Eco-Justice Ministries
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Eco-Curriculum Review for the title
To Serve Christ In All Creation

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Short Description:   Four-session study guide. "Discussion Circle" approach engages conversation around core values and spiritual connections with God’s creation. Written for the Episcopal Church USA´s Province 1, it is a response to "Pastoral Letter of the Episcopal Bishops of New England," (2003) and applicable to other denominations and geographies.
Long Description:   The process models values we need in caring for creation: Respect, care, and affirming the value of each creature, NOT for each group to come to agreement or consensus on the issues raised in the Pastoral Letter. It seeks to:

• Increase awareness and acknowledgement of the urgency of the planetary crisis.

• Develop cohesive groups that celebrate the gifts of creation and honor the sacredness of all of creation.

• Help groups take action that meaningfully demonstrates gratitude for the gifts of creation.

It is a fun, engaging, informative and empowering setting for congregants of our churches to deepen their personal understanding of what it means to “Serve Christ In All Creation.”

Introductory Meeting - Participants decide when to meet, get a copy of the Study Guide and decide who will facilitate each session.
Session One - explores the pastoral letter’s urging that we act together to honor the goodness and sacredness of God’s creation, and to acknowledge the urgency of the planetary crisis.
Session Two - explores the pastoral letter’s urging that we seek to understand and uproot the political, social and economic causes of environmental abuse, to repent of greed and waste, and seek simplicity of life.
Session Three - explores the pastoral letter’s urging that we pray and take action to restore a right relationship between humankind and creation, commit ourselves to energy conservation and the use of sustainable sources of energy, and to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Session Four - explores the pastoral letter’s urging to realize that through participation in community, public policy, and business decision-making, we have corporate as well as individual opportunities to practice environmental stewardship and justice.
Follow up - Participants decide next steps.
Reviewed by:   Vicki Hesse, an Episcopal seminary student in Colorado

Bibliographic & Purchasing Information
Author:   L. Fulkerson, B. Putnam and G. Burson, members of the Committee on the Environment, Episcopal Diocese of CT, and P. Lipke and B. Tener
Publisher:   unknown
Publication date:   2003 Website for this resource:

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 4 class sessions each lasting about 1 hour.
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.
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 (Episcopal). 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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