Tales from a Green Shepherd, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg (2013)

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)

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?

Susquehanna University Employs Shepherd At New 3.9 MW Solar Project

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

Southeastern Synod’s Green Task Force

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

Connections Call: February 25th, Gayle Boss

Hear again from Author,  Gayle Boss speak about her Lenten Series (click here or the video below): Wild Hope.  To continue the conversation re: animal welfare check out our resource pages. “In Wild Hope, vivid stories of 25 of these wild ones wake in us wonder—and grief at what they suffer on a planet shaped by human … Continue reading Connections Call: February 25th, Gayle Boss

Connections Call: January 2021, Rev. Alyssa Mazzei, Creation Care in the traditional church

Creation Care in the traditional church Hear from Rev. Alyssa Mazzei (First Lutheran in Springfield, Ohio), as she shares her perspective and experiences.  What is “dinner church” and learning about how to truly feed each other: click here to listen! Join our monthly call to hear from “Green Shepherds”* across the country on a variety … Continue reading Connections Call: January 2021, Rev. Alyssa Mazzei, Creation Care in the traditional church

Connections Call: Gifts of restoration for YOU too!

On a recent Connections Call we asked folks to share some readings and resources that give them strength. Here are some links and downloads per their suggestions. (To listen to the call, just click here.) Thanks to all the Green Shepherds on the call and bless your work! We Were Made for These Times, Essay … Continue reading Connections Call: Gifts of restoration for YOU too!

Light for Madrid – A Devotional

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

Connections Call: More than 600 Trees

In this call (click here), Deacon Laura Heller and the rest of team from the MD/DE Synod share how they have planted over 600 trees in their region! Also hear ideas about how to put this in perspective with your setting. Join our monthly call to hear from “Green Shepherds”* across the country on a … Continue reading Connections Call: More than 600 Trees

Connections Call: Climate Civil Disobedience

In this call (click here), Kim Acker (Grace Lutheran in Palo Alto, CA) shares her experiences with civil disobedience and how she’s found hope in learning about how the ground (soil specifically) is a climate solution right under our feet! Join our monthly call to hear from “Green Shepherds”* across the country on a variety … Continue reading Connections Call: Climate Civil Disobedience

Connections Call: From the Bible to the Frontlines

In this call (click here) we hear about what “From the Bible to the Frontlines” might mean to us and how our faith influences our voice in the world (and vice versa). Join our monthly call to hear from “Green Shepherds”* across the country on a variety of topics.  Be sure to join our Good … Continue reading Connections Call: From the Bible to the Frontlines

Connections Call: Sunrise Movement

In this call (click here) we hear from people involved in the Sunrise Movement and some reflections on the Green New Deal. Join our monthly call to hear from “Green Shepherds”* across the country on a variety of topics.  Be sure to join our Good Green News email list to get the call-in details (add … Continue reading Connections Call: Sunrise Movement

Katrina Martich

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

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

Public Witness: from hand-wringing to actively loving neighbor

The 2019 ELCA Advocacy Convening (April 29 – May 1)  gathered over 100 lay and rostered  leaders to be trained as advocates. The theme: “Prepared to Care: Our Advocacy in Light of Disasters Intensified by Climate Change.” Below are some highlights as I, Phoebe Morad, experienced them. Thanks to those who support Lutherans Restoring Creation … Continue reading Public Witness: from hand-wringing to actively loving neighbor

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

Map of Care for Creation Ministries

If you would prefer not using the map, simply click here to contact us to be sent a list of people you may want to reach out to! (To select one or more categories, check these boxes.; to scroll through the categories, there is a scroll bar on the far right side of your screen.) … Continue reading Map of Care for Creation Ministries

Who we are…

Anyone who is working in a capacity to encourage right relationships with neighbor and planet as an integral part of church life is a Lutheran restoring creation.  Our grassroots movement is driven by laity, pastors, synodical leadership, and others who hold positions in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and its institutions. Lutherans Restoring Creation … Continue reading Who we are…

Public Witness/Policy Advocacy Ideas

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