Kansans across the state are ready to put their faith into action to address climate change. You know your congregation best, so you can decide how to educate members about creation care or environmental stewardship.
Kansas IPL offers resources to help you start this critical conversation with your membership:
1. Energy Audits – The first step in “greening” your congregation’s space is an energy audit. This will help you to see where you’re wasting money and energy and to prioritize the first steps you can take. Kansas IPL has a thorough but user-friendly do-it-yourself energy audit available as a benefit of membership, or you can have one of our experienced volunteers come and do the audit with you.
2. “Cool Congregations” – This innovative program inspires members of your congregation to reduce their family’s carbon footprint, by committing to a 10% energy-reduction tithe. Download our brochure, and stay tuned for future trainings near you!
3. “Cool Harvest” – Our newest program addresses the all-important issue of our industrial food system and how it impacts our health and the health of the planet. The program features a viewing the short film “Nourish,” followed by a facilitated discussion. The program can be accompanied by a “Cool Potluck.” This is a great way to help your community get these issues “on the table”!
4. “Green Team” Trainings - Want to green your congregation but don’t know where to start? Our staff and volunteers have years of experience and help you prioritize, develop procedures and train your volunteers. Soon your community will be living lightly on the Earth!
5. Speakers’ Bureau – Kansas IPL steering committee members are happy to come to your congregation and speak on a range of topics – from joining Kansas IPL to energy-saving tips to the latest climate change science. We also give great sermons! Contact us!
6. Videos for Educational Events – Interfaith Power and Light’s national campaign website features several great videos to use with your adult education groups or environmental education programs.
7. Sermon Starters - We have everything you need to plan a creation-honoring worship service, including links to sample sermons, hymns, and scripture resources.