Eco-Justice Ministries
   Eco-Justice: "the well-being of all humankind on a thriving Earth"

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Opening the Letter: a congregational study guide for God´s Earth is Sacred

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Short Description:   Four-session guide centered on “God’s Earth is Sacred,” the 2005 open letter by NCC USA. Provides opportunities for educational forums to discuss and explore this important ecumenical statement on the environment.
Long Description:   Opening The Letter is a congregational study guide to accompany the National Council of Churches 2005 letter. This guide, intended to be a "letter opener," offers a study and worship resource that articulates the scriptural and theological foundations of our call to care for God´s creation. The sessions center on different sections of the letter, provide resources for worship and group building, and give suggestions for retreats.

Study guide fosters "conversation" with the letter´s authors and others in the congregation. The hopes for this "conversation" include 1) opening worship community to new ways of experiencing God´s activity in the world, 2) strengthening the sense of community and ability to share joys and concerns authentically, 3) growing and understanding of the sacred nature of God´s creation and our Christian call to care for it, and 4) leading to focused actions that bring new life to a congregation and healing to God´s creation.

Session One: “Opening Our Eyes to the Sacred”, Session Two: “Opening Our Ears to Creation’s ‘Groaning’”, Session Three: “Opening Our Hearts to God’s Call, Equipping Ourselves for Action,” and Session Four: “Open to God’s Renewing Work.”

Bibliographic & Purchasing Information
Author:   Tanya Marcovna Barnett
Publisher:   National Council of Churches, Eco-Justice Program
Publication date:   2006 Website for this resource:
We know of 1 source for purchasing this resource.
Address National Council of Churches, Eco-Justice Program
110 Maryland Ave NE #108
Washington, DC   20002  
Phone 202-544-2350   Fax 202-543-1297  
Website E-mail  
Price Free download from website  Order #  

Target Audience & Course Sessions
Age levels Preschool    Primary    Jr. High    Sr. High     Adult
The reviewer specifies:   adult study class, prayer circle, social concerns committee
Normal number/length of sessions If the curriculum's normal lesson plan is followed, there will be 4 class sessions each lasting about 1 hour
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 (National Council of Churches-Eco-Justice Network). 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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