May 2016

In this issue

  • H-IPL Staff Transition
  • H-IPL Seeking Executive Director
  • Calling All Unitarian Universalists
  • The Spirit Is Willing, and We Are Not Faint: Free Three-Part Webinar
  • We Are in the News
  • You Are Invited
  • The Using Energy Prudently Guide Is Here
  • Energy Stewards Is Here Too!
  • Free Copies of “Life After Oil” from YES! Magazine
  • SIREN Announces Changes
  • Musical Benefit: Beyond Our Wildest Dreams May 21
  • Our Mission Statement
  • Consider a Donation

H-IPL Staff Transition

After overseeing a season of growth and expansion of Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light's mission and program as its first executive director, Larry Kleiman is electing to step back. H-IPL and our constituents are deeply grateful for the two years of leadership Rev. Kleiman has devoted to our organization and cause. We wish Larry well and look forward to his continued participation in the cause of earth care and combating climate change here in Indiana.

On Behalf of our Board,
Rev. T. Wyatt Watkins
Board Vice-Chair and Acting Chair

H-IPL Seeking Executive Director

Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light seeks a new Executive Director to be begin summer of 2016. This is a part-time salaried position (20-25 hrs./week). While H-IPL is a state-wide organization, the E.D. must be able to spend significant time in Indianapolis. The ideal Director will have

  • a passion for combating climate change
  • experience in skillfully managing programs, staff and volunteers
  • fundraising skills
  • communication skills
  • connection to a religious community
  • at least an undergrad degree (bachelor of arts or science) in a relevant subject

Application Deadline is May 13. Please email resumé and cover letter to board member Rev. Suzanne Wille at

The Board would be grateful for any help you could give us in recruiting the best candidates during our search. Please consider those you know who might be interested in this position and email your recommendations, and/or questions, to board member Rev. Dennis Shock at

Calling All Unitarian Universalists

Several UU congregations in Indiana have been taking the lead in energy conservation and environmental action and advocacy. In fact, six UU churches in Indiana now have solar panels on their rooftops. We are calling all Hoosier UU’s to join together in the vital work of earth care. Every Unitarian Universalist in the state is invited to a gathering on Saturday, June 4, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis (615 W 43rd St, Indianapolis, IN 46208).

We will tell stories, share concerns, learn about the UU Green Sanctuary program and Hoosier IPL’s energy conservation and solar programs, enjoy a free lunch, and tour a church that has managed to reduce its utility bills by over 45% in the past six years.

To learn more, please contact Trisha TullRay Wilson, or Bruce Russell-Jayne. Or register to attend here.

The Spirit Is Willing, and We Are Not Faint: A Three-Part Webinar Series Sponsored by Georgia IPL and Hoosier IPL

What strengths are being called forth among those who care for creation? How are these gained? What does an ecologically sustainable future look like, and how can we know it when we see it? In this three-part webinar series we will explore these themes: the human role in creation as faith imagines it; the shape of social movements and their leadership; and compelling visions for a healthy, just, and satisfying future.

Host for the webinar is the Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley, executive director at GIPL
Speaker is the Rev. Dr. Trisha Tull, program director at H-IPL

All three webinars are free and occur on Wednesdays in May at noon EDT.

Wednesday, May 11 
Rethinking Scripture, Humans, and Creation: Five perspectives for a creation care ethic grounded in faith.

Wednesday, May 18
Creating Social Movements for Change: Resources both historical and personal that power our drive to care for creation.

Wednesday, May 25
Shifting to a Flourishing Future: Stories and signposts for a future of ecological and social prosperity.


We Are in the News—Again and Again!

As several congregations in South Bend install and celebrate their solar panels this spring, they have drawn quite a bit of attention. Go here to watch TV station WNDU’s coverage “Higher Call: Local Faiths Pledge to Cut Energy Use through Solar Panels,” starring the Rev. Dave Sutter of Kern Road Mennonite Church and Father David Ruppert of St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church, two of the five congregations in South Bend who are in the process of solarizing through grants received through H-IPL.

Meanwhile, in downtown Fort Wayne, an interfaith Earth Week walk and vigil was covered by the News-Sentinel on Wednesday, April 20. The walk was held to draw attention to calls for Indiana-Michigan Power to phase out its coal-fired power plant near Rockport in southern Indiana, the nation’s eighth largest toxic polluter among power plants. Fort Wayne is also home to three congregations that have recently installed solar panels, and to the Interfaith Earth Care Coalition, an affiliate of Hoosier IPL.

recent press release details H-IPL’s impressive success with solar panels statewide.

You Are Invited….

Several congregations that have recently acquired solar panels are hosting celebrations and educational forums to invite others to learn about solar panel technology, funding, and advantages. Experts Ray Wilson of H-IPL and Darrell Boggess of SIREN are facilitating these educational events. You are invited to attend these:

Sunday, May 1, 5:00-7:00 p.m.: Friends Church of Winchester, 110 South St, Winchester, IN 47394, United States.

Saturday, May 21, 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Kern Road Mennonite Church, 18211 Kern Road, South Bend, IN 46614. See their church’s flyer here.

Saturday, June 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m.: St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church, 2114 East Jefferson Blvd, South Bend, IN 46617. See their church’s flyer here.

And congratulations to Downey Avenue Christian Church, who held their Solar Forum on Sunday, April 24!


The Using Energy Prudently Guide Is Here! Get Yours!

The free, downloadable Using Energy Prudently Guide to all things conserving and renewable for congregations and members is available at H-IPL’s website here. This guide will help your congregation to

  • Improve your building’s energy efficiency
  • Live out your values by caring for creation
  • Practice what you preach about good stewardship
  • Spend less on utilities and more on your mission
  • And to engage your congregation members with energy conservation measures at home.

Energy Stewards Is Here Too!

A new feature of H-IPL’s Using Energy Prudently program is Energy Stewards, an online tool for tracking and interpreting your worship building’s energy use. This service is interfaced with the EPA’s Portfolio Manager, corrects for differences in weather, and offers not only readable graphs showing your utility use trends, but also interactive action lists for prioritizing the energy conservation measures your congregation decides to undertake. As you reduce your carbon intensity, you may also become eligible to become an Energy Star Congregation and a Hoosier IPL Acclaimed Congregation. Check it out in the Using Energy Prudently Guide and on our website, or go here to register.



Yes! Magazine Offering Free Copies of its “Life After Oil” Edition

Yes! Magazine, a non-profit, ad-free magazine that covers topics of social justice, environmental sustainability, alternative economics, and peace, has recently published its Spring 2016 issue entitled “Life After Oil,” featuring articles by Bill McKibben and Arun Gupta, among others, on imagining and making the transition to 100% renewable energy.

It is available to read online here. However, its publishers have made a free offer on a first-come, first-served basis: If you would like multiple copies for distribution for your group, contact YES! Media & Outreach Manager, Susan Gleason at, and tell her how many boxes of 50 you would like, to whom and where to send them via UPS, and how you plan to make use of them. Simple as that!


SIREN Announces Changes

Check out their Solar Map!

Our partner organization SIREN, formerly Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network, has expanded to become Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network, a name to match their statewide work in promoting solar and wind power throughout Indiana. Steering committee member Woodie Bessler was recognized recently in Bloomington with a Be More Sustainable award for his work with SIREN and with the Monroe County Energy Challenge. SIREN has also updated its website with a more interactive map of solar installations in southern Indiana and beyond.


Musical Benefit: Beyond Our Wildest Dreams

Songs Inspired by the Beauty, Complexity & Diversity of Nature

With Bill Price, Joe Peters, Eric MacDougall & friends

Songs Inspired by the Beauty, Complexity & Diversity of Nature
Eric MacDougall, Joe Peters & Bill Price

Saturday, May 21, 7:30 pm

Roberts Park United Methodist Church
401 North Delaware Street
Downtown Indianapolis

Light refreshments available, free parking

$12 admission or $10 with RSVP to

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light and Hoosier Environmental Council

Our Mission Statement

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

Seven values that guide our work. We find these values personally invigorating and return to them often when considering our own actions and those we encourage within H-IPL’s growing network. We hope you will find them encouraging as well:

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.

Consider a Donation

This is a critical time in the struggle against climate change. Please consider a gift to help H-IPL continue to grow and build the movement to care for creation.

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