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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.

November 2020 Training

Global Ministries is offering online training for EarthKeepers from Nov. 6-21, 2020. This training program equips U.S.-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. Global Ministries seeks U.S.-based United Methodists to lead grassroots environmental projects that are action-oriented, anti-racist, bold and entrepreneurial. You must be at least 13 years old to apply.

The next training will be the first online Global Ministries EarthKeepers training. Participation is limited to people who are actively involved in United States churches.

Application Opens: Sept. 10
Application Closes: Oct. 19 or when spaces fill
Training Materials Available: Oct. 30
Questions: Contact Rev. Jenny Phillips, Creation Care Program Manager

Register and Learn More

Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light also provides training for EarthKeepers through a program called Be the Spark. Please contact Rev. Susan Mullin,, to be notified when 2021 trainings are scheduled. Learn more about Be the Spark.

Creation Care Summit

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.

2020 Creation Justice VIRTUAL Summit: Local Solutions to Global Crises

Friday, Oct. 16, 6:30-8:45 p.m. & Saturday, Oct.17, 11-1:30 p.m.

Join United Methodists online to address the challenges of our time through Creation Care ministry. We will:

  • Dream boldly of ways we can play a key role in healing the planet
  • Dive deeper into Advocacy and Green Team Development training
  • Gather wisdom from speakers and other leaders
  • Gain strength and inspiration by worshiping together

$10 Registration. Scholarships Available.

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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.

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

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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

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

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