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

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Eco-Curriculum Review for the title
Caring for Creation Now!

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Short Description:   Five-session, four page discussion guide works through ELCA´s social statement, "Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope and Justice." (
Long Description:   Discussion guide includes quoted material directly taken from the ELCA social statement. This study is intended to be a discussion starter, a way to help congregations integrate the vision put forward into a community context.

Section 1. Statement Summary. The social statement articulates the church’s vision of creation including the unique role of humanity in creation. Throughout this section relationship, interdependence, and connection of the human community to the rest of God’s creation is emphasized.
Section 2: Statement Summary. The statement tells of the urgency of our ecological problems.
Section 3: Statement Summary. This section of the statement lays out for us the reasons for going on, for believing that sin and captivity will not have the last word.
Section 4: Statement Summary. Section 4 of the social statement articulates the call to justice. It lays out four principles by which we can gauge the justice of our actions.
Section 5: The final section of the social statement outlines the commitments of this church, as individual members, as a worshiping and learning community, a committed community, a community of moral deliberation and as advocates.
Reviewed by:   Vicki Hesse, an Episcopal seminary student in Colorado

Bibliographic & Purchasing Information
Author:   Lutheran Earthkeeping Network of the Synods (LENS)
Publisher:   online
Publication date:   1993 Website for this resource:

Target Audience & Course Sessions
Age levels Preschool    Primary    Jr. High     Sr. High     Adult
The reviewer specifies:   Discussion guide could work for Sr. High group.
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 5 class sessions
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 (Lutheran). 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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