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

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Short Description:   JustFaith (Ecumenical) is a thirty-week justice education/formation process with a focus on the intersection of faith, spirituality and social responsibility in a world wounded by poverty. Meeting weekly, the process employs books, videos, lecture, discussion, prayer, retreats and hands-on experiences all set in the context of a small faith community. The intent is to provide a tapestry of learning opportunities that emphasize and enliven the remarkable justice tradition of our faith.
Long Description:   Just Faith provides an ecumenical curriculum which contains a focus area on living simply, and cherishing the creation as a foundation of justice for all people. Three of the thirty weeks are specifically dedicated to principles of treading lightly on the earth and living simply. These three weeks include readings from How Much is Enough? by Arthur Simon, a guest speaker on living simply, and two videos: "Global Banquet: Politics of Food" and "Keeping the Earth." Later on in the curriculum the group will watch "The Man Who Planted Trees." These resources may change on a year-to-year basis but the principles of creation care are a permanent part of the course. It should be noted that one cannot excerpt the three weeks of the course; the course must be taken as a thirty-week whole.
Reviewed by:   Laura Dravenstott, a United Methodist laywoman from Colorado

Bibliographic & Purchasing Information
Author:   Just Faith Ministries, in partnership with Bread for the World
Publisher:   JustFaith Ministries
Publication date:   2008 Website for this resource:
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Address JustFaith Ministries
P.O. Box 221348
Louisville, KY   40252-1348  
Phone (502) 429-0865   Fax (502) 429-0897  
Website E-mail  
Price $300  Order #  

Target Audience & Course Sessions
Age levels Preschool    Primary    Jr. High     Sr. High     Adult
The reviewer specifies:   Course is mainly for adults but has a high school curriculum
NOTE: Our reviewer may have checked a wider age range than specified in the curriculum itself.
Optimum class size Recommended from 8 - 15. 
Normal number/length of sessions If the curriculum's normal lesson plan is followed, there will be 30 class sessions each lasting about 2.5 hours
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? Just Faith generally requires between forty and one hundred pages of reading each week.  
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 , Just Faith Ministries and Bread for the World .
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 
 Reading materials
 Presentation or lecture notes
 Prayer or worship resources

Other supportive materials provided: The leader´s guide contains handouts that are photocopied each week and distributed.
Other materials required:Audio visual equipment must be available to view the videos.
Description of the Leader's Guide:THe Just Faith leader´s guide is very thorough and explicit about stpes to be taken in each class. The agenda is outlined for every session and the course includes specific prayers, questions about the reading and/or videos, and questions to ask the group about the group process and function. It would not be necessary to take the Just Faith course prior to becoming a facilitator due to the outstanding preparation provided in the guide.
Description of the Student's Book:Students read from a wide variety of books throughout the course and all are excellent. Not all of the resources pertain to creation care or living simply. The resource How Much is Enough? by Arthur Simon provides a good foundation for discussing the waste and consumerism in our culture, and the spiritual reasons for living otherwise.

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