Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light takes education for sustainability in faith communities very seriously. We offer workshops to encourage insight and understanding of our ecological needs. Working as partners with your congregation, your denominational body, or your regional affiliate, H-IPL’s team of expert teachers brings these workshops to your community. To meet all our workshop leaders, go here. For a calendar of upcoming workshops and events, go here.
Religious Traditions and Creation Care
Religious traditions from around the world display deep respect for the earth and its creatures. People of faith are beginning to remember that our human story is grounded in a larger saga of life on earth, and includes provision for justice for the vulnerable both today and in the future. This workshop, tailored to the faith backgrounds of participants, offers a theological basis for creation care. Led by Trisha Tull, H-IPL program director.
Using Energy Prudently Workshop
Learn how to reduce energy use by 25% or more by sealing your building’s envelope, using technology to make your heating and lighting more efficient, and identifing “energy hogs.” This workshop can be offered as a two-hour, four-hour, or daylong session and comes with a notebook of practical help, information, and tools. Led by Ray Wilson and others. Go here for more information.
Climate Boot Camp
An in-depth workshop to equip faith leaders to speak confidently and knowledgeably about climate change and its impacts, and to respond as people of faith to this critical challenge. The workshop includes planning and implementing a project at participants’ own congregations, and a briefer debriefing session several weeks later. Preregistration and preparatory reading are required. Led by Ben Brabson, Wyatt Watkins, and Trisha Tull.
To view and sign up for upcoming Climate Boot Camps, click here!
Organizing for Green Ministry
A workshop to equip congregation members to organize for leadership that will keep environmental concerns on the agenda, and that will lead by example in areas of energy reduction, education, worship, and mission. Led by Trisha Tull, Sharon Horvath, or Andy Pike.
Educating and Organizing for Sustainable Social Policy
As American citizens we bear responsibility not only to act sustainably within our own homes and congregations, but also to encourage government and industry leaders into policy decisions that create the most long-term good, especially for those who cannot easily speak up for themselves: the poor, young, old, and nonhuman neighbors affected by human actions. In this workshop we learn how to organize and mobilize groups to communicate effectively with leaders. We will also explore upcoming issues facing the state and the nation. Led by Mike Oles.
Solar Energy Forum
The solar industry is growing quickly, but its technology is still unfamiliar to most people. The technical and financial aspects of acquiring solar panels for your congregation, home, or business are discussed in depth in this one-hour GoSolar program. Led by Darrell Boggess or Ray Wilson.
Environmental Leaders' Renewal Retreat
A time to come away to a quieter setting, become better acquainted with other leaders statewide, refresh our souls, reconnect with the holy and with nature, and explore experiences and resources that are both valuable in themselves and transportable to groups you lead. Individual topics and programs vary.
A multi-workshop conference on greening faith communities and their members consists of a gathering and break-out groups to introduce a menu of topics to help initiate people of faith who wish to learn more about the connection between faith and creation care. Leadership can be drawn from both the local community and H-IPL state volunteers, staff, and board. A good way to encourage folks to work together in leadership, and to find out who else in the community might become involved.
Topics: Building a green team -- Understanding creation care -- Rethinking energy use and cost -- Landscaping green -- Reducing, reusing, and recycling -- Public issues and policy challenges