Creation Care Congregation: Education Ideas

Education: “Know your traditions and your world”

Earthbound: Adult education for this six-part video series produced by the ELCA to explore the theological foundations of Earth care and to examples of Lutheran Institutions carrying them out.

“Caring for Creation.” Organize a forum or study group to read and discuss the ELCA Social Statement. Copies available from the ELCA with guide. See the 52 excerpts from this social statement for use for use in the church bulletin each week.

Awakening to God’s Call to Earthkeeping. A timeless four-session, small group study curriculum for adult forums. Or consider using the ELCA Lenten series “Creation Waits with Eager Longing”

Youth. Have your youth walk through their day with a new understanding of being a good neighbor.  Make the pledge and keep coming back to it with accountability partners.   More ideas for young people here.

Children. Kid’s books abound with environmental themes (The Lorax, The Giving Tree, etc) but for integration of scripture try: I Love God’s Green Earth: Devotions for Kids Who Want to Take Care of God’s Creation by Michael and Caroline Carroll (Tyndale House Publishers, 2010).  VBS guides from Lutheran Outdoor Ministries and ELCA World Hunger are adaptable to any venue.

Other: For example, organize forums with local experts or develop a Bible study.  Select a few of the videos from the LRC YouTube Playlist and ask people to gather for responses.  Or, select a book from our suggestions list to plan a longer book study.

For more information about Becoming a Caring-for-Creation Congregation, visit this page.