John Gray is a member of Mennonite Creation Care Network who pastors at East Peoria Mennonite Church, East Peoria, IL. In the article you'll read if you click read more below, Gray reflects on how cheap fossil fuels have shaped his rural community and wonders what preparations might be necessary in order to prepare for a post-oil future.
If you and your congregation would like to think together about these issues, Gray has presentations prepared to share in faith-based settings. Gray’s tentative outline for a weekend includes the film, What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire, worship, discussion and two presentations. Consider bringing his prophetic voice to your congregation. Contact John Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to Doug Krehbiel who helped develop these materials, Second Mile is “not a curriculum, it’s a change process. It’s a journey, not a destination.” Marlisa Yoder-Bontrager, profiled below, would agree, since she credits Second Mile with helping her congregation to form a creation care committee and voluntary gas tax group. The materials were a joint project between the Church of the Brethren, Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Central Committee. They focus on various forms of peacemaking.
Take Me to the Water: God's Love Flows is MennoMedia's 2012 offering for Vacation Bible School. Stories focus on water: Naaman's healing through dips in the Jordan River, John the Baptist baptizing Jesus, God providing water from a rock, etc. The curriculum has been named one of four “top picks” by the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary in Richmond.