MC USA adds creation care to peace and justice work

Jennifer Halteman Schrock Jennifer Halteman Schrock

To strengthen its commitment to creation care and climate justice, the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board is expanding its Peace & Justice ministries to include Mennonite Creation Care Network.

The transition is the result of an agreement with Everence, which has provided administrative services for MCCN and continues to provide financial support, and Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, which has managed daily operations since MCCN formed in 2005. The transition will begin Aug. 1.

MC USA is creating a permanent, part-time position for a climate justice coordinator to oversee the work of MCCN. Jennifer Halteman Schrock, director of MCCN since 2016, will step down from her part-time role on Sept. 30.

MCCN’s work has included developing MC USA’s Creation Care Resolution in 2013; creating the “Every Creature Singing” curriculum; equipping churches to embrace solar through the “Considering Solar?” guide for churches; administering the Pam De Young Net Zero Energy Fund, which provides grants to churches installing solar panels; hosting informational webinars and providing resources.

After the transition, Halteman Schrock will focus on her other role, providing administrative support for Goshen College’s Global Education department.

Primary sponsors of MCCN’s work have been Merry Lea and Everence. Merry Lea is providing funding to support the establishment of MCCN at MC USA, and Everence has committed to continue to contribute funds for three years.

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