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Faith Formation: Creation Care Curricula

Resources including: Children & Family Curricula & Storytime; Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism; Denominational Resources; Tween & Teen Mental and Spiritual Health; Sexuality & Identity; and Online/At-Home Tech


Creation Justice Ministries designed this resource to help leaders think through all of the ways plastic appears in our culture and to consider questions of how we can best love God, creation, and neighbor In a world overrun with waste and pollution. The resource contains an overview of the plastic crisis, a theological framing, sermon starters, advocacy ideas, and resources for children. Additionally, three original songs were commissioned to fit this year’s theme. The resource includes recordings as well as sheet music.

Download and share this resource as you prepare for Earth day and the days beyond as we turn our hearts away from things made with human hands and begin to fall in love with God’s earth!

Find books, curricula, prayer, music, and worship elements (including a full sermon), and community organizations and businesses grouped to help congregations take next steps in antiracism work, creation care, and addressing intergenerational mental health and well-being in the WaterThreads - Woven Together: Water, Community, Well-Being. Available online and via requested download for member congregations - who should email: - for access.

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.

Free Resource from Rev. Michael Mulberry (UCC):  Ash Wednesday to Earth Day Source Book available HERE.

Central to the Lenten study are three actions:

1) Ash Wednesday Action (February 22): call a fast from credit cards held by the four major banks funding fossil fuels/climate disaster: includes links to Stop the Money Pipeline materials for talking to branch managers. Sarah Lasoff, rabbi in a Florida Jewish synagogue in Florida who has spoken to over 13 bank managers provides training materials. The credit card fast lasts until Tuesday, March 21st.

2) Dis-credit Bad Banks Day of Action put forward by Third Act Day on March 21st. Again, an invitation to talk to bank managers seeking transformation. We model persistence and relationships.

3) Finally, with the possibility of no action, there is a Foot-Washing Liturgy and Jericho Walk that can be done on Maundy Thursday (April 6th) or on Earth Day, (April 22nd). 

Within the pages are also creation centered Lectio Divina and examen and creation music playlists, as well as a creation-centered baptism and communion liturgy. 

Please let Mike know if you use it ( ) and/or with any questions.

page1image957634192MN 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: Laura Gehl, Patricia Metola: 9781947888357:  BooksApple 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




  • FREE eco theology curriculum

  • FUN enviroSTEM activities

  • FAITHFUL spiritual practices

  • FRUITFUL water justice discussions

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.

Our Angry Eden: Faith and Hope on a Hotter, Harsher Planet

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.

1-2-3 Earth, Air & Me (Playing with Science and Systems)     4S's for Noticing Nature: Senses, Sun, Seasons, Systems (Playing with Science and Systems)     5 R's for Environment: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice! (Playing with Science & Systems)     6 C's for Creation Care: Creation, Christ, Creativity, Combustion, Climate, Connect (Playing with Science & Systems)     7 Water Wonderings: All about the cycle of water. (Playing with Science & Systems)     8 Butterfly Questions: for Gardening (Playing with Science & Systems)

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  

High school, middle school, or intergenerational. Go to for more info.

Nature - Our First Way of Knowing God Video-based Adult Christian Study CurriculumNature: Our First Way Of Knowing God

Video-based Adult Christian Study Curriculum

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 ( and adjunct faculty member at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC