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Hopeful EarthKeepers

Called by God to action in this urgent moment of humanity's care for creation, Hopeful EarthKeepers is a network of individuals, small groups, and United Methodist churches moving toward a holistic relationship with God’s creation within the Minnesota Conference and connected to the larger EarthKeeper Program of the General Board of Global Ministries and the larger UMC Creation Care Movement.

Become an EarthKeeper

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.

Summer 2020 training

Six Thursdays; June 11 and 25, July 9 and 23, August 6 and 20, 7-8:30 p.m. each session.
Join us for a dynamic and experiential leadership development training led by Rev. Susan Mullin and Julia Nerbonne of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light. Participants in this Be the Spark training will learn and practice leadership skills for building relationships and building community while taking action for a more just and sustainable world. United Methodists attending this training will be commissioned as Minnesota EarthKeepers! The cost is $100, and scholarships are available. Learn more about the training and register hereQuestions? Please contact Rev. Susan Mullin,

Global Ministries also provides training for EarthKeepers. Email Rev. Jenny Phillips, Creation Care Program Manager, to be notified when 2020 trainings are scheduled. Learn more about Global Ministries EarthKeepers training.

Lake Harriet UMC's solar panels are part of the church's effort to reduce its carbon footprint.


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

Recent articles about EarthKeepers

Creation Care Summit

For the past 10 years or so, there has been a 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 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 holds a wealth of resources, videos, and a compilation of United Methodist Statements about Creation Care that were pulled together for that event.

Connect with Hopeful EarthKeepers

Visit the Hopeful EarthKeepers Facebook group.


Contact Hopeful EarthKeepers leaders: 

Rev. Susan Mullin / 763-229-4156

Cathy Velasquez Eberhart / 651-587-5356

Isaiah Friesen (Environmental Justice Organizer) / 612-230-6128

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