What is creation care?

With a broad question like, “what is creation care?” one place to start is by forming a working definition.

A working definition of creation care

At AMBS, we understand creation care to mean that we care deeply about our interactions with the natural environment God created. We care for creation as part of being disciples of Jesus Christ, as an essential facet of our commitment to peace and justice. Creation care incorporates a variety of themes from caring for a community’s watershed, exploring community farming practices, recognizing how the gospel of peace relates to caring for the land and articulating biblical, theological and ethical perspectives on the land and nature. 

AMBS has made a commitment to creation care in many ways, from restoring native grasses and trees on the campus to raising some of our own produce for meals to making our buildings energy efficient. What isn’t immediately evident are the ways in which we work to make creation care an integral part of our campus culture, courses, worship services and spiritual formation. Learn more about creation care efforts at AMBS.

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Anabaptist Witness: “Mission & Creation”

Anabaptist Witness, a journal published by the Institute of Mennonite Studies, dedicated an April 2018 issue to the theme of “Mission & Creation

From the editorial by Sarah Werner, guest editor: “For the most part, the articles included in this issue offer signs of hope through action instead of self-reflective despair. It seems that secular environmentalism can too easily get stuck in this latter mode of being, lamenting the loss of species and habitat and feeling powerless in the face of the immovable force that is global consumer culture. For Christians, this is also the mood of Lent, lamenting an impending loss that we have caused even as we look forward to redemption. This isn’t to say that religion is required for hope, but it provides a certain grounding to environmental work that allows us to take a long view, to work even though we might not see the fruits of our labors, because God requires this work of us.”

Vision: “Creation care”

Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology, a journal published by the Institute of Mennonite Studies, dedicated its Spring 2008 issue to the theme of “Creation Care.”

From the editorial by Dan Epp-Tiessen: “Genesis 1, the hymn of creation that sets in motion the entire biblical story, may be one of the most neglected biblical texts in contemporary Christianity. … God speaks the world into being in an orderly and purposeful manner, pausing along the way to observe and evaluate his work and declare, “It was good.” … One could make a case that Genesis 1 is the most foundational text of the Bible. Some may claim that God’s salvation is more foundational than God’s creation. But without creation, there is nothing to save. As Creator, God cares so deeply about creation that when sin enters the picture and begins its destructive work, God initiates the grand project of salvation. God works to save both humanity and creation itself.”

Come join us for an event on creation care

Rooted and Grounded is a gathering where we contribute to the work of forming regenerative connections, essential for the reorientation of our beings and communities. Working with the gifts of imagination — theologically and socially — will yield a vision and course of actions towards healing and renewal for creation and for ourselves. Learn more about the Rooted and Grounded conference.

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Explore our variety of programs that explore creation care. Take a look at possible options.

Invite someone to speak

Want to invite a speaker to come talk more about creation care? Invite AMBS is a unique opportunity to invite the faculty and staff of AMBS to come directly to you about many topics, including creation care.

Explore creation care in depth during the Sustainability Leadership Semester

Participate in a residential Sustainability Leadership Semester with Goshen College’s Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center in Wolf Lake, Indiana. In addition to living on site, you will take three courses exploring ways to empower sustainable communities, understanding integrated social and ecological systems, and developing leadership experience in sustainability.  

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Janeen Bertsche Johnson, MDiv
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Paul Keim, PhD
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Director of Enrollment