The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness: Coming Home to Reality
Monday, Sept. 8, 7:00 – 8:45 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis,
615 W. 43rd St., Indianapolis
(Child care provided)
This program, geared for adults and teens, builds on Rev. Michael Dowd’s most recent TED talk, “Reality Reconciles Science and Religion,” and also expands on material in his bestselling, bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World, which was endorsed by 6 Nobel laureates and other science luminaries, including noted skeptics and atheists, and by religious leaders across the spectrum.
Rev. Dowd is an outspoken religious naturalist, evolutionary theologian, best-selling author, and one of the most inspiring science and religion speakers in America today. He and his wife, Connie Barlow, an acclaimed science writer, have spoken to some 2,000 secular and religious groups across North America since 2002. Michael has delivered two TEDx talks and has also spoken at the United Nations.
Sponsored by the UUI Sustainability Committee. Contact: Heliene Houdek (firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-809-1003)
Indianapolis Moving Beyond Coal by 2016
On August 15, representatives of the Indianapolis Power & Light announced plans to phase out burning coal at its Harding Street power plant by 2016. Power production would be converted to natural gas. This decision, strenuously sought by a wide array of groups, including Indianapolis Green Congregations and Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light, is being widely applauded. For more details see the Sierra Club press release or this Indy Star article. The voices of the faith community were critical to the success of this campaign. Thanks to all those who worked to bring this change about.
At its January 2014 meeting, the Indianapolis Green Congregations steering committee passed a resolution calling on IPL to move beyond coal to clean energy.
IPL is preparing a 20-year energy plan that must be submitted to state regulators in November.
You can read a copy of the resolution here. Many congregations in Indianapolis to support similar resolutions calling for a clean energy economy for Indianapolis.
An Affiliate of Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light
Indianapolis Green Congregations is a Central Indiana affiliate of Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light (H-IPL). H-IPL's mission is “To bring Hoosiers of faith together as stewards of creation in order to promote energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy and related sustainable practices.”
We partner with H-IPL to present programs in Central Indiana. Individuals and congregations can join H-IPL to support its work. For more information, see www.hoosieripl.org or contact Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light board member Rev. Lyle McKee at lmckee(at)stlconline.org.
Interfaith Eco Meet Up
Saturday, Sept. 6, 9-10:30 a.m.
First Congregational Church, 7171 N. Pennsylvania, Indianapolis
Networking opportunity! Join us for our first-ever meet up for people of faith interested in caring for God's creation. We will have coffee and breakfast snacks, networking and conversation with Trisha Tull, author of Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible and the Environmental Crisis. RSVP on Facebook or Alice Miley, 842-7901, email@example.com
People's Climate March
Sept. 21, New York City, UN General Assembly
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to Climate Summit 2014 this September 23 to galvanize and catalyze climate action. The People's Climate March will urge world leaders to act. Organizers are planning this to be the largest climate march in history. Buses leaving Indiana on Sept. 20. Reserve your seat now.
Using Energy Prudently
Sept. 4, 7 p.m.
Benedict Inn, 1402 Southern Ave., Beech Grove
The Indianapolis Green Congregations Using Energy Prudently congregation support group meets regularly to learn and share ideas for reducing energy consumption. At this meeting, the group will learn how to track and plot energy consumption and how to reduce energy consumption in our congregations. New members are welcome. Contact Ray Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Your Calendar -- Other Upcoming Events:
Sept. 7: Indy Festival of Faiths. Indiana's largest celebration of faith diversity! Sunday, September 7 from 1:00-5:00 pm around the Veterans Memorial Plaza & the Indiana World War Memorial. Learn more.
Sept. 12: Indianapolis Eco-Film Series. Begins with Thin Ice, the story of scientists working around the world to understand our changing climate and why CO2 must be controlled. 7:30 p.m., Epworth United Methodist Church, 6450 Allisonville Road. Learn more.
Sept.18-20: Rooted and Grounded Conference, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart. This conference is will engage in a theology that cares for God’s creation, for the land and all that lives on it. Pastors, scholars, creation care advocates and practitioners are invited to join the discussion. www.ambs.edu/news-events/Rooted-and-Grounded.cfm
Oct. 4: From St. Francis to Pope Francis to You: Creating a Climate for Solidarity will combine short video testimonials with group reflection processes that highlight the impacts of climate change on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Sponsored by the Catholic Climate Covenant, 7 p.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church, 7575 Holliday Dr. E, Indianapolis. Fr. Courtney Reception Room - W150
Oct. 25: Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light Statewide Annual Meeting. Details announced soon. www.hoosieripl.org/
What is a Green Congregation?
Green Congregations are part of a growing movement among faith communities of many denominations to recognize the importance of environmental stewardship in all aspects of life--at home, at church and at work.
A Green Congregation is one that addresses issues of environmental stewardship and social justice. Green ministries take many forms and have many names, but all share a commitment to care for God's creation and to live more sustainably on the Earth.
A Green Congregation may work on programs to reduce pollution, environmental degradation and depletion of resources. Caring for creation includes moderation in lifestyle, living sustainably with the land, and living out the universal ethics of justice, mercy and truth.
If you're interested in starting a green ministry at your congregation, contact us for assistance and ideas or check out our links to on-line resources or past presentations on getting started.