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Eco-Curriculum Review for the title
Stewardship of Creation

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

Short Description:   A five-session adult Christian education curriculum. Prepared by Episcopal Diocese of Alabama to accompany Province IV Bishops’ Pastoral Letter: Care of Creation. Includes introductory self-running presentation that can be downloaded.
Long Description:   The Leader’s Guide is an 8-page outline for running the education about Stewardship of Creation in response to the Province IV Pastoral Letter. Each session includes reflection, education and action components. The sessions include:

Stewardship of Creation-Session I: Care for Creation

Stewardship of Creation-Session II: Relationship with Other-than-humans

Stewardship of Creation-Session III: Human Challenge to God’s Creation

Stewardship of Creation-Session IV: Land of Surpassing Beauty

Stewardship of Creation-Session V: Embracing Stewardship of God’s Creation

Resources for Going Deeper

Bibliographic & Purchasing Information
Author:   The Episcopal Diocese of Alabama Task Force for the Stewardship of Creation, Dr. Eleanor McKenzie DelBene, Chair with The Rev. Deacon Gerri Aston
Publisher:   The Episcopal Diocese of Alabama
Publication date:   2005 Website for this resource:   www.stewardsforcreation.org/educ.htm

Target Audience & Course Sessions
Age levels Preschool    Primary    Jr. High    Sr. High     Adult
Optimum class size The size of your group will be determined by the size of the screen on which the presentation will be displayed. (A dozen people can gather around an ordinary computer screen for the 7 1/2 minutes of the self-running presentation.) 
Normal number/length of sessions If the curriculum's normal lesson plan is followed, there will be 5 class sessions each lasting about 45 min to 1 hour
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? The reviewer did not describe any homework  
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: In the opinion of the reviewer, meaningful use of this curriculum is largely confined to members of the denomination or agency that developed it , Episcopal .
For example, it may explore a denominational policy statement.

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: Curriculum references other on-line materials that will need to be accessed by leader. All participants will need the Book of Common Prayer.
Other materials required:You may wish to provide a copy of the last page of this guide and a copy of the Bishops’ Pastoral Letter to each participant.

You will need a computer with CD-Rom drive and the CD-Rom. Have a Bible and Book of Common Prayer available for each session. Each participant will need the BCP for Session IV. You will need an easel with newsprint, markers, and tape.

Description of the Leader's Guide:This leader’s guide is designed to be used in conjunction with a print copy of the Bishops’ Pastoral Letter from the CD-Rom and the CD-Rom self-running presentation. The letter and the CD will need to be downloaded.

Each of the five sessions is forty-five minutes long, but could be expanded by allowing more discussion and presenting more resources.

A general outline is reflection (10-15 minutes), education (20-25 minutes), and action (5-20 minutes). What You Will Need

You will need only one copy of this guide for each leader.* You may wish to provide a copy of the last page of this guide and a copy of the Bishops’ Pastoral Letter to each participant.

You will need a computer with CD-Rom drive and the CD-Rom. The size of your group will be determined by the size of the screen on which the presentation will be displayed. (A dozen people can gather around an ordinary computer screen for the 7 1/2 minutes of the self-running presentation.)

Leader will need to access and prepare on-line resources for participants in advance.

Have a Bible and Book of Common Prayer available for each session. Each participant will need the BCP for Session IV. The New Zealand Prayer Book is also used.

Guide recommends leader to prepare an easel with newsprint, markers, and tape.

Description of the Student's Book:Participant´s handout is a one-page listing of Book of Common Prayer collects and resources (online and published).

Materials review & Assessment of usability
Are all necessary materials provided in an accessible format? Adequate - all necessary information is present  
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? Helpful to have teacher expertise  
Preparation time required by the leader:
Subjectively rated as heavy, medium or light
Preparation time is medium; each session requires some online research by the leader. 

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? No specific issue was described.  
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? No  
Biblical/theological content
Does the curriculum have explicit biblical or theological content? Yes, as a major emphasis  
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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