Congregational Resources

On this page, we will be posting a variety of resources specific for congregational use. We invite you to share resources which you have used and found helpful in your congregational life, while also checking here to see what others have done, and how their efforts might help you in your congregation’s CC journey.  Do you have a great sermon, SS plan, activity idea or other resource that you have used? Share it here – (emailing us is likely the easiest way for us to get them onto the website) for others to borrow and adapt. Looking for ideas for your own congregation? Check here to see what others have done that might help with your own planning. Please note that we do not want to limit this page specifically to divestment. Any Creation Care/sustainability resources that you have found useful/meaningful are more than welcome here.

Resources will be divided into categories on this page, to help you find what you are looking for more easily.

Annoucements:
Looking to encourage your congregation to support divestment? Here is how some other congregations have done that. (Please note that some minor editing may be needed – eg taking names out etc – to make the annoucements more neutral and ready to be reused in another congregational setting. Feel free to revise as needed to suit your individual context.)

“Desmond Tutu says the divestment strategy that helped end apartheid in South Africa should be used to address climate change. To support a call for Mennonite Church Canada to explore divestment from the 200 largest fossil fuel companies, visit fossilfreemenno.org.”
– Sample text provided by the FFM ad hoc committee

“Time to divest in fossil fuel industries: In the April 28 issue of Canadian Mennonite, Dick Benner wrote an editorial encouraging us to join a divestment movement initiated by a Mennonite group called “FossilFreeMenno.” Check their link at http://www.fossilfreemenno.org. They have written an open letter to the leadership of Mennonite Church Canada, asking that a study be commissioned which would provide options for fossil fuel divestment not only within MC Canada but also for our schools, non-governmental organizations and individuals. They are asking for our signatures to this open letter. The Mission and Service Committee encourages WNMC congregants to sign on. For those not able to sign on electronically, you can sign a sheet on the foyer bulletin board and your names will be transferred to the website. We also plan to hold a series of Sunday School sessions later this year on creation care which will include the divestment campaign and hopefully give Dick opportunity to explain why he wrote the editorial and what he has learned from the responses.”
– Waterloo North Mennonite Church (note – add a physical sign-up sheet for those who prefer to sign that way instead of online)

Social Media/Email updates (eg to forward to friends and family) – Feel free to edit as you wish for your use.

“If you support a call to Mennonite Church Canada to divest from fossil fuels, please sign an open letter at fossilfreemenno.org. I have signed, and I encourage you to sign as well. You can also also find FossilFreeMenno on Facebook and LinkedIn. Thank you for your support, and please spread the word.”

“Desmond Tutu says that the divestment strategy that helped end apartheid in South Africa should be used to address climate change.

Divestment involves taking investment money out of companies with which one disagrees and re-investing that money in a way that better aligns with one’s values. It is one of many important ways to address climate change.

To sign an Open Letter calling on Mennonite Church Canada to explore divestment from the 200 largest fossil fuel companies, visit fossilfreemenno.org or find “Fossil Free Menno” on Facebook.

Bill McKibben-the Christian writer and climate advocate who initiated the worldwide divestment campaign-says:
‘Mennonite are known . . . for their peace witness. We need the Mennonite Church to step up and engage the greatest issue of violence that humanity has ever faced-destruction of the earth through human-induced climate change. The time has come to both speak and live for peace with costly action.’

The Open Letter is one way for us as Mennonites to take a collective step-in addition to the other steps being taken-to address climate change. I have signed, and I encourage you to add your name as well.”
– From the FFM ad hoc committee

SS session ideas:

Sermons:

Bill McKibben’s Sermon at The Riverside Church – “God’s Taunt” – http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=geIni_BwjGw

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