[MCCN Recent News]

MCCN encourages you to get involved in the Peoples Climate March

This September 21, hundreds of thousands of people will march in New York City while world leaders discuss climate change at the UN, demanding that they address the climate and economic crises in a real way.  http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

For anyone who wants to join the Mennonite contingent marching in the PCM on Sunday: The Faith sector is assembling on 58th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues. Enter from 9th Avenue (8th will be closed) and look for the "Mennonite" sign on the south side of the street. Before we enter the March there will be a multi-faith prayer service beginning at 11:00. Hope to see you there!

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
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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)

Check Out the August 2014 Issue of Missio Dei


Watershed Discipleship is the theme of the August 2014 issue of Missio Dei: A Journal of Theology and Praxis.
Go to missiodeijournal.com to learn more.

Mennos Support Great March for Climate Change

College Mennonite Church, Goshen College, Goshen, Ind., and the local Voluntary Gas Tax group teamed up Monday, September 15 to welcome walkers participating in the Great March for Climate Action.
The 30 to 40 march participants received Mennonite hospitality in the form of a crowded potluck, a dry place to sleep and four-part harmony singing. The group reported that it was the largest welcome they had received.

“NOW,” is a key word for the marchers, who disrupted college educations, careers and retirements to draw attention to climate change. Some of the group had been walking 15 to 20 miles a day since they left Los Angeles March 1, bearing the message that climate change is not just weather and is not about politics. The marchers are headed for Washington, D.C. after a side trip to the People’s Climate March in New York City, September 21.

Violins Connect Land and Sound

a reflection from Joanne Moyer on Conrad Greben University's Sound and the Land Conference in June
I started playing the violin at age five, but I only realized recently how much the violin is connected to the land. At the Sound in the Land conference at Conrad Grebel College University in June, I attended a session presented by luthier Timothy Bergen entitled: “Listening to the Wood: A Luthier’s Notes on the Mystique and Sustainability of Trees and Tones.” Bergen began by talking about the structure of wood and why it radiates sound so well – it has hollow cells. He showed how by dropping pieces of wood and tapping on them with other pieces of wood, he could discover the sounds they held within them. Through this, he demonstrated the intimate relationship a luthier develops with wood, choosing the pieces with the best resonance to use for an instrument, and then, once the instrument is being built, finding the precise place to shave or shape the wood to make the violin sing the right tones.