A Life of Grace for the Whole World: Youth Book

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

Jerry Cappel 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 is an ordained Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Kentucky, currently serving as the Environmental Network Coordinator for Province IV of the Episcopal Church. He serves on the board of the Center for Religion and the Environment at the University of the South and as a fellow with GreenFaith.

Stephanie M Johnson is the rector at St. Paul's, Riverside, Connecticut. She serves as Co-Chair of the Episcopal Church's Advisory Council on the Stewardship of Creation. Rev. Johnson is on the Leadership Circle of Blessed Tomorrow, a program of EcoAmerica.  She is the Co-founder of the Fairfield County Interfaith Alliance on Climate Change and convenor of the New England Regional Environmental Ministry Network. Stephanie worked as the Environmental Missioner for the Episcopal Church’s Province I. She earned an STM from Yale Divinity School, where her work focused on environmental ministry from Yale Divinity School. Stephanie frequently preaches and speaks on eco-theology.  Rev. Johnson works extensively with youth on 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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