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Energy Conservation Journey of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis

Energy Conservation Journey of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis

Our energy conservation journey began in 2000 when the Center for Congregations in Indianapolis offered to pay half of the cost ($500) of doing an energy audit of our church buildings.  We received a comprehensive report outlining how we could reduce our energy use.  The report covered the standard energy audit areas – lights, furnaces and air conditioners, refrigerators, and temperatures over several weeks time.  This audit did not cover insulation and infiltration. As a result of the audit, we seriously began tracking our utility usage.  We have a comprehensive spread sheet that includes the utility consumption and cost by…
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Love the Englewood Way

Love the Englewood Way

Englewood Community Church & Englewood Community Development Corporation: Bicentennial Green Legacy Community Award Winner by Richard Clough “Love your neighbor” is a core Christian belief. For some it means having good feelings about the people over the back fence or in the upstairs apartment. For Englewood Community Church, as stated in their mission statement, “love of neighbor takes the form of affordable housing, economic development and comprehensive community development.” The result is that one part of Indianapolis looks quite different than it did a few years ago. Under the leadership of Pastor Mike Bowling, Englewood sought to make their Near…
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Urban Farming for Social Mission and Good Eating Too

Urban Farming for Social Mission and Good Eating Too

In 2012 Rick and Karen Hersberger felt a calling to be more involved in their faith community and the needs of those living in the city. So, they sold their 9 acre property west of Anderson, IN, and moved into the city. Their new property included a vacant lot next to the home which they promptly turned into an urban farm. They named their farm NERKA Faith Farm, an “acronym for our awesome family, (Niki, Eli, Rick, Karen, and Amanda)”. They define their mission as: “To get involved in the community. Bring awareness about urban gardening. To show Christ in…
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Muncie Climate Rally Held In Solidarity With Nyc People’s Climate March

Muncie Climate Rally Held In Solidarity With Nyc People’s Climate March

Approximately 75 Muncie residents, Ball State University students and faculty and students from The Indiana Academy (gifted high school students from around the state) attended a Climate Rally on September 21st, 2014 in solidarity with the People’s Climate March in New York City (which approximately 20 BSU students attended). The NYC march was organized to demand world leaders attending a U.N. Climate Summit the next day set realistic goals on carbon emissions and seriously address world climate issues. The Muncie Climate Rally (organized by Carolyn Vann with substantial aid from John Vann and numerous other individuals who made signs, distributed…
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Unleavened Bread Café

Unleavened Bread Café

Location:  3003 Central Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46205 It is not glamorous in appearance or full of the finest things money can buy, but Elease Womack’s Unleavened Bread Café is far from flawed. With a sturdy foundation built on God’s will Elease began her journey with a visit to Tabernacle Presbyterian Church. While surrounded by a group of higher educated white Americans Elease referenced her B.A., Born Again degree, citing her inspiration in passages from both Luke and Ezekiel and gained spiritual allies. Aside from serving food, the café caters to rehabilitating those in need of a second chance or revitalized…
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