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Eco-Curriculum Review for the title
The Greening of Faith: Why the Environment is a Christian Concern (video #2)

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Short Description:   This is the second of two videos that explore the religious dimensions of caring for the earth. Theologians and environmentalists offer helpful ecumenical faith perspectives on one of the most pressing and exciting areas of faith and ethics.
Long Description:   Stunning nature photography and the haunting music of Peter Karer, R. Carlos Nakai and Chris White flavor this sumptuous feast of creation themes. The video delves into environment and justice, The extension of ethical responsibility as applicable in our relationship with all creation not just other human beings, and the unique role the Church can play in the formation of attitudes and beliefs that lead to change.

The video comes with a study guide that engages viewers in deeper discussion of the issues and themes raised. This content will generate more dialogue than a single session can encompass, so the video is useful for more than a single viewing. One key proposition of the video is that the enormous environmental problems being faced by society will not be resolved by science alone. The environmental crisis requires a deep transformation of both outlook and behavior, and this personal reshaping to a more loving and responsive in all relationships. “Love your neighbor as yourself” is a foundational Christian way of life. Christian environmental ethics defines “neighbor” to include not only all of humanity, but all of creation. This issue of caring for creation is a matter of great importance for people of faith. Our belief in God really matters, when it comes to our way of life and concern for others, both human and all of nature.

The video invites persons into a broader familiarity with Christian teaching and insights from other knowledgeable leaders on the following topics: Being good guests in a place that belongs to God, experiencing and listening to nature as a Word from God; metaphors of connection and responsibility; extinction of species, beyond ethics that care only about humans; social justice and the environment; change of hearts; the need for change; can the Church do better?, interfaith dialogue, the Churche’s unique role and task, nurturing hope; listening to our stories.

The discussion strategy is to give viewers the opportunity to respond to what they react to most strongly in what they saw and to share their own perspectives. The discussion then continues by replaying portions of the tape with specific questions to dialogue about or to cite quotes from the video and discuss those. The resource also lists other written, musical, and audio visual resources that persons may want to utilize. There are a couple of activities for the group to act upon to inspire their congregations to include the earth and earthcare in its community life and ministry.

Reviewed by:   Kevin Witt, a United Methodist clergyman from Oregon

Bibliographic & Purchasing Information
Author:   Collection of Presenters
Cathedral Films and Video, PO Box 4029, Westlake Village, CA 91359 (1-800-338-3456)
Publication date:   1993 Website for this resource:   none known

Target Audience & Course Sessions
Age levels Preschool    Primary    Jr. High     Sr. High     Adult
NOTE: Our reviewer may have checked a wider age range than specified in the curriculum itself.
Normal number/length of sessions If the curriculum's normal lesson plan is followed, there will be 1-4 class sessions each lasting about 30-45 minutes
In the judgement of the reviewer:
 using these materials, or even just one session from them, a reasonable, coherent and self-contained class can be offered in a single session of about an hour.
 using these materials, a class can be offered that runs for at least two sessions.
Target audience:
 Interfaith - addressed people of many faiths
 Judeo-Christian - addressed to Jews & Christians
 Christian - addressed explicitly to Christians
 Not explicity faith-based - not much religious content
Note: The reviewer says that this curriculum is especially appropriate for members of the denomination or agency that developed it (Earth Ministry – ecumenical environmental ministry). For example, it may explore a denominational policy statement. The reviewer also believes that it is possible for groups outside that tradition to make good use these materials.

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