Scientific and Spiritual Dimensions of Climate Change – A Study Course
The purpose of this course by the International Environment Forum is to facilitate the study of climate change from both a scientific and spiritual perspective. It was written from a Baha’i’s perspective, but with interfaith participants in mind. Any faith group can use these materials. The group study is set up for 9 classes of about 2 hours each. However, the materials can easily be adapted for specific situations such as a weekend course by incorporating the optional power-point presentations, or be used as general resources.
The Cry of Creation: A Call for Climate Justice. An Interfaith Study Guide on Global Warming. Prepared by Earth Ministry, this ecumenical, interfaith study guide is structed into 3 or 4 weeks and can be easily adapted to your congregations needs. It contains an introductory sermon by Bill McKibbon, FAQs on global warming, and weekly meeting guides complete with opening meditation, prayer, group reading, discussion, focused actions, and closing prayer. The readings are short and relevant.
One God, One Family, One Earth: Responding to the Gifts of God’s Creation. Using this six session adult education curriculum, small discussion groups can rediscover our relationship with God’s creation. This is a packet.
Awakening to God’s Call to Earthkeeping: A four-session small group study to encourage, empower and equip Lutherans in their calling to care for creation. This 50-page resource (pdf), which is free on the ELCA website, includes both a Leader Guide and participant materials for use in 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. Members of any Christian denomination would be able to use it, with only slight modification (if desired) to incorporate materials from their own faith tradition.
God’s Earth Our Home: Resource for Congregational Study and Action on Environmental and Economic Justice, ed. Shantilal Bhagat is a packet for congregational study and action on environmental and economic justice. Prepared by the NCC, the packet includes: 12 study sessions, worship resources, ecology and justice resources, glossary, leader’s guide, and creation awareness chart. Segments on environmental racism and corporate responsibility are included. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find this resource.
It’s God’s World: Christians, Care for Creation and Global Warming. A Five session study for congregations by Vera White is a study is published by the NCC”s Eco-Justice Working Group and contains session plans with background information, an activity and something liturgical. Excellent, short, relevant guide.
Blessed Earth: Hope for Creation and Hope for Humanity, by Matthew Sleeth, MD. This series of 12 short segments covers creation care in two DVDs with accompanying study guides. In Part I: Hope for Creation, Sleeth recounts his personal salvation experience in the context of creation concepts found in Genesis: Light, Water, Soil, Heavens, Animals, and Man. Part II: Hope for Humanity focuses on Rest, Work, Give, Share, Teach, and Hope. The Blessed Earth website says, “It’s time for us to reclaim our role in God’s creation story and accept with excitement our God-given commission to ‘save the planet’ for the sake of Jesus Christ.”