Eighteen Indiana Faith Leaders Call for Care for Creation
In stunning robes, turban, and a yarmulke, senior clergy from eighteen Hoosier faith traditions processed into the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Indianapolis to convey in many voices a single message: as stewards of God’s creation, it is our sacred obligation to care for this fragile Earth, which is under siege. Some two hundred Hoosiers of faith from twenty-nine cities across Indiana responded in unison, “All creation is a song of praise to God.”
Thus was launched Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light. Its mission? “To bring Hoosiers of faith together as stewards of creation in order to promote energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy and related sustainable practices.”
The March 5th launch did just that. Clergy and scientists, such as IU Physicist emeritus Dr. Ben Brabson, paired up to explain why Hoosiers of faith must act - and how they can. One hundred Task of the Month Toolkits - which equip congregations and their members to significantly reduce their energy use - went quickly. With posters, information sheets, and organizer tips, the toolkit breaks home energy reduction into twelve bite-size pieces and provides support for each.
From Evangelical to Sikh, Muslim and Jew, the full range of Indiana faith institutions participated including the Assistant General Secretary of the Wesleyan Church, the Director of Ecumenism of the Catholic Archdiocese, the Chairman of the Tippecanoe Association of Evangelical Ministers, the Assistant to the Bishop of the Indiana United Methodist Church, and the senior-most Indiana clergy person of the AME Church.
Indianapolis was well-represented. Some ninety participants attended a breakout session facilitated by Indianapolis Green Congregations chair, Jodi Perras. The group also brainstormed ways that Indianapolis Green Congregations could support green ministries in Central Indiana. Rev. Wyatt Watkins of Cumberland Baptist led one of three presentations on Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light’s programs. And a delegation from Indianapolis Green Congregations welcomed participants and handled registration at the event. With nurturing from Indianapolis, a new moment in creation care in Indiana has taken root.
For more information, see www.hoosieripl.org or contact Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light board member Rev. Lyle McKee at
Source: Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light
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