Our Place in the Web of Life: An Introduction To Environmental Justice

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Use this curriculum to discover what environmental justice means to your congregation and community

This highly-engaging, five-session class invites participants to look deeply at the consequences of their actions on people and the environment–close at home and then further away in communities across the nation and world. Through film, music, participatory research, visual mapping, ethical reflection, meditation and ritual, participants wrestle with what it means to be faithfully and justly part of an inter-connected community of life.

The curriculum is easily adapted to meet specific thematic interests, and can help deepen a congregation’s work on Ethical Eating, Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression, climate and economic justice. It provides an excellent platform and preparation for Green Sanctuary action planning.

Short overview of the Web of Life Curriculum

“…in looking at environmental issues through a justice lens, this curriculum took us to a whole new level. The mapping exercise in particular was a very powerful learning tool." (UU Church in Reston, VA)

Learn more about the curriculum                                         EJ Curriculum Cover

  • This page includes the goals of the curriculum and explains how this curriculum relates to other courses and programs.
  • Read the two-page Executive Summary of the curriculum.
  • Meet the co-authors, Dr. Mark Hicks and Pamela Sparr.
  • Click here to watch Pam and Mark offer a short overview of the curriculum (YouTube, less than three minutes) or watch above.
  • Read testimonials from congregations who have already offered the curriculum.
  • Preview the curriculum: check out the Table of Contents and look through a sample session.

Help for facilitators

  • This page includes answers to all your programming and scheduling questions as well as materials from an introductory webinar. Note: Once you have provided your contact information through the curriculum download, you will be notified of future training webinars.
  • Watch this video demonstrating how to facilitate the mapping process in Session 3 and help your group reach an environmental "Ah Ha!" moment (YouTube, 15 minutes).
  • Read these background materials for the mapping process.

Download the full curriculum through our online store

Please fill in a donation amount at checkout. After you submit the order form, you will receive an e-mail with a link to access the full curriculum (1.3 MB PDF). Download the 8.5X11 curriculum cover seen above right (426 KB PDF).

What does it cost?

When you download the curriculum you will be asked to make a donation which will enable us to offer coaching and other congregational support as well as outreach to new audiences. The suggested donation is related to the number of participants in your course and/or the size of your congregation: $100 for a large congregation and $50 for a smaller congregation.

Please help us continue to update and expand this program, which was funded initially by individual donors and a grant from the UU Fund for Social Responsibility.