Growing Together

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Growing Together is a free program, toolkit, and community building resource, designed for the church.  Together, we engage congregations in faith-based conversations for practical applications of environmental healing and justice, in church and home contexts.

 

Developed alongside advisors at Yale’s Forum on Religion and Ecology and Oxford University’s Laudato Si’ Institute, the Growing Together Program connects the dots between faith, science, and creation care. This program is free for churches and welcomes people from all parts of the Christian family.

Growing Together –  Program

5 Sessions, 1 Session per Month, Jan – May 2021

  • Free series
  • Online via Zoom, will be facilitated 
  • You just show up!

5 Session  Overview:

  • Jan 14th  –  Intro: Faith, Science & Creation Care (Recording)
  • Feb 11th  – Eating: Theology of Food (Recording)
    Feb 25th – Faith & Food Justice Forum (Recording)
  • Mar 11th  – Purchasing: Living Simply & Justly (Recording)
  • Apr  8th   – Recycling: Soil & Compost
  • May 13th  – Growing: Pulling it Together

(Sessions are held on the 2nd Thursday evening of each month at 7pm EST and 7pm PST.)

Throughout the program, we deepen into the spiritual, scientific, and social dimensions of creation care, and explore how reintegrating it as a core value in our faith helps us be more wholehearted agents of God’s love, reconciliation, and social healing in the world.

Mission:

Bridge Creation Care to the Church’s mission of equity, justice, and love, to restore relationships with God, neighbor, and all of creation.

Goals:

Map theology & science of creation care

Model heart-led conversations about faith, justice & care of creation

Mobilize actionable steps supported by ongoing community, tools & resources

What to Expect:

Each session (60 minutes) will be focused on a particular topic featuring leading theologians, scientists, and community organizers, followed by inspiring stories, facilitated small group discussion, and tools for practical implementation. 

 

Connection: Time for connecting and sharing stories. 

Inspiration: Be inspired by churches and organizations living out creation care ministry well. 

Education: Ground creation care in Christian theology and science. Learn from leading faith leaders, scientists,and community organizers.

Conversation: Engage in heart-led, facilitated dialogue about restoring faith, justice, and creation.

Implementation: Receive resources and customizable step-by step guides for taking the next steps in your congregation. You will also receive community support in each step of the journey!

Who is this for?

Church leaders and congregation members (clergy and lay members) who are:

  • Seeking deeper, more theologically and scientifically grounded understanding of creation care
  • Seeking to connect the dots between learning and living creation care in their church, home, and community contexts
  • Seeking  practical knowledge and resources for beginning and sustaining creation care work across time
  • Seeking compassionate dialogue about faith, science, and creation care
  • Seeking like-minded, intergenerational community who is committed to creation care ministry

Information Meeting Video

The video above is a 25 min recording of our information meeting held on November 20, 2020.  It was followed by a question and answer session which can be found here:  Growing Together Pilot Q & A.

Video Sections with Times

 

Growing Together - Program Overview 2:03
Growing Together - Inspiration 2:03
Growing Together - Advisors 5:37
Growing Together - Description & Goals 7:28
Growing Together - Curriculum Overview 10:13
Pilot - Session Topics 16:16
Pilot - How it Works / What to Expect 17:30
Pilot - Sample Session 19:15
Pilot - Dates, Times, Free 22:30
Pilot - Who is this for? 24:01
Pilot - Next Steps 25:39

Register for Growing Together Program

This program is free for all.

5 Sessions, 1 Session per Month, Jan – May 2021