Look here for green practices and events related to Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada biennial gatherings. You’ll also find resources for planning green events.
MCCanada’s Assembly meets in July of even years. MCUSA’s convention meets the first week of July in odd years. Coming up next:
MCUSA’s Love is a Verb
July 4 – 8, 2017 Orlando, FL
Mennonite Creation Care Network’s presence at Love is a Verb:
- Gathering: Friday, July 7, 9:15 to 10:45 p.m. Room 232A Meet and talk shop with others interested in creation care and the watershed way. Hosted by Jennifer Schrock and Todd Wynward.
- Booth: Find us in the exhibit hall and say hi.
- Presence at the Future Church Summit: Dave Hockman-Wert and Jennifer Schrock will represent MCCN.
- Seminar: See the Green Patchwork seminar below.
Here’s how you can help:
- Let us know you’re coming.
- Volunteer an hour or two at the MCCN booth. Training provided.
- Bring your questions and stories to the MCCN gathering or workshop.
Creation Care Events at MCUSA’s Love is a Verb
Check MCUSA program book for additional details about these events.
Rewilding the Scriptures and Ourselves
Wednesday, July 5, 9-10 a.m. Rm 222A
Todd Wynward….Intended Audience: Intergenerational
When we put our love for God’s untamed creation into action and truly “get” God’s untamed love for us, everything changes. We become wilder, more extravagant, more fiercely protective of our cherished earth. When we read the Scriptures with untamed eyes, we see God’s message is one of radical redemption, social transformation and earth protection.
People of the Land: Mennonites and the Doctrine of Discovery
Wednesday, July 5, 9-10 a.m. Rm 230B
Karin Kaufman Wall, Erica Littlewolf and Michelle Armster…….Intended Audience: Adults
Becoming a Green Patchwork Congregation
Wednesday, July 5, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Rm 230B
Jennifer Schrock….Intended Audience: Adults
Hear stories about Mennonite Creation Care Network’s Green Patchwork congregations and glean ideas to help your congregation incorporate caring for the earth into its vision and daily life.
Transforming: Caring For Creation Through Watershed Discipleship And Climate Justice
Wednesday, July 5, 5:30 p.m.
Todd Wynward….Intended Audience: This event is hosted by young adults; open to all.
Meet at the MCCN booth in the Exhibit Hall, then move to a supper location for conversation:
How can we live into earth-honoring, people-dignifying, despair-erasing ways of following Jesus during this time of environmental crisis? How might our church respond, repent and reimagine? Come connect with others passionate for a more transformative level of creation care.
Wednesday, July 5, 4:30 p.m. Rm. 221D
Luke Gascho…….Intended Audience: Adults
Field trip to HEART Village
Thursday, July 6, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
HEART is an organic farm and training center for people interested in ministry in the Global South. More information.
Natural Settings Near Orlando:
If you came by car and are heat-hardy, grab the chance to explore Florida ecosystems:
Blue Spring State Park Snorkel in a crystal clear spring about 45 minutes north of Orlando. This is a manatee refuge in the winter months.
Harry P. Leu Gardens Fifty acres of semi-tropical and tropical gardens in Orlando.
HEART Village An organic farm and training center for people pursuing ministries in the Global South.
Highlands Hammock State Park A park with outstanding biodiversity about two hours south of Orlando. It covers 9,000 acres and fifteen distinct natural communities. Find out what an oak hammock and a cypress swamp look like. A tram tour is available.
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve Protects the largest remaining stretch of Florida dry prairie. Ranger-led tours available by prairie buggy. About two hours south of Orlando.Convention Website