Discovering the Sabbath Shouldn’t Be Work: The New 24/6 Film Curricula for Your Small Group

“Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.”

Just as the Hebrews were slaves in Egypt, we have become slaves to the fast-paced, always-on, always-available 24/7 lifestyle. Setting aside just one day of rest a week helps us to reconnect with our Creator and find the peace of God that passes all understanding.

In this four-session video study, Dr. Matthew Sleeth lays out a plan for living a healthier, happier, more God-centered life by simply and faithfully honoring the Sabbath.

DVD Sessions (click to watch preview videos):

Session 1: Our 24/7 World

Session 2: Why We Need 24/6

Session 3: How We Do 24/6

Session 4: Your 24/6 Life

Bonus Session 1: A Special Message for Pastors (with Eugene Peterson)

Bonus Session 2: A Special Message for Business Owners (with Hobby Lobby CEO David Green and The DeMoss Group president Mark DeMoss)

Purchase the DVD and download the 24/6 Discussion Guide!

Press Release: Blessed Earth Participates in White House Dialogue on Congregations and Energy Efficiency

 

Washington, D.C. –September 13, 2012- Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth, founders of Lexington-based Blessed Earth, joined dozens of other leaders at the White House today for a conversation about boosting the energy efficiency of our nation’s houses of worship. The assorted group of leaders represented the nation’s faith community and the White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. In addition to Blessed Earth, participants included representatives from the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, and the Presbyterian Church USA, among others.

 

At a time when there is little common agreement between faith communities and the government, today’s event stands out by demonstrating both groups collaborating to promote environmental stewardship and the common good. This event is emblematic of a larger movement, as congregations all over the nation are striving to improve sustainability and reduce energy usage on their campuses. Best exemplifying this are the 1400 congregations nationwide who have committed to these principles by signing on to the EPA Energy Star for Congregations program, which provides information and technical assistance to aid congregations in energy conservation.

 

Blessed Earth is promoting this same kind of dialogue. The organization works with churches and seminaries nationally on sustainability and environmental stewardship. Over the past six years, the Sleeths have spoken at more than 1,000 churches, universities, seminaries, and conferences. Dr. Sleeth will be in Washington eight more times in the next year as he has been invited to lead a year-long series on creation care at the Washington National Cathedral.

 

 

 

If you would like more information about Blessed Earth, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth, please contact Laura Leavell, External Relations Coordinator at Blessed Earth at Laura@blessedearth.org or call (502) 533-2074.

 

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Why Our Roots in the Land Still Matter

In this recent article, Jonathan Stauffer examines the Church of the Brethren’s agricultural roots. Since their founding, the Brethren have been closely associated with agrarianism, particularly in rural areas. Stauffer explains the importance of this link, and the strong need for it to continue into the age of modern farming.

Click to view a PDF file of the article: Why Our Roots in the Land Still Matter by Jonathan Stauffer

Article courtesy of The Messenger (http://www.brethren.org/messenger/)

Photo Credits: Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford and Joel Brumbaugh-Cayford

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October 7 – National Cathedral

Washington, DC Dr. Matthew Sleeth will be preaching at the Washington National Cathedral. He will also interview noted author and farmer, Joel Salatin about faith-based approaches to food and animals.

Creation Care New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

We invite you to join us in making creation care New Year’s resolutions for 2012.
Register you commitment in the comments section below and if you use Facebook, please share your resolution on our Blessed Earth page too!

 

The first ten people to register their Creation Care New Year’s resolution will receive a free copy of Go Green, Save Green by Nancy Sleeth.

 

Check out our FREE downloadable Tip Sheets for some ideas on how to get started.

 

The Gospel According to the Earth

From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is filled with instructions on how we can demonstrate our love for the Creator by caring for the earth. Dr. Sleeth leads us on a highly creative journey through Scripture, visiting some of the most important characters in the Bible and discovering what they can teach us about issues such as stewardship, caring for our neighbors, and pollution. Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden teach us the importance of physical work in relation to discovering fulfillment and a sense of human purpose, the prophet Daniel calls us to question our dietary habits, and the story of Noah addresses key issues for life on earth: how do we relate to the Creator, to others in the human community, and to the rest of the natural world? With passion and faith, Sleeth provides a new green lens through which we can read the Bible to discover answers to our biggest questions about the environment and how to care for it.

E-book version

Your Story Guidelines

Here are a few common formats people use for framing their stories:

Testimony
You may share what led you to feel called to care for the earth, make a change in your own life and/or community, etc. Often these developments will happen as a result of the way someone has experienced life over time.

Reflection on an event or season of life
There are some entries that focus on a particular period of time in life when environmental concerns seem especially significant and compelling, which spurs change.

Challenge to others
Many

people feel called to encourage others to action based on their own positive experiences and growth. We are encouraged by this format, but do note that the Blessed Earth website is a no-guilt zone! 🙂 Challenges should be positively framed around the fruits you’ve experienced as a result of caring for the earth.

Report
We are extremely excited when people check in with us after a few months or a year to let us know how their journeys are going. This format works especially well for small groups, churches, ministries and other organizations.

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You should also adhere to these simple guidelines as you put your piece together:

  • The piece should be 500 words or less.
  • If Blessed Earth or the Sleeths have impacted your journey, please let us know how.
  • Your story should be a story — not an overt plug or a sermon. We want the stories to feel personal and paint a picture of what your life looks like before, during, and after your calling to take better care of the earth. These are meant to be “snapshots” of people walking out a creation care lifestyle.
  • The piece should contain no divisive, political or inflammatory language or viewpoints.
  • There should be no reference — even implied — to a commercial/for-profit venture. Exceptions may be made for books or films, at our discretion.
  • Please include a high-resolution photo. Video links are also acceptable, and will be reviewed upon receipt of your piece.