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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.

February 2021 EarthKeeper/Be the Spark Training

Are you interested in forming a Green Team or Environmental Justice team in your congregation? Are you interested in learning how to organize and motivate the people in your congregation or community to take action?

You are invited to this online training event led by Rev. Susan Mullin and Julia Nerbonne, executive director of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light. Join with others to identify the links between climate justice and racial justice, practice skills in community organizing, and learn how to develop and improve relationships while taking action together. This is one way that you can become a Minnesota United Methodist EarthKeeper! Participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

When: Four Thursday evenings: February 4, 11, 25, and March 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost:
$200, or whatever you are able to pay.

Register and Learn More

If you are interested in becoming an EarthKeeper, but this training does not work for you, please contact susan@mnipl.org or cathy@vfamilycoffee.com for other options. 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.

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.


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

Resources

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


Connect with Hopeful EarthKeepers

Visit the Hopeful EarthKeepers Facebook group.

Email: umcreationcare@gmail.com.

Contact Hopeful EarthKeepers leaders: 

Rev. Susan Mullin
susan@mnipl.org / 763-229-4156

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


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