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Caring for God's Creation - Education Materials and Other Resources

Web of Creation

The Website is an interfaith resource maintained by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. It is supported through grant funding, sponsorship and endorsement from a variety of faith-based sources including the National Council of Churches, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ECLA). 

The Website is exceptionally comprehensive. It includes a number of resources for religiously oriented environmental education for people at all stages of life. The resources include program plans, project ideas, as well as an annotated bibliography of resources for leaders. http://www.webofcreation.org/religious-education/539-resources-education

Mennonite Creation Care Network: Every Creature Singing: Embracing the Good News for Planet Earth

The Mennonite Creation Care Network has created an adult curriculum for congregations, small groups or individuals who want to explore questions like these:  

* What guidance does the Christian faith offer on issues like climate change and environmental injustice?

* Where, in our circle of influence, is creation struggling, and what can we do about it?

* How can we as a community be faithful in pursuing spiritual and household practices that help us care for the earth?

The curriculum consists of three units, each with four sessions, that respectively consider care for creation from three perspectives: Biblical and theological foundations; pursuing peace and justice; and choosing a simple lifestyle.

Each session includes: suggested scripture passages; a reflective essay and discussion questions; suggested spiritual practices and household practices; circle questions that focus on the group's surrounding neighborhood; a leader’s guide; and thoughtfully selected links to Web resources relevant for engaging effectively in care for creation.

The curriculum has been created to implement a July 2013 resolution of the Mennonite Creation Care Network calling upon Mennonite congreations to study creation care within their own ecological and social contexts.

The curriculum may be downloaded or read online without charge. http://www.mennocreationcare.org/every-creature-singing

 The Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church Green Church Initiative 2.0 : Resources

The Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church has developed a Green Church Initiative Covenant that congregations may adopt.  The Covenant commits a congregation to make the connection between faith and the church’s role as a member of the community of God’s creation by worshiping in a manner that will motivate seeking God’s reign on earth by cherishing, protecting and healing creation; to “seek opportunities for ourselves and our children to learn more about God’s creation and our role in it;” to “commit to making changes in our lives that will enable future generations to experience, as we have, the fullness of creation; and to “look for signs of creation’s groaning (Romans 8:22) in our own community and take the necessary steps to alleviate its suffering.” The Conference has developed a detailed, broadly scoped checklist of steps to implement the Green Church Initiative 2.0 Covenant:  http://www.vaumc.org/ncfilerepository/churchsociety/green/GCIFinal.pdf

http://theclimatepsychologist.com 

A blog by psychologist Margaret Klein addressing the myriad feelings brought on by facing the truths of our climate crisis.  Klein urges collective action in the form of The Climate Mobilization, her term for a social movement similar to the US approach to WWII that will move us from despair to activism to hope.

http://www.footprintnetwork.org 

Global Footprint Network is a nonprofit devoted to measuring ecological impacts so that it can be known whether a particular city or region or nation is consuming natural resources faster than they can be renewed.  Helpful films and interviews under the “Resources” tab.