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.

We invite you to participate in one of our Fall 2019 EarthKeepers training events: at Christ UMC in Rochester on Oct. 20 and Nov. 3, or at Hennepin Avenue UMC in Minneapolis on Nov. 9-10. The Minnesota Annual Conference is collaborating with Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light to provide this training. Learn more and sign up here.

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 as part of the church's effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

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.

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 be 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.

Connect with Hopeful EarthKeepers

Visit the Hopeful EarthKeepers Facebook group.

Email: umcreationcare@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

Isaiah Friesen (Environmental Justice Organizer)
isaiah.friesen@minnesotaumc.org / 612-230-6128

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