Environmental stewardship as interfaith agenda



God, by Michelangelo,  via Wikimedia Commons
  • God, by Michelangelo, via Wikimedia Commons

Indiana's environmental policies are atrocious or nonexistent. It's part of the reason Indiana is the fourth worst state for carbon dioxide emissions in the nation. But that's not keeping Indiana's religious leaders from taking a stand to protect the environment.

On Saturday, leaders from 16 Christian denominations, along with Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Unitarian leaders, will meet at the First Baptist Church of Indianapolis (8600 North College Ave.) to launch Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light. It's the first statewide organization of its kind and plans to "bring Hoosiers of faith together as stewards of creation in order to promote energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy and related sustainable practices."

There will be a program to celebrate the new organization. A free lunch will be served, followed by a worship service and tips to help green your congregation. The event starts at noon and is open to the public (register here).

The organization is part of a larger national Interfaith Power & Light, which has affiliates in 35 states in the U.S.

"The God who calls creation 'very good' in Genesis Chapter 1 also calls upon us all to 'serve' and 'keep' it in Genesis Chapter 2," said Luke Gascho, board chair of the new organization and director of the Merry Lea Environmental Center at Goshen College and the Mennonite Creation Care Network, in a statement.

"We are called as people of faith to take these principles seriously and incorporate them into our daily lives as individuals and as congregations," he continued. "We want to inspire Hoosiers of faith to reduce their energy use, thereby saving money and caring for creation."

I will be reporting more about the organization in next week's NUVO.


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