[MCCN Recent News]

Mennonite Round Table Discusses the Doctrine of Discovery

In late August, a round table of over 20 Mennonites from the US and Canada met in San Francisco to explore ways for MC USA to pursue change regarding the Doctrine of Discovery. The doctrine justifies the way in which colonial and post-colonial powers claimed the lands of sovereign indigenous nations. This doctrine continues to influence United States Indian Law and has been cited as recently as 2005 in the decision, City of Sherrill V. Oneida Indian Nation Of N.Y.

Luke Gascho, Creation Care Council chair, was part of the discussion. “Many European Mennonites benefited from the doctrine’s application across North America. It is important to recognize how the lands we call our own have this heritage,” reflects Gascho.

Read the Doctrine of Discovery Fact Sheet created by Katerina Friesen and Sarah Augustine who were part of the round table.

Doctrine of Discovery Interview with Sarah Augustine [Resource]

Sarah Augustine is a member of the Seattle Mennonite Church whose life's work involves research and mediation in the areas of racial justice and land justice. Sarah led a team of Indigenous and church leaders to draft the World Council of Churches Statement on the Doctrine of Discovery and its enduring impact on Indigenous Peoples, which was adopted on February 17, 2012. She also participated in a Mennonite roundtable on the Doctrine of Discovery in August 2014.

An interview with Sarah appears in a blog entitled, Breathing Forgiveness. It is entitled, "Current & Historical Harms Fueled by the Doctrine of Discovery: Breaking the Chains of Indigenous Peoples." Read the interview.

Ferocious Love Fuels People's Climate March

by Marlisa Yoder-Bontrager, East Chestnut Mennonite Church

Don’t be a fossil fool
There is no PLANet B
Jobs. Justice. Clean energy.

Signs like these were sprinkled throughout the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21.  These, along with a generally energetic crowd, kept those of us going despite being on our feet for eight hours. What a powerful experience it was to be with more than 300,000 people raising their voices to express their love and concern for our planet.

Reabsorbing the Rooted and Grounded Conference (Part 1)

Over 170 people participated in Rooted and Grounded: A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship, offered at Anabaptist Biblical Mennonite Seminary September 18-20. With 56 presentations to choose from, the event was a feast for the mind and heart, with a year’s worth of ideas packed into one weekend.
Read the press release.
Here, we offer a snack-size review of some of the questions encountered in Rooted and Grounded events. Look for new questions in each of the next four MCCN emails. Click on Read more to find out where the question came up and how it was addressed.

1. What is your own “place” like?

2. What are some friendly, failure-free ways my congregation can begin to explore creation care?

3. Are individual actions effective in addressing care for the earth?

Refocusing understandings of creation care: Biblical and First Nations perspectives in conversation

[Upcoming Event]

What: "Refocusing understandings of creation care: Biblical and First Nations perspectives in conversation"
Where: Columbia Bible College
When: Saturday, November 15, 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Who: cosponsored by the Service, Peace and Justice committee of Mennonite Church BC
Why: Both the Biblical story and our First Nations neighbours have much to teach us about how to care for our world.  Join us for a time of learning as we explore the ways in which both these traditions can help us in the church be better stewards of all that our Creator has gifted us with. 

Questions? Contact Henry Krause (hakrause@telus.net)
Find out more on the MCBC website
Click "Read More" to see a schedule of events 

Update: Creation Care Council Virtual Meeting


The Creation Care Council (pictured) recently held a virtual meeting on Thursday, September 4.
Read the minutes here to see what we have been discussing.

Dear Canadian MCCN Members,

In July, at the Mennonite Church Canada assembly in Winnipeg, Mark Bigland-Pritchard, from Osler, SK, presented a resolution on climate change. The resolution was submitted too late to be included in the report books and could therefore not be voted on by the delegates. Instead, it was referred to the General Board, which will make a decision at some point in the future. Their next meeting will be in November and they will hopefully make a decision at that time.

To assist their decision process, we are encouraging individuals, congregations, and agencies within Mennonite Church Canada read the resolution and send comments to the General Board sometime in the early fall. If you haven’t already seen it, you can access it online here: http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/sites/home.mennonitechurch.ca/files/FossilFuelResolution.pdf.

"Watershed Discipleship as Home Mission: Toward a Constructive Paradigm of Repentance"

by Katerina Friesen
[Read the full essay here]

"This essay extends a commissioning home into our watersheds as a way of replacement and repentance of the rootlessness affecting North American Christians today. The author traces this rootlessness to the Christendom church and certain destructive theologies that sanctioned colonialism. “Watershed discipleship,” as set forth by theologian Ched Myers, offers a constructive framework for mission within a paradigm of repentance for sins perpetuated by colonial theologies."
--from Missio Dei: A Journal of Theology and Paxis 5, no. 2 (August 2014)