Sustainability Ethics

Demonstrating our Understanding and Commitment to Care of the Earth

View our Action List for more details regarding Wilderness Wind’s commitment to earthkeeping.

The Bible offers us many images of Earth and its importance in our lives. Jesus went to the wilderness to pray, to listen to God and to gain insight for the journey. Jesus also used Earth-based parables to speak of the kingdom of God (the mustard seed, yeast, the man who sowed good seed – Matthew 13). Images of Earth and its spiritual importance to us are throughout the Bible. The Bible also calls us to a relationship with Earth with a focus to care for creation. Within the Christian tradition is a compelling case for creation care. Below are statements from the Mennonite Confession of Faith that interlink creation, peacemaking, stewardship, and Earth care. It is an amazing list. We have a significant number of belief proclamations related to the importance of care of Earth. How do we demonstrate a proportional amount of action on this topic?

At Wilderness Wind we combine wilderness retreat and reflection with active care for the Earth, which God has called forth and proclaimed good.

10 Things You Can Do

Our relationship with Earth is not simply a physical one, it is also spiritual. Wilderness Wind retreats, canoe trips, or church and family gatherings offer opportunities to grow spiritually and discover God’s life-giving spirit throughout the natural world. The list below is flavored by the teachings of wilderness reflection. (click here for a printable bulletin insert)

  1. Travel at two miles per hour and pay attention to God’s presence throughout.
  2. Emulate an ecosystem. The natural world doesn’t create waste. Work toward the same.
  3. Be below average. The average American uses twice as much water as a European (Average use is 90 gallons/day/person – more than half is used in the bathroom).
  4. Plant seeds. Nurture a garden or a planter box. Absorb the phenomena that all life is interconnected.
  5. Experience yourself within an ever-unfolding universe. Notice how small and yet how grand you are.
  6. Rediscover the gift of trees. Reduce the flow of junk mail and foster the forest’s growth.
  7. Consider “you are what you eat.” Discover how your food is grown/raised, where it comes from, the lives it affects and make changes accordingly.
  8. Invest in your neighborhood and community. Buy from local producers.
  9. Watch the sun rise or set. Appreciate and maximize the gifts of natural lighting. (Lighting accounts for 15% of electricity use in homes).
  10. Cultivate a spirit of gratitude. Offer it frequently.

Selected Statements concerning our earthkeeping from the “Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective” (1995)

Our Action List