EarthKeepers Training 2019
When
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM to Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM

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Where
Koinonia Retreat Center
7768 Pilger Dr NW
South Haven, MN 55382

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Email
isaiah.friesen@minnesotaumc.org

Contact
Isaiah Friesen

While our hearts and the institution of the church are in disarray after hearing the results of General Conference 2019, the work of healing our relationship with all creation continues. Join us April 25-27 to reflect on God’s call to care for one another and our beautiful planet. Learn and practice skills for organizing our communities to work for environmental justice. 

EarthKeepers work within their communities by:
• Lifting up the importance of caring for creation at the heart of our Christian faith;
• Responding creatively to ecological devastation and climate change;
• Working for justice so that all communities have access to clean water, clean air, clean energy, healthy food, and green space.

Who are EarthKeepers?
EarthKeepers are United Methodists who are keenly aware of the ecological challenges in our world today and feel called to be part of a movement to transform the world. They work with their congregations and communities in many different ways: for example, growing community gardens, advocating for renewable energy policies, working for environmental justice, creating liturgy, or leading discussion groups on creation theology.

EarthKeepers are laity and clergy, students, part-time and full-time workers, and retirees. They may have a vocation that allows them to focus on caring for creation during their regular work hours, or they may choose to volunteer their time.

Why this training?
Why should we see environmental justice work as an essential part of Christian mission? What spiritual gifts can Christians bring to the larger table of people working on these issues? As United Methodists, we see leadership development around problems of environmental justice not only as an avenue for Christians to participate in social change, but also as a way to grow churches both in numbers and in spiritual depth. This training will address the theological grounding as well as the skills we need to sustain and broaden our mission of healing and hope, particularly as it relates to creation care and environmental justice in our communities.

Expectations
• EarthKeepers participate in three days of intensive training in theology and community organizing.
• EarthKeepers help others understand how caring for God’s creation is a core part of our identity as Christians.
• EarthKeepers provide leadership for a community project or advocacy campaign that aims to transform our relationship to God, the earth, and one another. Come with a project of your own, or join with others in new or ongoing projects.
• EarthKeepers meet quarterly with a regional cohort for worship and ongoing support and training.

Details
This is a local EarthKeepers training hosted by the Minnesota Annual Conference EarthKeepers. Limited spaces are available for people from other Annual Conferences or other denominations.

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Cost: $275 (staying at camp). $150 (commuter). $50 (Saturday only, for current EarthKeepers, includes lunch and supper).
Deadline: April 17, 2019 12:00 AM
Sponsor: Hopeful EarthKeepers of MN Conference of United Methodist Church

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

info@minnesotaumc.org

(612) 870-0058