Tearfund is a Christian charity that’s passionate about ending global poverty. Environmental destruction and climate change have a huge effect on communities in poorer parts of the world, so these are some of the main issues that Tearfund seeks to address. The current Director of Global Advocacy and Influencing at Tearfund is Ruth Valerio, formerly of A Rocha, and author of the excellent Say Yes to Life.
Tearfund have always produced excellent resources, and there are some very helpful ones on caring for creation that are freely available on their website. Take a look at what is available on the Tearfund website, and explore the latest material and also the archives of resources from previous projects.
The very latest resource at the moment is the ‘Reboot’ campaign to start back after COVID-19 lockdown in a way that is fair and sustainable. There is also a new ‘Reveal’ toolkit for small group study, Bible study and action, with options to cover many issues – including creation care. There is also a section on environment and climate on their separate ‘Learn’ website, with in-depth articles and reports.
Previous campaigns and resources are still available on their website, including the Rubbish campaign about waste disposal, a church service pack (including sermon notes, and kids resources) on water provision called ‘One Big Mountain’, and the Live Justly resources produced in partnership with Micah challenge USA.
There is a series of six Bible studies that use the Church and community mobilisation process that Tearfund use around the world. The principles laid out are very general, and could be used to help a group to think about caring for creation, perhaps to complement an A Rocha Eco-Church programme.