Creation Care

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The Creation Care Committee reaches out to all congregations in Carmel to raise awareness and encourage active stewardship of God's creation by sharing events, and providing resources and network opportunities.

The faith community has led every major movement of moral consequence. People of all faiths are going green nationwide and in Indiana.

Along with Indianapolis Interfaith Coalition and Bloomington Earth Care, we continue to work to develop an Indiana interfaith coalition for earth care.  We will be affiliating with Interfaith Power and Light, a national interfaith earth stewardship coalition.

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Start a Green Team at Your Congregation

Are you a clergy or a lay person with an interest in earth stewardship?  Has your congregation already started a green ministry and want to network with others?  Have you been wanting to start a green team at your congregation, and don't know where to start?   To connect with the broader interfaith community on caring for God's creation in Hamilton County, please let us know at our Creation Care Survey.

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Congrats to St. Peter's!!!

St. Peter’s United Church of Christ - Sacred Grounds Steward Winner
CO2 Reduction: 4 metric tons/year
Cost Savings: $2,000/yr
Re-created native habitat replaces lawn, reduces CO2, prevents runoff 
St. Peter’s UCC has approximately 2.5 acres of ground surrounding the church building, much of it turf grass. The property has several drainage areas that create runoff and erosion. A comprehensive plan was developed to use native plants to create two rain gardens and a bioswale, along with a watershed area planted with trees and shrubs and a prairie, covering approximately two acres of ground. Volunteers from the congregation and outside community spent over 300 hours planting and caring for more than 6,000 plant plugs, 2 acres of prairie and wetland seed mix, and 60 native trees and shrubs as part of the watershed management system. The native sedges, grasses and wildflowers are helping to reduce contaminated water from reaching the White River by filtering the water as it passes through the church property and acting as a more effective carbon sink than turf. The primary concerns of the congregation are to lessen its carbon footprint and to manage runoff more effectively. Based on the community’s curiosity and desire to learn more and replicate the model, the church is now becoming a leader in educating others about the benefits of creating and developing more sustainable landscapes to replace lawns.  Read more.

Notre Dame to cut its carbon footprint

The University of Notre Dame plans to stop burning coal within five years and to cut its carbon footprint by more than half in the next 15 years in response to Pope Francis’ plea for bold action to curb climate change.  Read more.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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NATIVE POLLINATOR LANDSCAPING
Thursday, April 20th, 7:30 p.m.
St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, Room B103

Learn how to turn your backyard into a thriving habitat for pollinators and native species! Guest speaker, Claire Lane, Urban Conservationist at the Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District will talk about how native plants make a great addition to your home landscape but their benefits go beyond their beauty. Learn how native plants can help clean water with rain gardens, provide food and habitat for pollinators, and the many resources available to you start your own native garden. This program is co-hosted by the Creation Care Ministry and the Women's Club.
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Eastside Creation Care Network Film Series

Friday, November 18, 2016, 7 p.m.


Mundell and Associates


110 S. Downey Ave.

Indianapolis


Free
Examining a change in attitudes regarding big dams from admiration of them as engineering wonders to an understanding of their harmful impact on natural environmental systems.  About the movie.
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Eastside Creation Care Network Film Series

Friday, October 21st, 7 p.m.

Shalom Mennonite Church
6100 E. 32nd St

 

Indianapolis
Free
The story of scientists, farmers, and chefs tackling the problems associated with Western culture’s love affair with meat and dairy. What is a proper diet for human beings?  About the movie.
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HOW TO SAVE ENERGY AT YOUR CONGREGATION
Wednesday, October 19th, 7 p.m. 

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

3500 W 106th St.

Carmel, IN 46032 
Entrance is through southeast door.


Free
Ray Wilson will provide an overview of strategies for saving energy at buildings of worship. Join the discussion about how your congregations can act on behalf of God's Creation, the poor, and future generations. Hosted by Hamilton County Green Congregations.
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Right Relationship with Creation Tree_Creation_CareCreation Care Retreat
Benedict Inn Retreat and Conference Center
1402 Southern Avenue
Beech Grove
Saturday, September 24th, 10 a.m - Noon, with lunch following
$20 includes lunch
Are you feeling stressed, helpless and hopeless in light of the current state of our environment? Come to renew your hope and be grounded in our spiritual tradition to care for our common home. Presenter: Sr. Sheila Marie Fitzpatrick, OSB.  Retreat hosted by St. Thomas Aquinas Creation Care Ministry Please RSVP. Contact Millie Brady at 257-2844 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Eastside Creation Care Network Film Series

Friday, September 16th, 7 p.m.
Downey Ave. Christian Church

111 S. Downey Ave. 
Free
Josh Fox’s newest film takes viewers with him around the world to view not only the problems of climate change but the upbeat spirit of the people with whom he mingles. Hosted in conjunction with the Hoosier Environmental Council.  About the movie.
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Prayer Service for the Care of Creation
St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
Thursday, September 1st , 6:30 p.m.
Pope Francis has proclaimed a “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation,” to be celebrated annually on September 1st. The St. Thomas Aquinas Creation Care Ministry invites you to a service that celebrates Creation in prayer and song. This service begins our celebration of the Season of Creation, which begins on September 1st and ends on October 4th, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
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Laudato Si Creation Care Meeting
St. Elizabeth Seton
Tuesday, August 30th, 7 p.m.
West Conference Room
If you are interested in working on a proposal to start a Laudato Si Creation Care Ministry at St.  Elizabeth Seton Church please come to the meeting. For questions and to RSVP, please contact Marilyn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Laudato Si Discussion    
St. Elizabeth Seton
Sundays, 10:45 - 11:45 am
8 week program, begining June 5
Join the discussion of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si at St. Elizabeth Seton in Carmel. The discussion is on Sundays,  10:45 to 11:45 a.m. starting this Sunday, June 5 for 8 weeks, skipping July 3.  Registration is not required.  People are not required to attend every session, esp. in summer.  All are welcome!!  If you have questions, please contact Marilyn Hollander at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Final Phase of Pond Restoration   ProjectEdenLogo
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Project Eden at Grace
Join Project Eden for the third and final phase of the pond restoration project at Grace Church 146th Street. In addition to wrapping up the pond restoration, help plant a pollinator garden to border the Project Eden Gardens. Bring some friends! Please be sure to register, so that we can communicate with you as the event draws closer. Additional details here.
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GOT JUNK?
Saturday, May 21, 2016
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Northview Church in Carmel
Hazel Dell & 131st
Northview Church is hosting a recycling drive for ewaste and household items. See flier .
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Nature Hike for All Ages ProjectEdenLogo
Saturday, May 7
9:30 a.m to 11 a.m.
Join Fishers Chief Naturalist Danesa Stolz (and Project Eden team member) at the Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve for a spring nature hike. Early May is a wonderful time of the year to be in the woods!  Register here or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any questions.
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Earth Day Sermon
Epworth United Methodist Church will celebrate caring for God's Creation at the Earth Sunday service on Sunday, April 24, 2015, 9:30 a.m.  For more information, visit the Epworth website.

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Family-Friendly Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 30
10 a.m. - Noon
Geist Christian Church
12756 Promise Rd, Fishers, IN
“The LORD God planted a garden in Eden in the east and put there the human God had formed. In the fertile land, the LORD God grew every beautiful tree with edible fruit, and also God grew the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil…The LORD God took the human and settled it in the garden of Eden to farm it and to take care of it.” (Genesis 2:8-9, 15)

In the beginning, we were created to be caretakers of creation. Often we forget this fact because our lives are so far removed from farm life, yet…we have an opportunity to remember whose we are, why we are here, and how we are to live out our calling.

In honor of Earth Month, on Saturday, April 30, 10am-12pm at the Promise Road Campus, the Creation Caretakers invite you to the first annual Family-Friendly Earth Day Celebration.  Activities include tours of Weekday Ministries’ outdoor classroom, storytelling, worshiping in nature, coloring, creating seed pods to take home and plant, listening to music, enjoying local snacks, mulching, weeding, and celebrating that “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it…” (Psalm 24:1).


Reconnecting with Creation: A Project Eden Retreat ProjectEdenLogo
Saturday, March 12
9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Eagle’s Hide -A-Way at Eagle Creek Park
8901 W. 65th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46278
Join Project Eden for a restful and rejuvenating day spent reconnecting with God and creation through guided discussion, spiritual exercises, nature hikes, and the many benefits of time spent in and caring for creation.  
Keynote speaker: Patricia Tull of Hoosier IPL and author of Inhabiting Eden.
Cost: $10 to cover lunch and programming costs 
Click here  for more information
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Interfaith Voices for the Earth: Our Common Home
Saturday, March 12      
1 - 4 p.m.
Christian Theological Seminary
1000 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis

Join people of faith from across Indiana as we gather on this day for a powerful dialogue on Indiana’s environment. The conversation will be moderated by Rev. Dr. Matthew Myer Boulton, president of Christian Theological Seminary. Panelists will include Archbishop Joseph Tobin of the Indianapolis Archdiocese; Rabbi Paula Winnig, executive director of the Jewish Bureau of Education; Hazem Bata, General Secretary of the Islamic Society of North America; and H-IPL board member Annette Johnson, who is a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.
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Three-Part Series: Discussion of Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si
Sept. 13, Oct. 11 and Nov. 8, 2015
3-5 pm
Indiana Interchurch Center, 1100 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis

“Praised Be to You: On the Care of Our Common Home” reflects the legacy of Saint Francis of Assisi, whose canticle inspired the encyclical’s title. Pope Francis offers in stunningly beautiful but blunt language the scientific, social, and above all theological basis for standing up against climate change and its worldwide effects, and for living into a transformed future.

Andy Pike, member of St. Thomas Aquinas Creation Care Ministry and Indianapolis Green Congregations, will present and facilitate discussion of encyclical and what it means. All are welcome to this discussion.

  • Sept. 13: What is the encyclical and where did it come from?
  • Oct. 11: How is caring for creation a moral issue?
  • Nov. 8: What changes does the encyclical call for?

Here are some additional resources for studying, sharing, and supporting the encyclical:

•    Interfaith Power and Light’s Faith Climate Action Kit

•    Resources from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops

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Pope Francis Encyclical Discussion Group
St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
46th and Illinois St.
Bethany Room
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Jason Eberl, professor at Marian University, is leading a series of discussions on Pope Francis' new encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si'. Discussion with others is a really good way to process, in your own mind, the message and implications of Laudato Si'.  All are invited to discuss Chapter 3. Here's a link to the encyclical -- which can be downloaded as a PDF from the Vatican's web-site: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html

 

One Earth. One Human Family.
Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
46th and Illinois
Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Creation Care Ministry of Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church would like to invite you to a celebration of the environmental encyclical “Praised be You: On Care of our Common Home” recently released by Pope Francis. Churches worldwide are being asked to ring their bells at noon on Sunday, June 28 in conjunction with a march to the Vatican on that day to thank Pope Francis. Our celebration will begin in the playground area north of St. Thomas Aquinas Church (46th and Illinois) after the 10:30 mass on June 28. Join us for mass and stay for the celebration. We plan to have activities for both children and adults. If you can, please bring bells, drums, or anything else to make a joyful noise at noon. Read more.

How to Create a Creation Care Ministry
St. Thomas Aquinas
Creation Care Ministry
Saturday, June 27, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
4217 Central Avenue, Indianapolis
Doyle Hall
Pope Francis is expected to release his much anticipated encyclical on the environment at the end of June.
How will you and your parish respond to this call to care for creation? To learn how you can begin or enhance a Creation Care Ministry at your parish, come to the workshop! Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Project Eden Garden Workshop Series
Grace Community Church
on 146th between Gray Rd and Hazel Dell Parkway
The workshops are open to the public.
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Water Conservation & Effective Watering in the Garden
Grace Church, Room 111
Saturday, June 27
10:00am

Benefits of Natives
Grace Church, Room 111
Wednesday, July 15
7:00pm

Harvest Celebration Pitch-In + Saving Seeds Workshop
Project Eden Gardens
Thursday, August 13
6:00pm

Closing Down Your Garden
Project Eden Gardens
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
7:00pm
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Earth Day Sermon 2015
Orchard Park Presbyterian Church will recognize caring for God's creation in the sermon on Sunday, April 19th 9 a.m. and 11:10 a.m.  For more information, visit OrchardPark.org

Epworth United Methodist Church will celebrate caring for God's Creation at the Earth Sunday service on Sunday, April 26, 2015, 9:30 a.m.  For more information, visit the Epworth website.
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STEWARDSHIP OF CREATION CatholicArchbishopTobin
Saturday, March 28th, 8-10 a.m.
Marion University (map)
Evans Center:
W. 30th St. & Cold Spring Rd.
Free parking via West 30th St. & Tyrone

How are we called to care for Creation?  Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Indianapolis, will speak on the “Stewardship of Creation” at a prayer breakfast.  The program (which includes the Archbishop’s talk, a hot buffet breakfast, and discussion) will be held in the Evans Center at Marian University on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 8 to 10 am.  The event is co-sponsored by Creation Care Ministry of St. Thomas Aquinas catholic church, the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg; and Marian University Center for Organizational Ethics.  Pre-registration and payment of $16 is required by March 19.  Seating is limited!  For details and information about registering, go to www.staindy.org/church/eco-prayer-breakfast.  Questions?  Contact Andy Pike at (317) 979-5144 or   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Read more.

 


Climate Change Presentation at St. Mark's
A special presentation on climate change, featuring Mr. George Schenetzke, will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 4780 E. 126th St. Topics will include What is Climate Change? Should we be concerned?  What can be done about Climate Change? and more. Schenetzke will also provide information about what is expected of the State of Indiana in the proposed new EPA regulations.  Read more.
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Plastic Paradise:  The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Friday, November 14, 2014 7:30 PM 
at Epworth United Methodist Church
6450 Allisonville Rd., Indianapolis 46220
Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet it’s become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist and filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon.  Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.  Read more.
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Energizing Creation Care
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014  1-5:30 pm
Christian Theological Seminary
Join the statewide interfaith community in celebrating the ministry and mission of H-IPL!  You will worship and celebrate, share stories of successes from throughout Indiana, hear faith perspectives on creation care and receive practical ideas for green teams, energy efficiency, and advocacy. Read more.
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Creation Celtica - a musical  Feast for the Earth
Sunday, Oct 12, 2014  4-5:30 pm
Epworth United Methodist Church
Come, share an inspiring time of music with a Celtic heart for the Creation. Enjoy the musical landscapes of traditional and neo-Celtic reels, jigs and waltzes, mirroring the beauty and wonder of Creation. This free concert features The Irish Airs, Indy's premiere Irish band, and the talents of Four Rakes In.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014  7 pm
UUI is hosting Reverend Michael Dowd, a former fundamentalist and author of the best-selling book Thank God for Evolution that was endorsed by Nobel prize-winning scientists and religious leaders across the spectrum, respond to anti-science voices within the Christian Church who deny climate science. Read more.

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Earth Day Sermon
Epworth United Methodist Church will celebrate caring for God's Creation at the Earth Sunday service on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Services are at 8:45 a.m. (traditional service) and 11:00 a.m. (contemporary).   For more information, visit th
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Using Energy Prudently
Sunday, March 2, 2014,  2 – 5 p.m.
First Friends Church on Kessler
This workshop by Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light is being offered to help congregations reduce their energy bills. Your congregation is invited to send representatives from your building committee, Trustees and Green Team if possible because they will cover operational as well as small-to-large capital expenditures that could save money for your congregation. For more information, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/using-energy-prudently-in-church-buildings-tickets-10477503495
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Blessed Earth
Saturday, February 22, 2014  8:30 a.m. to Noon
Grace Church, 5504 East 146th St. Noblesville 46062
North Auditorium
$5 at the door, cash or check.
Grace's Project Eden is hosting a Justice Seminar featuring Matthew and Nancy Sleeth of Blessed Earth. The nationally-renowned leaders in creation care will share their story and equip us to be better stewards of the earth God has entrusted to our care. Following the Sleeths’ session, you'll learn some practical ways to begin incorporating creation care into your everyday life. Read more.
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Climate Risks: Envisioning a Clean Energy Future for Indianapolis
Thursday, November 07, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
at Epworth United Methodist Church
6450 Allisonville Rd., Indianapolis 46220
Panalists will discuss the impact of climate change, corrective strategies that can be pursued, and riskier tactics like civil disobedience. The panelists include the national leader of Sierra Club's "Beyond Coal" campaign Mary Anne Hitt, climate scientist and geologist Dr. Kathy Licht from IUPUI, Board Chair for Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light Rev. Dr. Lyle McKee, and Sierra Club's Indiana representative for the "Beyond Coal" Campaign Jodi Perras
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Earth Day Sermon
Epworth United Methodist Church will celebrate caring for God's Creation at the Earth Sunday service on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Services are at 8:45 a.m. (traditional service) and 11:00 a.m. (contemporary). Pastor Bill Hoopes will give a sermon on Earth care and stewardship as part of the National IPL "preach-in".  For more information, visit the Epworth website.

Recycle Event at St. Mark's
St. Mark’s is once again partnering with RecycleForce for an e-waste recycling event in honor of Earth Day on Saturday, April 20 from 9 am to 1 pm. Read more.

Prayer Walk for Indy's Energy Future
Monday, March 18, 2013, noon-12:30 p.m.
Please RSVP and send question to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light is organizing a prayer walk on Monday, March 18, from noon-12:30 p.m. to highlight an important decision before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) on Indianapolis Power & Light's request to use at least a half billion dollars of customers’ money to install expensive technology on its aging Harding Street coal-fired power plant on Indy's Southside and IPL's Petersburg coal-fired plant. As the IURC deliberates whether to allow IPL to raise rates and continue to burn coal for decades to come, faith leaders and citizens are praying for wisdom and justice and a future free of climate-altering coal pollution.  The walk will proceed from outside IPL headquarters on One Monument Circle to the building where the IURC is hearing evidence in the IPL rate case. POSTPONED

Climate Change and Health
Wednesday, November 14, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
First Congregational United Church of Christ
7171 N, Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis
Climate change is now doing far more damage than marooning polar bears on melting chunks of ice -- it is damaging the health of people around the world. Science journalist Dan Ferber worked with a Harvard Medical School physician to collect stories of real people with cutting edge scientific and medical information in places like Mozambique, Honduras, and the United States. Dan will speak about how climate change is altering patterns of disease, including cholera, malaria, Lyme disease, asthma, and other health threats. Dan's award-winning book, Changing Planet, Changing Health, also delivers a suite of innovative solutions for shaping a healthy and enlightened global economy for the twenty-first century. Read more.

An Evening with Scott Russell Sanders: “Caring for Creation
Sunday, October 28,  2012 - 7pm
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church (126th and Grey)
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Green Funerals Workshop
Did you know that the average cemetery buries:

  • 100,000 gallons of embalming fluid
  • 97.5 tons of steel
  • 2,028 tons of concrete
  • 56,250 board-feet of high quality wood…

in just one acre?

Did you know that it’s estimated that the amount of fossil fuel used to cremate in the United States would fuel a trip to the moon and back 84 times each year?

Is there an alternative?

Learn about green funerals, green burial options, anatomical gifts and other end-of-life planning at the next Indianapolis Green Congregations workshop.

  • When: Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Washington Park North Cemetery Funeral Center, 2706 Kessler Blvd W Dr Indianapolis, IN 46228
  • Hosted by: Barbara Milton, Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Centers

Event will include a tour of the green burial ground at Washington Park North.

Register at: www.ikecoalition.org/events


Earth Day Sermon
Epworth United Methodist Church will celebrate caring for God's Creation at the Earth Sunday service on Sunday, April 22, 2012. Services are at 8:45 a.m. (traditional service) and 11:00 a.m. (contemporary).   Pastor Bill Hoopes will give a sermon on Earth care and stewardship.   Epworth will also launch the Energizing Indiana program.    For more information, visit the Epworth website.

Greening your Congregation
Indianapolis Green Congregation is offering a workshop to help you make your church or congregation more energy efficient, save monay and go green. March 20, 2012 from 7-9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis.  Read more

Epworth Eco-Film Series
Epworth United Methodist Church will be screening the eco-film "Age of Stupid" on Friday, March 9th at 7 p.m.  It's free, as is the popcorn.  Geared more toward high school students and adults, the Age of Stupid stars Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite as a man living in the devastated future world of 2055, looking back at old footage from our time and asking: why didn't we stop climate change when we had a chance? Read more.

Awakening the Dreamer
St. Luke's United Methodist Church will host the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium on Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This symposium is a profound inquiry into a bold vision: to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on Earth. You will gain fresh insight about our world, meet like-minded people, find hope and inspiration and leave clear how you can help create a new future. For more information, contact Amy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Indianapolis Green Congregations presents Buses, Trains and Bicycles
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 7 p.m. at Englewood Christian Church, 57 N. Rural Street Indianapolis, Indiana 46201.   Join Indy Green Congregations and the Indiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit (ICAT) to discuss the impact of public transit on the quality of life of many Indianapolis residents.

Computer/Electrics Drive
November 12-13, 2011 9 a.m. to Noon at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 North Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46260  Donate your computers and accessories, cell phones and electronic equipment to Wings for West Africa.  Hard drives are professionally wiped and unusable items responsibly recycled by Work Force, Inc. of Indiana.  Tax receipts provided.

Recycling Drive at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church
June 6 to June 10, 2011. This is a great opportunity to clean out your garage and unload your recyclables from paper to electronics, and much more. Read more.
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Green Theology: The Scriptural Basis for Creation Care
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
7-9 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 3243 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis

This workshop, presented by the Rev. Charles Mason, a retired Episcopal priest, will review passages from Hebrew and Christian scriptures that support the call to creation care and green ministry.  Workshop flyer
This workshop is sponsored by Indianapolis Green Congregations. Register at www.ikecoalition.org/Events or by calling 253-1312.

Epworth United Methodist Church will celebrate caring for God's Creation at the Earth Sunday service on Sunday, April 10, 2011. Services are at 8:45 a.m. (traditional service) and 11:00 a.m. (contemporary).   Rev. Dennis Shock will be preaching at both services about caring for God's creation.   Epworth also will be launching a Task of the Month program to help members conserve energy and save on utility bills. This program is sponsored by Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light.   Children's Sunday School at 10:00 also will have an Earth Day theme.  For more information, visit the Epworth website.

HOOSIER IPL launched on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the
First Baptist Church  8600 N. College Ave. Indianapolis.  Hoosiers of all faiths from Indiana joined to

  • celebrate God’s creation through worship and song,
  • issue a call to reduce energy use in our homes and congregations,
  • introduce tools to help us in this calling, and
  • plan creation care initiatives in our communities and denominations

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Epworth United Methodist Church hosts Green Energy - Green Jobs Town Hall Meeting,  January 7, 2010  6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Indianapolis Green Congregations will sponsor a workshop on environmental stewardship on Saturday, June 5, 2010.  Details to come.

St. Paul's Epsicopal  Green Fair & Computer Recycling Drive - There will be educational materials, books, plants, market items (pies, scones, soups, breads, cheese straws), and “green” goods (bat houses, reusable bags, Caring for Creation t-shirts). Bring your old computers, monitors and printers, which will benefit the Wings for West Africa program. Saturday, September 18, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in St. Paul’s parking lot.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis is hosting a workshop to green you congregation on October 19.  October is Energy Awareness Month.  This free, educational event about ways your congregation can go green will help reduce energy expenses.  Please share this information with your green ministry, or the green team or maintenance person at your congregation.  Read more

Enlglewood Christian Sustainable Agriculture - Englewood Christian Church has invited several speakers to lead a conversation reflecting church, place, food, community and agriculture on October 29 – 30, 2010

Indianapolis Green Congregations is organzing the second "Walbicus" to Workship Weekend on October 29-31. Congregations of every faith are encouraged to ask their members to find ways to use less fuel during their travel to worship services.  This event not only helps reduce consumption of gas and oil; it also unifies people of faith toward the common goal of caring for creation. Read more.


See what Carmel area congregations are doing to go green...
  • Orchard Park Presbyterian Church
    Caring for Creation lecture series.
    Making church grounds more environmentally friendly under programs
    Hosting a Recycling Drive
    Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  • St. Luke's United Methodist Church
    Green Ministry
    Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis
    Green Sanctuary 
    Contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  • Epworth United Methodist Church
    Green Team, Monthly Movie Series, and Recycled Threads Fashion Show
    Contact:  Jodi Perras  Phone: 251-1481
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  • Grace Community Church
    Learn about Grace Garden and CSA

  • St. Christopher Episcapalian Church
    St. Christopher's Crops and Feeding Ministry

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  • Form a green team, green ministry or green sanctuary
  • Include a worship, sermon or teaching on stewardship of God's creation
  • Host an event to explore the biblical foundations for Caring for Creation.

 


Green Congregations Workshop

Over 60 Indiana church congregations were represented at the Green Congregations Workshop at Second Presbyterian Church on January 31, 2009. Churches from the Carmel area included:

  • Orchard Park Presbyterian Church
  • Carmel United Methodist Church
  • St. Marks United Methodist Church
  • Hazel Dell Christian Church
  • St. Christopher's Episcobal Church
  • Carmel Lutheran Church.

The presentations from the Workshop are available to view or download at 2009 Green Congregations Workshop

 


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