Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light has been awarded another Community Conservation Challenge Grant from the Indiana Office of Energy Development to help four Indiana congregations obtain solar panels. This competitive $100,000 grant will benefit St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Carmel, and All Souls Unitarian Church, Eastgate Christian Church, and Neighborhood Fellowship Church in Indianapolis. The churches collectively pledged more than $100,000 of matching funds to invest in panels and energy conservation measures. They will also host educational events, including Using Energy Prudently workshops, to benefit other congregations. Along with previous grant recipients, the ranks of H-IPL solar grant congregations now number 25 across Indiana, of all denominations, faiths, and sizes.
For the Office of Energy Development’s press release, go here.
Is your congregation interested in solar?
Take steps to prepare:
- Have the conversation: Secure approval from congregational leadership to install solar if funds become available. We can help you interpret the benefits of renewable energy for your congregation.
- Talk to an installer: They offer free estimates, and will help you consider the size, positioning, and cost of your array.
- Begin (or continue) energy conservation measures: Have an energy audit. Consult H-IPL’s Using Energy Prudently Resources to guide action steps. Watch for an upcoming Using Energy Prudently workshop in your area, or request one.
Joy and thanksgiving on beautiful paper! What you see above are your prayers of gratitude.
At the June 8 assembly you were invited to bring prayers of thanksgiving forward after the sermon, written on small squares of origami paper. I took them home and put them in a jar, praying your thanksgivings with you.
I expected it to be fun. I didn’t expect to be so moved that tears came to my eyes.
Opening each prayer turned out to be an opportunity to acknowledge the generous working of God in the lives of others. It was like looking at a meadow full of different wildflowers. When we are thankful for these gifts that are dear to us, we hold them close to our hearts, and that means we attend to them and we tend them. Caring for the gifts we have received from God is at the heart of stewardship.
Thank you for the privilege of sharing your prayers.
Coming Up: In a month or two you can expect to see newsletters and other resources for nurturing the joy of your congregation as they steward all the gifts and resources you have been given for your ministry, from skills and vocations to buildings and finances.
Feel free to write with ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org
And write or call (812-292-0950) if you’d like to join me in this work!
Inspiring Hoosiers to Care for Creation
Hoosiers of all faiths will gather at noon on Saturday, March 5, to celebrate God’s creation and issue a call to reduce energy use in our homes and congregations.
You are invited to join Presbyterians and other people of faith at First Baptist Church, 8600 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, for the first statewide gathering of Indiana clergy and lay people committed to acting as more responsible stewards of God’s Earth.
This event will launch Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light (H-IPL), a new statewide organization that seeks 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 program will include:
- a worship service led by Indiana clergy from many denominations and faith traditions across the state;
- choral music celebrating the beauty and wonder of creation by a choir open to all Hoosiers and led by Steve Potts, Director of Music at First Baptist Church;
- presentations on three programs that equip congregations to inspire and enable their members to significantly reduce energy use; and
- breakout sessions for clergy and lay leaders interested in beginning faith-based energy conservation initiatives in their communities and denominations
To register, go to www.HoosierIPL.org or call 812-332-5252.
Those interested in joining the choir are asked to indicate this on the registration form and arrive by 11 a.m. to practice.