If you care for God’s Creation and are called to guide your church’s response to environmental crises, we invite you to attend the first offering of the Environmental Stewardship Advanced Course. Intended to develop a cadre of UMC laypersons to lead local church efforts in caring for the environment and insuring ecojustice, this course is open to any layperson in the Conference regardless of their previous association with the Certified Lay Servant program. The course will address the theological underpinnings for environmental stewardship as well as practical behaviors for sustainable living individually, as a church and in community; reference for the course is Climate Justice edited by Pat Watkins and available through the UMW. Course will occur over two days: 6-9:30 pm on Friday, Aug 17; and 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, on Saturday, Aug 18. Location is Hope UMC, . Cost is $35 for materials, lunch and snacks. If you already have the book from UMW or borrowed from a participant of Mission U in 2016 or 2017, choose the registration without the book. For further information contact Robert Downs at 937-901-6777 or email@example.com.
- FAMILIARIZE STUDENT WITH GOD’S CALL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AND CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY ENDORSING CREATION CARE
- EXPLORE UMC DOCTRINE AND DENOMINATIONAL ACTION ON BEHALF OF GOD’S CREATION
- IDENTIFY HUMAN FAILURES IN STEWARDING GOD’S CREATION AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES
- RECOGNIZE THE DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT OF ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION AND THE SOCIAL JUSTICE IMPLICATIONS OF SOCIETAL RESPONSE
- ENABLE STUDENT TO IDENTIFY THEIR PERSONAL IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND EQUIP THEM TO RESPOND IN THOUGHT, DEED AND WORD
- ENABLE STUDENT TO IDENTIFY ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF THEIR CHURCH AND ITS CONGREGATION AND EQUIP THEM TO RESPOND IN SPIRIT, PRACTICE AND WITNESS
- ENABLE STUDENTS TO IDENTIFY ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND EQUIP THEM TO RESPOND IN CONNECTION, ACTION AND POLICY