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Plastic Recycling Example for Church work in the Community

Plastic Recycling Example for Church work in the Community

Thanks to Wilbur Holz in Rapid City, SD for sharing this example and resource: Trex https://www.trex.com/ the decking company has ...
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Preaching on Creation: Seventh Sunday of Easter (May 29) in Year C (Mundahl13)

Preaching on Creation: Seventh Sunday of Easter (May 29) in Year C (Mundahl13)

Sabbath Fufillment – Tom Mundahl reflects on striving to enable all members of creation to be what God intended them ...
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This is Church and You Are Needed Inside & Out

This is Church and You Are Needed Inside & Out

Watch this message from our churchwide leaders and fellow members across the country who recognize the tough, uncomfortable work of ...
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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

As institutions and individuals we have a hard time understanding and being in control of how our money is used ...
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creation care group of Lutherans

What Can We Do?

AFFIRM: Personally, with your church council, or entire synod, review our ELCA's 1993 call to action and commit to engaging in ...
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Ways to Integrate Creation Care in your Lenten Practices

Ways to Integrate Creation Care in your Lenten Practices

During the season of Lent (or any other time of introspection), share these resources with your Bible Study group, Worship ...
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Third Sunday of Easter in Year A (Schade)

Third Sunday of Easter in Year A (Schade)

We need a "conversion to Earth!" - Leah Schade reflects on lives being changed. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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*Carbon Pricing: Suggested Resolution for Synod Assemblies*

*Carbon Pricing: Suggested Resolution for Synod Assemblies*

In March 2021, the Lutherans Restoring Creation Board of Directors unanimously endorsed an "Advocacy for the Energy Innovation and Carbon ...
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Local Electric Cooperatives as Tools for Equity and Healing

Local Electric Cooperatives as Tools for Equity and Healing

EmPOWER your community to communicate with who manages your energy! Hear from Emilie Bouvier, Director of Organizing in the Minneapolis ...
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Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Martin22)

Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Martin22)

NOW. - Tom Martin reflects on the prophets and Jesus calling us to ecojustice "today." Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B and C (Mundahl22)

Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B and C (Mundahl22)

A Time for Gathering – Tom Mundahl reflects on freeing all creatures to dwell in peace and mutual respect. Care for ...
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Know trash? No trash! Try this youth program!

Know trash? No trash! Try this youth program!

Put on a youth program about Trash! How well do you know your trash? How can your youth group become ...
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Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation (Fortress Press, 2013)

Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation (Fortress Press, 2013)

The increasingly pressing situation of Planet Earth poses urgent ethical questions for Christians. But, as Cynthia Moe-Lobeda argues, the future ...
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Sunday November 6-12 in Year B (Tucker21)

Sunday November 6-12 in Year B (Tucker21)

The Beginning of Abundance Is at the End of Scarcity - Drew Tucker reflects on how this week’s readings relate ...
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Wind Power for Luther College

Wind Power for Luther College

Luther’s continued efforts to exist sustainably are aimed at decreasing campus consumption and lowering costs for basic campus resources such ...
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Luther College and Raptor Resource Project Build Banding Station (2017)

Luther College and Raptor Resource Project Build Banding Station (2017)

A grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources allowed Luther College and the Decorah Raptor Resource Project to build ...
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EarthBound video series - Now Available Streaming!

EarthBound video series – Now Available Streaming!

This timeless series, filmed in high definition, takes Martin Luther´s breakthrough understanding of Justification and Vocation and explodes it across ...
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Stewarding the Gift of Water: ELCA Advocacy Fact Sheet

Stewarding the Gift of Water: ELCA Advocacy Fact Sheet

Theological background and information on water stewardship globally, nationally, and locally. Under the “Find Your Watershed” section of the Factsheet ...
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Teaching Environmental Ethics: Feeding “The Good Wolf"

Teaching Environmental Ethics: Feeding “The Good Wolf”

Teaching Environmental Ethics: Feeding “The Good Wolf” by Dr. Leah D. Schade ...
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Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril

Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril

Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril Edited by Lisa Dahill and James Martin-Schramm   The conviction at ...
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Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston

Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston

This regional organization shares the experts in their midst with the wider audience online across the globe. Check out the ...
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Toward a Better Worldliness: Ecology, Economy, and the Protestant Tradition

Toward a Better Worldliness: Ecology, Economy, and the Protestant Tradition

by Terra Schwerin Rowe Five hundred years ago the Protestant Reformation inspired profound theological, ecclesial, economic, and social transformations. But ...
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Youth Gather and We All Grow!

Youth Gather and We All Grow!

Back in the summer of 2018 hundreds of youth and group leaders visited our Lutherans Restoring Creation space in the ...
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Augsburg Awarded $475,000 to Help Infuse Sustainability Into All Facets of College Life (2017)

Augsburg Awarded $475,000 to Help Infuse Sustainability Into All Facets of College Life (2017)

In 2017, Augsburg University launched initiatives to build capacity for integrating environmental sustainability across all curricular, co-curricular, and operational aspects ...
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Capital University Utilizes "Green Thread" Environmental Sustainability Platform

Capital University Utilizes “Green Thread” Environmental Sustainability Platform

Through Green Thread, Capital University's environmental sustainability platform, innovative and efficient solutions are brought to life. Green Thread helps employees ...
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Concordia College in Moorhead Hosts Successful Community Tree Planting Event (2017)

Concordia College in Moorhead Hosts Successful Community Tree Planting Event (2017)

A recent community tree planting event was a huge success. More than 60 students, faculty, and staff helped plant trees ...
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St. Olaf Natural Lands Play an Important Role in Conservation Efforts for Native Species

St. Olaf Natural Lands Play an Important Role in Conservation Efforts for Native Species

A story in the Star Tribune newspaper highlights how St. Olaf College's 350 acres of natural lands not only serve ...
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Featured School: Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA

Featured School: Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg College has been pursuing sustainable decision making for over three decades. As the world's environmental issues grow more and ...
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Several ELCA Colleges Named in the Sierra Club's Top "Cool Schools" List (2017)

Several ELCA Colleges Named in the Sierra Club’s Top “Cool Schools” List (2017)

Muhlenberg College, Luther College, Wartburg College, Wittenberg College, and Pacific Lutheran University were all recently included in the Sierra Club's ...
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Coming Home To Earth 

Coming Home To Earth 

by Mark Brocker As a young Norwegian Lutheran teenager in rural Wisconsin, Brocker lay awake one night worrying whether he ...
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The Nature of Things: Rediscovering the Spiritual in God's Creation

The Nature of Things: Rediscovering the Spiritual in God’s Creation

Edited by Graham Buxton and Norman Habel Forward by David Rhoads With contributions by David Rhoads, Paul Santmire, Celia-Diane-Drummond, Heather ...
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Gettysburg College Offers Nationally Recognized Recycling Program

Gettysburg College Offers Nationally Recognized Recycling Program

Gettysburg College has been home to successful recycling programs since the early 1980s. Since then, the College has won national ...
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Wartburg College Offers A New Twist to the Common 3R's of Sustainable Living

Wartburg College Offers A New Twist to the Common 3R’s of Sustainable Living

The majority of people have probably heard of the 3R's of Sustainable Living:  Reduce, reuse, recycle. Wartburg College has added ...
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All Earth is Waiting – An Advent Retreat  (November 2018)

All Earth is Waiting – An Advent Retreat  (November 2018)

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 7 p.m. – Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.    Cramer Retreat Center  1800 Meadow Edge Lane  ...
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Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation Continue… (July 29, 2018)

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 ...
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Transportation: “On the Way” Bible Study

Transportation: “On the Way” Bible Study

•Opening Prayer: Gracious God, we have gathered here from many places. Thank you for safe travels. Bless this time together. Amen. •Introductory discussion: ...
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Living the Change: A Tool Connected to Many Faiths

Living the Change: A Tool Connected to Many Faiths

GreenFaith has helped pull together leaders from various religions across the globe to recognize our common concern for the planet ...
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Church Bulletin and Newsletter Input

Church Bulletin and Newsletter Input

There is plenty of information "out there" on how we can make steps to live a life with less of ...
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Growing a garden church from food scraps and compost

Growing a garden church from food scraps and compost

We turned an empty lot in L.A. into an edible sanctuary. by Anna Woofenden (shared from Christian Century magazine) When I moved ...
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What does church have to do with it?

What does church have to do with it?

As many faith-based organizations are struggling with their place in relation to people's daily lives, so does the Evangelical Lutheran ...
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Congregational Covenant and Organizing Kit:  An Overview

Congregational Covenant and Organizing Kit:  An Overview

The purpose of this kit is to enable you to have a basic program and organization to function as a ...
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Planning and Carrying Out Green Events

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 ...
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So We Can Restore Creation

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 ...
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Sunday June 26 – July 2 in Year C (Ormseth)

Sunday June 26 – July 2 in Year C (Ormseth)

Love the neighborhood as yourself! Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year C by Dennis Ormseth Reading for Series C ...
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Sunday September 25 - October 1 in Year C

Sunday September 25 – October 1 in Year C

What hope is there unless we address our consumption? - Tom Mundah reflects on the Parable of the Rich Man and ...
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Second Sunday of Advent (December 8, 2019) in Year A

Second Sunday of Advent (December 8, 2019) in Year A

Granting Time, Rupturing Time: Robert Saler reflects on Isaiah 11 and Matthew 3 Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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Fourth Sunday of Easter (May 3, 2020) in Year A (Schade)

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 ...
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2016 Churchwide Assembly Passes Memorial To Move Towards A Responsible Energy Future

2016 Churchwide Assembly Passes Memorial To Move Towards A Responsible Energy Future

2016 Churchwide Assembly Passes Memorial To Move Towards A Responsible Energy Future During the months leading up to the August ...
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Do we Stay Home and DO nothing?

Do we Stay Home and DO nothing?

The general call to to action is simply: "Stay Home".   However, many can't heed that call, even if they wanted ...
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First Lutheran in Decorah Signs Paris Pledge

First Lutheran in Decorah Signs Paris Pledge

by Sarah Webb, Iowa Interfaith Power & Light First Lutheran in Decorah signed the Paris Pledge, joining other congregations across ...
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Ideas for Reducing your Impact as a Church or Individually

Ideas for Reducing your Impact as a Church or Individually

The fruit of one of our Connections Calls, we thank our friends from New Hope Lutheran Church in Columbia, MD ...
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Fourth Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl12)

Fourth Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl12)

How can we allow the religion of consumption to threaten God’s future? – Tom Mundahl reflects on turning from darkness to ...
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A Spectrum of Tools to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Call-9/28/21)

A Spectrum of Tools to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Call-9/28/21)

What tools can churches and individual members bring to the table to achieve 50% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions by ...
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Impact Reduction: Reusable mesh produce bags

Impact Reduction: Reusable mesh produce bags

Thanks to our friends from New Hope Lutheran Church in Columbia, MD via Charlie Bailey. If you have updates or ...
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Impact Reduction: Reduce/eliminate junk mail.

Impact Reduction: Reduce/eliminate junk mail.

Thanks to our friends from New Hope Lutheran Church in Columbia, MD via Charlie Bailey. If you have updates or ...
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Perspectives on Animals as Food

Perspectives on Animals as Food

July 2021 Connections Call Recording & Related Resources: Hear as Sarah & Brandon Bowers describe their methods of raising animals ...
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