The daily lived realities of climate change

This post is part of Mennonite Church USA’s Climate Justice: Learn, Pray, Join initiative.   Dr. Sibonokuhle Ncube has served as the national coordinator of Compassionate Development Service, the relief and service agency of the Brethren in Christ Church of Zimbabwe and a partner of Mennonite Central Committee. She is currently a student at Anabaptist […]

Grieving for the world’s future

This post is part of Mennonite Church USA’s Climate Justice: Learn, Pray, Join initiative.   Lynn Hur is an 18-year-old college sophomore from Pasadena, California. When she is not working on her sociology degree, you can find her watching the most recent Korean drama and drinking a mug of her favorite green tea.    What […]

The pursuit of climate justice

This post is part of Mennonite Church USA’s Climate Justice: Learn, Pray, Join initiative.   Luke Gascho served as executive director of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College for 22 years before retiring in 2019. He and his wife, Becky, live in Goshen, Indiana and are members of Waterford Mennonite Church. He led […]

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Taftsville Chapel: A Sustainable Model for Creation Care

By Camille Dager, Mennonite Church USA Taftsville Chapel Mennonite Fellowship – a small, geographically dispersed congregation in rural Vermont – has strengthened its ties with each other and the broader community through spiritual practices that help care for all of creation. “Creation care is core to living simply,” said Taftsville member Laura Beidler. “By caring […]

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: 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 […]

Take a deep breath

Jeanne and Ron Sears began The Seasons Retreat, a nonprofit, in 2016 on a working organic farm in Illinois. Trained as spiritual directors and members of the Mennonite Spiritual Directors Network, as well as Spiritual Directors International, they offer spiritual guidance and lead retreats in their rural setting.   Exhale. Deep breath. This is not […]

Prayer of thanks for October 4, Feast Day of Saint Francis

Wendy Janzen is a pastor at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church in Ontario, Canada, a spiritual director and the founding pastor of Burning Bush Forest Church, an outdoor worshipping community that meets year-round in natural spaces in and around Kitchener-Waterloo. Forest Church (also known as Wild Church in parts of North America) is a new expression […]

Biology for service: Archival traces of Mennonite environmentalist thought

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA In 1995, the Mennonite Environmental Task Force (METF) organized a “Creation Summit” in Camp Lake, Wisconsin, that brought together farmers, educators, mission workers, and students from across North America. While the goal of the conference was to develop an “Anabaptist theology of […]