Every six months, MCCN selects worthy projects from within our network and encourages widespread participation. You might connect the January to June project to Earth Day in April and the July to December project to the Season of Creation in September. Our current practices are planting trees and learning about the connections between militarism and environmental devastation.
Plant and care for trees.
For this shared practice, we are following the lead of Mennonite Men’s Join Trees to Restore the Earth. They say:
“This campaign targets climate change—an existential threat to life on our planet. By increasing tree and forest cover with this JoinTrees campaign, our goals are to help: (1) mitigate global warming, (2) serve climate justice, and (3) sustain biodiversity.
“Our vision is a healthy, thriving planet where God’s abundant life of shalom is enjoyed by all from generation to generation.”
- Mennonite Men
- JoinTrees campaign to plant one million trees Explains the biblical and ecological rationale.
- JoinTrees flyer to share
- Plant for the Planet app: Install this app on your phone to record your tree-planting.
- Questions? Email SteveT@MennoniteMen.org
Learn about the connections between militarism and environmental devastation.
- Christian Ethics and Ecologies of Violence by Luke Beck Kreider
In this academic article, Luke Beck Kreider examines the links between environmental devastation and violence–and the unintended rift between those working on peace and conflict and those working on environmental issues.
- Mennonites Against Militarism
An initiative spearheaded the Peace and Justice Support Network, but involving representatives from across the Mennonite Church.
- No Warming, No War: How Militarism Fuels the Climate Crisis
A report from the Institute for Policy Studies.
Past Shared Practices
It’s never too late to act on a good idea!
Try plant-based recipes
(July to December 2020)
In 2020, MennoMedia released a new plant-based cookbook: Sustainable Kitchen: Recipes and Inspiration for Plant-based, Planet-conscious Meals. The book promotes a philosophy of eating shaped by both health concerns and concern for the environment. Authors Heather Wolfe and Jaynie McCloskey are members of Taftsville Chapel Mennonite Fellowship, a congregation active in MCCN. They spoke during an MCCN online cookbook club during this time. Here are two ways to meet Heather:
Pray for Oak Flat and people who love it.
(July to December 2020 )
Oak Flat is a site east of Phoenix that is sacred to the Apache and other Native American tribes–as well as a beautiful oasis in the desert for all. Currently, U.S. Forest Service land, Oak Flat has been promised to a copper mining company.
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. Resources
Start an accountability group
(January to June 2020)
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. (January to June 2020)
Hold a potluck of sustainable foods
(July to December 2019)
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. (July to December 2019)
Hold an intergenerational conversation on climate change
(January to June 2019)
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. (January to June 2019)