Taking Back the Earth | UMC YoungPeople
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September 2018

Taking Back the Earth

By Dave Magee

Caring for creation is a spiritual task, and one that God calls us to do. This activity will help students engage their imaginations to think through the types of things that need to change to fulfill that call of God. It is a great conclusion to the lesson at https://www.umcyoungpeople.org/the-latest/mountain-sunday

  • Ask the group – “You all have been charged with making a new set of guidelines that all of humanity must follow for seeking to take care of the earth and its God-given resources.”
  • Designate one student (or a leader) to be the writer. Then have students share their ideas, writing all ideas suggested down. (hopefully there will be a lot)
  • Then say to the group – “We have a lot of good and interesting suggestions here, but this is probably too many for someone to remember, as a group let’s get this down to our top 5 guidelines people must follow.” (Allow students to discuss/debate/vote as needed to get down to a top 5. They may be able to combine them into larger categories.)
  • After the class has gotten it down to the top 5 ask – “What would it take for people to actually start following these 5 guidelines now? What difference do you think that could make on Creation?”
Dave MaGee has served in youth ministry for two decades since graduating from Duke University Divinity School in 1999. He served as a youth minister in several churches in Texas and most recently served as the Director of Student Ministries at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.