Globalization We Can Grasp
Globalization We Can Grasp is a five-session, web-based curriculum package exploring economic globalization. The series is based on the Accra Confession: Covenanting for Justice in the Economy and the Earth which the UCC’s General Synod commended to the church for study, reflection, prayer, and action. Each module includes downloadable printed materials with background information, Bible study, discussion questions, a litany based on the Accra Confession, and a 10- to 20-minute video that examines problems arising from our system of globalization and features people who are responding to these problems and making a difference. The curriculum was developed by the North American Covenanting for Justice Working Group, affiliated with the World Communion of Reformed Churches. WCRC is a transnational ecumenical body to which the UCC belongs. (Prior to 2010, the WCRC was called the World Allicance of Reformed Churches or WARC.)
Covenanting for Justice means working with communities as part of our Christian witness in solidarity with neighbors near and far to bring about a sustainable and just global community. We invite you to join in this transnational movement and to covenant for justice!
The five workshop modules that can be downloaded below make real the challenges of globalization and the witness of the prophetic church. The modules in the curriculum contain video examples of social and environmental tragedy, and some triumphs of solidarity. You can use these as a five-week curriculum (or six weeks if you add an additional session to read and discuss the Accra Confession), or choose from the five modules according to the interests and time commitment of the group. You will need at least 90 minutes per session if you hope to have time for discussion. If your time is shorter, you can spread each session over two gatherings. The flash videos can be viewed online at YouTube but may be small for a group to view well. Call Annie at Justice and Witness Ministries at 216-736-3720 to request CDs of the videos for modules 2-5.
Download the Globalization We Can Grasp curriculum (see the section for each of the five modules, below)
Download the Facilitator's Guide that is useful for all five modules.
Download the Accra Confession English Spanish
Module 1. Introduction to Globalization and the Church's Response
This module provides the background and theology about globalization. The relationship between globalization and empire is explored. Through the “Letter from Accra,” video, and worship, this module explores how we as Christians can respond to aspects of globalization that are unsustainable and unjust.
Download the curriculum for Module 1
View the two-part video, "Coffee, Corn and the Cost of Globalization" Coffee (Part I) Coffee (Part II) (16 minutes)
Module 2. Global Climate Change: Renewing the Sacred Balance
Global Climate Change calls us to act for climate justice. Individuals and communities, institutions and governments must dramatically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Our faith teaches us to work for equitable, just and sustainable solutions. Changes in regulations and changes in lifestyle are essential to preserve Creation’s balance. Here are practical ways we can create greener practices in church and society.
Download the curriculum for Module 2
View the video Greening Sacred Spaces (6 minutes)
Module 3. Farmworkers, Low-wage Jobs, and Living into a New Economy
Farmworkers, Low-wage Jobs, and Living into a New Economy reveals the working and living conditions endured by farmworkers in Canada and the United States. It tells the story of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, an organization of tomato pickers living in Immokalee, Florida, and the successes they and their allies have achieved in struggles with Taco Bell, McDonalds, and Burger King.
Download the curriculum for Module 3
View the video "The Battle Fields" Battle Fields (Part I) Battle Fields (Part II) Battle Fields (Part III) (28 minutes)
Module 4. Environmental Justice and Human Rights
Environmental justice and human rights are both at grave risk in the Peruvian lead mining town of La Oroya. A privately-held U.S. firm continues to profit from operations that have contaminated people and the land. This tragedy demonstrates how the pursuit of profit can lead to ecological degradation of land and abuses of people. damage. The video shows how people and organizations can join forces through coalitions to support the struggles of local communities.
Download the curriculum for Module 4
View the video "La Oroya: Hot Metal Air" La Oroya (Part I) La Oroya (Part II) (20 minutes)
Module 5. Faithful Purchasing and the Global Sweatshop Economy
Faithful Purchasing and the Global Sweatshop Economy exposes the harsh reality of the global production line. While workers in many countries around the world, including the United States and Canada, work under brutal conditions, consumers and people of faith have joined their struggle to end sweatshops.
Download the curriculum for Module 5.
View the video Sweatfree Communities: Make Your Community Sweatfree (10 minutes)