATIONAL

Thanks to Hamilton County faith leaders who joined us in March 2015 to explore ways in which we can form a faith based group in Hamilton County to address environmental issues.

 

JOIN HAMILTON COUNTY GREEN CONGREGATIONS

If you are a clergy or a lay person with an interest in earth stewardship and would like to connect with the broader interfaith community on caring for God's creation in Hamilton County, please let us know at this website.

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