[MCCN Recent News]

Becoming "Energy Saints" at Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship

Over the past year, a small group at Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship in Boise, Idaho, has focused on the idea of becoming “Energy Saints.” Their goal is to actively reduce energy consumption in their congregation. Biking to church and work, using LED lights, weatherizing houses for winter and working with individual households to track electricity usage are just a few examples of how these "Energy Saints" are caring for creation. Click here to check out their website for more ideas.  

The group began studying the Creation Care Network’s curriculum, “Every Creature Singing: Embracing the Good News for Planet Earth” last summer.

One member of this group, Roger Piper-Ruth, wrote an "Energy Saints" theme song, and his daughter Lauresta Welty gathered pictures from people in the congregation engaging in “Energy Saint” activities. Together with her husband Justin, Lauresta created a slide show to go along with the song. It was a hit at Hyde Park Mennonite and they are excited to share it with the wider Creation Care Network and Mennonite community. We're proud to have the Energy Saints as a 100-Shades of Green congregation.

View the "Energy Saints" YouTube video here
Song written by Roger Piper-Ruth
Video produced by Lauresta and Justin Welty
Featuring pictures from "Energy Saints" at Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship

Reabsorbing the Rooted and Grounded Conference (Part 3)

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. For those of you who missed the conference, or those who attended and couldn’t take it all in, we offer a snack-size review of some of the questions encountered there. This is part three in a series of four reflections.

Presentation: Green Disciples: Faith-Based Environmental Work in Canada
Presenter: Joanne Moyer
Question: Where do we find hope?

Reabsorbing the Rooted and Grounded Conference (Part 2)

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. For those of you who missed the conference, or those who attended and couldn’t take it all in, we offer a snack-size review of some of the questions encountered there. This is part two in a series of four reflections.
 

How do we hold together human grief and ecological grief? Or can't we?

 

Rural Ministry Seminar and Course with Roy Kaufman

[Upcoming Learning Opportunity]


Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary-Kansas Center
2015 January Term

 

From the AMBS website: AMBS-Kansas Center, in conjunction with Central Plains Mennonite Conference and Western District Conference, will be hosting a Rural Ministry Seminar this coming January. This seminar is presented by S. Roy Kaufman, author of Healing God's Earth: Rural Community in the Context of Urban Civilization. This seminar will explore the unique mission of the church in a rural context and will include lecture, case studies, discussion groups, and a catered lunch. Cost is $39 per individual and $100 per congregation to bring an unlimited number of congregation members.

Zero Waste Events with Vegware

[MCCN Resource]

MCCN member Greg Bowman has two friends involved with a local company that distributes Vegware, a brand of compostable food ware. He recommends this brief video and the steps it recommends for planning a zero-waste event.


Vegeware's 5 steps to a zero waste event:
  1. Insist all traders go completely compostable
  2. Recruit & train recycling volunteers
  3. Design your bin system & communicate it clearly
  4. Volunteers “police” the bins
  5. Discuss, measure & evaluate

Course Offering: Environmental Education and Faith

A FREE Online Course through Cornell University

Duration: 4 Weeks
2014 Dates: November 3-December 3
Course Fee: Free
Registration Dates: Before November 1
Register Here: http://tinyurl.com/ee-and-faith
Course Facilitators: Justin Smith, PhD (jgs225@cornell.edu) – Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University.

Course Overview: This is a professional development course designed for both environmental educators and faith leaders working at the intersection of faith and the environment. The link between faith, community and the environment puts religious groups in an important position to be leaders in transforming attitudes and behavior with respect to promoting environmental stewardship. By working together, we can increase our capacity to develop programs that support environmental awareness, equity, and sustainable communities while honoring a diversity of spiritual traditions.

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.