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For Children and Youth

It almost seems common knowledge today that children are the most effective change agents.  When planning to green our congregations, we must not forget to instill faith-based creation care values in our children.

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Highlights or notes are available for some books.  Contact marie@rapidshift.net.

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Curricula

Books – CLIMATE

Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution – Peter Kalmes
The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (Berlin Family Lectures) by Amitav Ghosh
Drawdown, by Paul Hawken et al.
Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses and Citizens Can Save the Planet, Bloomberg
We are more than this (2016 lecture) by Andrew Simms
Unprecedented: Can Civilization Survive the CO2 Crisis? David Ray Griffin
Powering Forward: What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution by former Gov. Bill Ritter Jr.
Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World
Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Joseph Romm
Why Are We Waiting?: The Logic, Urgency, and Promise of Tackling Climate Change (Lionel Robbins Lectures) – Lord Nicholas Stern
Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet by Gernot Wagner and Martin L. Weitzman
Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence by Christian Parenti
Strategies for Rapid Climate Mitigation by Bill Nye and Corey S. Powell
Strategies for Rapid Climate Mitigation: Wartime mobilisation as a model for action? (Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research), by Laurence L Delina, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber
With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change, by Fred Pearce
How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything, by Mike Berners-Lee
Climate Code Red: The Case for Emergency Action, by David Spratt and Philip Sutton
How Soon is Now? Personal Initiation to Global Transformation, by Daniel Pinchbeck et al.
The End of Nature by Bill McKibben

SPIRITUALITY

The Book of Joy, the Dalai Lama and Bishop Tutu
Structures of Grace: Catholic Organizations Serving the Global Common Good. by Kevin Ahern
How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation, by John Dominic Crossan
The Great Work: Our Way into the Future, by Thomas Berry
Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most, by Marcus J. Borg
Sabbath as Resistance, by Walter Brueggemann
The Emergent Christ, by Ilia Delio
The December Project: An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Confront Life’s Greatest Mystery, by Sara Davidson
In Movement There Is Peace: Stumbling 500 Miles Along the Way to the Spirit, by Elaine Orabona Foster and Joseph Wilbred Foster III
The Church of Mercy, by Pope Francis, Vincent Nichols, and Giuliano Vigini
Christianity in a Nutshell by Leonardo Boff
Lazarus, Come Forth: How Jesus Confronts the Culture of Death and Invites Us into the New Life of Peace, by John Dear
Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation by Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda
God and Empire: Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now, by John Dominic Crossan
Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness (Catholicity in an Evolving Universe Series), by Ilia Delio
Our Holy Yearnings: Life lessons for becoming our truest selves, by Joan Chittister
The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope, by Austen Ivereigh
The Name of God Is Mercy, by Pope Francis and Oonagh Stransky
Climate Change: The Challenge to all of us, by Fr. Sean McDonagh
Lies we believe about God, by William Paul Young
America’s Original Sin – Jim Wallis and Bryan Stevenson *
Just Spirituality
Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone
The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord’s Prayer by John Dominic Crossan
Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith, Mae Cannon
Personal Transformation and a New Creation: The Spiritual Revolution of Beatrice Bruteau by Ilia Delio
The Four Vision Quests of Jesus, Steven Charleston (a native American minister)
The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation, by Richard Rohr, Mike Morrell, and William Paul Young
Longing for Running Water (Biblical Reflections on Ministry) by Ivone Gebara
Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism by Curtiss Paul DeYoung and Allan Aubrey Boesak
Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, by Rebecca Ann Parker and Rita Nakashima Brock
Out of the Depths: Women’s Experience of Evil and Salvation, by Ivone Gebara
Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said? By Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo
Essays on Salvation, by Jon Sobrino
The Francis Miracle: Inside the Transformation of the Pope and the Church by John L. Allen
Radical Optimism, by Beatrice Bruteau: Practical Spirituality in an Uncertain World
Personal Transformation and a New Creation: The Spiritual Revolution of Beatrice Bruteau, (edited) by Ilia Delio
Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’: On care for our common home: Green encyclical on the environment, by Pope Francis
Whistling in the Wind, by Fr. Albert McKnight

A Prayer for the Earth: The Story of Naamah, Noah’s Wife
Author: Sasso, Sandy Eisenberg, and Bethanne Anderson. Most children know the story of how Noah helped the animals of the world survive the Great Flood. Now children can hear a story, based on an ancient Jewish text, about Noah’s wife, Naamah, and how she helped keep alive all the plants on Earth.

All God’s Critters Got a Place in the Choir
Author: Staines, Bill, and Margot Zemach. The lively, contemporary folk tune “All God’s Critters …” comes to life in this visually playful book. Parents and teachers can help children to learn the song with the help of printed music in the back of the book. Then look out: everyone will want to “clap their hands, or paws, or anything they got.” A true celebration for all members of God’s choir of creation.

Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education
Author: Sobel, David. Beyond Ecophobia speaks to teachers, parents, and others interested in nurturing in children the ability to understand and care for nature. This expanded version of one of Orion Magazine’s most popular articles includes descriptions of developmentally appropriate environmental education activities and a list of related children’s books.

Caring for God’s Creation: A Five Section Curriculum for Children with 101 Nature Activities
Author: Essenmacher, Carole and Nancy Regensburger. The authors write, “our purpose is not primarily to do environmental or science education, but rather to ground creation issues in belief in God as Creator.”

Earth Child: Games, Stories, Activities, Experiments and Ideas About Living Lightly on Planet Earth
Author: Sheehan, Kathryn, and Mary Waidner. The book focuses on celebrating events in nature (i.e. solstices, change of season) that easily coincide with some events in faith communities. Its plays, recipes, craft projects, wealth of resources, and much more engage children in appreciating their relationships with the rest of creation.

God’s Good World: A Peacemaking Resource for Children
Author: White, Vera K. This [five-session curriculum] was designed to serve as a vacation Bible school or church school curriculum for third through sixth graders, but can be used in a variety of other ways. …Through activities, stories, and prayer, children and their leaders will learn more about God by experiencing God’s world and will find out ways that they can help to care for the world.

God’s Quiet Things
Author: Sweetland, Nancy, and Rick Stevens. A gentle book that encourages children to discover the marvels of God’s creation through looking, listening, and touching. Toddlers will enjoy its melodic words and colorful artwork, and young readers its simple poetry.

Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth
Author: Wood, Douglas, and P.J. Lynch. “’Did you know, boy,’ Grandad whispered, ‘that trees pray?’” This heart-touching story is told by a boy whose grandfather helps him to understand that every part of creation (including himself) has a prayer to offer their Creator. This beautifully illustrated book can also help children deal with the difficulties of grieving the death of a loved one.

In the Beginning There was Joy: A Creation Story for All Ages
Author: Matthew Fox.

Listening to Nature
Author: Cornell, Joseph. This classic environmental education resource engages children in nature awareness. Each book is filled with ideas, reflections, and creative games that serve to involve all of the senses with the natural world.

Loving Our Neighbor, The Earth: Creation-Spirituality Activities for 9-11 Year-Olds
Author: Jenkins, Christie L. This curriculum consists of twenty lessons for children and teaches them to enjoy creation and the Creator, and care for creation. Topics include water conservation, cultivating the Earth, “God and Garbage,” learning the stars, and more. Contains photocopiable handouts.

Morning Has Broken
Author: Farjeon, Eleanor, and Tim Ladwig. Many children and adults are familiar with Eleanor Farjeon’s moving hymn inspired by her deep awe for God’s creation and Psalm 118:24. The stunning illustrations in this book bring Eleanor’s words to life through a little boy and his grandfather living in a modern, urban setting.

Old Turtle
Author: Wood, Douglas, and Chen-Khee Chee. This richly illustrated fable draws children and adults into a world in which all parts of creation communicate with one another and God. It specifically calls readers and listeners into a deeper understanding of what it might mean for humans to be “a message of love from God to the earth, and a prayer from the earth back to God” (from the book).

Protecting God’s Creation: A Resource Manual
Produced by the National Catholic Youth Initiative. An excellent resource for youth that creatively combines Catholic social teachings with actual opportunities to care for creation. After an introductory session on the sacredness of God’s creation, youth and their leaders may choose from a variety of topics (wastes, pesticides, rainforests, etc.) to further explore care for creation.

Resources for Outdoor Retreats; Journey into Nature, Journey into the Heart
Author: Bob Grgic. Filled with well-chosen resources to help you design your own outdoor retreats and prayer experiences. You will find clearly outlined directions, imaginative suggestions and handouts for retreatants’ participation.

Sharing Nature with Children
Author: Cornell, Joseph. This creative guidebook helps parents and teachers to engage with the intricacies and mystery of nature as a child might. Such an engagement equips adults to invite children to explore and cherish the world in ways that call upon children’s natural curiosity and empathy. This book contains forty-two games and interactive experiences.

Sharing the Joy of Nature: Nature Activities for All Ages
Author: Cornell, Joseph. This classic environmental education resource engages children in nature awareness. Each book is filled with ideas, reflections, and creative games that serve to involve all of the senses with the natural world.

The Hymn of the Sun
Author: St. Francis of Assisi. The first illustrated version of St. Francis of Assisi’s beloved poem.

The Lorax
Author: Geisel, Theodore (Dr. Seuss). A classic Earth-care book that deals with consumerism and endangered “species,” and offers an invitation to stewardship. Dr. Seuss’ genius and compassion shine through.

The Sense of Wonder
Author: Carson, Rachel. Carson has been called “the patron saint of the environmental movement.” In this book, with wonder-inspiring photography, Carson describes how adults can open the world of nature to children, and how children can help adults grow and revel in their own wonderment.

We are God’s People: Stories of Faith for the Family of God
Performance Edition. Author: Betsy Beckman, Lisa von Stamwitz and Jeanne Cotter. Through this performance piece the prophetic voice of our children has a chance to be heard by the whole family of God. In this script we find children’s own stories of faith woven together with song and gesture into a celebration of lie. These heart-felt stories and vignettes reflect children’s experience of God, themselves, and their world. They are children’s own words of struggle with grief, illness, divorce, and violence as well as expressions of joy in new life, hope, love, and reconciliation. Children present their stories in the form of readers’ theater.

Online Resources

Climate Kids: What can we do to help?

Created by NASA but geared toward children, this website is full of interesting and kid-friendly information about conservation.

Water Use it Wisely Games

Water Use it Wisely’s variety of games make it fun to learn about protecting our planet.

Water Conservation Animation

This short cartoon illustrates how easy it is to avoid wasting water.

Conserve Energy in Your Home

Check out this guide with lessons and games that teach students about conserving waste, energy, electricity, and water at home.

Curricula

Caring for God’s Creation: A Five Section Curriculum for Children with 101 Nature Activities
Author: Essenmacher, Carole and Nancy Regensburger. The authors write, “our purpose is not primarily to do environmental or science education, but rather to ground creation issues in belief in God as Creator.”

Environmental Stewardship Resource Manual
Author: Environmental Stewardship Committee. This manual can be used by lay Christians, priests, youth groups, deacons, bishops — in short, by anybody–as an introduction to Christian environmental stewardship and as a source of materials for a wide range of activities. The manual’s contents can be used for reflection, worship preparation, Christian education, and as a source of ideas for actions that you can take in your home, workplace, church, and community.

God’s Good World: A Peacemaking Resource for Children
Author: White, Vera K. This [five-session curriculum] was designed to serve as a vacation Bible school or church school curriculum for third through sixth graders, but can be used in a variety of other ways. …Through activities, stories, and prayer, children and their leaders will learn more about God by experiencing God’s world and will find out ways that they can help to care for the world.

Loving Our Neighbor, The Earth: Creation-Spirituality Activities for 9-11 Year-Olds
Author: Jenkins, Christie L. This curriculum consists of twenty lessons for children and teaches them to enjoy creation and the Creator, and care for creation. Topics include water conservation, cultivating the Earth, “God and Garbage,” learning the stars, and more. Contains photocopiable handouts.

My Life: A Steward’s Life
Author: Fillette, Barbara. A broadly graded stewardship education program for children ages four through grade two and children in grades three through six. This five-session course can be used in your congregation during a stewardship emphasis, for a special study, or as a resource for a five-day vacation school program. Each session is designed for a one-hour time frame but offers a wide variety of activities adn can be easily expanded.
Project Fragile Earth; Vacation Church School Curriculum for Caretake
Author: Camille Hegg, Jane McGuignan and Deana Trott

Protecting God’s Creation: A Resource Manual
Produced by the National Catholic Youth Initiative. An excellent resource for youth that creatively combines Catholic social teachings with actual opportunities to care for creation. After an introductory session on the sacredness of God’s creation, youth and their leaders may choose from a variety of topics (wastes, pesticides, rainforests, etc.) to further explore care for creation.

Sharing Nature with Children
Author: Cornell, Joseph. This creative guidebook helps parents and teachers to engage with the intricacies and mystery of nature as a child might. Such an engagement equips adults to invite children to explore and cherish the world in ways that call upon children’s natural curiosity and empathy. This book contains forty-two games and interactive experiences.

Sharing the Joy of Nature: Nature Activities for All Ages
Author: Cornell, Joseph. This classic environmental education resource engages children in nature awareness. Each book is filled with ideas, reflections, and creative games that serve to involve all of the senses with the natural world.

Stories in the Land: A Place-based Environmental Education Anthology
Author: John Elder. Stories in the Land is an excellent handbook for teachers who wish to explore place-based learning with their students.

Teaching Kids to Love the Earth; Sharing a Sense of Wonder: 186 Outdoor Activities for Parents and Other Teachers
Author: Marina Lachecki Herman

Using God’s World: in Christian Education
Author: Elaine M. Ward

Your Will Be Done on Earth: Eco-Spirituality Activities for 12-15 Year-olds
Author: Jenkins, Christie L. Eighteen easy-to-follow lesson plans combine theology and science to provide background information, activity ideas, and photocopiable handouts on issues such as habitat and species loss, animal rights, environmental degradation, and global warming. To order, go to Resource Publications, Inc.’s website.