Who cares about climate change? Pastoral responses to denial and despair.

WDC Ministerial Leadership Commission encourages pastors and congregations to consider this opportunity for learning and discernment in 2019:  Who Cares About Climate Change? Pastoral Responses to Denial and Despair.  This is a retreat April 8 – 10 (Mon, 5 pm through Wed, 1 pm) at Camp Mennoscah, sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions (CSCS) at Goshen College. The lead presenter for the retreat will be Doug Kaufman, director of Pastoral Ecology at CSCS and pastor of Benton Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN. The retreat will explore how pastors can lead congregations in effectively responding to the challenge of climate change. Denial and despair help us manage our feelings of guilt and helplessness in the face of this large and complex reality. How does the Gospel of Jesus Christ give us hope? Explore the effects of climate change on brothers and sisters worldwide, our own locales, and ourselves. Engage in peer-to-peer exchanges with fellow pastors on environmental stewardship. Other presenters will be: Rachel Myslivy, assistant director of the Climate + Energy Project, Hutchinson, KS;  Christy Miller Hesed, environmental anthropologist directing a project to lead congregations in addressing climate resilience, Hesston, KS; and Jennifer Schrock, leader of Mennonite Creation Care Network, Goshen, IN.  Due to a generous grant from CSCS, the retreat is free to Mennonite pastors including meals and lodging. Others pay $225.  Register at https://www.mennocreationcare.org/pastoral-retreats/by March 25.  Questions? Contact Doug Kaufman: ddkaufman@goshen.edu

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