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?
What is a Green Shepherd?
The second week in August, 2013, about a dozen and a half Lutherans converged on Singmaster House at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg for a two-day seminar on caring for God’s creation. The training was led by Lutherans Restoring Creation (LRC) through a grant from the Lutheran Community Foundation (now InFaith Community Foundation). We shared hopes … Continue reading Tales from a Green Shepherd, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg (2013)
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. Save the Date for our next Connections Call: FOCUS – How can churches genuinely acknowledge native land? Thursday, Nov 12th – 8pm EST / 7pm … Continue reading Listen, Share, Connect!
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)
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
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)
The Southeastern Synod decided to enlist a caring for creation “task force” at their 2013 Synod Assembly and since then a small band of powerful people across several states have gained momentum. After meeting as a small group several times to set goals and evaluate personal assets, the team embarked on a two day retreat … Continue reading Southeastern Synod’s Green Task Force
Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., has flipped the switch on its 3.9 MW solar array, supplying 30% of the university’s electricity needs. Built by WGL Energy Systems, the project is employing sheep to help maintain the surrounding grass and weeds. A flock of approximately 30 sheep will come from local Owens Farm in Sunbury starting in April … Continue reading Susquehanna University Employs Shepherd At New 3.9 MW Solar Project
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
Katrina Martich is a speaker, trainer, and consultant, who helps organizations find holistic approaches to today’s environmental challenges. To this task she brings over twenty years of practical experience as an environmental engineer in public and private sector positions. In addition to running her own environmental consulting company, Katrina has been an adjunct instructor for … Continue reading Katrina Martich
Public Witness/Policy Advocacy: “Church exists to serve the world” Hands-on project. Learn what environmental projects are happening in your area and what organizations are sponsoring them. Recruit members of your congregation to partner with them in the effort. Restore a habitat, clean up trash, plant trees, write letters to local officials, meet with representatives. Consider … Continue reading Public Witness/Policy Advocacy Ideas
Thanks to the work of Green Shepherd, Lisa Brenskelle, there is a way for your congregation to hold a gathering many miles away in prayer. As the U.N. Climate Conference met in Madrid (Dec. 2-13, 2019) prayers were sent to support their efforts by bringing the conversation into churches in a prayerful way. Consider bringing … Continue reading Light for Madrid – A Devotional
There are events going on in ELCA communities across the country which highlight the moral urgency of caring for all of God’s creation. We realize that we may not capture all of them, but please write to us if you would like your event added to our calendar. Even if people can’t get to it, … Continue reading Events
Explore stories below about Lutherans restoring creation across the country. Learning, supporting, and growing together.
Churches of the ELCA are organized nationally into nine Regions. Depending on how many ELCA churches are in a vicinity, a synod office is organized per geographic Area which gathers clergy and lay leaders at least annually and is served by a Synodical Bishop. We would like to ensure there are Care for Creation ministry … Continue reading Regions/Synods
The beatitudes address the oppressive conditions of empire—ancient and contemporary! Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year A By Dennis Ormseth (Reprinted from 2011) Readings for: All Saints Sunday Psalm 34:1-10, 22 Revelation 7:9-17 1 John 3:1-3 Matthew 5:1-12 Blessed are the Children of God The meaning of the festival of All Saints Sunday … Continue reading All Saints Sunday in Year A
Eco-Justice Commentary on the Common Lectionary The Season of Lent in Year C (2016, 2019, 2022) By Dennis Ormseth The Fifth Sunday of Lent in Year C Isaiah 43:16-21 Psalm 126 Philippians 3:4b-14 John 12:1-8 The significance of the encounter at the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus in Bethany in the reading from the … Continue reading The Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth)
For any Congregations looking to integrate Caring for Creation into their church community start by reading the Congregational Covenant and Organizing Kit (outlined here). To explore what others have done, feel free to explore all the options/resources below. Older posts: