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 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.

More information and registration at

Registration deadline is May 3.

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.

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

While this webinar is now past, it will soon be available as a recording. This is part of the “Learn” portion of the “Learn, Pray, Join” initiative of Mennonite Church USA. Led by Doug Kaufman, director of pastoral ecology at CSCS and pastor of Benton Mennonite Church, the panel discussion explored 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. Sibonokuhle Ncube was also part of this panel, discussing climate justice at the international level. 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.