Here is a real gem! This 50-page resource includes a leader guide and participant materials for use in a faith-based small group context: adult or older youth Sunday school, Christian Education classes, women’s circles, men’s groups, congregational “Green Team,” or in a retreat setting. (Also can be ordered for $5 from the ELCA Resource Catalog.)
With school and faith formation on the horizon, here’s a resource trove for educating children and youth about climate change and creation care from Operation NOAH, an ecumenical Christian charity in the UK. You’re sure to find something useful here! (Photo: rambojan iphoneography, Creative Commons)
Scientist and evangelical Christian Katharine Hayhoe explains seven ways that climate change is affecting our health in this article printed in The Huffington Post and why we need to make changes now. (Photo: rambojan iphoneography, Creative Commons)
Blessed Earth offers a great list of resources for lessons, activities, and books to teach children about creation care. You’re sure to find something useful! (Photo: d-olwen-dee, creative commons)
This spring while scheduling your Earth Day observance, plan to educate your church on how our decisions impact the one and only planet that God gave us to live on — and how we can care for creation! “Every Creature Singing” gives you a detailed 13-session lesson plan, as well as a teacher’s guide. Each lesson has Scripture, readings, discussion questions that focus on your neighborhood, and other resources. (Photo: George Fox Evangelical Seminary, Creative Commons)
Here’s a helpful tool from the folks at blessedearth.org–a worksheet for daily, monthly, and yearly covenant activities for better stewardship. Permission is given to reprint for your use in the congregation. (Photo: IFPL, Creative Commons)
Sign up now for a two-part webinar series that will teach you the 12 best energy conservation and efficiency steps for faith communities. On October 29 and November 5 from Noon – 1:00 p.m. ET, Learn how to cut 10% off energy bills without spending a dime. Can’t attend live? Register to receive links to watch later.
The World Council of Churches and related ecumenical bodies have adopted a “Time for Creation” as an emphasis in the church year, from the beginning of the Eastern Orthodox liturgical year on 9/1 to the feast-day of Saint Francis observed by the Roman Catholic Church on 10/4.
Have you read Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si? If so, great! Consider these 17 practical ideas for better stewardship. If not, put Lauato Si at the top of your reading list and get a head start with these tips from writer Constance T. Hull. (Photo: IFPL, Creative Commons License)
Climate scientist (and Christian) Dr. Katharine Hayhoe’s TEDx talk provides a good conversation starter about climate change and stewardship of creation. Hayhoe provides excellent illustrations, clear explanations, and a smattering of humor to this presentation about a critical subject.