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Intro Webinar for Congregations Making a Covenant with Creation

“Creation Care” is more than just “being green.”  Integrating a lens of eco-justice is not only critical in order to be church in the world,  it brings joy to your community.  Please share this introduction video with those in your congregation who want to know how and why this ministry can be a life-giving asset, not just another thing for the “to-do” list.  Then, utilize our kit (periodically updated) to select what next steps your congregation can take.  Don’t forget to sign a Covenant so we can keep you connected!

This is recorded in May of 2020 as we realized that in-person workshops were not going to be feasible for a while.  The follow-up information continued to ripple out throughout the year as we met monthly via Connection Calls (listen in here). 

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In case you don’t have a Facebook account feel free to scroll through some of our recent posts here.  Also, to look at the past issues of our Good Green News sent via email click here.  Better yet: become a member and never miss an issue!

HOW are you going to convince your church that you can take on Creation Care work NOW? Send this to your church council to help explain how this work can nourish the whole community:lutheransrestoringcreation.org/intro-webinar-for-congregations-making-a-covenant-with-creation/ ... See MoreSee Less
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We are so excited to be offering another online worship service around the season of creation! This worship service will use the readings for April 25 (Good Shepherd Sunday) and will premiere April 25 at 9am EST on our Youtube and Facebook pages. You can also register to use this service in your own congregation by clicking the link below. It will be available for download at least a week before the premiere day. Www.LutheransRestoringCreation.org ... See MoreSee Less
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To Carry us through Holy Week into Earth Week 🌿🌷 - mailchi.mp/7f99bea10c5a/sharethegoodnewsholyweek ... See MoreSee Less
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You don't want to miss worship on April 25! We are so excited to have Bishop Elizabeth Eaton preaching for our creation-focused worship service! You'll want to register for the service to use in your congregation or join us here on our Facebook page on the morning of April 25. Register here: lutheransrestoringcreation.org/creation-focused-service-for-earth-day-2021/ ... See MoreSee Less
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We are so excited to be offering another online worship service around the season of creation! This worship service will use the readings for April 25 (Good Shepherd Sunday) and will premiere April 25 at 9am EST on our Youtube and Facebook pages. You can also register to use this service in your own congregation by clicking the link below. It will be available for download at least a week before the premiere day. LutheransRestoringCreation.org ... See MoreSee Less
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2021 presents new opportunities for climate solutions. To build resolve for action, a broad diversity of Americans is needed to stand together. You're invited! #ACLS2021 brings together climate leaders including those who are new and local-community focused – inspiring and empowering one another with new connections and practical and immediately actionable guidance. Faith organizations like the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America partner in this effort. Registration: acls2021.org ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy St. Patrick's Day! The clover is a popular symbol for today, but did you know that clover can be super beneficial to your lawn? www.lawnstarter.com/blog/lawn-care-2/were-thinking-over-why-we-kill-clover/ ... See MoreSee Less
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We are so excited to be offering another online worship service around the season of creation! This worship service will use the readings for April 25 (Good Shepherd Sunday) and will premiere April 25 at 9am EST on our Youtube and Facebook pages. You can also register to use this service in your own congregation by visiting our website. It will be available for download at least a week before the premiere day. ... See MoreSee Less
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Highlights from Just Transitions Connections Call 🏦🚜🚦 - mailchi.mp/1292ace5c8a2/transitionwithconnection (Open & Click to explore resources and perspectives) ... See MoreSee Less
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Did you know that today is Plant a Flower Day? What is your favorite flower? When was the last time you planted a flower? ... See MoreSee Less
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#Faiths4Climate Join the wave lutheransrestoringcreation.org/3-11-at-11/ ... See MoreSee Less
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We are so excited to be offering another online worship service around the season of creation! This worship service will use the readings for April 25 (Good Shepherd Sunday) and will premiere April 25 at 9am EST on our Youtube and Facebook pages. You can also register to use this service in your own congregation by clicking the link below. It will be available for download at least a week before the premiere day. shorturl.at/czJNZ ... See MoreSee Less
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Calls to Reflect, Pray & Act🐣 🏭 📝 - mailchi.mp/42f0d9a64f18/sharethegoodnews ... See MoreSee Less
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Connections Calls

Recordings and supporting documents from monthly calls for Lutherans Restoring Creation (see below!)

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 us to your address book so they don’t end up in spam). To join our email list, click here!

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Just Transitions Conversation (March 2021)

 

Listen in to our discussion with Ruth Ivory-Moore, ELCA’s Program Director, Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility

Focus: Just Transitions
What does this term mean?
How do we discuss these issues in love and faith and move forward together?

Check out this new resource out of the Advocacy Office:
“Just Transition to a Sustainable Future”  

Read more about our Lutheran grassroots response to fossil fuel dependency.

Resources/readings shared via the chat:

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 choices. Their stories also wake in us a wild hope that from all this death and ruin something new might rise.”

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 us to your address book so they don’t end up in spam). To join our email list, click here!

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 of topics.  Be sure to join our Good Green News email list to get the call-in details (add us to your address book so they don’t end up in spam). To join our email list, click here!

Native Land Acknowledgment:  A Process

Acknowledging the Indigenous peoples on whose land our churches sit has the potential to profoundly shift our relationship to our history, our indigenous neighbors, and the land. How might you lead your church through a process that opens the door to awakening?
Inspired by Vance Blackfox’s call for Lutherans to embrace and practice Native land acknowledgement, Kim Marinucci Acker and Trevor Bakker (Palo Alto, CA) co-led an 11-member committee through an eight-week process of self reflection, research, statement creation, and roll-out to the congregation. To share their experience, they have created a resource and facilitation guide to assist you in leading a collaborative land acknowledgment process.

Listen to them share experiences and resources on this recorded call (click to hear) and explore the resources below for more information on this topic.

*There is interest in brainstorming more ways our ELCA communities can accompany the efforts of indigenous peoples. If you are interested in joining a cohort on this topic please complete a Contact Us form (click).*

Resources and Links to us Live our a Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery:

A Christian theological ethic that incorporates our relationality with Creation into our spiritual imagination could turn us from the colonial idea of “wilderness” to understanding ourselves as part of a sacred community. – Taina Diaz-Reyes

How do you bring up climate change in church?

There are so many examples from our brothers and sisters across the nation sharing exciting and authentic ways of conversing about climate and making ripples of action as church in the world:

Finding Ways to Work Alongside Grief and Anguish

Thanks to all who joined the August 2020 Connections Call to share experiences with and resources on how to keep moving acknowledging the inevitable grief we experience as humans.  Listen in on the call (click here) and see below the various readings,  next steps, and tools that were referenced during the call.

SHARED ON THE CALL

Food – Faith – Farming

Since there are so many members of our ELCA community who live in agricultural areas and we all depend on food to sustain us; let’s explore how we can deliberately share the spectrum of ways our churches can inform members of opportunities, practice mindful eating, and love the wide array of neighbors who help feed us.

Connections Call: What is Our Response?

As part of our Connections Calls, we get to hear feedback from representatives who work in various expressions of the ELCA. (Click here to listen.) During the January 2020 call, after a group devotional,  Katrina Martich shared what she took away from the 2019 Lutheran Disaster Response Convening.  Listen here to the whole call (she starts at 20:35).

“There are natural hazards, but no such thing as natural disasters, even though that is a term many of those in the public are familiar with. Disasters happen when hazards (for example natural hazards like hurricanes) impact people and the systems people have made – their culture, their society, their economy, their inequalities. And our response to that disaster can further shape the impact of the disaster on people.”
– Dr. Jennifer Trivedi,  Asst. Professor of Anthropology at Univ. of Delaware 

Resources in relation to the Call Topic:

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!

“. . . the political spectrum is not a spectrum at all. It is a Spirograph, with Earth Firsters and home-schooled Christians overlapping here and diverging there.  You never knew who might own a gun or believe in God.”

 

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 variety of topics.  Be sure to join our Good Green News email list to get the call-in details (add us to your address book so they don’t end up in spam). To join our email list, click here!

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 of topics.  Be sure to join our Good Green News email list to get the call-in details (add us to your address book so they don’t end up in spam). To join our email list, click here!

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 Green News email list to get the call-in details (add us to your address book so they don’t end up in spam). To join our email list, click here!

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 us to your address book so they don’t end up in spam). To join our email list, click here!

Connect with Lutherans Who are caring for creation!

Connect with other caring for creation Lutherans by joining one of our monthly Connections Calls, sharing your stories in our Good Green News emails (be sure to sign up as a friend of LRC to receive these messages!), asking your council to sign a “Covenant with Creation,” sharing about your work at your next synod gathering, or by investing in our work with a donation.

We are a network of truly engaged volunteers and act as a hub of information. We need your help to encourage others by knowing what you have done. We also need your financial support since we operate independently from the ELCA as a small, independent non-profit. With a humble budget we can make your contribution go far!

Donate and Help Us Grow Change!

Donate and Help Us Grow Change!

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Congregational Covenant and Organizing Kit

Congregational Covenant and Organizing Kit

What can you do?  AFFIRM: Personally, with your church council, or entire synod, review our ELCA's 1993 call to action and ...
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Connections Calls

Connections Calls

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Donate and Help Us Grow Change!

Become a member today and help us equip and inspire pastors, youth leaders, students, and congregations across the country!

You can read (here) about how this movement emerged over 25 years ago.  Looking ahead, we need you to know that this effort is made possible through the generosity of individuals who believe that our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) should be doing more than they already are to integrate Care for Creation ethics and actions into the life of the church.  We run as independent non-profit*, with an active Board of Directors and are sustained by a growing membership base.  Please join us as we need you now more than ever!

Simply donate online via our secured site (here). You may also mail a check made out to “Lutherans Restoring Creation” and send to: LRC c/o Phoebe Morad, 22 Waldron Road, Braintree MA 02184.

See what we have done and consider what else we can accomplish with your support! 
Please share with your congregation, friends, and family. 
 

For more information please contact, Phoebe Morad, Executive Director at 617-599-2722.

*Lutherans Restoring Creation is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN # 82-0828984.

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 existing green teams/LRC-affiliated congregations and “Friends of LRC” within your synod.  You should maintain and frequently share a digital list of the people who have expressed interest in this ministry at gatherings/assemblies/social media and ensure that LRC can connect them with information from throughout out network. LRC has official software which can maintain the privacy and integrity of the lists (none are shared or sold) and will relay contact information of local leads to you periodically.

Offering a quarterly conference call to connect the “green sheep” in your synod helps maintain interest and gain on momentum. Figure out what manner your existing flock is most interested in using to stay in touch with one another. Creating a Facebook page or Google group can aid in staying connected between calls. Ensuring a group presence at synod events and encouraging gatherings to follow an earth-keeping manner in assembling is another responsibility that you, or a member of your team, is encouraged to take on (and use the MANY templates on the LRC site to follow for an effective workshop).

Your role is to welcome newcomers to your group and ask for help in specific tasks if fundraising or outreach is needed. Also identify whether your synod would benefit from a retreat or training to equip, enlarge and direct more action within the synod or region. Contact Phoebe Morad to work out plans, find facilitators, make connections or just bounce ideas off of: 617-599-2722.