In the name of Jesus, in service to all beings

This post is part of Mennonite Church USA’s Climate Justice: Learn, Pray, Join initiative.   Sarah Nahar (neé Thompson) is from the Great Lakes watershed, and now lives in Syracuse, New York (traditional Haudenosaunee land) where she is a PhD student in Religion and Environmental Studies. She is licensed with MC USA’s Central District Conference. […]

A beginners’ guide to political advocacy

Jennifer Halteman Schrock is the leader of Mennonite Creation Care Network (MCCN) and the communications manager for Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College. She lives in Goshen, Indiana, with her husband, Dan, and is part of Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship.   It was not a welcome request. Would I, as the leader of Mennonite Creation Care Network like […]

“Nature against Empire”: A Biblical Reality Check on Climate Crisis and Justice

Ched Myers is an activist biblical theologian working with Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries (www.bcm-net.org) in the Ventura River Watershed of southern California. Find his many publications at www.ChedMyers.org.   The realities of climate chaos hit us hard in December 2017 during the Thomas Fire here in Ventura county. California’s largest wildfire on record at the time, it had […]

California Mennonite church leaders gather for climate change retreat

By Katerina Friesen This article is shared from Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference.   “I’m beginning to wonder, is the gospel that we’ve preached too small?” one of the church leaders pondered at a recent climate retreat called “Who Cares about Climate Change: Pastoral Response to Denial and Despair,” led by Doug Kaufman, director of Pastoral […]

Learn Pray Join: Why Jesus would care about climate change

Christy Miller Hesed attends Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, Kansas. She earned an M.S. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology and a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Maryland. She most recently directed a research project that engaged rural churches and government agencies to promote coastal resilience to climate change on the Chesapeake Bay. […]

Climate change as a spiritual crisis

Douglas Kaufman is a director of pastoral ecology at the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions, Goshen College, and pastor of Benton Mennonite Church, who began creation care ministries in response to too much manure in the Elkhart River where they baptize. He is completing a Th.M. in ecology from the University of Toronto.   When […]

Learn Pray Join: Wild Church communion liturgy

Katerina Friesen lives in Fresno, California on traditional Yokuts land, and works with incarcerated people to create healing spaces through the Insight Garden Program. She pastors Wild Church, a community seeking to reconnect with God and all creation in their watershed.   Over the past year, I have been nurturing an ecclesial experiment in Fresno, […]

Learn, Pray, Join: What’s Your Creation Care Story?

Katie Isaac is the current Climate Futures Fellow for the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She recently graduated from Fresno Pacific University with an environmental science degree and has been researching Christian climate communication for the past two years.   When my family moved from Kansas to California, the Sierra Nevada Mountain […]

Mennonite Church USA announces “Learn, Pray, Join” initiative on climate justice

Register now for webinar, “Caring for climate: Beyond denial and despair” By Mennonite Church USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) is encouraging people and congregations to focus on climate justice by highlighting prayers, resources and ways to get involved in February and March. This is part of MC USA’s “Learn, […]