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Caring for God's Good Creation
a national, church-wide consultation on living out our calling
Who: Anyone from any church background is invited to attend.
When: Sunday, July 10th, 2016
Onsite Registration: 1:30-2:00 pm
Conference: 2:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: Wanuskawin Heritage Park, 15 minutes northeast of Saskatoon. Transportation will be available for those needing it.
Cost: $40, includes supper for advance registrants (by June 24th). Later registrations accepted but will not include supper
Let’s put our theological commitments about creation care into practice. This will be an opportunity to:
- take a realistic view of our current situation
- make a strong commitment to changing things as God’s call to care for creation mandates us
- find ways people of faith from across Mennonite Church Canada can bring our various disciplines, gifts, abilities, experiences and knowledge together in order to act locally in ways that can give us hope and make a difference.
The Service, Peace and Justice committee of Mennonite Church British Columbia and Mennonite Creation Care Network
Invitation for Contributions
Congregations, small groups, organizations and individuals are invited to come with information to share about what is working in local your communities including: resources being used, technology invested in or in the planning stages, experiments, activities and activism. These can be presented through posters, photos, handouts, websites and other means by which we can learn from each other and will be displayed and shared during the day.
Overview of the day:
Welcome and opening protocol
Session #1: Setting the stage - the world we live in
Psalm 104: Creation Care Rooted in Celebrating God’s Creation - Dan Epp-Tiessen
First Nations responses to our current situation - tba
Responding to the ethical/justice issues of climate change by listening to the cry of the earth, the cry of the poor - Christine Penner Polle
Table conversations followed by Q and R
Session #2: What then can we do - Practical Resources:
Faith-based creation care activities: Mennonite Creation Care Network and Beyond - Joanne Moyer
Is It Hopeless? What Specific, Practical Actions Can We Take Against Climate Change? - David Henry
Changing the political landscape - Mark Bigland-Pritchard
Table conversations followed by Q and R
Supper Break, continue with table conversations
Session #3: Nurturing the soul and spirit: Imaginational Callesthenics for our Journey, featuring:
Dr. Mark Bigland-Pritchard
Dr Mark Bigland-Pritchard is an active member of Osler Mennonite Church. Originally from England but now based in Saskatoon, he works as an energy consultant, offering services ranging from home and small business energy/environmental audits to building design to constructing an alternative climate-friendly plan for the provincial electricity grid. Additionally he organises with Climate Justice Saskatoon and with the northern Saskatchewan-based Committee for Future Generations, and networks with a wide range of Indigenous rights, anti-poverty, anti-nuclear, peace and environmental groups. He has run for parliament twice for the Green Party of Canada.
Presentation: Changing the political landscape
Joanne Moyer is an assistant professor of Environmental Studies and Geography at The King’s University in Edmonton, Alberta. Her recent research explores faith-based organizations engaged in environmental work in Kenya and Canada. She has worked with the Mennonite Central Committee and currently serves as a council member for the Mennonite Creation Care Network.
Presentation: Faith-based creation care activities: Mennonite Creation Care Network and Beyond
Christine Penner Polle
An educator, mother, and former registered nurse, Christine Penner Polle lives in Northern Ontario on the traditional land of the Anishinaabe. A self-described climate change "avoider" for years, Christine is now committed to doing her part to promote personal and planetary healing through her work with Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Transition Red Lake, the Climate Reality Project, and her wellness practice. Her latest book, “Unfreeze Yourself: Five ways to take action on climate change NOW for the sake of your family, your health, and the planet”, was published in December.
Presentation: Responding to the ethical/justice issues of climate change by listening to the cry of the earth, the cry of the poor.
Dan teaches Bible and a few other subjects at Canadian Mennonite University. Life-giving activities that connect him to God’s good creation include gardening, birdwatching, camping, canoeing, fishing, biking, running, walking, and spending time with beloved family members, including his wife Esther. Dan is a member of Home St. Mennonite Church in Winnipeg.
Presentation: Psalm 104: Creation Care Rooted in Celebrating God’s Creation
J. David Henry is a board member of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society. It is through this society that he does most of his work on Climate Change including: founding member of the Climate Friendly Zone campaign, active member in the SES Solar Power Cooperative, organizer of events in various churches and community groups concerning Climate Change, and author of various articles on this and related topics.
In 2007, he retired from his position as conservation ecologist for Parks Canada in the Yukon Territory.
David has earned a Ph.D. in behavioural ecology from the University of Calgary. He served as Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Environmental Design, The University of Calgary. In the past working with others, he coordinated the public campaigns that were instrumental in the establishment Grasslands National Park and the revision of Canada’s National Parks Act. He has served as National President of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). He has recently served as a scientific advisor to the British Broadcast Corporation concerning their television program on the boreal forest. In 2014 CPAWS awarded him the J. B. Harkin Award for Lifetime in Achievements in Conservation.
He has published five books, including Red Fox: The Catlike Canine, Canada's Boreal Forest, and Watching Wildlife in Prince Albert National Park. They are available through bookstores, such as McNally Robinson in Saskatoon.
Presentation: Is It Hopeless? What Specific, Practical Actions Can We Take Against Climate Change?