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Eco-Curriculum Review for the title
EarthBound: Created and Called to Care for Creation

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Short Description:   This cutting-edge series, filmed in high definition, takes Martin Lutherīs breakthrough understanding of Justification and Vocation and explodes it across Godīs magnificent creation.
Long Description:   Christians have a complex relationship with Godīs creation. We have tangled up our concepts of dominion and stewardship. Many imagine eternal life means being whisked away to some other non-physical plane in the ether. In trying to be God-focused, Christians become heaven-focused, at the expense of our earthly home. Can Scripture and our own religious tradition help us rethink those relationships? Is there a model for care of the creation that doesnīt force us to the polarized margins?

This cutting-edge series, filmed in high definition, takes Martin Lutherīs breakthrough understanding of Justification and Vocation and explodes it across Godīs magnificent creation. EarthBound is a journey beyond the rhetoric into Godīs rich and complex creation.

Discover the origins of our misconceptions about Scriptureīs portrayal of creation. Recognize Godīs call to us to relate to the whole creation as our vocation. And experience how Godīs people throughout the Church are living out that call.

This six-part series, hosted by David Rhoads, features Walter Brueggemann, Larry Rasmussen, Barbara Rossing, Terry Fretheim, Cynthia Moe-Lobeda and many others.

  • Episode 1. Created/Called (justified and free to serve the world)
  • Episode 2. Here/There (creation is earthly, material and good)
  • Episode 3. Domination/Dominion (above creation, or part of it?)
  • Episode 4. Me/We (identity in social context)
  • Episode 5. Now/Forever (short-term benefit, or eternal creation)
  • Episode 6. Enough/Too Much (scarcity and abundance)

Six 20-minute segments on two DVDs. Includes extensive study guide as a PDF on an additional CD.

Reviewed by:   Gerald Iversen, Lutheran from Sioux City, Iowa, former director of Alternatives for Simple Living

Bibliographic & Purchasing Information
Publisher:   Select Learning
Publication date:   2009 Website for this resource:
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St. Paul, MN   55108  
Phone 877-675-6275   651-204-0484 Fax  
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Target Audience & Course Sessions
Age levels Preschool    Primary    Jr. High    Sr. High     Adult
Normal number/length of sessions If the curriculum's normal lesson plan is followed, there will be 6 class sessions each lasting about one hour
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 (ELCA). 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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