“In the beginning, God created…humans in God’s image, and gave them dominion among all the creatures of God’s creation.” What does that mean for us Christians in 2023?
Does God care how we live on the earth? Is how we treat the planet and its human and non-human inhabitants only about politics, or is it primarily a spiritual issue? Is it just a private lifestyle matter, or should our churches “go green” as well? And if so, how do we start?
This course provides facts, inspiration, and practical help in beginning such change, leveraging small personal and congregational steps to enable bigger leaps in living lightly on the earth for the sake of loving God and loving our neighbors, doing no harm, doing good, and staying in love with God.
So, bring along a friend or your congregation’s “Green Team” to “audit” the course alongside you.
You must have a copy of Sally Dyck and Sarah Ehrman’s book, A Hopeful Earth: Faith, Science, and the Message of Jesus for this course.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
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Number of weeks: 2
Required books: Yes
Certification or Series: No
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About the Instructor
Rev. Beth Galbreath is a United Methodist deacon, but for over 50 years she’s been an activist for solar and wind energy and eco-sustainability, and now serving as a solar ambassador of the Illinois Solar Education Association. She is also a member of her annual conference’s Net-Zero team, working to locally implement the goals of the United Methodist Interagency Just and Equitable Net-Zero Coalition, and encourage churches to grow toward sustainability in many ways.
She serves on the pastoral leadership team of Compassion UMC in Brookfield, Illinois, a new church plant, whose rooftop solar system provides all its electricity. The photovoltaic system on her home powers not only the home but also an all-electric car, and she works continually to reduce, reuse and recycle more and more, to live lightly on the earth.