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

Caring for climate: Beyond denial and despair
February 27 at 7:30-9:00 p.m. ET.

As part of the “Learn” portion of its initiative, MC USA will provide a free webinar on “Caring for climate: Beyond denial and despair” on February 27 at 7:30-9:00 p.m. ET. Led by Doug Kaufman, director of pastoral ecology at CSCS and pastor of Benton Mennonite Church, the panel discussion will explore ways that congregational ministries can help people navigate the myriad emotions they experience related to climate and how they can move from inaction to hopeful engagement – and get others involved too. See Learn Pray Join resources on climate justice.

Additional panelists are:

Christy Miller Hesed, an environmental anthropologist and conservation biologist whose work focuses on engaging underrepresented communities in climate change adaptation planning.

Ken Pitts, an environmental science school outreach specialist for Oregon Metro.


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.

Register for the webinar 

Caring about Climate:
Pastoral Response to Denial and Despair

February 20, 2020, 11:10 a.m.
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
2121 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL, Room 205.

Garrett’s sustainability group will welcome Doug Kaufman for a lecture examining the “social organization of denial.” This means that people may deny the implications of an unpleasant truth rather than the facts. Doug will offer a pastoral and theological response to confront this denial, engage the grief of climate loss and move toward a tragic hope. 
Open to the public. 

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

May 9, 2020, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Millport Conservancy, 737 E Millport Rd, Lititz, PA 

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.

Schedule and registration information coming soon.

Retreat Leader

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. Doug has also been a conference minister with the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. 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.