MCCN Recent News

Watershed Way Retreat

Upcoming Event

December 9-11, 2016: Our time together will begin with dinner on Friday and end with brunch on Sunday.

Location: The village of Taos, New Mexico; Hosted by TiLT (Taos Initiative for Life Together)

Purpose: This retreat is about noticing, listening, discerning and reflecting. 

Waters of Eden, Waters of Elkhart

Upcoming Event:

Below is a Northern Indiana event sponsored by MCCN. Are there resources to create an experience like this in your area?

Where: Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Farmstead Barn Site | When: Saturday, October 22, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This adventure in spiritual geography brings together biblical study of the headwaters found in Eden in Genesis 2 and experiential study of the headwaters of the Elkhart River found at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Wolf Lake, Ind. Leaders Doug Kaufman and Joel Pontius will help you:

• Reflect on how your spirituality is nourished by rivers.
• Learn about the role of headwaters in our local streams.
• Discover ways to keep our rivers vibrant and healthy.

See details and presenter bios.

Rooted and Grounded

Upcoming Event

Rooted and Grounded: A conference on Land and Christian Discipleship will take place April 20 to 22, 2017 at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. Church members, scholars, farmers and other practitioners of creation care are invited. Attendees always find  challenging keynote speakers, a breadth of workshops and good conversation partners to nourish them. Details to follow. See the 2015 Rooted and Grounded Conference. 

Mennonites, Land and the Environment

Upcoming Event:
The Mennonite Studies Department at the University of Winnipeg, Canada, will host its annual conference October 28 to 29, 2016. The theme is, “Mennonites, Land and the Environment: A Global History.”

The conference examines the relationship of Mennonites to the land in seven different Mennonite farming communities around the world: Neubergthal, Manitoba; Friesland, the Netherlands; Riva Palacios, Bolivia; Kalona, Iowa; Java, Indonesia; Matabo Mission, Zimbabwe; and Apollonovka, Siberia. How has a new agriculture of fossil fuels, herbicides, crop specialization and state intervention impacted old, organic-based Mennonite farm communities around the world?

See conference brochure.   See website.

Bartimaeus Institute Explores Truth & Reconciliation

Upcoming Event:
Join the Bartimaeus Institute October 14 to 16, 2016 to learn how the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission report impacts indigenous-settler relations and enjoins Christian communities to build right relations. The event will take place at St. Andrews College, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Participants from across North America will look at how to educate, advocate and organize around the Calls to Action to Churches.

Green Patchwork Congregations: New Members

Taftsville Chapel Mennonite Fellowship
Taftsville, Vermont

Heather Wolfe, pictured at left, was affirmed as Taftsville's creation care liaison in August 2016 and the congregation is now in the Green Patchwork fold. Heather delivered the message on their creation care Sunday, August 21, and composting debuted at the church the same week. Even the toddlers received instructions during the children's time. 

Faith Mennonite Church
Goshen, Indiana

Faith Mennonite Church is an inclusive community, becoming followers of Jesus and friends to each other across differences of income, education, and religious experience.  Kay Bontrager-Singer, one of the pastors, recently focused a sabbatical in ways that encouraged everyone to practice a “loving eye gaze” toward all of creation.  Some of the ways the congregation has taken on that practice include planting bulbs locally and at a church camp, building bluebird houses for a local park and joining Mennonite Creation Care Network.  (Faith joined back in March, but was omitted in the news round-up.)

Liaison Grapples with Climate Change, Ecological Spirituality

Green Patchwork Congregations:
This creation care liaison is no slacker. Joe Cook, the MCCN liaison for San Antonio Mennonite Church, San Antonio, Texas, prepared a 15-page article on Climate Change and Ecological Spirituality for his congregation last month. Joe is an environmental scientist with an interest in the intersection of social justice, spirituality and science. 

Congregations Pursue Solar Panels

Green Patchwork Congregations:
Are solar panels affordable? Judging from the inquiries MCCN receives about grants from the Pam De Young Net Zero Energy Fund, a number of churches are working on that question. According to an article that appeared in the print version of theAugust 2016 issue of The Mennonite,