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Educational Ministry

Here is an opportunity for you to exercise your educational ministry by teaching courses and hosting video series or small group study. You may want to choose a topic, explore it, and put together an educational experience for you and your parishioners. Please share with us the parish course materials that you develop!

 “Transformation through Education,” an article by David Rhoads on the power of education as a change agent in the lives of congregational members.

DOWNLOAD a powerpoint presentation on hymns that highlight creation care.

Recommended prepared resources for parish education:

“Earthbound” Video series for adult forums. This is a brand new video series for congregational use. There are six video sessions of about twenty-five minutes each. The DVD is accompanied by a study guide. The program was produced by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The focus is on the theological foundations for earth-care. A different community of the church is highlighted in each session: a college, a seminary, a congregation, a camp, and the program of public advocacy. Earthbound was designed and produced by Seraphim, a video production company located in St. Paul. The program is available from their website (www.seracomm.com). They have a trailer to see as means to preview the series.

Caring for Creation” Lead your congregation through a study of the ELCA social statement. Copies are available online for downloading. There is a study guide available.

“Awakening to God’s Call to Earthkeeping,” is a four-session, small group curriculum and an excellent resource to help congregations find a place to begin and to spur interest in forming a congregational "green team."  Print copies, on recycled paper, are available from the ELCA office of Stewardship, from Augsburg Fortress ($5), and online (50 page pdf) at www.elca.org/caringforcreation.  

“The Earth Charter” There are copies to download and study guides available for use with this statement prepared by representatives of many nations seeking to find a common ethic to address the social, ecological, and international crises of our time. It makes an excellent adult forum with lots of resources available to the one making a presentation. Or you could make it into a series of adult classes in which a group reads and discussions different sections. The charter itself is not lengthy and will engender much conversation. Go to www.earthcharter.org for all the background and resources you need.

Small Group Resources from the Northwest Earth Institute. If you want to host a small group study, these are excellent materials. We believe that people will make changes best and for the long term if they do it with others. Consider therefore a support group or study group to learn about the changes needed and to change accordingly. Many resources are available. Along with materials from other groups, we highly recommend the 4 to 7 session courses from Northwest Earth Institute. They are well-informed, well-organized, and inspirational. All reports we have received are positive. Below is a list of courses they offer along with a brief profile. Go to their website and find out more about them: www.nwei.org.

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NEW  Lutheran Study Guide to Pope Francis' letter on climate change is now available! This is a four week study intended for church adult education, college, or seminary classrooms. The study takes up the theme of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation coming in 2017, so may be a great way to start thinking about how your community and congregation will mark this momentous occasion.  Individual sessions can be downloaded in PDF format at the bottom of this page.

NEW  Ecological Christianity through Luther's Small Catechism

This exercise takes Luther’s back-to-basics approach, and also sets it in a broader ecological perspective. Each piece of Luther’s Small Catechism is followed by a learning question, then by a suggested participatory action. You may print one section each week in your bulletin, or adapt it for confirmation classes. This is only one way to try seeing the entirety of our faith as permeated with creation care. [Read More]