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Will your congregation become a deeper shade of green?

   
   
   

Mennonite Church Canada/Mennonite Creation Care Network joint release
August 5, 2011
-Joanne Moyer

Waterloo, ONT.  Fifty-one Mennonite Church congregations have committed to getting friendlier to the environment – but only eight are from Mennonite Church Canada.

“We can do better,” said Joanne Moyer, a member of the bi-national Mennonite Creation Care Network (MCCN). She and David Neufeld, both of Winnipeg, sit on the MCCN leadership council and are actively promoting MCCN’s Shades of Green campaign in North America, first launched in the fall of 2010.

MCCN’s goal is to have up to 100 North American Mennonite congregations register to affirm their commitment to creation care.

Being good stewards of God’s world is something all Christians can embrace. And there are many “shades of green”. Does your congregation recycle? Do you have members who are avid gardeners or who bicycle to church? Does your pastor preach about caring for the earth? Has your youth group sponsored an environmental event? Even if you are just dreaming about having a greener congregation, MCCN would like to hear from you.

“No step in the right direction is too small,” said David Neufeld, outgoing MCCN council member. It could mean installing more energy efficient light bulbs, using recycled paper products and low-flush toilets in your bathrooms, low or no phosphate cleaning products, right up to increasing the insulation value or implementing solar energy in your church building, added Neufeld, who has served with MCCN since its beginnings in 2006, and has been involved in creation care initiatives with the church since the early 1990s.

Let MCCN know what you’re doing to get greener, and they will share your stories to inspire others, and send you their e-newsletter too (see www.mennocreationcare.org).

Mennonite Creation Care Network is a bi-national group of volunteers affiliated with Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA. Its focus is the Mennonite “household”—its congregations, schools, agencies, workplaces and individual homes—we welcome anyone who wishes to be part of a faith-based network of people engaged in caring for creation.