Keeping the Garden: A Faith Response to God’s Creation
Drawn from our interactive In Real Life youth curriculum, this resource includes six sessions (plus one optional extender session):
1. A Mess in God's Kitchen • Encourage participants to build their care for the environment as a faith response to God the Creator.
2. Babblings on Babel • Develop in participants the desire to protect the variety God intends for creation.
3. What's in a Name? • Help participants realize that their relationship to the rest of creation, and especially to God, obligates them to care for God’s world.
4. Pushing God's "Legal Limits" • Encourage participants to live within the limits of creation.
5. Sufficiency • Challenge participants to look beyond themselves when evaluating their needs, wants, and dreams.
6. Faith in the Rain • Reassure participants that God uses small acts of faith to accomplish great healing in humanity’s relationship with creation.
7. Once Upon a Time.... (Extender Session option) • Help participants draw on sustainable practices from the past in developing their own caring relationship with God’s creation. Teach participants how to compost, a specific skill for “keeping the garden.”
The stories of “beginnings” highlight the earth as God’s, and creation as a “book” that reveals Life and light at the heart of all that has life. God is embedded in this treasure, reason enough to hold and protect it, and our attentive relationship with God’s good gift of creation means ensuring that it continues to function according to God’s designAn "In Real Life" theme • Sold per-parish as downloadable ($17) and/or paperback ($21.50) resources.