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Natural SaintsHow People of Faith are Working to Save God's Earth$
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Mallory McDuff

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195379570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379570.001.0001

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Educating Youth

Educating Youth

Solar Panels at Camp, Creation Care at Sunday School

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Natural Saints

Mallory McDuff (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the question of how Christian education can engage youth in environmental stewardship and the moral imperative to protect God’s earth. The stories in this chapter highlight the ministry of Christian education for youth in three contexts: camp and conference centers, Sunday school classes, and youth groups. This chapter introduces faith leaders such as Stan Hubbard, the president of Kanuga Conferences, who saw green initiatives for camps as a discernment process that led to the installation of one of the largest solar water-heating systems in the Southeast. The lessons learned in this chapter include using land owned by religious institutions to engage youth in the outdoors, ensuring that camp facilities reflect environmental stewardship, using facilities as a teaching tool, integrating creation care into Sunday school, and harnessing the power of media to promote environmentally responsible behaviors.

Keywords:   camp and conference centers, churches, creation spirituality, Christian education, eco-parable, environmental stewardship, Jubilee Community Church, Kanuga Camp and Conference Center, solar power, Sunday school

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