This brand-new advanced Lay Servant Ministries course invites participants to deepen their biblical and theological understanding of God’s call to care for creation and how that connects with other issues of justice in light of Wesleyan tradition and social principles. Participants will learn how to speak about the climate crisis with love, and take action responding to environmental needs, both personally and with others in their congregations in their own local settings. This course will equip participants to help lead “Loving People and Planet in God’s Name” in their local Lay Academy in-person or Zoom settings, and to lead congregational “green teams.”
In addition to Blackboard interactions, one optional Zoom meeting may be held, scheduled with learner input, during the second week. The meeting will not be recorded.
Learners must obtain the book: Climate Justice: A Call to Hope and Action edited by Pat Watkins, in the updated 2023 edition.
This course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries, and is the “polity” course required for Lay Speaker certification.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
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Number of weeks: 2
Required books: Yes
Zoom: Yes, optional
Certification or Series: Yes (Lay Servant Ministries)
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About the Instructor
Rev. Beth Galbreath is a United Methodist deacon. She has been active in the environmental and renewable energy movements since the early ’70’s, and chaired her city’s first Sun Day celebration in 1978. She is an active member of the Illinois Solar Education Association, a longtime solar and conservation advocate, wilderness canoeist, and organic gardener. Rev. Galbreath is also a member of the Northern Illinois Conference Net-Zero Committee and creator of its website (econetnic.org). She and her husband Jim own their own solar electric system which feeds not only their home but their all-electric car, and she’s learning to cook electrically, without using the gas range. Their congregation, Compassion United Methodist Church in Brookfield, Illinois, also is powered by its rooftop solar array.