Hopeful EarthKeepers

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:

  • Equip United Methodists with educational resources and organizing skills.
  • Support, inspire, and encourage others to bring their unique contributions to this work.
  • Create and share opportunities for action within our congregations, communities, annual conference, and denomination.
  • Reclaim the Biblical and Wesleyan roots of care for creation.
  • Build spaces that give church leaders and members courage and authority to talk about ecological crises and creation justice.
  • Organize to create shared power to advocate for systemic changes.
  • Find concrete ways to partner with the Commission on Religion and Race (CORR) and the Committee on Native American Ministry (CONAM) in anti-racism work in the Minnesota Annual Conference.

Minnesota Hopeful EarthKeepers is connected to the larger Creation Justice Movement in the United Methodist Church.

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. Upcoming trainings and events will be announced here and in the MN Bulletin Board e-newsletter. Sign up for the newsletter.

Global Ministries Online EarthKeepers Training

Global Ministries EarthKeepers is a training program that equips US-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. Find out about upcoming training events.

Creation Justice Movement

The Creation Justice Movement is emerging at this kairos moment to connect and support groups within the United Methodist Church and beyond for the work of creation care, justice and regeneration.

Visit umcreationjustice.org for Creation Justice tips, news, resources, actions, stories and more.

Join the conversation at creationcare.umcmission.org and facebook.com/UMCreationJusticeMovement

Hamline Church United Methodist removed some parking and created a Greenway with native plants.


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: MNHopefulEarthkeepers@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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