MCCN Recent News

God's Green Earth: A Call to Care and Witness

 

 

 

A Conference at Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, Ind.

Living not in the Garden but in the city and country, how can we consume, protect, farm, and care for creation as followers of Jesus? Join us as we share many views on one big concern. Talks and workshops will include a range of views on topics such as ethical farming and consuming, protecting biodiversity, responding to climate change, and simple living for today.  See details

Request for Information on Farming & Climate Change

On December 1, Erik German, a producer with RetroReport, called MCCN seeking Anabaptist people to interview. If you feel you can help with the request below, please contact Mr. German at egerman@retroreport.com. 

I'm working on a documentary project that's looking to highlight people with unique images of the future; ones that help them cope with disruptive change. For this segment, I'm specifically researching ways that climate change may affect how we grow food. Any stories you've heard about individuals or groups reacting to climate shifts on the ground, changing how they raise crops or animals, changing what they grow or where they grow or where they live entirely -- I'd be eager to hear them.

MCCN’s Net Zero Fund Finds Takers

Participants at the Taftsville Chapel Mennonite Fellowship, Taftsville, Vt., in front of their building. 

Mennonite Creation Care Network (MCCN) awarded two congregations solar grants from the Pam De Young Net Zero Energy Fund following its October 31 application deadline. Taftsville Chapel Mennonite Fellowship, Taftsville, Vt., will receive $10,000 and Albuquerque Mennonite Church, Albuquerque, N.M., will receive $5,000 toward rooftop solar arrays.

The two congregations from opposite ends of the country are a refreshing contrast. One church has lovely snow photographs; the other talks of dust storms. One is in a forested rural community where a cluster of small towns has a joint population just over 3,000; the other is in the middle of a city of half a million.

Walking as Resurrection People

- by Jennifer Halteman Schrock, Leader, Mennonite Creation Care Network

Dear members of Mennonite Creation Care Network—

I have thought of you and prayed for you often this month—a time of national political turmoil here in the U.S.

When I woke at 4 a.m. on November 9 and checked the election results, I wept. I leave it to others to lament what this last year in American politics has meant for race relations, gender issues and general civility. My tears were for creation and our urgent need to make progress on climate change.

Ibagué Christian Mennonite Church Opposes Gold Mine

[Green Patchwork Congregations]

Páramos are an alpine tundra ecosystem located above the tree line in South and Central America. Like all tundra ecosystems, they are delicate. Protecting the páramos is just one of the reasons members of Ibagué Christian Mennonite Church in Tolima, Colombia, have taken to the streets multiple times to protest a mining megaproject in their region. They are also concerned about water pollution.

“We firmly believe that the salvation God offers is not only for human beings, but also for all of his creation,” explained José Vaca, in an interview with a Mennonite Central Committee worker. José is the MCCN creation care liaison for his congregation.

The congregation’s youth made the sign in the photograph. “Water is worth more than gold,” it says. Read Mining and Mennonites: The Prophetic Role of the Church in  Ibagué on MCC’s website.  

Watershed Discipleship: Reinhabiting Bioregional Faith and Practice

[Resource: Book]

EDITED BY  Ched Myers,  Cascade Books (Fall 2016)

Available from www.ChedMyers.org or http://wipfandstock.com/watershed-discipleship.html $24.00 (plus shipping)

This collection explores "watershed discipleship" as a critical, contextual, and constructive approach to ecological theology and practice.  Features emerging voices from a generation that has grown up under the shadow of climate catastrophe. Watershed Discipleship is a "triple entendre" that recognizes we are in a watershed historical moment of crisis, focuses on our intrinsically bioregional locus as followers of Jesus, and urges us to become disciples of our watersheds.

Mural and Garden Brighten Chicago Neighborhood

[Congregations]

Indoors, houseplants graced the altar beneath a bright banner at Chicago Community Mennonite Church. Outdoors, yellow members of the Asteraceae family romped in a community garden. Both contributed to the congregation's Season of Creation during the month of September. In an increasing number of churches, September is devoted to creation just as worship in December focuses on Advent.

Sermons explored themes of creation and un-creation, destruction and reclamation.  Transitional Pastor Tim Peebles began the series by challenging hearers to view themselves as "priestly artists" with a vocation to approach the world around them with "care and cultivation, not command and control."

Shalom Mennonite Supports Standing Rock

Folks from Shalom Mennonite Fellowship, Tucson, Arizona, participated in a Native-led rally in support of the Native nations gathering at Standing Rock to oppose the building of a pipeline under their sacred waters. The September 14 rally was held in downtown Tucson in front of Bank of America, asking the bank to de-fund the pipeline project.  Pictured are Alex Loeppky and co-pastor Tina Schlabach.
Learn more about Standing Rock.