Twice a year, Mennonite Creation Care Network calls the congregations in its network to shared practices that could be embraced by many people. While these can be done any time, you may wish to connect the January to June suggestions to Earth Day and the July to December suggestions to the Season of Creation in September.
July to December 2020: Two choices
At the MCCN advisory council’s May 2020 meeting, we decided to use our shared practices to amplify actions that network members at one or more of our churches were already excited about. These shared practices emerged from a survey and panel discussion during the council’s May meeting:
- Pray for Oak Flat and the San Carlos Apache people who love it. This is an invitation to bring the messy problem of our dependence on metals, what happens when we mine them and Indigenous People’s land rights into our prayer lives. Network member Shalom Mennonite Fellowship, Tucson, Ariz., has embraced one such situation in their region.
♦ Read Carol Rose’s invitation to pray
♦ Download oak flat prayer card
♦ See the 12-minute video, The Fight for Oak Flat
♦ Support the Save Oak Flat bill, HR 665.
- Our second option relates to the publication of The Sustainable Kitchen: Recipes and Inspiration for Plant-Based, Planet-Conscious Meals, due out from Herald Press this September. The authors, Heather Wolfe and Janie McCloskey, are both part of Taftsville Mennonite Fellowship, Taftsville, Vt.
♦ See Healing the Earth: Food Choices. More details soon.
Past Shared Practices
It’s never too late to revive a good idea!
January to June 2020: Start an accountability group
It’s one thing to think you’d like to plant trees or become politically active on environmental issues. It’s another to commit to regularly tell a group of friends how it’s going. Start a support group for people who want to take action on behalf of the planet or incorporate a “caring for the earth” check-in during an existing small group. It works best if participants start wherever they are and choose their own goals.
July to December 2019: Hold a potluck of sustainable foods
Many churches regularly eat together. But do we use this time to inspire healthy food choices for both our bodies and the planet? Invite people to a themed potluck. The theme could be vegetarian or backyard grown or low sugar. Participants could share their recipes or facts about where the food comes from.
January to June 2019: Plan a conversation on climate change
Hold an intergenerational dialog on climate change.The younger people might be a high school youth group or a young adult Christian education class. They might be fringe young adults who attended church as children, whose parents attend the congregation hosting the event or who live in the community and are looking for meaningful conversation. The older people might be anyone from 35 to 95.
Here’s a lesson plan to draw from: Climate Change Dialog Sessions 1-2