Creation Care


The Mennonite Church BC Creation Care Task Group exists to find ways for us to gather and resource and embolden one another to be a people of creation.

"As Mennonite Church BC, we believe that God longs for the well-being and health of the whole world. All of creation is bound together and belongs to God, who has created and who preserves all things. As followers of Jesus Christ, our calling is to the ministry of reconciliation through faithful discipleship, which will lead us to care for creation. We believe that God is calling us to commit ourselves to discern the paths of faithfulness to be good stewards of the earth." (Creation Care Affirmation Statement adopted MCBC AGM 2014)

 

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Merry Christmas from the MCBC Creation Care Task Group!

This Christmas, let’s celebrate Christ’s coming well, and deeply experience God with us and with all of Creation. May we enter the humble, earthy stable with our hearts open to Emmanuel’s loving presence. May we look for the many ways that God-with-us is evident in all of Creation.

This Christmas, we can commit to a simplified, sustainable Christmas and avoid the hurried scramble of the season. We can be creative in how we give Creation-friendly gifts to one another. Here are some of the ways;

Giving Gifts. There are many aid agencies which provide ways we can give gifts of education, peace, water, opportunity, health, nutrition and more. See MCC’s Christmas Giving Catalogue or MEDA’s Gift Solutions Catalogue for some options.

Thrifty giving. We can decorate and “re-gift” in new and creative ways. Check out a thrift store near you. In fact, the MCC Thrift Shop has a Christmas Department which runs all year-round!

Homemade gifts. What says love more than a homemade gift…and everyone loves baking!!

Local artisans. Many local artisans and businesses require less overhead and infrastructure to make and sell their goods…and they often have unique one of a kind gift ideas. 

Eco-friendly gifts.  When shopping, look for eco-friendly, ethically sourced, socially conscious, Fair Trade shops and ideas. Ten Thousand Villages AbbotsfordThe A Rocha farm and Gift Shop, The Intersection, Chromosome Apparel are a few shops which come to mind.

Time together. This is a challenge during Covid for sure, but make the most of those moments that you can share together. Gather for a meal or book tickets to a concert or play in your area for you and a friend.

 

GROWING HER FUTURE

Meet Asnakech Zema

For a while now, people living in the global south have been profoundly affected by climate change due largely to the carbon emissions of wealthy countries in the global north. Two of the major themes of COP27 are Adaptation and Climate Finance.  Climate Change is already changing how we live and work and this is being keenly felt in the global south. Those suffering most acutely from climate change need to adapt to their new reality and they need our financial support. 

This fantastic short video is about one way that people are learning to adapt through conservation agriculture. The Canadian Foodgrains Bank, of which MCC is a member, has been supporting this work and is looking for further financial support.

NOTE: A viewing guide is available for use with screenings of the film.

Watch Video    Download Guide

LETTER CAMPAIGN

Send a Letter to the Ministers of Environment & Climate Change and International Development

Build your own personalized letter to let the Ministers of Environment and Climate Change, and International Development know that you care about climate change and global hunger, and that you want Canada to increase its effort to overcome it.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank has provided an online form with suggested text that you can keep or edit yourself, so you’re able to complete your letter in just a few minutes.

Write a Letter

FOSSIL FUEL NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY

Join a global initiative to phase out fossil fuels and support a just transition

"We have been granted a gift, an earth created in all its diversity, vitality, and abundance, for which we are called upon to be stewards. But this role of stewardship has been overshadowed by neglect, exploitation, and unsustainable consumption that threaten the natural balance, social harmony, and existence of life on earth..." begins the letter from faith leaders across diverse religious and spiritual communities around the globe calling on governments and individuals to implement a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. 

To learn more, visit fossilfueltreaty.org or view climate campaigner Tzeporah Berman's fantastic TED talk.

The MCBC Creation Care Task Group has signed an endorsement of the treaty and is inviting anyone to do the same as an individual, organization or corporation.

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