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.

This initiative is a partnership between Mennonite Church USA (MC USA), Mennonite Creation Care Network and the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions.

Learn

Engage with Climate Justice as MC USA shares resources during Feb. and March 2020.

 

Join the 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? Join Doug Kaufman and other Mennonite climate leaders Dr. Christy Miller Hesed, Dr. Sibonokuhle Ncube and Ken Pitts, in discussing how people become involved in climate action, including why we are involved and how to help others get involved.

The webinar takes place Thursday, February 27 at 7:30-9 p.m. ET / 6:30 CT / 4:30 PT.
Meet the panelists and register here.

 

Learn from people engaging with climate justice from across MC USA:

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.”

 


Pray

Resources to join in collective prayer.

 

Communion liturgy from Wild Church

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.

Lament and Hope service

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.

Creation Care liturgy

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.

 


Join

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:

 

Advocate for Climate Justice:

 

Support Climate Justice work: 

 

Upcoming events:

 

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.

 

“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)