Sunday, August 20
- 9:30am NSMC Hybrid Worship (contact Anne for details on how to join Zoom)
- Theme: Path of Peace
Tuesday, August 22
- 7:00pm ARCC (Action/Reflection Creation Care) meeting
- This month we will have a time to catch up with each other.
- We will also have a time for everyone to recommend 1) a topic or issue for a future meeting, and 2) goals and directions looking forward.
Sunday, August 27
- 9:30am NSMC Hybrid Worship (please note change from CCMC to NSMC for August 27)
- Theme: Path of Peace
Mennonite Church USA Executive Board is strengthening its ongoing commitment to creation care and climate justice by expanding its Peace & Justice ministries to include Mennonite Creation Care Network. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/news/mccn
During her “Called to be Bad” MennoCon23 seminar, Mariah Martin, a pastor at Faith Mennonite Church and the host of the “Called to be Bad” podcast used the media platform as a case-study to explore the life-giving possibilities for virtual community. Read more about her podcast here: mennoniteusa.org/called-to-be-bad
“Living into Repentance and Transformation” a seminar that took place during MennoCon23, allowed for curiosity about questions of repentance and transformation through table talk and group conversation. Randy Spaulding, pastor of Boulder (Colorado) Mennonite Church, invited ideas, stories, actions and creative possibilities ahead of the seminar. Read more here: mennoniteusa.org/living-into-repentance-transformation
Jessica Griggs, blog editor for MC USA, talked to Sarah Nahar, a non-violent action trainer and inter-spiritual theologian, ahead of the Youth & Young Adult Climate Summit. Watch the video and read the article as Nahar answers questions about climate justice and her work on this subject: mennoniteusa.org/climate-justice-poop-loop
MennoCon is a formative event for many youth and young adults as they journey in their faith. Rylee Weishaupt, future Hesston College graduate, reflects on the conventions she has attended as a youth and the ways these events have impacted her. Read her story here: mennoniteusa.org/transformed-through-mennocon
–from Creation Justice Ministries 52 Ways to Care for Creation
Learn About a Local Plant/Animal
Pick a native species. Observe it and learn how to identify it. Fall in love with it! A heart connection with the life around us is the root of conservation. Tell someone about your findings and connection to this new species
–from Creation Justice Tips | United Methodist Church
World Water Week
August 20–24 is World Water Week, the focus of which is accelerating change to create a water-wise world. In the spirit of “Be the change you want to see in the world,” look around you: What needs and opportunities do you have? Practice conservation at home. Work for preservation of nearby waterways. Start conversations to encourage others to also be water-wise.
Shop at Farmers Markets
Reap the harvest. Shop for food locally at farmers markets. Give thanks for those whose work feeds you and others. Care for the planet by reducing the carbon emissions that come from shipping food long distances. Eat more fruits and veggies and reduce the high cost to your body and the planet from other foods. Compost any food scraps.
–from the Sierra Club
100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet
- Wash out plastic bags that bread and food comes in and plastic baggies and reuse them. I haven’t bought plastic bags or plastic wrap in years.
- Pick up trash when you see it on the ground even if it isn’t yours.
50 Ways to Save the Planet
- Drive less and carpool whenever possible.
- Use public transit.