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Mennonite Creation Care Newsletter

posted Jan 1, 2017, 8:11 AM by Joseph Cook

December 2016

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Three Ways You Can Help Our Creation Care Network 

Take Our Survey: On the heels of this email, you will receive an invitation to take a brief survey about MCCN. It shouldn't take longer than five minutes to answer the six questions. Please help us use our time and resources wisely by sharing your opinions.

Contribute to the Pam De Young Net Zero
Energy Fund:
Many of you saw our article about the two congregations that received our first solar grants. This has been a very rewarding project to work on. Fortunately, we did not need to turn anyone down this year. It would be neat if we could always fund every good proposal that came our way. If you would like your dollars soaking up sunshine on a congregation's roof, visit our donations page. The fund may also support electric car charging stations or other creative projects involving renewable energy. 

Russell De Young of Newport News, VA, began the Pam De Young Net Zero Energy Fund this year in honor of his late wife, a faithful caretaker of creation.

Send Photos: MCCN is working on a website redo. Do you have a photo from your congregation that illustrates one of our score sheet categories? If you have photos of your congregation doing an outdoor activity in Canada or southern ecosystems such as a desert or tropical setting, that would add variety to our bi-national site.  

If your photos contain close-up pictures of people, please consult them before submitting. Send up to three photos to


Request for Information on Farming and Climate Change

Erik German, a producer with RetroReport, contacted MCCN regarding his research on the ways climate change may affect how we grow food. He  is seeking Anabaptist people to interview. If you feel you can help this thoughtful person, please contact Mr. German at  He says:

I'm working on a documentary project that's looking to highlight people with unique images of the future; ones that help them cope with disruptive change. For this segment, I'm specifically researching ways that climate change may affect how we grow food.   read more




A Conference at Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, Ind.

Living not in the Garden but in the city and country, how can we consume, protect, farm, and care for creation as followers of Jesus? Join us as we share many views on one big concern. Talks and workshops will include a range of views on topics such as ethical farming and consuming, protecting biodiversity, responding to climate change, and simple living for today. Speakers include Rev. Betty Whitted Holley, PhD, Dr. Matthew Sleeth, Rachel Lamb, Dr. A. J. Swoboda, Dr. Frank A. Thomas.  See details

Rooted and Grounded: 
A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship

April 20–22, 2017
Hosted by Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana

Many people are aware of the intimate connection between the environmental crisis and our detachment from the land. In response, the church is called to root itself more deeply in the biblical text in order to remember and imagine ways of living on the land that are restorative and reconciling. The Rooted and Grounded conference will weave together worship, theology, biblical study and praxis. Details available soon. 




Caring for Creation: An Evangelical’s Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment 
by Paul Douglas and Rev. Mitch Hescox

In this new book, a Minnesota meteorologist and the president of the Evangelical Environmental Network team up to bridge the gap between conservative Christians and climate change. The authors frame climate change as a pro-life issue in a way that will resonate with many believers' spiritual lives.
Read a review from the Star Tribune. 

Solar Scorecard
Solar power is a popular and practical choice these days, but some solar panels are more sustainable than others. The Solar Scorecard, a project of the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, is a rating system that reviews solar manufacturing companies in categories such as use of toxic chemicals, labor practices and recycling.



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