Category: Creation Care

BGWG 7: Climate Change

Ebony and Steve return for another episode of Black Gal, White Guy to discuss climate change. Topics include:

Ebony’s recommendation: Faces at the Bottom of the Well by Derrick Bell (1:55)
Steve’s recommendation: When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert (5:11)
Global weirding, denial of climate change, and why we need to care (9:03)
How climate change affects some more harshly than others (21:54)
Media representation of disasters and how they vary based on who is affected (27:30)
Prioritizing how to respond with so many disasters (31:37)

To contact BGWG, email bgwg@mennonerds.com (not mennonerds.net as Steve accidentally says at the end).

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Vlog 36: Future Hope

In the final vlog topic, Steve introduces by asking about hope for the future and whether we are progressing the world toward something better, worse, or pretty much the same. Micael provides the only response and discusses the impending collapse of Western civilization due to factors like nuclear weapon stockpiling and climate change.
This is the final vlog topic. Please stay tuned as we try out a new idea soon.
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Vlog 31: God in Creation

The MennoNerds vloggers discuss seeing God in creation. Steve opens with the question and shares about how he most sees God in other people, God’s image-bearers. Micael responds by discussing why Christians need to care about creation, and Deborah responds with the idea of finding that special place in nature where you can meet God.
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Vlog 30: Food

Steve introduces the next topic on the vlog: food, and how what we eat reflects our values. Micael is joined by Sarah in a response talking about why they are vegan: not depriving others of food in a world where we have too many people to all eat meat and other animal products. Deborah concludes by talking about how we eat rather than what we eat.
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Simplicity and Sustainability Panel Follow-up: Steve Kimes

Steve responds to the first half of the Simplicity and Sustainability panel with a few key thoughts:

Responding to Hilary’s definition, Steve points out that in one sense, Jesus does say we do initially need to focus on things because we are already focused on things. He cites Luke 16:9 where Jesus suggests using our wealth to make friends with the poor.
Responding to Micael’s comments about house churches, Steve suggests that a church building is good as long as it is well-used. It should be busy 7 days a week, mostly for those who otherwise have no place to go.
On the anthropocentrism discussion, Steve picks up on a quote from Paul about our dominion over the earth meaning to be good stewards.

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Simplicity and Sustainability Panel Part 2 – Practicalities

In the second half of the panel, some of the MennoNerds discuss several practical questions about living simply and sustainably. These include discussions like:

Can we learn from Amish and Hutterite communities?
Does technology make life simpler or more complicated?
What is the community of goods and how does it work?
What is it like to sell almost everything you own?
How do we avoid this being a pursuit of the comfortable middle class while leaving the poor behind?
How do we radicalize the suburbs to move them in this direction?

We hope for there to be follow-up videos from other panelists who unfortunately had to withdraw on short notice, so stay tuned to mennonerds.com and our YouTube channel for those.
Participants:
Micael Grenholm
Paul Walker
Hillary Watson
Host:
Mark Groleau

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Simplicity and Sustainability Panel Part 1 – Definitions and Anthropocentrism

Some MennoNerds gathered for a panel to discuss topics of simplicity and sustainability. In this first half of the panel, they covered topics like:

defining simplicity
biblical arguments for the need of simplicity
biblical arguments for the need of environmental sustainability and creation care
whether Christianity should be seen as an anthropocentric religion, i.e. how do we deal with ideas like having dominion over the Earth?

In the second half, they will continue the conversation with ideas like the community of goods and the relationship between living simply and alleviating poverty.
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MennoNerds Live: Simplicity and Sustainability

Tune in below to watch a MennoNerds panel on simplicity and sustainability live at 8:00pm Eastern North American time tonight (February 23rd), or come back to this page to see the recording later.
The link below is the unedited version. We’ll have edits up within a few days, but in this case they¬†seem to be¬†relatively minor.

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