I continue to be amazed by the intentionality of the summer long Eco-Steward interns (shown here with other members of the week long Eco-Steward program in May 2010) and the blogs they are keeping about the ministry they are encountering.
Here is another post. You can follow for yourself at http://ecostewardsprogram.wordpress.com/2010/07/19/caring-for-gods-people-earth-education-at-kanawha-united-presbyterian/
Caring for God’s People & Earth: Education at Kanawha United Presbyterian Chris Rogillio’s children grew up when the “reduce, reuse, and recycle” lessons were being taught in schools. Her children brought these lessons home with them and they interacted with Rogilio’s faith background, especially those scriptures about creation, scriptures that had always been dear to her. Although, she remarks, those scriptures are “easier to read than to put in place, because it takes effort.” Rogillio makes that effort. She is the Director of Christian Education at Kanawha United Presbyterian Church (USA) in Charleston, WV. This congregation makes an effort to be good stewards of creation. Recently they installed an energy-efficient water heater; they have purchased kitchenware instead of continuing to use disposable plates and cups; they recycle paper; the children collect aluminum tabs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House; and they replaced the many windows in their education center with stationary, double-pane windows for heating and cooling efficiency. The people at Kanawha United do what they can with what they have, which is all anyone can do. Rigillio helped organize two different camp groups last year to focus on social and eco-justice. The camps and the responses from the children inspired Rigillio. She decided to do programs on what she calls “a different bent” with the children at Kanawha United. So this past fall (2009), Rogillio combined the church year and Sunday school with ecology and social justice. She used her gifts and passions to write two curricula each for her elementary and middle school age Sunday school classes–four different programs in all. The first was on God’s creation and the next on creation in the Psalms. Both curricula were about “God’s creating, … our part in it, and how everything has a part,” as she describes it. “We tried to stay away from the things they get at school all the time,” Rogillio says. She told me they are already taught about reducing, reusing, and recycling, so in Sunday school, she had them look at the seeds and roots of plants and our faith. The curriculum “blend[s] our faith journeys into how God has planned creation,” notes Rogillio.