“Equipping pastors and congregational leaders” is one of the goals of the Center, which began to be realized with the hiring of Doug Kaufman, the Center’s Director of Pastoral Ecology in partnership with Mennonite Creation Care Network (MCCN). Doug, a pastor himself, joined the team with the goal of training pastors to talk about climate change with their congregants.
This September, Doug’s work will come to fruition with his first pastoral retreat. The retreat, “Who Cares About Climate Change?” is set to take place September 17-19th, at Camp Friedenswald in Cassopolis, MI. The retreat is free to MCUSA pastors, who will receive meals and lodging during their time at the camp (other pastors can still sign up, for a $225 fee).
While Doug hopes for the event to touch on the basic science and understanding of climate change, he hopes for it to focus on the emotional and ethical aspects. He wants to answer the question: “what makes it so hard for us to take appropriate action to prevent further climate change?”
- Increasing your understanding of the way caring for creation directly connects to caring for people and living out God’s vision for our world.
- Engaging in peer-to-peer exchanges with fellow pastors intent on making creation an essential piece of the good news of Jesus Christ.
- Listening for God’s guidance as we face the environmental issues of our time and seek to become change agents.
- Finding a renewed sense of purpose, hope and possibility!
The sign-up form for the retreat can be found on the MCCN website, and follow the Facebook event for further updates about the retreat.