Check here for news of green events and happening at Central Christian Church and around the  Indianapolis area that may be of interest to those who care about God’s creation.

Although this letter was published in 2005, it still has a timely message for Christians today. God's creation delivers unsettling news. Earth's climate is warming to dangerous levels; 90 percent of the world's fisheries have been depleted; coastal development and pollution are causing a sharp decline in ocean health; shrinking habitat threatens to extinguish thousands of species; over 95 percent of the contiguous United States forests have been lost; and almost half of the population in the United States lives in areas that do not meet national air quality standards. Continue Reading.

March 8

Judy O’Bannon’s Environmental Champions

Over the summer of 2018, former Indiana First Lady Judy O’Bannon traveled the highways and back roads of Indiana in search of Hoosier environmental champions. This documentary, produced by WFYI, is the story of some of them.

You can see this outstanding documentary at Epworth United Methodist Church on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm. Several members from Central are planning to attend.

Judy O'Bannon, along with Carol Johnston, Associate Professor of Theology and Culture Emerita at Christian Theological Seminary and technical adviser to the film, will be on hand to discuss the film with the audience. More information is available HERE.

Central Recycles!

Have you seen the new recycle bin in the small parking lot between our church building and Riley Towers? It is below the new chalice on the end of our gymnasium wall. This recycle bin is strictly for recyclable material generated by our activities here at Central. Some of the items we will be recycling include: cardboard boxes from the food pantry, office paper, leftover Sunday bulletins, CLEAN paper and plastic drinking cups from Fellowship Time and Lunch, aluminum cans and clean plastic bottles. Please help us recycle!
HERE is a complete list of materials that can go into our recycling bin.

March 26

Field Trip to Ray’s Recycling Facility

Green Chalice will sponsor a field trip to Ray’s Recycling facility on Tuesday, March 26, from 11:00 am - Noon.  A schedule to meet at the church to carpool will be available later. All participants must wear closed toed shoes. Ray’s will provide hard hats. Our guide will accept questions about our recycling program at Central. Be checking your calendars and after the first of March, there will be a sign-up sheet on the Green Chalice table inviting people to join us. More information about Ray’s Recycling is available HERE.

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Together, We Will create A More
Resilient Future.

THRIVE INDIANAPOLIS: The first actionable plan of its kind in our city’s history, brings together city agencies, community partners and residents to chart a course for an Indianapolis that is equitable, healthier and prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.

February 10 & March 17

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Church historian and Central member, Keith Watkins has written a review of the book.

Climate of Hope

by Keith Watkins

Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet, by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope (St. Martin's Press, 2017) Carl Pope, long-time leader of the Sierra Club, and Michael Bloomberg, business leader and “unrepentant capitalist” begin this volume by acknowledging that they are an unlikely pair of collaborators in writing a book like this one.
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Upcoming Discussions

To continue supporting learning about climate change in 2019, Green Chalice invites all to read Climate of Hope by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope, and then to join the conversations. Ideas from this book will be discussed after worship on Feb. 10, in the Parlor, and March 17, in the Conference Room. Michael Bloomberg, as the former mayor of NYC and Carl Pope as former executive director and chairman of the Sierra Club have much knowledge about the diverse ways climate change threatens life on the planet. Both have headed grand actions to help Earth be a safer, healthier home for all right now and into the future. Throughout their book, they explain that the climate crisis is not a single problem with a single cause, or a single solution. They say, “It needs to be viewed, analyzed, and resolved in discrete components.” If you are looking for hope concerning our climate challenges, come join in. Reading the book is not essential for your joining the conversation. Green Chalice will not be selling copies, but you may purchase one online in hardback, paperback, eBook, or audio. It can also be found in bookstores and at the library.

March 4, 2019

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Greening Indiana: Theologies and Ethics of Sustainability

 Butler University’s Center for Faith and Vocation is hosting “Greening Indiana: Theologies and Ethics of Sustainability” in Butler’s the Schrott Center for the Arts at 7:00 PM. This event will feature three scholars and activists on the important environmental work being done right here in Indiana.

February 7, 2019

February 7, 2019

Indianapolis’ Roadway Improvement Plan Could Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

New research indicates smoother roadways can limit the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by vehicles. New infrastructure research indicates Indianapolis’ long-term roadway maintenance approach could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Instead of only temporarily filling potholes, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and contractors will have funding to resurface and strip-patch hundreds of miles of city roadways.
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The Indianapolis Star had recent coverage of what is and is not happening with recycling in Indianapolis and in Indiana. San Francisco recycles 80% of it’s trash. Almost all citizens in Seattle participate in recycling about 60% of that city’s waste. The national average is 35%. Indianapolis only recycles 7% of our waste.
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The 2019 Earth Day Indiana Festival will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Historic Military Park at White River State Park. Come to the festival for local food vendors, kid's activities, over 125 exhibitors, live music, and a 5K run/walk.

Back in 2019 is the Recycle Run 5K! Run or walk a 5K route that is mostly along the White River! The 5K begins (at noon) and finishes at Historic Military Park at White River State Park but the majority of the course will take you upstream and then downstream along the White River. Registrations for the 5K will open on or about November 20, 2018. REGISTER FOR THE 5K OR A 1-MILE WALK AT RUNSIGNUP

We will celebrate Earth Day at Central on Sunday, April 28, 2019. Watch for details.

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On Air with Indiana Environmental Reporter: Episode 11

January 28, 2019: A Purdue University professor has created a process to turn toxic coal ash into rare earth metals, and a central Indiana rideshare program lets Hoosiers save money on their commute while reducing emissions.

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CLICK HERE to listen to an episode of the WFYI program No Limits as they talk about recycling programs in central Indiana. The guests are Indiana Recycling Coalition Executive Director Allyson Mitchell, Gregg Kessling with Recycle Force and Greenwood Mayor Mark Myer


Teter Organic Farm Camp is a place for your child to learn about nature, where their food comes from, and participate in outdoor play. Campers will spend a week immersed in the natural world at Teter Organic Farm, getting their hands dirty with ecology lessons, hands-on farm tasks, and good old-fashioned outdoor fun. Teter Organic Farm Camp is located in Noblesville, Indiana at the beautiful 120 acre Teter Retreat and Farm.
Currently, they offer two day camps in June for children graduating from 3rd - 5th grade.


From Industrial Waste to Objects of Beauty

Is it denim or marble? Algae or glass? How a new group of designers is resurrecting once-discarded materials.