Eco-Justice Ministries
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Eco-Curriculum Review for the title
Sacred Waters

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Short Description:   A five-week adult Christian Education course on understanding and appreciating God’s wondrous gift of water. The course is easily adaptable to a number of different educational formats.
Long Description:   The study explores many of the main water themes that run through the Bible, including creation,sustenance, purification, and transformation. The curriculum invites participants to think about how these themse tell us about God and the relationship God would like us to have with the waters God created. Each session covers a specific aspect of the sacred gift of water:

SESSION 1 – God’s Gift of Water
SESSION 2 – The Miracle of Water
SESSION 3 – Water as Sustenance
SESSION 4 – Water as Purifier
SESSION 5 – Living Water

Each topic can be taught as a discrete unit or in conjunction with the other sessions. If possible, Session 5 should be taught outside at a nearby water body. The session guides are divided into two parts: a background piece for the facilitator and a guide for a suggested structure for the class itself. No specific educational background is needed to teach the course. All of the session guides include the following components:

Opening Meditation
Introduction to Today’s Session
Scripture Reading and Teaching
Suggested Spiritual Exercise for the Week Ahead
Closing Prayer

This format is designed to allow both academic and spiritual involvement with the material. Often, there will be too much material to cover in one week. Feel free to pick and choose the parts that seem most suited to your class, and take them in any order you wish. The session guide is included only as a suggestion. The specific structure of a given class should be altered to meet the needs of a given class.

Bibliographic & Purchasing Information
Author:   Beth Norcross
Publisher:   Eco-Justice Working Group of NCC
Publication date:   2006 Website for this resource:

Target Audience & Course Sessions
Age levels Preschool    Primary    Jr. High     Sr. High     Adult
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 each lasting about 1 to 1.5 hours
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

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