Presence of God

Created in God's image, the human being is able to discern the presence of God throughout the created world.



Program Three: Presence of God





Study Guide


The goal of Program Three is to introduce students to the first theme of the document “Building a New Culture – Central Themes in Recent Church Teaching on the Environment” about how human beings are created in the image and likeness of God and what that means for human responsibilities towards Planet Earth.


1. Show the video "Program Three: Presence of God”

2. Ask students to form small groups to describe the following impressions from the video:

  • What is the first theme of the document and why is it important?
  • How are the Benedictine’s living out the first theme?
  • What did you know after viewing the video that you didn't know before?
  • Which quote from what pope in this episode means the most to you and why?

3. Option for Take-Home Assignment. Using the internet links offered here, find more facts about:

  • Existing Catholic eco justice initiatives
  • The writings of Popes on the environment

4. Write 1.5 pages on the results of your research.

5. Group discussion

In groups, first share your short essays and then, asking one person to represent the discussion, make presentations to the class about any or all of the above.
Include suggestions on how students could start an ongoing eco justice project or become involved with local Catholic eco justice projects already in existence.