Want to be a Green Shepherd for your Synod?

Visual Map: What is a Green Shepherd? Click here. Or… if you prefer words: What is a Synod-wide LRC Liaison? As a Synod-wide LRC Liaison, you are the point person for communication between Lutherans Restoring Creation (LRC), Advocacy and Stewardship outreach from the Evangelical Church in America (ELCA), your local ELCA synod staff and any … Continue reading Want to be a Green Shepherd for your Synod?

Sunday August 21-27 in Year A (Ormseth)

The Best Title for Jesus?  He is the Lord and Servant of Creation! – Dennis Ormseth reflects on who the Gospel of Matthew tells us Jesus is. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday August 21-27, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Isaiah 51:1-6 Psalm 138 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 Who do … Continue reading Sunday August 21-27 in Year A (Ormseth)

Map of LRC Care for Creation Ministries

Explore our growing list of various expressions of ELCA members, churches, teachers, offices and affiliates are integrating Creation Care in the wider work of the church.  LRC Green Teams work across a wide area and are eager to know of your interest.  “Green Shepherds”  are ready to help share their individual experiences working in this … Continue reading Map of LRC Care for Creation Ministries

Eco-Resources for Your Synod Gatherings

What can YOU do to get congregations in your area thinking about Caring for Creation as part of church? 1. Host a Presentation or Workshop: No need to start from scratch – we have many templates that you can use as is or add to. Also plenty of resources are available that connect with a … Continue reading Eco-Resources for Your Synod Gatherings

Listen, Share, Connect!

Join our monthly call to hear from “Green Shepherds”* across the country on a variety of topics.  Be sure you get our Good Green News to get the call-in details (add us to your address book so they don’t end up in spam). Upcoming Connections Call: January 26th at 8 pm EST, / 7pm CT … Continue reading Listen, Share, Connect!

Fourth Sunday of Easter (May 3, 2020) in Year A (Schade)

Let us live into a vision of sustainability for the whole Earth community. – Leah Schade reflects on the Good Shepherd. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Acts 2:42-47 Psalm 23 1 Peter 2:19-25 John 10:1-10 Good Shepherd Sunday, as this … Continue reading Fourth Sunday of Easter (May 3, 2020) in Year A (Schade)

Bibliography of Ecology and Faith

Biblical Bauckham, Richard. The Bible and Ecology: Rediscovering the Community of Creation (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2010). Bauckham, Richard. Living with Other Creatures: Green Exegesis and Theology (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2011). Bredin, Mark. The Ecology of the New Testament: Creation, Re-Creation, and the Environment (Colorado Spring: Biblical, 2010). Davis, Ellen. Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible (Cambridge: Cambridge … Continue reading Bibliography of Ecology and Faith

Planning and Carrying Out Green Events

Guidelines for Ecologically Responsible Events Prepared by Pilgrims Caring for Creation Pilgrim Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN in response to a request from Mary Beth Nowak, ELCA Churchwide Assembly Coordinator, January 22, 2009.* Adapted for events in observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation by David Rhoads, Founder Lutherans Restoring Creation. *please note some … Continue reading Planning and Carrying Out Green Events

Christ the King Sunday in Year A (Ormseth)

We are the sheep of God’s pasture. We are the people of God’s Earth. – Dennis Ormseth reflects on  the inclusion of land and water in God’s reign. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Christ the King Sunday (Last Sunday of Pentcost), Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 … Continue reading Christ the King Sunday in Year A (Ormseth)

Fourth Sunday of Easter (May 3, 2020) in Year A (Utphall)

Needing New Life:  Nick Utphall reflects on following the Good Shepherd.   Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A (2020, 2023) Acts 2:42-47Psalm 231 Peter 1:19-25John 10:1-10 Editor’s Note: In his commentary for the Sundays before and after Earth Day, Nick Utphall reflected on Easter, Earth Day’s … Continue reading Fourth Sunday of Easter (May 3, 2020) in Year A (Utphall)

Stewarding your Church “Property” as an Earth Community

by David Rhoads I recently participated in the spring convocation at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (April, 2012). The convocation centered on the theme of “Getting Green Faithfully,” and it included such notable speakers as Gil Waldkoenig (Professor of Church in Society at Gettysburg), Cynthia Moe-Lobeda (Professor of Environmental Studies, Theology, and Religious Studies … Continue reading Stewarding your Church “Property” as an Earth Community

Green Teams

How to create a “Green Team” with your congregation: 1. Formation. A green team may come into existence in a variety of ways: a self-designated group that approaches the pastor and the church council for authorization, appointed by the pastor and the church council, or recruited in response to an educational program on Earth care … Continue reading Green Teams

The Green Foundation of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

Geothermal Comes to the Battlefield By Delaney Schlake (M. Div Middler, Trinity Lutheran Seminary) 150 years ago, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG) figured prominently into the story of the Civil War. Pickett’s charge was inaugurated on Seminary Ridge, and the cupola of the seminary building itself served as a lookout point for both the … Continue reading The Green Foundation of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

So We Can Restore Creation

While caring for the environment can feel overwhelming, it’s when we stand together, each doing our part, that we find hope, gain strength, and make a difference. Find a tool below to help celebrate God’s gifts to us! Download (Click Here) the information shared from Portico and Lutherans Restoring Creation at Churchwide Assembly 2019 to … Continue reading So We Can Restore Creation

Lutheran Theology of Creation: Foundations for a New Reformation

Reflections on a Lutheran Theology of Creation: Foundations for a New Reformation By David Rhoads Published in the Seminary Ridge Review, a periodical of Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary (Fall, 2013). Seminary Ridge Review has an online archive. Print copies of the issue are available. The article proposes a new Lutheran reformation that rises to the … Continue reading Lutheran Theology of Creation: Foundations for a New Reformation

Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation Continue… (July 29, 2018)

Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2018 is Stewardship Sunday, July 29, at 6 p.m. (Central Time) Houston’s Green Building Resource Center Steve Stelzer, Program Director, Green Building Resource Center In July, we welcome Steve Stelzer, Program Director for Houston’s Green Building … Continue reading Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation Continue… (July 29, 2018)

Northern Illinois Synod Resolution to Become a “Green Synod” (2008)

WHEREAS, God’s first commandments to humanity are that we care for and take care of God’s good creation (Gen. 1:28 & 2:15); and WHEREAS, Jesus came to bring salvation to the entire cosmos (John 3:16-17); and WHEREAS, the Church, as the body of Christ in the world, is charged with calling the world to repentance … Continue reading Northern Illinois Synod Resolution to Become a “Green Synod” (2008)

Green Reflections on the Epiphany Season in Year C (Rhoads)

Overall Eco-Reflections on the Season of Epiphany in Year C for preaching and devotions. By David Rhoads Epiphany is the season of the church year following the season of Christmas. The season of Christmas celebrating the birth of Jesus is of course the foundational epiphany in the church year as the manifestation of God in … Continue reading Green Reflections on the Epiphany Season in Year C (Rhoads)

Fourth Sunday of Lent (March 22, 2020) in Year A (Mundahl)

All of the Baptized Are Sent – Tom Mundahl reflects on our call to serve. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Tom Mundhal in 2017) Readings for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year A (2017, 2020, 2023) 1 Samuel 16:1-13Psalm 23Ephesians 5:8-14John 9:1-41 In a TED Talk, Terri Trespico, former editor … Continue reading Fourth Sunday of Lent (March 22, 2020) in Year A (Mundahl)

Johan Bergh: Luther as Environmentalist

Download, read, and share widely this brief reflection from active disciple, Dr. Johan Bergh.  In his piece, published in the Trinity Review (2013), Bergh relates the framework of grace and neighbor love with how we are to understand the role of public action in our church.  Read more recent reflections on his blog: http://www.greengracepostings.blogspot.com “God … Continue reading Johan Bergh: Luther as Environmentalist