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 structured into 3 or 4 weeks and can be easily adapted to your congregation’s needs. It contains an introductory sermon by Bill McKibbon, FAQs on global warming, and weekly meeting guides complete with an opening meditation, prayer, group reading, discussion, focused actions, and closing prayer. The readings are short and relevant.
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 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. 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.
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.