Several Indianapolis-area churches will be honored by a local chapter of the Sierra Club on Thursday.
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis and Epworth United Methodist Church will be recognized for their “green ministry teams.”
Part of a new Sierra Club report entitled “Faith in Action: Communities of Faith Bring Hope for the Planet,” the local churches are being honored and highlighted in an effort to encourage other faith-based groups to take environmental initiatives as part of their congregational communities.
Churches from all 50 states are featured in the report. Although the national report will only include information about St. Luke’s, the Hoosier chapter has chosen to recognize efforts by other local churches as well.
“We want to recognize the work that faith communities are doing to protect our planet for future generations,” says Sierra Club’s local conservation programs coordinator Bowden Quinn. “And we want to encourage other congregations to get involved.”
Founded in 1892, the Sierra Club is a conservation and environmental activism organization that boasts more than 1 million members and sponsors educational programs and outdoor activities.
“Faith in Action” is one component of the Sierra Club’s Environmental Partnership program that focuses on engaging local groups within a community in environmental awareness and stewardship.
“This is an ongoing effort to reach out to other types of organizations that are working on environmental issues,” Quinn said.
In recent years, more faith-based organizations have come to see a connection between stewardship of the earth and their religious values. Here in Indianapolis, church leaders and congregations have taken steps toward a sustainable future by initiating a variety of actions, such as creating recycling programs, “greening” their buildings, conducting energy audits and presenting educational programs about various topics, including hybrid cars and green gift-giving.
At St. Luke’s, the connection between eco-friendly living and Christianity is symbolized by the “Creation Care Tree,” which hangs in the church lobby. As members of the congregation take an environmental pledge to care for God’s creations, they sign their name to a paper leaf, which is then added to the tree.
The Sierra Club event to honor St. Luke’s and the other area churches for their green initiatives will showcase a variety of activities the congregations have successfully used in their environmental efforts.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the initiatives from members of the congregations, explore the community garden and recycling program at the Unitarian Universalist Church and hear from representatives from the Sierra Club, including Quinn.
Activities run 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, located at 615 W. 43rd St. For more information, contact Quinn, Sierra Club Hoosier Conservation Programs coordinator, at 317-822-3750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Faith in Action: Communities of Faith Bring Hope for the Planet”
Local churches honored by the Sierra Club, Thursday, June 19, 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalists Church
615 W. 43rd St.