A Life of Grace for the Whole World: Youth Book

A Study Course on the House of Bishops' Pastoral Teaching on the Environment

Jerry Cappell and Stephanie M. Johnson

Mar/2017, 48 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819233806



• Engages the church with the teaching and pastoral plea from the House of Bishops on creation care
• Unique focus on sacramental, prayer, and liturgical life alongside practical responses

As science and politics engage in a never-ending battle over the environment, A Life of Grace for the Whole World re-claims the theology of salvation and redemption for all creation. Using the House of Bishop's Pastoral Teaching on the Environment -- the first statement on the environment from The Episcopal Church leadership -- as a guide, A Life of Grace engages participants in understanding how the call to care for Creation informs and deepens appreciation and love for God and God's work in Creation, and how that finds expression in the faith life of individuals and churches.

The adult sessions use Bible study, discussion questions, reflections on sections of the Book of Common Prayer, and other activities to encourage active learning. Each week participants are asked to reflect, in different ways, on their faith communities and their own spiritual journey and how they can find a more meaningful connection with God's active work among all creation.

The youth section, which parallels the adult sessions, encourages active engagement through viewing of videos, use of technology, and a range of activities. Exploratory questions for the facilitator allow for open-ended conversation and discussion of current events around environment and faith. Connecting the five-week session is the creation of a Tree of Life, which is added to during every session.

Both an Adult Booklet and a Youth Booklet enhance the experience of A Life of Grace, both within and outside of the sessions, with additional content, activities, and journaling space.

Audience: Church leadership, church members, youth leaders, adult and youth faith-formation, Christian educators, small groups, Christian day schools (teens).

Jerry Cappel, an ordained Episcopal priest serving St. James Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Kentucky and as Environmental Network Coordinator for Province IV of The Episcopal Church, has an MDiv from Harding Graduate School of Religion in Memphis, Tennessee, and a PhD in Religious Education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He also serves as President of Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light and is a fellow with the Center for Religion and the Environment and for GreenFaith. He has worked as an author and editor of youth and adult education materials for Smyth & Helwys Publishing in Macon, Georgia, and as a Learning Consultant for Humana, Inc. in Louisville.

Stephanie M Johnson spent 20 years as an environmental planner and educator before entering ordained ministry. For 4 years, she worked as the Environmental Missioner for the Bishops of New England (Province 1). She holds a M Div and MST on environmental ministry from Yale Divinity School. She gives talks and lectures on faith and the environment, while also leading workshops on grief in the face of climate change and biblically based social justice and community organizing. She works extensively with youth on exploring current events and faith formation.

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  • Nature and Faith
  • Environment
  • Creation
  • Pastoral Teaching on the Environment
  • Bible study
  • Small-group study
  • Youth resources
  • adult resources
  • Adult study

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