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Who We Are: Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light (H-IPL) brings people of faith, concerned citizens, and faith communities together to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency, as a faith response to climate change.

H-IPL is an affiliate of Interfaith Power and Light, a national network of over 40 state chapters working to protect the earth’s ecosystems, safeguard the health of all creation, and ensure sufficient, sustainable energy for all.

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 H-IPL Mission Statement: 

 

Bringing Hoosiers of faith together as stewards of creation in order to promote renewable energy, energy conversation and efficiency, as a faith response to climate change.

 

 

H-IPL Values

Inclusivity: We welcome and respect persons of all faiths and beliefs.

Tenacity: We know this work will take passion and sustained commitment.

Faith/Caring for the Earth: We are guided by a belief that we have a moral imperative (or responsibility) to care for the earth.

Integrity: We are open, honest and principled in all our communications and interactions.

Cooperation: We collaborate, listen, share, encourage, and support each other.

Urgency: We recognize that the hour is late and we must make significant changes in actions and policy in a very short time.

Clarity of Focus: While appreciating that people of faith can be engaged in many ways to find solutions to this problem, we are clear that our focus is to pursue our mission.

 

Our Indiana, statewide network:

Affiliations and partnerships with Hoosier IPL build a network of relationships joining us together in common cause. Individuals and organizations can join or partner with us in a variety of ways, described in these pages. For our complete guide to Hoosier IPL's networks, go here. Follow these links to learn more about how to affiliate as an individual, a congregation, or a regional group, or to partner with us as a denomination or interfaith group, an environmental partner, or a business partner.

We are very proud of our regional affiliates across the Hoosier state. While affiliate groups may operate differently in different locales, they all serve to connect congregations working on earth stewardship, and to reach out to those who have not yet started.

Most meet monthly to share ideas and resources, host programs and events, develop plans and strategies, and enjoy the fellowship of others engaged in creation care work. Click here to learn about our current affiliate groups. Click here to learn what affiliate groups can do.

 

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OUR STAFF

The Reverend Larry Kleiman, executive director

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An ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ, Larry Kleiman has served congregations in Indianapolis and Carmel. A graduate of Valparaiso University with a degree in philosophy, he received his M.Div. from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.  Since he began working with H-IPL in June 2014, he has focused on board development, organizational clarity, and sustainable fundraising.

 

 

The Reverend Dr. Patricia K. Tull, program director

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Trisha Tull is an ordained Presbyterian minister and worships at First Presbyterian in Jeffersonville, Indiana's first PC(USA) Earth Care congregation, which installed solar panels in 2015. Trisha is a biblical scholar, teacher, and author with more than twenty years' experience in interfaith work. Her most recent books are Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible, and the Ecological Crisis (Westminster John Knox, 2013) and After Exegesis: Feminist Biblical Theology (Baylor, 2015). She regularly teaches, preaches, and leads workshops on creation care.

 

 

 

 Mr. Mike Oles III, organizing director

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Mike Oles has an extensive background in community organizing and working with faith communities. A graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, Mike majored in history and studied in Jerusalem for a semester. His work in advocacy proved instrumental in Indianapolis Power and Light's decision to stop burning coal at the Harding Street plant in 2016. He served as a lay leader of an urban United Methodist church, chairs his current church's mission team, Calvary United Methodist in Brownsburg, and serves on the justice and advocacy team for the Indiana United Methodist Church. 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS, LEAD VOLUNTEERS, AND STAFF

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The Reverend T. Wyatt Watkins, board vice-chair and acting chair

Wyatt Watkins is the author of five books, a professional storyteller, violinist and American Baptist pastor.  His love of Irish music inspires his passion for provoking reflection and joy in his own life and the lives of others. Having been with H-IPL since its inception, he has invested his talents heavily in the development of educational resources and programming. Most recently he has served in the leadership of a pilot program, Climate Boot Camp, which trains clergy in speaking about climate change from the pulpit.  He has led his congregation in the installation of a solar array, and has developed a “pay-it-forward” fund to encourage other area congregations to do the same. Additionally, Wyatt chairs the Eastside Creation Care network in Indianapolis.

 

The Reverend E. Suzanne Wille, board secretary

Suzanne Wille is rector of The Episcopal Church of All Saints in Indianapolis. Bringing her employment experience with nonprofits, she joined the H-IPL board in the fall of 2015. Her creative writing and speaking talents inform her willingness to assist in the development of an integrated energy efficiency program to be available to faith communities throughout Indiana. Combining her strong concern for social justice and creation care, she brings an energy and passion to the board for giving birth to new initiatives that will address climate change.

 

Mr. Ray Wilson, P.E., board member

Ray Wilson has worked for Countrymark Cooperative, and since 1997 has been the president of Ray Wilson and Associates, a firm working on organizational development and operational improvement. His consulting expertise has been invaluable in helping H-IPL find clarity of purpose as it envisions future possibilities for addressing its mission. His engineering background has enabled him to assist many faith communities in the installation of solar arrays for their buildings. In addition to having installed solar on his own home, he led his Unitarian Universalist congregation to purchase solar panels. He leads Using Energy Prudently workshops on behalf of H-IPL throughout the state. Ray also chairs the Indy Green Congregations, the north Indy affiliate of H-IPL.

 

The Reverend R. Bruce Russell-Jayne, treasurer

Bruce Russell-Jayne has served Unitarian-Universalist congregations in Illinois, Utah and Ohio, and was a chaplain at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. In addition to restructuring H-IPL's financial system during the past year, Bruce has been actively involved with advocacy and legislative programming. He and his wife installed solar panels at their home in Carmel in summer 2015. Before ministry, Bruce worked as an engineer for the Tennessee Valley Authority, where he helped install SO2 Scrubbers on two units of TVA's Paradise Fossil Plant.

 

Ms. Annette M. Johnson, board member

Annette Johnson brings to the H-IPL board a passion for legislative advocacy. An active member of Friendship Missionary Baptist church, she serves on the Sickle Cell Initiative Board and the NAACP Executive Board. Annette currently works for the Indiana Department of Education as an outreach education specialist. Her political expertise is a valuable asset in the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency. She joined the H-IPL board in the summer of 2015 in order to make a personal faith response to climate change.

 

The Reverend Dennis Shock, board member

Dennis Shock has served six United Methodist congregations in Indiana, and represents the Indiana United Methodist Conference on the H-IPL board. A founding member of H-IPL, Dennis has served as treasurer, and most recently is giving leadership to the formation of an affiliate group in Hamilton County located to the north of Indianapolis. He is a charter member of the Carmel Green Initiative, and an active member of Epworth United Methodist Church, where he chairs the Green Team.  

Dennis utilizes his wisdom and insight to give direction to the advocacy programs developed through H-IPL's legislative outreach initiatives.

 

The Reverend Michael Bowling, board member

Mike Bowling serves the Englewood Christian Church in Indianapolis, and directs many nonprofit programs on the near east side of Indianapolis. His ministry reflects a passion for the poor and marginalized. As a result, he offers creative challenges to H-IPL for the development of energy and environmental programs that address environmental justice concerns. Mike serves on several community and ecclesiastical boards. He led his congregation to be one of the first faith communities in Indiana to install solar panels on their building. He serves on the board's development team.

 

The Reverend Kimberly Koczan-Flory, board member

Kimberly Koczan-Flory is actively involved with the Church of the Brethren, and has a relationship with the Presbyterian USA and Buddhist practice. Having joined the H-IPL board in the fall of 2015, Kimberly brings an enthusiasm and creative energy that is renewing and challenging to the board. Living in Fort Wayne, she opens more possibilities for H-IPL's expansion into the northeastern quadrant of the state. Her ministry emphasis has been on eco-spirituality, eco-theology and peace studies. With a variety of experiences in nonprofit work, she is eager to raise funds and develop programs for H-IPL's expanding mission.

 

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OUR LEAD VOLUNTEERS

Ms. Cindy Whitaker, development volunteer

Having recently built a green sustainable house on 35 acres in Zionsville, Indiana, Cindy is committed to promoting energy efficiency and conservation. As a member of H-IPL's development team, she hosted the first major fundraiser with Carrie Newcomer in August, 2015. She has led her congregation, St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Carmel, to agree to install a solar array in the next year. Involved with charitable foundations and philanthropy, she works with a development corporation where she encourages green design.

Dr. James Lemons, greening relationships coordinator

At his home church in Indianapolis, Second Presbyterian, Dr. Lemons leads weekly classes on environmental justice and community issues. He spearheaded the building of a hospital in Kenya with emphasis on HIV prevention and treatment. Currently Jim is exploring ways to install solar at that hospital. As a pediatrician at Indiana University Hospitals, he is particularly concerned with the poor and disenfranchised.

Dr. Thomas Jeavons, development volunteer

An adjunct faculty member of the Indiana University School of Philanthropy as well as Scholar in Residence at Earlham School of Religion, Dr. Jeavons specializes in reviewing grant materials for H-IPL.  Active with an American Baptist congregation, Thom has a special passion for values-centered nonprofits and organizations working for the common good. He has authored several books on nonprofit management and fundraising.

Dr. Ben Brabson, education volunteer

A retired professor of physics and a climate scientist, Dr. Brabson speaks on behalf of H-IPL regarding climate change and energy efficiency. He is one of three primary presenters in our developing Climate Boot Camp program.  

Dr. Allan Edmonds, newsletter editor

Retired mathematics professor at Indiana University, Dr. Edmonds edits and publishes H-IPL's monthly newsletter. Active in the First Presbyterian church in Bloomington, he chairs the H-IPL affiliate Earth Care Bloomington.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


OUR LEAD VOLUNTEERS

Ms. Cindy Whitaker, development volunteer

Having recently built a green sustainable house on 35 acres in Zionsville, Indiana, Cindy is committed to promoting energy efficiency and conservation. As a member of H-IPL's development team, she hosted the first major fundraiser with Carrie Newcomer in August, 2015. She has led her congregation, St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Carmel, to agree to install a solar array in the next year. Involved with charitable foundations and philanthropy, she works with a development corporation where she encourages green design.

Dr. James Lemons, greening relationships coordinator

At his home church in Indianapolis, Second Presbyterian, Dr. Lemons leads weekly classes on environmental justice and community issues. He spearheaded the building of a hospital in Kenya with emphasis on HIV prevention and treatment. Currently Jim is exploring ways to install solar at that hospital. As a pediatrician at Indiana University Hospitals, he is particularly concerned with the poor and disenfranchised.

Dr. Thomas Jeavons, development volunteer

An adjunct faculty member of the Indiana University School of Philanthropy as well as Scholar in Residence at Earlham School of Religion, Dr. Jeavons specializes in reviewing grant materials for H-IPL.  Active with an American Baptist congregation, Thom has a special passion for values-centered nonprofits and organizations working for the common good. He has authored several books on nonprofit management and fundraising.

Dr. Ben Brabson, education volunteer

A retired professor of physics and a climate scientist, Dr. Brabson speaks on behalf of H-IPL regarding climate change and energy efficiency. He is one of three primary presenters in our developing Climate Boot Camp program.  

Dr. Allan Edmonds, newsletter editor

Retired mathematics professor at Indiana University, Dr. Edmonds edits and publishes H-IPL's monthly newsletter. Active in the First Presbyterian church in Bloomington, he chairs the H-IPL affiliate Earth Care Bloomington.


OUR STAFF

The Reverend Larry Kleiman, executive director

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An ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ, Larry Kleiman has served congregations in Indianapolis and Carmel. A graduate of Valparaiso University with a degree in philosophy, he received his M.Div. from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.  Since he began working with H-IPL in June 2014, he has focused on board development, organizational clarity, and sustainable fundraising.

The Reverend Dr. Patricia K. Tull, program director

email me

Trisha Tull is an ordained Presbyterian minister and worships at First Presbyterian in Jeffersonville, Indiana's first PC(USA) Earth Care congregation, which installed solar panels in 2015. Trisha is a biblical scholar, teacher, and author with more than twenty years' experience in interfaith work. Her most recent books are Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible, and the Ecological Crisis (Westminster John Knox, 2013) and After Exegesis: Feminist Biblical Theology (Baylor, 2015). She regularly teaches, preaches, and leads workshops on creation care.

 Mr. Mike Oles III, organizing director

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Mike Oles has an extensive background in community organizing and working with faith communities. A graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, Mike majored in history and studied in Jerusalem for a semester. His work in advocacy proved instrumental in Indianapolis Power and Light's decision to stop burning coal at the Harding Street plant in 2016. He served as a lay leader of an urban United Methodist church, chairs his current church's mission team, Calvary United Methodist in Brownsburg, and serves on the justice and advocacy team for the Indiana United Methodist Church.