We are called to care for God’s creation, but we may be wondering what we should do and why. The Media Center offers DVD and book studies to explore a Christian response to God’s gift of creation. The NC Conference is also offering the following opportunities to become more educated and get involved.
Bishop Ward will be hosting a Bishop’s Forum on Creation Care on Tuesday, October 3rd, 1-3pm, at the United Methodist Building in Garner. Featured speakers will lead us in a time of theological reflection and action planning. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by September 26th.
The task of creation care is important to the NC Conference. Opportunities to join the Creation Care Task Force and/or become an Earth Keeper are available to all who want to care for God’s creation.
Request to borrow any of the following resources from the Media Center to educate your congregation, small group, or yourself about how and why we should care for God’s creation.
Serving God, Saving the Planet
Blessed Earth ministries has been a partner of the NC Conference for the past few years. Dr. Matthew Sleeth and his team have taught us about the importance of taking a Sabbath and caring for God’s Earth. In this 12-session DVD study, Dr. Sleeth shows participants how to “tend and protect the planet” through everyday actions that improve our stewardship, the Earth’s sustainability, and our joy in God’s creation. Learn more in our online catalog: Serving God, Saving the Planet: A Call to Care for Creation and Your Soul; Zondervan, 2012. A Guidebook is also available.
A Hopeful Earth
This book study presents the why of creation care. United Methodist Bishop Sally Dyck and scientist Sarah Ehrman connect the dots between the Bible, Christian faith, Jesus, science, and why Christians should care for the Earth. The six chapters include bible study, scientific facts, inspirational stories (including our own Anathoth Community Garden!), and options for commitment. Each chapter ends with a reflection based on Rueben Job’s Three Simple Rules of John Wesley: to do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God in relation to creation care. Learn more in our online catalog: A Hopeful Earth: Faith, Science, and the Message of Jesus; Abingdon Press, 2010. A Leader Guide is also available.
This recent United Methodist Women Mission study offers a holistic approach to climate justice that includes a biblical model, education and options for action in our personal lives and in our society. The study makes use of a DVD documentary, Can’t Stop the Water, that is about an island in Louisiana that is disappearing and displacing its Native American population because of climate change. Learn more in our online catalog: Climate Justice: A Call to Hope and Action, United Methodist Women, 2016. Youth and Children’s versions are also available.
The Story of Stuff
In this 20-minute film, Annie Leonard explains how we get our stuff and the destructive practices that happen along the way. The study guide invites deeper exploration of the facts in the video and what we can do to better care for our Earth with discussion questions, group activities, and additional information such as fact sheets, a glossary, and an annotated script. The movie can be viewed online along with other videos on bottled water, cosmetics, electronics, and more. Learn more in our online catalog: The Story of Stuff; The Story of Stuff Project, 2007.
Go Green, Save Green
This book from Dr. Matthew Sleeth’s wife, Nancy, co-director of Blessed Earth ministries, is your handbook to making personal lifestyle changes that will save the Earth and save you money at the same time. The chapters include home, work, food, holidays, schools, church, and more, as well as an Energy Audit Work Sheet and additional suggested resources. The short sections in each chapter make finding and implementing the ideas quick and easy. Learn more in our online catalog: Go Green, Save Green: A Simple Guide to Saving Time, Money, and God’s Green Earth; Tyndale House Publishers, 2009.
To see a complete list of resources on creation care in the Media Center collection, view our Creation Care pathfinder. Click on the title of a resource to read its full description.
Request These Resources
Would you like to use these resources in your church or small group? Simply fill out the Resource Request Form, or contact the Media Center with any questions. The NC Conference Media Center is open to all clergy and laity in the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, free of charge.