Initiatives

Hope for Creation’s gatherings continue to create a sense of community and foster collaboration and education. We encourage people to join us in whatever capacity they are able!

Past initiatives include:

  • Our 10th anniversary event on May 13, 2024, featuring speaker Debra Rienstra, author of the book Refugia Faith: Seeking Hidden Shelters, Ordinary Wonders, and the Healing of the Earth
  • A "Reflection on Refugia" discussion, based on the Debra Rienstra book, on June 5, 2024
  • An annual Harvest of Unity meal, bringing people from various faith communities together to celebrate the fall harvest
  • Other book discussions, including Nature's Best Hope by Douglas Tallamy
  • Reading and discussing books related to Climate Justice, including Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad and The Intersectional Environmentalist by Leah Thomas.
  • Initiating an EPS Foam recycling program with the City of Kalamazoo
  • Advocating for Climate Emergency declarations by city and county commissions
  • Continuing to offer support and guidance to congregational green teams

Because of all these efforts, environmental community organizations and city leaders have come to recognize Hope for Creation as an important faith-community voice on climate change.

Please check out our upcoming initiatives!