Water Is Life: Biblical Reflections
We know that Water is Life from almost every book of the Bible. Biblical scholar Diane Jacobson selected five different ways Scripture illuminates water as life and illustrates why and how the Bible encourages us to support remarkable work like that of Winona LaDuke, whose stories, lived experience, and current critical work shaped the 2022 Johnson Symposium.
MN Annual Conference UMC created and shares You Are Here: Understanding Creation Care in Everyday Contexts: a free, downloadable, four-week curriculum for youth group or Sunday school exploring how we relate to God's creation on a daily basis within our own home environments. Developed in 2020 by the Youth Ministry team and Hopeful EarthKeepers. Download it here.
Apple and Magnolia unveils the extraordinary connections between trees and the wondrous bonds between all living things. It includes an author’s note offering facts about how trees communicate with one another. A downloadable discussion and activity guide is available at flyawaybooks.com/resources.
WATER WHERE WE LIVE CURRICULUM
This curriculum was created by Growing Green Hearts/Heidi Ferris, in conjunction with the Capitol Region Watershed District, area congregations, Luther Seminary, and The Ministry Lab. Get everyone outside to study the specific water where you live; adaptable to diverse settings.
The Our Angry Eden Discussion Guide is perfect for church groups, book clubs, and individual study.
Planting the Future: How Faith Communities Can Get Involved
Religious communities can contribute to restoring forest ecosystems as part of the current UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. On June 5, 2021, the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative, which partners with the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology and UNEP’s Faith for Earth Initiative, published an issue primer for religious leaders and faith communities on forest restoration. The primer shows how religious groups might support and participate in forest restoration projects and details what such projects can accomplish.
Study & Worship for Progressive Churches: Creation (Donald Schmidt - Author) makes the vision of whole congregation sharing not only possible, but easy. This all-in-one study and worship resource includes everything a congregation needs to enable children, youth, parents, and grandparents to share together in a five-week study of the biblical stories of creation.
Connect-the-Drops: Faith, Science & Youth Leadership Cohorts
Nature: Our First Way Of Knowing God
Nature: Our First Way of Knowing God includes videos, discussion questions, and a suggested spiritual practice in nature — Try This — for each week that can be done either individually or as a group. The study also encourages participants to examine and transform their own lifestyles to help bring health and wholeness to God’s beloved creation.
Presenter: Beth Norcross, founder and executive director of the Center for Spirituality in Nature (centerforspiritualityinnature.org) and adjunct faculty member at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC