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Eco-Curriculum Review for the title
Creation: Called to Care

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Short Description:   Statement of the Church of the Brethren 1991 Annual Conference The full document is available on line. Pamphlet 19 pages.
Long Description:   ABSTRACT: Why should Christians care about the environment? Simply because we learn in Genesis that God has promised to fulfill all of creation, not just humanity, and has made humans the stewards of it. More importantly, God sent Christ into the very midst of creation to be ďGod with usĒ and to fulfill the promise to save humankind and nature. Godís redemption makes the creation whole, the place where Godís will is being done on earth as it is in heaven.

Godís promises are not mere pledges. They are covenants. And covenants are agreements between people and between people and God. The covenants with Noah and Abraham and the New Covenant mean that people of faith are responsible for their part in renewing and sustaining the creation.

This statement helps us to see the degradation of the earth as sin, our sin. We, the people who have accepted the redeeming love of God, have broken the covenant to care for creation. The challenge in the paper is to confess our sin, to take seriously our role as stewards of the earth, and to work for the renewal of creation. The needs of the world are apparent. The call is clear. The most motivating aspect of this statement is the claim that stewardship of the creation is a matter of faith.

Bibliographic & Purchasing Information
Author:   Church of the Brethren, Shantilal P. Bhagat
Publisher:   Brethren Press
Publication date:   1991 Website for this resource:   www.brethren.org/ac/ac_statements/91Creation.htm
We know of 1 source for purchasing this resource.
Address Brethren Press
1451 Dundee Ave
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Phone 800-441-3712   Fax 800-667-8188  
Website   E-mail brethrenpress_gb@brethren.org  
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Target Audience & Course Sessions
Age levels Preschool    Primary    Jr. High    Sr. High     Adult
Normal number/length of sessions If the curriculum's normal lesson plan is followed, there will be 1-3 class sessions
From what we have heard:
 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: In the opinion of the reviewer, meaningful use of this curriculum is largely confined to members of the denomination or agency that developed it , Church of the Brethren .
For example, it may explore a denominational policy statement.


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