We are very happy to announce that Wholemakers, a new integral ecology curriculum for young adults, is now available for free download and use!
Wholemakers is a 10-session curriculum on integral ecology for use in young adult ministry. Created by young adults for young adults, it weaves together the latest in climate science with insights from Catholic tradition to equip participants to be the faithful protagonists of transformation the world so urgently needs, as Pope Francis described it. View flier.
“This resource was created through collaboration with Catholic young adults who know solutions to climate change and its ensuing injustices can begin with each one of us prayerfully acting in our own communities,” said Diana Marin, Catholic Climate Covenant program manager for young adult mobilization. “There is a real hunger for community-building and action-oriented resources within faith-based climate organizing. Our hope is this curriculum spurs action and develops community among youth and young adults.”
"One of the best kept secrets of the Church is Catholic Social Tradition, including our understanding of care of creation. It's time to share that secret with the world, especially young adults who are so excited and ready to make a difference!” said Becky Czarnecki, MDiv, Assistant Director of Faith and Justice at the University of Notre Dame, who was a pilot facilitator. “Wholemakers has the potential to change the world by converting the hearts of young adults as they navigate such an important phase of life. I'm excited to spread the Good News that God is with us in creation and that the opportunity to protect it is a real privilege. Parishes, college campus ministries and clubs, diocese young adult groups...the opportunities (and potential impact!) are endless, so I'm excited to begin."
The Wholemakers curriculum is intended for use in high schools, college campuses, and small groups in parishes and other contexts. Wholemakers includes 10 sessions, with 3 tracks focusing on Spirituality & Ecology, Sustainability & Simple Living, and Social Action & Civic Love. It was created and vetted by a consortium of young adults, theologians, and experts from Catholic Climate Covenant, Maryknoll, and the USCCB among other institutions. It was piloted in 13 communities including the University of Notre Dame, the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese Care for Creation Team, and the Academy of Our Lady High School in Los Angeles.
The curriculum was developed for youth and young adults curious about climate justice’s intersection with their Catholic faith, those struggling with climate anxiety, and those seeking a community of peers passionate about caring for our common home.
Youth, young adults, and those who serve them will be able to download the sessions for free and become a facilitator or approach their high school, parish, college campus, or friend group about beginning program.
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