Hopeful EarthKeepers

We are glad you are here! Minnesota Hopeful EarthKeepers are building a movement and a network of Minnesota United Methodists equipped to respond to ecological degradation, extinction of species, climate change, and environmental racism with ministries of love, healing, transformation, and regeneration.

Hamline Church in St. Paul removed some parking and created a Greenway with native plants.

Some of our aspirational goals are that together, we will:

  • Equip United Methodists with educational resources and organizing skills.
  • Support, inspire, and encourage others to bring their unique contributions to this work.
  • Create and share opportunities for action within our congregations, communities, annual conference, and denomination.
  • Reclaim the Biblical and Wesleyan roots of care for creation.
  • Build spaces that give church leaders and members courage and authority to talk about ecological crises and creation justice.
  • Organize to create shared power to advocate for systemic changes.
  • Find concrete ways to partner with the Commission on Religion and Race (CORR) and the Committee on Native American Ministry (CONAM) in anti-racism work in the Minnesota Annual Conference.

Upcoming events will be announced here and in the MN Bulletin Board e-newsletter. Sign up for the newsletter.

Resources from Minnesota EarthKeepers

Transformational Journey toward a Land Acknowledgement Statement

A six-session curriculum for those who desire to learn to walk on this earth with respect, gentleness, and purpose. Transformational Journey toward a Land Acknowledgement Statement will help guide your group in learning, reflecting, challenging, and journeying together for the purpose of writing a non-performative personal land acknowledgement statement.

List of Suggested Resources

Minnesota EarthKeepers have compiled Suggested Resources for Congregations and Leaders. You may find resources here that will be helpful for taking practical action (energy efficiency, renewable energy,etc), for spiritual development (conversation, study, and worship), or public policy advocacy.

Creation Care Curriculum for Youth

Entitled You Are Here: Understanding Creation Care in Everyday Contexts, this four-week curriculum will guide a youth group or Sunday school class to explore how we relate to God’s creation on a daily basis within our own home environments. It was developed by the Youth Ministry team and EarthKeepers.  Download curriculum

Creation Justice Movement

Minnesota Hopeful EarthKeepers is connected to the larger Creation Justice Movement that is connecting and supporting groups within the United Methodist Church and beyond for the work of creation care, justice and regeneration.

Visit umcreationjustice.org for Creation Justice tips, news, resources, actions, stories and more.

Join the conversation at creationcare.umcmission.org and facebook.com/groups/umcreationjustice

Opportunities for Training

Global Ministries EarthKeepers Training

Global Ministries EarthKeepers is a training program that equips US-based United Methodists to launch and grow environmental projects in their communities. Topics include eco-theology, anti-racism, community organizing, and project planning. All participants plan a project during the training. Find out about upcoming training events.

Be the Spark!

Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light’s Be the Spark training is a great way to build skills and gain the confidence needed for sustained and creative climate action. In four dynamic and experiential sessions, you’ll get tools and practices that will help you inspire your congregation, focus your purpose, and identify tangible actions for successes you can celebrate. Find out more about training events.

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Connect with Hopeful EarthKeepers

Visit the Hopeful EarthKeepers Facebook group.

Email: MNHopefulEarthkeepers@gmail.com

Contact Hopeful EarthKeepers leaders: 

Rev. Susan Mullin
susan.mullin@comcast.net / 763-229-4156

Cathy Velasquez Eberhart
cathy@vfamilycoffee.com / 651-587-5356

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