Two new study guides on the Church and the environment are published this week.
Paint the Church Green
A group course by Ellen Teague
Published by Kevin Mayhew
Paint the Church Green enables church groups to explore the relationship between faith and concern for the natural world. By learning about environmental issues, unsustainable development and the link with global poverty, it reflects on western lifestyle and encourages positive suggestions for change.
Paint the Church Green features six 'agendas' (sessions) that are designed to take place over six weeks:
· People and Planet
· Food and Drink
· Battling the Elements
· Energy for the Future
· Abundant Life
· Covenant with Creation.
Each agenda encourages groups to share their experiences, followed by biblical reflection, tips to help churches of all denominations bring about change and a concluding prayer.
Between the Flood and the Rainbow
Climate Change and the Church's Social Teaching - A Study Guide
Produced by OPERATION NOAH, supported by CAFOD, Columban Faith and Justice, and the National Justice and Peace Network
This study guide on Climate Change is based upon key themes in Catholic Social Teaching. It is intended for study and reflection by adult groups. The guide contains agendas for six Meetings with accompanying Appendices, Reflection and Action Sheets, Reading Sheets, plus a Prayer and Worship Section.
Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton Diocese, Episcopal Liaison for Environmental Justice, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales said of 'Between the Flood and the Rainbow' : "I welcome these study materials from Operation Noah. They are a practical and stimulating way in which to help deepen our appreciation of the environment and understand the challenges arising from climate change. The world of nature is a gift from God and a primary way in which God invites us to share in God's life and become more truly human. God saw what he had made and found it good."
Price: £5 plus £1 p&p from: Operation Noah, The Grayston Centre, 28 Charles Square, London N1 6HT. 020 7324 4761. www.operationnoah.org