October 29thHope & Courage: Mennonites Gathering for Climate Action

Want to learn more about how you and your church can respond to the climate crisis?

The MCM Climate Action Working Group invites you to Hope & Courage: Mennonites Gathering for Climate Action. Come learn about a Just Transition, have conversations about Living More with Less, and be inspired to take action on climate within your church or community.

The event will take place at Canadian Mennonite University on October 29 from 1 - 5 pm.
500 Shaftesbury Blvd - Great Hall/Blaurock Cafe


  • 1:00 - 2:00 – Opening Session: Gathering in Hope
  • 2:00 - 2:45 pm - Workshop slot 1
  • 2:45 - 3:15 pm – Connecting with food
  • 3:15 - 4:00 pm – Workshop slot 2
  • 4:00- 5:00 pm - Closing Session: Courage for Action

Registration is free. We simply need to know who's coming. Please register below.

Contact mcmcawg@gmail.com for more info.


Each of the workshops will be presented in Workshop Slot 1 and Workshop Slot 2

Workshop #1
Title: Living More with Less: a radical look at households as places for climate action
Description: Doris Janzen-Longacre's iconic 1970s cookbook (More with Less) and accompanying book (Living More with Less) are rich resources for householding in a time of climate chaos. Come to this workshop to be introduced to "St Doris'" work, to talk about radical home-making, and to imagine what she might say to Mennonite homes and congregations today.

Presenter: Kenton Lobe


Workshop #2
Title: Faithful Climate Conversation and Action Discernment
Description: Katherine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist and Christian, says “The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it!”
We know that meaningful conversation in community is the first step to meaningful and sustainable action, yet many in our church families and communities are not yet talking about climate change.
This workshop will provide an introduction to the Faithful Climate Conversation and an accompanying Action Discernment Process to help you figure out how to encourage people in your spheres to start talking about and taking action on climate change.

Presenter: Sandy Plett

Workshop #3
Title: A Just Transition for Manitoba: Vision, Opportunities, and Actions
Description: Addressing climate change requires a just, equitable energy transition to a low-carbon society that works for everyone. Political momentum for a just transition is building across Canada and here in Manitoba. This workshop will introduce the term and existing work on just transition internationally and in Canada, discuss
the current political context and opportunities on just transition, and facilitate a conversation on ways to participate in advocacy for a just transition at various levels of government.

Josiah Neufeld (writer, CAWG member)
Laura Cameron (policy analyst for the International Institute for Sustainable Development, community organizer with Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition)

Workshop #4
Title: Spiritual Activism
Description: Come hear about the work of people of faith around the world, and discuss possibilities. There are many ways to participate in activism as a person of faith, some very quiet and behind-the-scenes, and some very bold. The Multifaith prayer action at Royal Bank of Canada Oct 19th was one recent example.
Presenters: Lisa Martens