[MCCN Recent News]

Birds with a Gettysburg Address

Above, a Northern Harrier upstages a Red-tailed Hawk somewhere in the background at the Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, Pa.

MCCN member Bonita Portzline enjoys birding and nature photography near her home in Gettysburg, PA. She enjoys sharing her photographs in public settings where she focuses on natural history or the theology of ecology, depending on the setting. 

Discovering the Hidden Holy in Creation

Our Father's World: Discovering the Hidden Holy in Creation is the title of an upcoming conference at the Lincoln Road Chapel in Waterloo, ON, March 20-21. Details here. The event is sponsored by the Lincoln Road Chapel and Arocha Canada and the keynote speaker is Ed Brown, director of Care of Creation.

Not in the area? Scroll down the page to see what they are doing and get ideas for your own event.

Resource: Creation Care Primer

Canadians, Mennonite Central Committee Canada has created a three-page resource to help congregations start thinking about creation care. It includes a section on the Mennonite faith background related to creation care, a listing of web and print resources and a collection of faith-based environmental initiatives in Canada. Its attractive design would brighten any literature rack.

Download Creation Care Primer.

Everence Seeking Nominees for Journey Award

U.S. readers, would you like to lift up your favorite environmental steward for recognition?
Everence, MCUSA’s financial and stewardship organization, is seeking nominations for their annual Journey Award by April 30.

Everence gives one national award and several regional awards each year to people of faith who model all kinds of real-life stewardship. Care of environmental resources is an increasingly critical kind of stewardship, so lets flood Everence with great green suggestions!

Read more and find a nomination form. Everence is one of MCCN’s two official sponsors.


Does Your Church Have a Creation Care Web Page?

Some of you may have noticed that our congregational web pages disappeared awhile back. This was a place where 100 Shades of Green liaisons could write about what their congregations were doing related to creation care. Unfortunately, neither writers nor readers were using these pages much, and it was time-consuming for us to maintain the password system.

Instead, we recommend that you and your congregation add a creation care page to your own website. More people will see information that is locally relevant that way, and it might even attract people who are looking for a congregation that cares about the earth.

Here is an example from one of our MCCN congregations:

Benton Mennonite Church, Benton, IN

Make 2015 the Year of Every Creature Singing

- by Jennifer Schrock

“Final” is a strong word that probably never applies to an online resource. Nevertheless, what is posted right now on MCCN’s Every Creature Singing pages is what you are going to see for quite some time. I have edited and re-edited the original version of the curriculum and fiddled endlessly with online linking and posting issues. I would also like to thank Roberta Miller Yoder for her careful copyediting and formatting services. It is time to leave well enough alone!

Now that Every Creature Singing is this far along, I hope to spend time actually doing the practices in the curriculum instead of just recommending them to other people. (!) In the interests of making that hope a reality, I invite you to join me on a 12-month venture I’m beginning this New Year. Each month, I plan to choose something from the session with that month’s number to work on. It could be a household practice, a spiritual practice, a discussion question or an idea from the essay. January will focus on session 1, February, session 2 and so on.

Out of the Whirlwind: A Women's Spirituality Retreat

Friday, January 23, 7 p.m. to Saturday, January 24, 3 p.m. at
Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College

Step out of the whirlwind and make space to listen for God's voice. Gather together with women of all ages to rest in a beautiful winter setting, to learn from inspiring presenters, to worship and share food together. Experiment with spiritual practices inspired by seeking the presence of God in the natural world in Saturday morning workshops, and connect with wild places in the dark on a crisp night hike. Jackie Wyse-Rhodes will return to provide biblical input for this 3rd annual event.

Living Stones: An Urban Prayer Walk

MCUSA’s Andre Gingerich Stoner brought this guest post on the blog MennoNerds to our attention recently. The author, Lawrence Jennings, is a native New Yorker who attends Infinity Mennonite Church of Harlem and cares deeply about climate change. Living Stones describes a prayer walk that takes place weekly at a public housing complex in Harlem. The next time you take an early morning walk on a Thursday, know that the Harlem prayer walkers are out there with you, appreciating the rhythms of nature too.