Love Your Neighbor! – Dennis Ormseth reflects on cultivating a sense of place, where love for one another includes all of life. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday September 4-10, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Ezekiel 33:7-11 Psalm 119:33-40 Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 18:15-20 WithRead More →

If we are to address Earth-care together, no nation can claim privileged exceptionalism. – Dennis Ormseth  reflects on a global scope for the vision of well-being. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday August 14-20, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 Psalm 67Read More →

All-Encompassing, Hopeful, and Embodied Faith This week Lutheran’s Restoring Creation is excited to offer a guest commentary from Andrew Thompson, a young adult seminarian.  In his commentary, Andrew reflects on God reaching us through our surroundings and how God’s active presence, within and beyond us, forms us for sustained actionRead More →

I´m currently an administrator and professor for the study abroad program of Valparaiso University,  (Praxis Center) located in Costa Rica.  I teach classes about Central American history, politics, religion, ethnicity, environmental issues, sustainable development and also Comparative Healthcare Systems.   In addition, I occasionally lead short term service learning experiencesRead More →

The Grace Gathering ran parallel to the 2016 Churchwide Voting Assembly in New Orleans. The goal in gathering was to inspire one another to look back at the 500 years since the Reformation and see how to move forward in faith and love for the next 500 years. On AugustRead More →

During the 2019 Churchwide Assembly the ELCA voted to officially sign onto the principals of the Earth Charter. How does the Earth Charter fit into what ELCA has already committed to do and our way forward? (Click and share one-pager) Now what? How do we all make sure we liveRead More →

Skip the Grid is an initiative focused on bringing solar power to health care systems and other critical infrastructure in West Africa. Most clinics and many hospitals around the world are off the grid, relying on generators where fuel is difficult and costly to deliver. Hospitals often must shut down their power system for periods of time to conserve fuel. Vaccines are jeopardized, and operations become riskier with intermittent or no power. Without consistent andRead More →

Fake News – Tom Mundahl reflects on the alternative. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday June 26 – July 2, Year A (2020, 2023) Jeremiah 28:5-9 Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18 Romans 6:12-23 Matthew 10:40-42 While there have always been questions about the accuracy of journalism, onlyRead More →

As there has been continuing conversation and controversy emerging since Michael Moore’s film: Planet of the Human, we decided to share some feedback from a Lutherans Restoring Creation member.  Thanks to Josh Thede, an active member of the Central States LRC Mission Table. Our LRC community plans to discuss theRead More →

Some of us bemoan the fact that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has not committed to entirely divest from fossil fuels as many others have (see latest cohort of 42 religious institutions). Some of us are wary of pulling out entirely from shareholder positions when we may be ableRead More →