Category Archives: Connections Calls

posts about connection calls, some with links to other resources

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). 

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!