Group Discussion Guide: Caring for Creation

Lesson 4 — Hope for Creation

  1. Our conversations around climate change aren’t working, and Rick suggests that we need a new vocabulary to get through the stubborn cultural impasse surrounding environmental issues.  

    • In your experience, what role does fear play in conversations about climate change?  

    • Although the situation seems dire, Rick does stress that there are reasons for hope. What would it look like to approach the challenge of climate change from a posture of hope rather than fear?  

  2. Rick sees a distinctly Christian hope as the key to facing the grave challenge of climate change.  

    • Although creation’s ultimate hope is solely in the saving action of God, the Creator of all that is, Christians can still pursue goals of proximate hope. Think about your own personal footprint, as well as those of your family, your neighborhood, and your city. What sustainability goals are reasonable to strive for, even if only on a relatively small scale?  

    • Augustine of Hippo wrote the following of Christian hope: “Hope has two beautiful daughters: their names are Anger and Courage—Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” In what concrete ways can Christians apply this angry, courageous hope to the issue of climate change?