An interfaith response to climate change
propelled by the moral imperative for immediate and
just climate action in Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan

 

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Hope for Creation, the Southwest MI regional chapter of Michigan Interfaith Power and Light, is a grassroots inter-religious group working to encourage and support faith-based action on climate change in greater Kalamazoo. 

Getting involved in Hope for Creation connects you (and your congregation or faith-based organization) with others across the region and is a symbol of your congregation’s commitment to Earth stewardship and climate action. 

 

What are the benefits of being part of Hope for Creation?

  • Information and support for reducing your carbon footprint through energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainable practices.
  • Connections with peer communities and other sources of support and mutual learning.
  • Guidance on starting and maintaining congregational green teams and environmental justice initiatives.
  • Up-to-date information about issues that affect the health of our communities and our common home, along with opportunities to advocate for systemic change.
  • Avenues to celebrate and promote the ways your house of worship has sustained the earth and to contribute to shared local conservation and sustainability efforts.
  • Opportunities to work with, worship with, and advocate alongside other people of faith who are champions of Earth stewardship in their congregations and in the public sphere.

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 29, 2024

Hope for Creation Announces Executive Director Molly Mechtenberg

KALAMAZOO, MI, May 20, 2024—Hope for Creation (HfC) announces Molly Mechtenberg as the organization’s first Executive Director. Mechtenberg joins HfC with experience in both the educational and non-profit worlds. She is a strategic thinker and a relationship builder. Molly has built relationships within the Kalamazoo community for almost two decades as a co-founder of Peace House, a community in the Eastside neighborhood that supports children and families. In addition to community ties with people on the Eastside of Kalamazoo, she has worked at Gryphon Place and has her own business that focuses on restorative justice and nonviolent communication. We are grateful for her desire to share her many gifts and skills in support of Hope for Creation's mission and programs. HfC is excited to welcome her and for this increased staffing to help expand our network of support and grow diversity among our allies and participants.Mechtenberg says she is looking forward to forging new partnerships in Kalamazoo and working toward a more just and climate resilient community.

"I am excited to join the HfC team. We are in a critical time in the fight against climate change, and I am confident that people in the greater Kalamazoo area are ready to respond to this challenge. Every action we take today on behalf of our earth shapes the world for generations to come. I am ready to advocate and fight for climate action, and I am hopeful that HfC can make a lasting impact."

HfC is excited about embarking on a new phase of work with Mechtenberg at the helm. 

 

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Featured article: 

Kalamazoo's Hope for Creation: Interfaith climate action grown from grassroots

Second Wave Media 

 by CASEY GROOTEN

"As part of its mission, Hope for Creation educates about sustainability and supports a climate action framework — or as they call it “Care for Creation” — in Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan."