God's creation is in crisis! 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.
Some of our aspirational goals are that together, we will:
Minnesota Hopeful EarthKeepers is connected to the larger Creation Justice Movement in the United Methodist Church.
The God who created us now calls us to participate in healing relationships between people and the earth, and between the peoples of the earth. How are you being called to lead in this healing? Join the United Methodist Hopeful EarthKeepers movement, as we work together to welcome a more just and sustainable world! Our goal is to train, equip, and commission EarthKeepers to lead their congregations and communities in this healing, transforming work. Upcoming trainings and events will be announced here and in the MN Bulletin Board e-newsletter. Sign up for the newsletter.
This will be the second online Global Ministries EarthKeepers training and the 11th training since the program began in 2016. Participation is limited to people who are actively involved in United Methodist churches in the United States. Application closes April 12, 2021 or when spaces are filled.
A core component of the training is to develop a plan for a project that you will implement in a community with which you have a relationship. It should address some aspect of creation care. Through the training, you’ll identify the problem or issue you wish to address and learn to articulate how your project responds to the problem.
You must already be a trained EarthKeeper and must know what you plan to work on when you apply. The training is designed for people who have an idea and want support in developing it. It can be a new project or a new phase of an existing project. It is okay for your project to change as you develop it during the training.
For more than 10 years, there has been an annual Creation Care Conference/Summit organized by United Methodists. These events bring together laity and clergy, students and professors, and representatives of United Methodist Boards and Agencies, annual conferences, and local churches. Together we learn, get inspired, strategize, and make plans.
The 2020 UMC Creation Care Summit was hosted online on Oct. 16 and 17. Access resources and video recordings.
The 2019 UMC Creation Care Summit was hosted in Nashville, Tennessee July 11-14. Read about it.
The Minnesota Hopeful EarthKeeper team hosted the United Methodist Creation Care Summit at Hamline University July 26-29, 2018. It was a rich gathering of over 100 people from 17 different states. The event website at umcreationcaresummit.org holds a wealth of resources, videos, and a compilation of United Methodist Statements about Creation Care that were pulled together for that event.
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.
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
Visit the Hopeful EarthKeepers Facebook group.
Rev. Susan Mullin
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Cathy Velasquez Eberhart
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Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church