Resources for Faith Communities
The New Community Project aims to inspire, educate and empower faith communities and their members. As noted below, we provide worship resources, education materials, experience learning, and opportunities for action. We also do a pretty good job of coming up with what you need-even if we don't currently have it-so don't hesitate to let us know what would be helpful to your ministry in the community and beyond.
Is your congregation supporting NCP through your budget or with special offerings? Here are some short readings that describe our work.
Special Projects flyer! Opportunities to help our neighbors through girls' education and women's development and to restore God's earth through reforestation and rainforest preservation.
Program Area: Care for Creation
On our Creative Arts page, we offer a variety of shorter (Checklist, The Talk, Thirsty) to longer (When Mother Calls, Wade in the Water) skits, readings and dramas related to creation care for use in worship and retreat settings.
Speakers and workshop leaders? NCP staff are knowledgeable, passionate and occasionally funny—and try their best to live out their earth-friendly principles. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the most important ways to “educate” people about the challenges facing God’s earth is through direct experiences. This can be in natural areas near the congregation where both the beauty and problems facing the environment are encountered, or through programs offered by NCP. See our Experiential Learning section below for info on Learning Tours, Apprenticeships, Solidarity Workers, and speakers.
NCP also offers an extensive Earth Care awareness section, with individual analyses of Water, Forests, Air, etc. Along with this, we have a plethora of flyers and web pages on a variety of topics on this page. And we provide these study materials:
Join NCP in protecting the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, sow seeds of peace in South Sudan, reclaim barren hillsides in Myanmar, promote permaculture in the Dominican Republic! See our If a Tree Falls … page. Great Bible School or Sunday School project!
Our Sustainable Living Center staff offer energy assessments of congregational buildings and homes.
The NCP Facebook page keeps folks up-to-date on the latest environmental developments globally and within the US, and NCP efforts to bring change.
Help congregation members go green when they go shopping—purchase NCP's enviro-friendly tote bag. It's a well-built, large-capacity, made-of-recycled-cloth and plastic, once-and-for-all answer to the "paper or plastic" debate!
Program Area: Peace with Justice
Whether through a visit to a congregation, leading a youth retreat, offering Learning Tours to poorer areas of the world, or our support for women’s programs, girls’ education and native communities around the world, we hope to raise questions of fairness—or what the Bible unashamedly calls “justice".
In the worship setting, many of our skits and readings are justice-themed: from the always popular I was Hungry Today to the sparring lawyers in The Client, which uses the parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus as a starting point. See them all in the justice and peace section of our Creative Arts page.
Want to dig a little deeper?
Our Free, Fair, Faux, Phun page examines both Free and Fair Trade, and finds both lacking the Phun-damental changes we need in the global economic system.
The Food for Thought hunger awareness activity contrasts the lifestyles of the poor and wealthy in our world, and explores how this impacts food supply and other areas of life.
Learn more about the causes of the global food crisis and what your congregation can do.
The world's most marginalized people are highlighted here; find out what your congregation can do about it.
For more educational resources see our Just Facts page.
Send people on Learning Tours to Myanmar, Nepal, South Sudan or Central America for a life- and perspective-changing encounter with people at the margins of global society.
Support girls' education and women's development through Give a Girl a Chance. 100 percent of donations go to the programs—really!
Special Get Organized page for young adults
Check here for more ways to bring justice to our world!
We feel that change comes from within, and that changing society begins with transforming people and communities, who take the message out from there. Here are some of the ways we invite and hopefully incite this kind of transformation.
Learning Tours take people of all ages out of their comfort zones to experience the world as it is. These aren’t mission or service trips, but opportunities to build relationships with our neighbors and God’s creation, while also seeing the work of NCP partners first-hand. While accommodations are basic, these trips are accessible to anyone with adequate mobility and a willingness to live simply. And in places like Nepal, where there is a moderately strenuous hike to a vista point, alternative arrangements can be made for transport for those not up to it.
Apprentices are welcomed at our Sustainable Living Centers—we offer room, board and a monthly stipend for a limited number of participants for one-year assignments.
We also send Solidarity Workers to learn and serve with our partners abroad. NCP covers most costs for up to two participants per year; six month commitment required.
NCP staff visit dozens of schools and colleges every year with stories and photos of the challenges facing our planet and its people. Invite us to schools in your area as an extension of your outreach.