The Northwest Earth Institute offers six self-led discussion courses that are used by hundreds of faith communities around the country each fall and spring as part of adult religious education offerings. The courses help individuals and congregations to reflect on personal values and habits, accept responsibility for the Earth, and to act on that commitment. Courses consist of 6-12 people who meet for 4-8 sessions to discuss readings from the course materials. The courses establish trust, respect, and a sense of community among group members, allowing participants to seek personal clarity without group consensus. The programs also foster a supportive environment for personal change towards deepened sense of responsibility to act in service of Creation.
Voluntary Simplicity, addressing the distractions of modern society that keep us from caring for ourselves, our relationships, and our environment.
Exploring Deep Ecology, addressing core values and how they affect the way we view and treat the Earth.
Discovering a Sense of Place, focusing on knowing and protecting our place in nature.
Choices for Sustainable Living, exploring the meaning of sustainable living and the ties between lifestyle choices and their impact on the Earth.
Globalization and Its Critics, exploring how global trade is affecting the environment, local economies, and social and cultural customs throughout the world.
Healthy Children Healthy Planet, exploring how the pervasive effects of advertising, media, and our consumer culture can influence a child's view of the world.
The newest course due to be released early next year will be a four session course on the implications of Global Warming, and how we as a culture can respond effectively and with a sense of empowerment in the face of such a critical issue.