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Eco-Curriculum Review for the title
Holy Ground: a resource on faith and the environment

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Short Description:   Four-session study guide explores the covenant with creation, systems of environmental degradation, environmental racism and justice and living rightly with the earth.
Long Description:   This study guide was created to help people heal our broken relatinshipi wtih the Earth and with each other. It contains study and discussion questions, activiteis, and resource listings for use by churches, small gruops and in the classroom. Throughout the resource and the in the appendices, we offer suggestions of material for further sutdy and organizatoins to contact that may be helpful in congregational work.

Offers practical reflections and models for action through articles and study questions. Contains organization and publication listings. Suitable for committed environmentalists and people newly exploring environmental issues.

Study session 1: The Covenant with Creation

Study session 2: Systems of environmental degradation

Study session 3: Environmental racism and justice

Study session 4: Living rightly with the earth

Bibliographic & Purchasing Information
Author:   Editors Jim Wallis, Aaron Gallegos and Bob Hulteen
Publisher:   Sojourners
Publication date:   1997 Website for this resource:   www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=resources.catalog&&mode=display_detail&ResourceID=139&cfid=7445591&cftoken=82833538
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Address Sojourners
3333 14th Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC   20010  
Phone 202-328-8842   Fax 202-328-8757  
Website www.sojo.net E-mail sojourners@sojo.net  
Price 1-24 copies, $5 each; 25+ copies, $2 each  Order #  

Target Audience & Course Sessions
Age levels Preschool    Primary    Jr. High    Sr. High     Adult
Optimum class size The reviewer did not comment - assume 10-20 
Normal number/length of sessions If the curriculum's normal lesson plan is followed, there will be 4 class sessions
Are suggestions included for expanding/contracting the series? The materials do not provide specific suggestions.  
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.
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

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 materials required:none specified
Description of the Leader's Guide:The leaderīs guide is the same as the participantīs book.
Description of the Student's Book:The student book is the same as the leaderīs guide.

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? Minimal - the gist is present, but the leader will need to work at organizing or completing it  
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 by the leader is medium to heavy. 

Content focus
Is this curriculum explicitly focused on environmental awareness or action? Yes, as one of several emphases  
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? Yes - as a major theme  
Biblical/theological content
Does the curriculum have explicit biblical or theological content? Yes, but very minimally presented  
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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