Every Creature Singing is an adult curriculum for congregations, small groups or individuals who want to explore questions like these:

  • What guidance does the Christian faith offer on issues like climate change and environmental injustice?
  • Where in our circle of influence is creation struggling, and what can we do about it?
  • How can we as a community be faithful in pursuing spiritual and household practices that help us care for the earth?

See the links in the left panel of this page to download the curriculum free of charge. Note that there is a U.S. version and a Canadian version.

U.S. Readers: Please use the Canadian version for now and give us another week or two to get the U.S. version back online. Or email mccn@goshen.edu for the original U.S. version.

 

Curriculum Structure and Format

Every Creature Singing is divided into three units of four sessions each.

  • Biblical and Theological Foundations
  • Pursuing Peace and Justice
  • Choosing A Simple Lifestyle

The thirteenth session is left open to be used at the congregation’s discretion.

More detailed outline   

Each session includes:

  • suggested scripture passages,
  • a reflective essay and discussion questions,
  • suggested spiritual practices and household practices,
  • Knowing Your Place questions that focus on the group’s surrounding neighborhood
  • additional resources

The leader’s guide offers goals and teaching ideas for shaping each session.

While we provide material for a traditional quarter-long, one-hour Christian education, we hope people will feel free to be creative in adapting this material to fit their time slot and group. Suggestions for other approaches are described in the introductory material.

History

In July 2013, Mennonite Creation Care Network proposed a resolution to the delegates gathered at Mennonite Church USA’s biennial convention. The resolution called all Mennonite congregations to study creation care within their own ecological and social contexts during the next two years. The resolution passed, and Every Creature Singing was created to aid congregations in fulfilling this commitment.
Read the resolution

While this curriculum was developed with the Mennonite Church USA in mind, we hope it can serve a broader community as well. If you are from another denomination, please be gracious in tolerating our references to Mennonites!