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Eco-Curriculum Review for the title
The Cry of Creation: A Call for Climate Justice

This is the general report format.
Shorter and more detailed report formats are also available for this title.

Short Description:   Three-session curriculum contained in a twenty-five page booklet presents an introductory consideration (theological and scientific) of Global Warming.
Long Description:   This resource provides:
  • A beautiful sermon/reflection connecting justice, theology, and spirituality with climate change.
  • A quick overview of the scientific consensus on global warming.
  • A spectrum of interfaith voices addressing the theological and ethical dimensions of this crisis.
  • A spectrum of action steps people of faith can take, and policies we might support – both as individuals and as congregations.
  • A bibliography highlighting books, articles, videos, and websites.

Available at Earth Ministry´s Online Store ($5.00 as of October, 2006).

Study Guide Meeting One: Humanity, Science, and Humanity’s Place in Creation, The Joseph Strategy, Religious Voices on Global Warming (The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, A Letter to Senators by 1,200 Religious Leaders, Judaism and Energy, Evangelical Environmental Network, World Council of Churches, Islamic Position on Climate Change, Buddhism on Climate Change.
Study Guide Meeting Two: Do We Have the Energy? Religious Voices and Energy Policy, Paper or Plastic, Cloth or Disposable? Effective, Focused Actions That Make A Difference, Congregational Stories.
Study Guide Meeting Three: Energy and Global Warming: What You Can Do.
Reviewed by:   Vicki Hesse, an Episcopal seminary student in Colorado

Bibliographic & Purchasing Information
Author:   Edited and compiled by Michael Schut & Tanya Marcovna Barnett (Earth Ministry) and Douglas Grace at ICEC, The Interfaith Climate and Energy Campaign.
Publisher:   Earth Ministry
Publication date:   2003 Website for this resource:   www.earthministry.org/climatejustice.htm
We know of 1 source for purchasing this resource.
Address Earth Ministry
6512 23rd Ave NW
Suite 317
Seattle, WA   98117-9923  
Phone 206-632-2426   Fax  
Website www.earthministry.org E-mail emoffice@earthministry.org  
Price $5.00 plus shipping  Order #  

Target Audience & Course Sessions
Age levels Preschool    Primary    Jr. High    Sr. High     Adult
Optimum class size The reviewer did not comment - assume 10-20 
Normal number/length of sessions If the curriculum's normal lesson plan is followed, there will be 3 class sessions each lasting about 1 to 1.5 hours
Are suggestions included for expanding/contracting the series? The materials do not provide specific suggestions.  
In the judgement of the reviewer:
 it is not reasonable to plan for a single, self-contained class session from these materials.
 using these materials, a class can be offered that runs for at least two sessions.
Are learners expected to do homework? Five pages of reading prior to first session and each subsequent session. Curriculum offers an introductory session by viewing "God´s Creation and Global Warming" video.  
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

Materials provided
Materials include:
 Leader's guide
 Student book
 Discussion questions
 Class activities - arts & crafts
 Class activities - group participation 
 Video
 Reading materials
 Presentation or lecture notes
 Prayer or worship resources
 

Other supportive materials provided: Guide book provides other websites containing information for further study.
Other materials required:none specified
Description of the Leader's Guide:This twenty-five page booklet and study guide contains solid content for a facilitator to lead a discussion and study on the topic of global warming. The guide expects that leaders will rotate and become participants in subsequent sessions.

There are also opening and closing meditations that are appropriate to delegate to participants.

There is more information available via the internet about global warming since 2003 and can enhance the discussion but is not required.

Description of the Student's Book:Participant guide is same as leader guide.

Materials review & Assessment of usability
Are all necessary materials provided in an accessible format? Yes - materials are very well laid out and comprehensive  
Is the leader's guide comprehensive? Adequate - all necessary information is present  
Are class sessions clearly outlined? Yes - materials are very well laid out and comprehensive  
Will it be helpful to have a teacher with above-average expertise in the subject matter? Not Necessary to have teacher expertise  
Preparation time required by the leader:
Subjectively rated as heavy, medium or light
Facilitator will need to read ahead of participants and set up room. 

Content focus
Is this curriculum explicitly focused on environmental awareness or action? Yes, as a primary focus  
Does this curriculum deal with a specific environmental issue or problem? Global warming and the climate crisis  
How is the scope of the environmental impact positioned?  Impact on specific human communities
 Impact on humans in general
 Impact on humans and non-human parts of creation
 Impact on non-human parts of creation only  
Does the curriculum address questions of social or economic justice in relation to environmental issues? Yes - as part of the topic  
Biblical/theological content
Does the curriculum have explicit biblical or theological content? Yes, as one theme among several  
How are the Biblical materials used? Individual texts are presented as meaningful ('proof texts')
Several texts are developed to show a larger biblical theme
Texts are placed in a historical or cultural context
Texts are presented as authoritative
Students are invited to comment/reflect on the meaning or authority of texts
Biblical texts are of equal importance to other scriptures/readings  
The checked statements reflect how ethical guidelines are grounded The Bible tells us how we should live/act
A theological tradition or other authority tells us how we should live/act
We should make decisions about how to live/act based on defined ethical norms
Caring for creation is an assumed norm  
The curriculum views humanity's role in creation as:
The checked lines are clearly affirmed
Domination - God created the Earth for human use; there are no real restrictions on what we can or should do.
Stewardship - "The Earth is the Lord's"" and humans are in a position of managing the creation according to God's will.
Partner - Humans are part of the web of creation, and participate in it as one species among many.
Intruder - Humans are separate from nature, and inherently destructive.
In evaluating changes to "solve" environmental problems, does the curriculum tend toward an approach that is: Confessional - I/we need to change
Confrontational - Some other person, policy or institutions needs to change
Combination - a mix of confessional and confrontational

Content approach
Which of these are a primary target outcome of the curriculum?  Increase awareness or concern about the environment in general
 Increase awareness of concern about a specific environmental issue
 Acquiring factual knowledge about an issue
 Changing or deepening personal beliefs
 Change in self-awareness or self-identity
 Changes in personal behaviors or lifestyle choices
 Influence on institutional (church or other) practices
 Increased political advocacy
 No change, or goal not clear
Range of perspectives offered:   A single perspective is offered
  Compares 2 or more perspectives
  A diversity of perspectives presented


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