IFD335 – Creation Care: Biblical Basics
Course Dates: September 19 – November 12, 2016
In the beginning, God created humans and gave them responsibility to be stewards of all that God made. Yet, we don’t often think about how our faith interacts with the natural world. Whether new to Creation Care or a longtime practitioner, this course is designed to help you:
- learn the differences between a secular approach to Environmentalism and a Christian approach to Creation Care;
- develop a biblical background for why Christians should be concerned with the treatment of the natural world;
- discover some theological bases for why the Church should be leading the cause of ecological sustainability;
- explore the ethics, justice, and mercy of how we treat all forms of life;
- consider tangible, personal ways for you to put your faith into action in your own life, congregation, community, work place, etc.;
- find ways to make a larger impact by partnering with Christian organizations, becoming a faith-based voice in the world on this subject, etc.;
- develop a personal action plan for Creation Care according to your faith.
We will read through two books in this course – Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology will give us a strong foundation for being able to see Creation Care as a biblical calling. Serving God, Saving the Planet is one of the most user-friendly, practical books for putting Creation Care into action in your life. Together, these two books will give you a well-rounded understanding of the issues and enough tools to take the next step in being a faithful steward of God’s great gift of the created world.
Required Materials: Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology: Foundations in Scripture, Theology, History, and Praxis by Brunner, Butler, and Swoboda and Serving God, Saving the Planet: A Call to Care for Creation and Your Soul by Matthew Sleeth.
1.5 CEUs are available upon successful completion of this course.
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Jonathan Brake is an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the UMC. Since 2000, he has served at multi-staff city churches, a 3-point charge outside of Charlotte, and two regular-sized churches in North Carolina.
Currently, Rev. Brake is the Minister of Adult Spiritual Formation at Centenary UMC in Winston-Salem, NC, where he oversees Sunday school, small groups, and spiritual formation activities. He leads the development of a comprehensive disciple-formation process for members and attendees of Centenary UMC. He serves on the WNC Conference Justice & Reconciliation Committee with a focus on Creation Care. In 2016, he helped to start the Creation Care Ministry of the WNCC.