Mennonite Creation Care Network (MCCN) is a Christian organization affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA and the Mennonite Church Canada. Our primary focus is the Mennonite community, but anyone who wishes to be part of a faith-based network of people engaged in caring for creation is welcome to join us.
MCCN encourages the Church to:
- Claim its biblical and theological foundation regarding the care of God’s Creation.
- Discover the ties that link all created beings to each other and to God.
- Confess the harm we have caused the natural world and our neighbors.
- Act faithfully to restore the earth.
As a network, we…
- Engage people with their peers and facilitate partnerships.
- Gather and share faith-based resources.
- Bring lessons learned by individual congregations to the broader community.
- Support each other in prayer.
Bridging Cross and Creation: Why We Exist
We who call ourselves Anabaptist or Mennonite seek to live our lives in the shape of the cross. That means we passionately pursue justice for the least, healing for the suffering, and welcome for the outcast. By God’s grace, we embody self-giving love as Jesus did. So what does living in the shape of the cross have to do with creation? Or with being “green”?
God was green long before being green was popular. And God called people to be green at the dawn of creation. The original job given to humans was to take care of the lush garden of creation, to draw nourishment from it, and to form meaningful relationships both with animals and other humans (Genesis 2:9,15,18-20). When brokenness came into the story, it affected not only the relationship between God and humans, but also the relationship between humans and the earth. (Genesis 3:14, 17-19)
Brokenness isn’t the end of the story, however. God’s salvation project—which found full expression in Jesus— extends to all creation. The first followers of Jesus understood salvation of people and the earth as a package deal. Colossians 1:19 – 20 puts it this way: “For in [Christ] all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. (NRSV; see also Ephesians 1:7-10).
The cross bridges the broken relationship between humans and God and between people and the earth. We invite you to join in God’s mission of bringing people and earth and God back into harmony.
–Dave Hockman-Wert, MCCN Creation Care Council