Monday, January 13, 2020 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Who Cares About Climate Change?
Pastoral Responses to Denial and Despair

Do you care about climate change? If you are like most people, you think that the warming of the planet is real and caused by human activity, but give it a low priority. Conversations about climate change are often laden with denial or despair. These emotions do not inspire action. What do pastors have to offer this vexing worldwide dilemma?

A pastor’s voice can play an important role in working toward climate solutions. As spiritual leaders, pastors are schooled in Christian ethics and speak from communities rooted in hope and joy.  They have a unique ability to guide others through the theological and emotional process of reconciling world views challenged by scientific discoveries. Join other pastors in wrestling with what you might have to offer conversations around climate change.

The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions & Mennonite Creation Care Network have partnered to offer this pre-conference seminar at Eastern Mennonite Seminary's School for Leadership Training (SLT) 2020 for pastors concerned about climate change. Because of a generous grant from the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions, this seminar is FREE for pastors and includes lunch. (Pre-registration is required.)


PRESENTER: Doug Kaufman

Doug Kaufman is a pastor at Benton Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind. and serves as the director of pastoral ecology for the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions and Mennonite Creation Care Network. Doug calls himself a river pastor, having baptized people in the Elkhart River for over 15 years and led a Hoosier Riverwatch group monitoring the health of the river. Doug has also been a conference minister with the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. He is pursuing a Th.M. in theology and ecology at Toronto School of Theology.


This is a FREE event, but registration is required. Register online here!

Registration deadline is January 6, 2020.

This event is co-supported by Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions (a partnership between Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College, and Mennonite Central Committee) and Mennonite Creation Care Network.