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The Rev. Jenny Phillips is Senior Technical Advisor for Environmental Sustainability at Global Ministries. She works within the agency to identify sustainability strategies and supports annual conferences, and local churches in their creation care ministries. She is an elder from the Pacific Northwest Conference and lives in the greater Atlanta area.
The Rev. Courtney Randall is a Mission Advocate for the Western Jurisdiction Global Ministries, UMC. She is a Pastor and a Missionary. She is also one of the organizers for the Western Jurisdiction Creation Justice Group. Rev. Randall has served in United Methodists Churches in North Carolina, Maine, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Latvia (Eastern Europe). She has served in a variety of church settings both rural and urban, with large and small congregations.
Prior to Rev. Randall's call to ordained ministry, she was a Middle School Math and Science Teacher. She also served as an AmeriCorps NCCC Volunteer based in Colorado working on some environmental projects.
Creation Justice, being stewards of God's earth, is a vital part of our discipleship. As followers of Jesus Christ, we have a responsibility to be aware of the climate crisis, to advocate for our hurting world and to act in ways that help restore the Earth.
Mary Beth Downing was born and raised in Eastern Colorado. She is a retired educator and a life-long United Methodist. At Mountain View UMC, she is co-chair of her Green Earth Team, UMW social action coordinator for her unit, and on the Mission/Outreach team. Her church building has been carbon neutral since 2017.
She has been trained as a UMC Earthkeeper, a Pachamama Game Changer, and is a member of the Communications and the UMC MOVEMENT working groups of the Mountain Sky Creation Justice Task Force. She is an avid supporter of drawdown.org solutions and has attended what feels like 100's of webinars since the pandemic started.