February 2019
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Allegra Friesen Epp and David Neufeld hosted a lunch and intergenerational dialog on climate change at Home St. Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, MB, February 17. About 28 people from grade 10 through over 70 participated. "We had lots of good ideas and energy." David reports. They're planning another session to polish their ideas and also want to connect the topic to their Lenten worship. 

Shared Practice for Congregations:
Hold an Intergenerational Conversation on Climate Change

Mennonite Creation Care Network is encouraging its congregations to break open the topic of climate change with both older and younger members. Here are resources:
  • You'll find a discussion guide on the MCCN website.
  • The  Climate Futures Fellows at the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions have created four sessions based on clips from their podcast interviews. The three fellows have traveled around the country collecting stories of people who have been affected by climate change. They connect their Anabaptist heritage to the issue. 
  • Want to wrap this around Earth Day? Creation Justice Ministries has chosen The Next Generation Rises as the theme for their Earth Day materials.
Pastoral Peer Group Discusses Climate Change 

Karl Shelly, who pastors at Assembly Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind., led a discussion on climate change at a monthly meeting of local pastors. He helped the group identify what blocked them from approaching the issue with their congregations.  read more

Creators of Youth Creation Care Summit Share Curriculum

Youth pastors in Elkhart County, Ind., will pilot curriculum for a weeklong Youth Creation Care Summit in 2020. The idea for the camp came from Ben Bouwman, a pastor at Walnut Hill Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind., who had a vision for engaging youth with local ecosystems and communities during Mennonite convention off-years.

The brainstorm received a boost when Rianna and Benni Isaak-Krauss, students at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, created a curriculum for the camp as a course project. The Isaak-Krausses invite others to adapt the curriculum to their regions.  more

Mennonite Voices Respond to Climate Change

This month, the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions published responses to climate change from ten people in ten different professions. Hear from a farmer, a public health professional, an ecological economist, an environmental scientist, a policy professional, a renewable energy entrepreneur, a pastor, an immigrant, a student and an international development worker.   more

Pigs Recycle School's Food Scraps

A February 8 article in Lancaster Online reports that the Locust Grove Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School has cut down on food waste with the help of two pigs owned by a teacher. Locust Grove's recycling efforts have kept more than 1,362 pounds of food scraps and other waste out of the trash this year.  more

Internships Available Summer 2019

Do you know a college or seminary student interested in working on climate change? The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions has four summer positions available. One of them involves working with Mennonite Creation Care Network, based at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College. Please share this link with young adults who may be interested. 

On Animals by David Clough

David Clough, a professor of theological ethics from the U.K., recently spoke at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. The publisher describes this two-volume work as "a rigorous engagement with the Christian tradition in relation to animals under the doctrinal headings of creation, reconciliation and redemption and in dialogue with the Bible and theological voices central to the tradition."  more

Are You Flushing Forests Down the Toilet?

The Natural Resources Defense Council recently published a report on toilet paper which says that many leading brands contain zero recycled content. Instead, boreal forests are clear-cut to create this lowly product. A scorecard shows how various brands ranked. 

Dovetail Reports
Dovetail Reports help consumers make environmentally friendly choices, especially regarding building materials. For example, in this report on flooring, we learn that wood, cork or linoleum are recommended while carpet--particularly wool carpets--have the greatest environmental impact. The reports contain lucid executive summaries followed by detailed analysis. 

Teeming with Microbes 
The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web  by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis

Beginning to think about your next garden? Now's a good time to learn all you can about the soil that will sustain your plants. find it online

A column based on tips by Carole Suderman, Boulder Mennonite Church, Boulder, Colo. Carole has been offering her congregations challenges like these for the past 20 years. Tips are adapted for a broader audience.
  • One way we can lobby for the earth is by urging our local newspapers, radio stations and TV stations to do more stories on the positive things people can do to care for it. They are most likely to listen if you can offer a concrete suggestion for a story. Call or write them today.
  • Most current laundry detergents are designed to break down stains in cold water as well as hot. Choose a lower temperature and you'll save energy, money and pollution.

Solutions and Sit-Spots:
How to Have Fun with Environmental Issues

If you were teaching an environmental issues course, how would you keep it from overwhelming your students? Joel Pontius who teaches at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College emphasizes solutions and time outdoors. more

Regenerative Agriculture Renews Australian Farm 

MCCN Member Greg Bowman recommends Blueprint for Cooling Earth. This article on the Cleanest Line blog tells the story of Charles Massy, an Australian who became a leading practitioner of organic regenerative agriculture after nearly losing his family's sheep farm. Through failure, he learned to adapt to the needs of the land and bring it back to health. more

Birds Model Survival Strategies

How do birds like chickadees and golden-crowned kinglets keep their feet from freezing and their tiny bodies warm and fed all winter? This awe-inspiring article from Living Bird Magazine illustrates the complexity of creation and the resilience of life.
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