A retreat for pastors, November 19-21, 2018
Monday, 5 p.m. through Wednesday, 1 p.m.
At Hidden Acres, Ontario, Canada

About the Retreat

This retreat explores the effects of climate change on brothers and sisters worldwide, our own locales, and ourselves. Denial and despair help us manage our feelings of guilt and helplessness in the face of this large and complex reality. How does the Gospel of Jesus Christ give us hope in the face of such complex problems? Join us to:

  • Increase your understanding of the way caring for creation directly connects to caring for people and living out God’s vision for our world.
  • Engage in peer-to-peer exchanges with fellow pastors intent on making creation an essential piece of the good news of Jesus Christ.
  • Listen for God’s guidance as we face the environmental issues of our time and seek to become change agents.
  • Find a renewed sense of purpose, hope and possibility!


Doug Kaufman pastors at Benton Mennonite Church, Goshen, Ind. and serves as the director of pastoral ecology for the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions and Mennonite Creation Care Network. Doug calls himself a river pastor, having baptized people in the Elkhart River for over 15 years and led a Hoosier Riverwatch group monitoring the health of the river. Doug has also been a conference minister with the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. He is pursuing a Th.M. in theology and ecology at Toronto School of Theology.

Wendy Janzen joined the pastoral team at St Jacobs Mennonite Church in 2002 after graduating from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. In 2016, she founded Burning Bush Forest Church, an experimental outdoor worshiping community that meets monthly in wild spaces in and around Kitchener-Waterloo. Wendy will be presenting with Doug at the November retreat in Hidden Acres, ON.


This retreat is funded by a generous grant from the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions. Therefore, it is free to Mennonite pastors, including meals and lodging. Others pay $225. Attendees will stay in Hidden Acres’ Woodhouse Retreat Centre. Directions are here.

To register, complete the form below by ______. Questions? Email Doug Kaufman at ddkaufman@goshen.edu.