Climate justice recognizes the importance of caring for all God’s creation together with caring for people who experience the most harm from climate change. May we commit to being more faithful in caring for the gift of creation and one another.
Engage with Climate Justice as MC USA shares resources during Feb. and March 2020.
Watch the recording of our webinar, Caring for climate: Beyond denial and despair.
Many people are still in denial about the climate crisis and still others are in despair. How can congregational ministries help us navigate the myriad emotions we experience related to climate, moving us from inaction to hopeful engagement? Doug Kaufman and other Mennonite climate leaders Dr. Christy Miller Hesed, Dr. Sibonokuhle Ncube and Ken Pitts, discuss how people become involved in climate action, including why we are involved and how to help others get involved.
The webinar took place Thurs., Feb. 27. Meet and watch the panelists here.
Learn from people engaging with climate justice from across MC USA:
- Visit the Menno Snapshots blog and news.
- Subscribe to PeaceMail.
- Follow @MennoniteChurchUSA on social media or follow #LearnPrayJoin.
Read more with the Climate Change resources for pastors: An Annotated Bibliography.
Read MC USA’s Creation Care Resolution from 2013.
It resolves for people within MC USA to “commit to growing in their dedication to care for God’s creation as an essential part of the good news of Jesus Christ.”
Resources to join in collective prayer.
This liturgy invites you to widen the table of communion to include the body of earth. Developed by Katerina Friesen for Wild Church, a community seeking to reconnect with God and all creation in their watershed.
This service was created by Wendy Janzen for Burning Bush Forest Church, an outdoor worshipping community that meets year-round in natural spaces in and around Kitchener-Waterloo.
This service liturgy was created by Peace Mennonite Church in Claremont, California.
Pray for those who are most vulnerable among us and who are most impacted by climate change, including those who have already been displaced.
Pray for the waters, the plants, all living creatures and the earth with gratitude, that we may recognize their sacredness and participate in their restoration.
Pray that we will find the motivation to respond to climate change in our own lives, congregations and communities.
Pray for local, community and business leaders to help make communities healthier and greener while centering those who are vulnerable. Pray that our political leaders and world leaders would become more active in reducing carbon emissions worldwide.
Pray for the youth and future generations, who will live with the growing consequences of climate change.
Opportunities for churches to engage with the issue in their homes, churches, communities and society.
Incorporate climate justice into your church worship and small groups:
- Use the curriculum,“Every Creature Singing: Embracing the Good News for Planet Earth,” available for free from Mennonite Creation Care Network.
- Explore sermon topics and worship ideas from Mennonite Creation Care Network.
- Listen to the Shifting Climates podcast, a podcast about climate justice and the church, which includes a curriculum for using in Sunday School.
Advocate for Climate Justice:
- Reach out to your elected officials.
Mennonite Central Committee U.S. recommends sharing concern for both the impacts of climate change and the impact that carbon pricing proposals may have on the most vulnerable. For more information:
Support Climate Justice work:
- Donate to MC USA Transformative Peacemaking.
- Donate to Mennonite Creation Care Network.
- Donate to the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions.
- Caring for God’s Earth: A hopeful response to the climate crisis
Atlantic Coast Conference, along with Creative Solutions for Climate Change, is offering this one-day event for current and developing church leaders and others concerned about climate change on in Leola, PA. (The event is under consideration for postponement)
- Preaching a New Earth: Climate and Creation
This is the theme of this year’s Festival of Homiletics, March 18-20 in Atlanta, Georgia, and will only be held virtually.
Additional resources and suggestions:
- Appoint a creation care liaison for your congregation.
- Evaluate your congregation’s attention to creation care and plan for the future with Mennonite Creation Care Network (MCCN)’s Greener Congregation Score Sheet.
- Calculate your carbon footprint.
- Join MCCN’s Green Patchwork congregations.
- Consider using MCCN’s Shared Practices to create accountability groups between congregations.
- Apply for MCCN’s Zero Energy Grants, which helps congregations interested in installing various forms of renewable energy. Everence also offers church loans that can be used for green projects.
- Find your state’s Interfaith Power & Light organization for advocacy opportunities, ideas for enhancing energy efficiency and grants.
- Congregations and schools with libraries can consider building a climate justice section.
- Draw attention to climate justice for Earth Day on April 22.
- Watch a children’s time, Sunday school lesson and sermon that engage climate change from Katherine Jameson Pitts and Ken Pitts at Zion Mennonite Church in Hubbard, Oregon.
- Reach Out, Reach In, Reach Back pamphlet: Congregational Response to Climate Change written by Ken Pitts and designed by Curt Weaver as part of the Justice Committee of Portland Mennonite Church.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
(2 Chronicles 7:13-14)