Online video course • Approximately 4-6 hours • Comes with a license to use with your whole parish, school, or organization
How can I help my church better care for Creation?
- Where should I start?
- When should I act?
- Who are my allies?
- What resources are available?
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Inspire your community to take action for the care of Creation
- cite references of Christian spirituality about ecology
- promote environmental education in a church context
- design various activities about Creation care
- identify the church's resistance to the environment
- mobilize other members of the community to form a green committee
- 1. Integration
- 1.1 Overview
- 1.2 Let's Start!
- 1.3 Download the Workbook
- 1.4 The Goals of this Ministry
- 1.5 The Fruits of This Ministry
- 1.6 What Is This Ministry?
- 1.7 Ten Steps to Green Your Church
- 2. Church: Green or Not?
- 2.1 Church's Resistance
- 2.2 History of Church & Nature
- 2.3 Integration
- 3. Structure of This Ministry
- 3.1 Structuring This Ministry
- 3.2 The Three Pillars
- 3.3 Integration
- 4. Spirituality of Creation
- 4.1 Question
- 4.2 Green Pages of the Bible
- 4.3 Church Fathers
- 4.4 Ecological Saints
- 4.5 Eucharistic Prayers
- 4.6 Church Statements
- 4.7 Christian Spiritualities
- 4.8 Sharing Spirituality
- 4.9 Integration
- 5. Environmental Education
- 5.1 Question
- 5.2 Typical Representations
- 5.3 What Is Environmental Ed.?
- 5.4 Strategies for Churches
- 5.5 Movies
- 5.6 Green Tips
- 5.7 Integration
- 6. Action
- 6.1 Question
- 6.2 From Intention to Action
- 6.3 Projects
- 6.4 Integration
- 6.5 Action Plan
- 6.6 Communicate & Celebrate
- 7. Designing Activities
- 7.1 Design an Activity
- 7.2 Activity Examples
- 7.3 Your Own Activity
- 8. Conclusion
- 8.1 Ministry Mandate
- 8.2 It's About Hope
- 8.3 Go Further!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- When does the course start and finish? The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
- How long do I have access to the course? You will have unlimited access to this course - across any and all devices you own.
- What if I am unhappy with the course? We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
- I am Catholic/Protestant/Orthodox, can I still take courses here? Yes. Christians of all denominations will find these courses helpful. While it has some Catholic emphasis, the vast majority of information comes from the common Christian Tradition.
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The Pastoral Center
Norman teaches with passion, gentleness and respect, caring about each student. The lessons are very well prepared, the content is very rich and varied.
Professor Norman Lévesque was very inspiring, competent, respectful and passionate with a nice touch of humour. Thanks to him, I reinforced my conviction that we are guardians of creation and not dominant owners of our beautiful blue planet.
NORMAN LÉVESQUE, M.Th., has been a lecturer on Creation Care since 2005. He holds a Master's degree in practical theology, and his thesis was on Creation Care as a new ministry in the Church. He is the founder of the Green Churches Network in Canada. He has worked as a diocesan animator for Creation Care Ministry in the Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil (South Shore of Montreal, Canada). He received an honorable mention from the Diocesan Order of Merit in 2007. He wrote the practical guide Greening Your Church (Novalis 2014) and he co-authored the book Les pages vertes de la Bible (Novalis, 2011) with David Fines.
He is also a science educator, formerly a science teacher. He holds a graduate degree in Atmospheric Science from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM, 2008). He works as a scientific educator in an environmental museum.