The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions and Mennonite Creation Care Network have partnered to offer retreats and other events that enable people to focus on climate change.  

Next Events

Who still cares about climate change?
Pastoral responses to denial and despair

Originally scheduled for Cricket Holler, Dayton, Ohio; now online
Thursdays, 7 – 8:30 pm., October 15 – November 12, 2020

Doug Kaufman of the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions and Mark Lancaster of Bethany Theological  Seminary are collaborating to inspire Brethren and Mennonites in Ohio and the Midwest to engage with climate change. Dr. Sibonokuhle Ncube, former director of Compassionate Development Services of the Brethren in Christ Church of Zimbabwe, is one of several speakers. Co-sponsored by the Climate Justice Task Team of the Southern Ohio/Kentucky District of the Church of the Brethren. 

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Caring for God’s Earth:
A Hopeful Response to the Climate Crisis

May 8, 2021 
Lancaster, PA area 

A one-day event to equip and give hope to current and developing church leaders and others concerned about climate change. The day includes morning seminars, afternoon field trips to church climate projects and programming for children.  Atlantic Coast Conference’s Peace & Justice Committee, the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions and Mennonite Central Committee East Coast have partnered to plan the event.

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Keynote speakers

Doug Kaufman pastors at Benton Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind. and serves as the director of pastoral ecology for the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions and Mennonite Creation Care Network. Doug calls himself a river pastor, having baptized people in the Elkhart River for over 15 years and led a Hoosier Riverwatch group monitoring the health of the river. He recently completed a Th.M. in theology and ecology at Toronto School of Theology. If you are interested in having a retreat or other gathering in your area or have questions, contact Doug Kaufman.

Sibonokuhle Ncube, who brings almost 20 years’ experience in various development contexts through her work in Zimbabwe in Southern Africa, including climate change management and finance and disaster preparedness.


Online Webinar at your leisure

If you’ve read about the pastoral retreats on climate change that the Center for Sustainable Solutions and MCCN have partnered on and wished you could attend, now you can–virtually.

Caring for Climate: Beyond Denial and Despair was the largest webinar the Mennonite Church USA (MCUSA) ever hosted. In this recording, you’ll hear from:

  • Doug Kaufman, a pastor and the director of pastoral ecology at the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions
  • Dr. Christy Miller Hesed is an environmental anthropologist and conservation biologist
  • Dr. Sibonokuhle Ncube, an administrator of a relief and service agency in Zimbabwe
  • Ken Pitts, an environmental science school outreach specialist

Watch the 90-minute webinar or select the speaker who interests you most.