Category Archives: Education

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 Nov. 12th on the Connections Call. 

For a broader understanding of the practice and its significance please check out these resources prior to the conversation:

The Green Foundation of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

Geothermal Comes to the Battlefield

By Delaney Schlake (M. Div Middler, Trinity Lutheran Seminary)

150 years ago, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG) figured prominently into the story of the Civil War. Pickett’s charge was inaugurated on Seminary Ridge, and the cupola of the seminary building itself served as a lookout point for both the North and South at different junctures throughout the battle. Gettysburg has seen its fair share of historical moments, becoming woven into the fiber of American identity, culminating in the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in November 2013.

By 2013, it seems that the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg is making history again–this time, through a literally groundbreaking installation of geothermal technology on their historic campus.

When asked about the process by which the possibility of geothermal energy was approached, the Rev. John Spangler (Executive assistant to the president for communication and planning at LTSG) says that it became clear that the seminary needed to think about some sustainable solutions to the recurring maintenance problems with the 100+ year old steam heating system. Instead of continuing to fix the ancient boilers as they repeatedly broke, Rev. Spangler and a group of ecologically and economically minded dreamers came up with the idea of implementing geothermal energy at Gettysburg.

The geological landscape of Gettysburg, PA is very rich in shale, making it viable ground for geothermal wells to be dug and the seminary to begin heating some of its buildings with geothermal energy. (Learn more about how geothermal works here: http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/our-energy-choices/renewable-energy/how-geothermal-energy-works.html.)

The first two buildings to use geothermal heat pumps for the HVAC systems include the Seminary’s historic chapel as well as Schmucker Hall, which has since become a Seminary Ridge history museum, named for seminary founder and important German-American Lutheran theologian, Samuel Schmucker.

The seminary began this process of converting to geothermal with feasibility studies spanning from 2007-2008, embarking on the installation of geothermal heating in the chapel during 2011. The work in the chapel took approximately four months, followed by a year of rehabilitation and geothermal work in Schmucker.

When asked how the seminary was able to fund such an expansive overhaul of century-old technology, Spangler shared that the seminary had recently engaged in a capital campaign, raising one million dollars for the chapel renovation project. Through state and federal grants, donations, and tax credits, LTSG was able to update both the chapel and Schmucker Hall for just shy of twenty million dollars.

Spangler is optimistic about this formidable investment Gettysburg has made in geothermal energy, asserting that the money saved on energy costs will surprisingly quickly re-coup the money spent on installation. On the heels of this innovation and success, LTSG hopes to expand their use of geothermal energy across more of their 52 acre and 25 building campus.

It is clear that Gettysburg is faithfully responding to the questions around what it means to engage in a Spirit-led, Gospel-rooted love of creation through their work in geothermal energy. Spangler was sure to mention that this movement of the Holy Spirit is not only taking place at Gettysburg, but Wartburg Seminary (Dubuque, IA) as well. Wartburg has also faithfully engaged in the process of implementing geothermal energy as a sustainable, responsible method of heating their buildings.

Gettysburg is deeply entrenched in the conversation around eco-justice and eco-spirituality, as evidenced by more than just their implementation of geothermal energy. The Seminary has engaged in a number of projects based in identifying and reducing their carbon footprint, as well as the myriad methods of academic engagement offered, including courses like Ecology and Religion and EcoTheology in Northern Appalachia, both taught by the Rev. Dr. Gilson Waldkoenig.

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg is also involved in conversations around ecology and faith through Blessed Earth Seminary Stewardship Alliance, GreenFaith: Interfaith Partners for the Environment, and Lutherans Restoring Creation.

Because of their efforts to find sustainable, innovative ways to update their campus and respond to the ecological crisis, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg is a visible manifestation of all that God is doing in reconciling the world and gathering all of creation ever closer to Godself.


Spring 2012

STUDENT INITIATIVE AND COURSE LEADS TO BENCHMARK CALCULATION OF GETTYSBURG SEMINARY’S CARBON FOOTPRINT

Thanks to a new course and student initiative, Gettysburg Seminary received the first-ever calculation of its carbon footprint. The Seminary’s score was 1036 metric tons of CO2 per year, measured before it began to take steps to reduce the size of the carbon output.

In a fall semester class called “Ecology and Stewardship” and taught by Professor Gil Waldkoenig, students collected data to generate the carbon footprint score. Patient and good-natured seminary staff members made a huge contribution by answering questions and providing information, data, billing history and more.

With the seminary’s 2011 installation of geothermal HVAC in its chapel, students expect the carbon footprint will begin to decrease immediately. The student researchers identified other ways that the seminary can readily save energy—and therefore save money. Better energy stewardship will translate into concentrated resources for education of leaders and the mission of the church.

For years the seminary has recycled paper, bottles and cans, and encouraged students, faculty and staff to minimize waste. Assessing the carbon output of the entire institution, however, provides criteria to plan for systematic improvement in energy efficiency.

The students used the same assessment as many other colleges and universities across the country, the “campus carbon calculator” provided by www.cleanair—coolplanet.org. Schools have used this tool to achieve measurable savings for their budgets.

In the world of higher education, seminaries are small institutions compared to most universities and colleges. At present Gettysburg Seminary does not have appropriate comparative readings from other institutions, but the score calculated in the fall of 2011 will be a baseline for comparison in subsequent years.

The students identified key contributors to the carbon footprint. They discovered that one year of mowing the seminary grass was equivalent to driving from Gettysburg to Los Angeles and back—17 times! Analysis of water usage showed that the seminary will begin to save thousands of dollars by even a small investment for low-flow faucets and toilets. The students discovered a 75% reduction in electricity for lighting by using and appropriately recycling CFL bulbs. Clothes dryers and washers in the dorms, seminary vehicles, staff commuting and faculty business travel all came under examination as well.

In future years the seminary may add data about student commuting and other factors to enrich its understanding of how it uses energy and emits carbon.  The Seminary may even deserve offset credit for the many trees and green spaces it tends on its 52-acre campus. Calculation of carbon footprints will become more precise for businesses, municipalities, homes and churches in the years ahead. Thanks to some energetic and visionary students, LTSG at least has an initial report and a real sense of direction for improvement.

“The wonderful news is that Christ unites us to God’s sustaining creativity,” said Professor Waldkoenig. “To cherish and steward God’s creation at our doorsteps is to affirm that Christ never stops loving all he came to save.”

Gettysburg Seminary To Install Water-Saving Measures Across Campus

(March 7, 2012) The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg will continue its campus greening efforts by turning to water savings later this month in a focus on showers and hand sinks across its 25 buildings. If estimates hold true, the Seminary will cut its water consumption by roughly half a million gallons annually, according to calculations that resulted from carbon footprint measures done in the fall of 2011.  Tormod Svensson, a senior seminarian who has completed his Master of Divinity studies and has been called to serve as pastor of St. Johns Lutheran Church, Cumberland, MD, is a skilled plumber from his first career and will be installing water saving devices on showers and hand sinks throughout the seminary.

Seminary Expanding Composting and Community Garden Efforts

(March 8, 2012) Following a pilot project conducted in the Refectory by Biggerstaff’s Catering Company, Gettysburg Seminary will be expanding its on campus composting to include some residential areas, thanks to the Green Task Force. The task force is deploying composting with funds granted by the Stewardship of Life Institute, Gettysburg, PA. The composting project will also support soil building efforts related to the community garden.

Report from April, 2010

Submitted by    John Spangler   & Katy Giebenhain
Gettysburg Seminary report additions:

Curriculum: A number of specific courses; also content in theology courses, integrative seminars, church administration course

Worship: The seminary continues to use, quarterly, the liturgical setting “Of the Land and Seasons” composed and arranged by Stephen Folkemer (who is professor of church music at Gettysburg) with texts by Herman Stuempfle, Beth Folkemer, and others, focusing on metaphors taken from land and nature cycles.

Community: Green Task Force of faculty, students and staff. Recycling expansion, CSA support, on campus gardening, and green principles in land development in seminary campus master plan underway.

Building and Grounds: 
The seminary engaged in extensive feasibility study for geothermal conversions, with first test well (successful) drilled in 2008. Heat pumps were installed in the seminary library in 2008, employed for current cooling (anticipating later ground well hook up). The seminary also is in final stages of proposed historic walking path on campus for tourists and for the health of seminary community; Seminary linked to Gettysburg “Inner Loop” bicycle pathway plan, and providing a “stop” on a Gettysburg area mass transit system set to come on board this spring. Seminary hosts YWCA on campus and subsidizes student, faculty, and staff memberships. Students encouraged to use outdoor lines for clothes drying.  Gettysburg National Park setting is a threshold to miles and miles of healthy walking, scenic views and space for contemplation and prayer.

Advocacy: The seminary is active in land use controversy surrounding proposal of a casino for Gettysburg (successfully rebuffed in 2006, has emerged again in 2010). Hosted and participated in a community-wide observance of the DFA-sponsored 350 Climate Action event October 24th, 2009.

Last updated 4/10

Henry Huntington

henryphuntington at gmail dot com
23834 The Clearing Dr.
Eagle River, AK  99577
(907) 696-3564

Current Position/Vocation/Location
Arctic Science Director, Ocean Conservancy (2017-)
Owner, Huntington Consulting (1996-)

Relevant Publications by Speaker

Huntington, H.P., S.L. Danielson, F.K.Wiese, M. Baker, P. Boveng, J.J. Citta, A. De Robertis, D.M.S. Dickson, E. Farley, J.C. George, K. Iken, D.G. Kimmel, K. Kuletz, C. Ladd, R. Levine, L. Quakenbush, P. Stabeno, K.M. Stafford, D. Stockwell, and C. Wilson. 2020. Evidence suggests potential transformation of the Pacific Arctic Ecosystem is underway. Nature Climate Change 10:342–348. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-020-0695-2

Huntington, H.P., M. Carey, C. Apok, B.C. Forbes, S. Fox, L.K. Holm, A. Ivanova, J. Jaypoody, G. Noongwook, and F. Stammler. 2019. Climate change in context—putting people first in the Arctic. Regional Environmental Change 19(4):1217-1223. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-019-01478-8

Huntington, H.P., P.A. Loring, G. Gannon, S. Gearheard, S.C. Gerlach, and L.C. Hamilton. 2018. Staying in place during times of change in Arctic Alaska: the implications of attachment, alternatives, and buffering. Regional Environmental Change 18(2):489-499. DOI 10.1007/s10113-017-1221-6

Huntington, H.P., L.T. Quakenbush, and M. Nelson. 2017. Evaluating the effects of climate change on Indigenous marine mammal hunting in northern and western Alaska using traditional knowledge. Frontiers in Marine Science 4:319. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00319

Huntington, H.P., A. Begossi, S.F. Gearheard, B. Kersey, P. Loring, T. Mustonen, P.K. Paudel, R.A.M. Silvano, and R. Vave. 2017. How small communities respond to environmental change: patterns from tropical to polar ecosystems. Ecology and Society 22(3):9.

Huntington, H.P., R. Daniel, A. Hartsig, K. Harun, M. Heiman, R. Meehan, G. Noongwook, L. Pearson, M. Prior-Parks, M. Robards, and G. Stetson. 2015. Vessels, risks, and rules: planning for safe shipping in Bering Strait. Marine Policy 51:119-127.

Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

Traditional knowledge, science, and conservation in our seas: we’ll never know everything but we’re going to act anyway

Conserving abundance in the Arctic, or, how to avoid what has happened everywhere else

Faith & Understanding: climate change in Alaska and beyond Download (click) Sample Talk Outline

Some things I can’t explain, or, Why more social science studies are needed to understand human-environment interactions in the Arctic

Unknown knowns: recognizing how much we actually know when it comes to conservation and climate

“Can you send me a thermometer or something?” Functions and attributes of community-based monitoring

 

Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology

A career in Arctic research and conservation

As much time outdoors as possible!

Annual electronics recycling event at our church, Joy Lutheran

Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work

https://oceanconservancy.org/people/henry-huntington/

https://www.arcus.org/researchers/35712/display

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/tek/henry-p-huntington.htm

Summary Quote from Speaker

“I can connect my faith to my work because it is important that we take care of creation. It is also important that we learn to understand and love one another, which means spending time outside of our comfort zones and being willing to question our ideas by looking at them from a different perspective.” Henry P. Huntington

 

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

Eco-Reformation & Environmental Justice: In Word & Deed

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 August 11th a small group was planning to go out and serve near the Make it Right community in the Lower Ninth Ward, still rising from the ashes of the devastation since the levees failed. While, it proved to rainy to get to the land that needed cultivating, our host, Constance Fowler was gracious enough to show off local urban gardens and the Living History Museum. This proved to be a truly transformational outing, even though many were disappointed to not “get their hands dirty”. The service of bearing witness as an act of solidarity with those still impacted by systematic injustices is immeasurable.

The concept of Eco-Reformation was well considered throughout the event as seen in the Reformation Sourcebook Sampler given to every participant which included a section written by LRC founder, Rev. David Rhoads. Two workshops were offered and very well attended: one regarding the WHAT is and WHY we need an Eco-Reformation, and the other focused on the HOW TO engage in the ongoing eco-reformation progress.
Professor Richard Perry, Rev. Nancy Wright, Louis Tillman, Ruth Ivory-Moore and Phoebe Morad shared specific information about the history of the Creation Care movement in the ELCA, including how environmental racism parallels to civil rights injustices.  To download, click: Professor Richard Perry’s pastoral response to environmental racism. If you believe a similar conversation would be appreciated in your community consider looking at our Speaker’s Bureau to see who is in your area.
  

Katrina Martich’s Blog

Katrina Martich is the volunteer Lectionary Commentary manager and active in our cohort of leaders.  Follow her blog (click here).

“The site and my blog are part of my work to inform, equip, and inspire people to live in ways that honor the diversity of life on planet Earth. This work results from a lifetime of seeing how we are all connected by natural systems. ”

Tools for Talking and Listening

Being church together doesn’t have to mean we have one mind.  Listening to the Holy Spirit within each of our stories can help us move beyond disagreement and confusion.   There is no one way to help us along this journey, but there are many resources to help us find common ground.  Below are some suggestions – please let us know if you have experience with these or other tools you want to share.

Methods:

Talanoa Dialogue – Read the history (click here) of this telling/listening process based on three foundational questions:
>Where are we now?
>Where do we want to go?
>How do we get there?
View sample workshop on how to share this method (click here). 

World Cafe Method – There is a whole community of facilitators with online advice (click here) who can help you figure out how to use this manner of group decision making.  This is a great format when you have people together who already care about an issue but don’t know what steps to take next or feel like they aren’t hearing from all perspectives.   Download an easy visual guide here.

Deliberative Dialogue – For a clear definition of this process of group engagement explore the National Issues Forum site (click here).  For a whole toolkit using this process re: Climate Choices (click here). 

Resources:

Confused about our way forward?

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 the broader challenge of how to make progress in this ministry when consensus on solutions seems vague,  if not conflicting.  Join our next Connection Call. 

Katherine Hayhoe has some of the most compelling information:
Post 1 
Post 2 

Bill Mckibben’s response is interesting,  featured in Rolling Stone (click here).  Above photo from Rolling Stone’s piece.

Both Project Drawdown and Pachamama Alliance have good resources to move forward.
This TED talk is a great overview of that concept (click here). 

There may be a worthwhile conversation about infinite growth and GDP as a takeaway from the film. There is some interesting progress around “Donut Economics” (click here for TED talk). 

More reflections in response to the film and considerations when moving towards a host of energy solutions:

Advocacy vs. Politics

Thanks to Tracey DePasquale, Director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Pennsylvania who joined our Connections Call on May 6th, 2020  to help discern the definition of politics. Hear her commentary here, followed by a discussion including insight from Ruth Ivory-Moore, ELCA Advocacy, Director of Energy & Environment. 

Click here to listen to the call. 

Resources mentioned and related to the call:

See all Advocacy-related resources here!

Ecumenical Resources

Introducing the Season of Creation

http://www.seasonsonline.ca - Introducing the Season of Creation! Four weeks of Bible readings included in the Pentecost 2, 2011 Seasons of the Spirit resources that concentrate on God's creation and our relationship with it. For more information visit http://www.seasonsonline.ca/30/season_of_creation

Season of Creation ~ 2019

Season of Creation

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby: “The outlook of climate change is not potentially bad; it is potentially fatal for the most fragile countries and regions on earth...”

Christians Climate and Culture with Katharine Hayhoe

Since the time of Galileo, science and faith have been framed as two opposing, or at best, non-overlapping systems. Skepticism about the effects of climate change—exhibited by many Christians in the U.S.—perpetuates this perceived warfare between science and religion. Mounting scientific evidence clearly documents the risks posed by climate change to the poor, the needy and other vulnerable populations – the very people Christians, and other communities of faith, are called to love. Regrettably, those who deny climate change often believe they are in the right, making a moral stand. Combining basic tenets of the Christian faith with recent findings from the areas of climate science, psychology and sociology, Katharine Hayhoe—a world-renowned climate scientist and an evangelical Christian—will discuss potential reasons for these disagreements and the role that shared values may play in moving us forward past these barriers. This lecture is in part made possible by the Center for Healthy MInds' Loka Initiative, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Lectures Committee, the Center for Religion and Global Citizenry, Upper House and the Outrider Foundation.

ELCA Caring for Creation Today: Pass it on!

The moment is now. The opportunities are many. The resources exist and are expanding. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is responding as stewards of God’s good creation, and we need more #CreationCareAmbassadors to spread enthusiasm and information and help strengthen our response. Learn about what’s happening and how you can make a difference through this webinar hosted by ELCA Advocacy and our ecumenical collaborator, Blessed Tomorrow. Maybe being a #CreationCareAmbassador is for you. Let's pass it on.

The Coronavirus and the Climate Crisis

Caring for Creation: Urgency & Hope

A panel discussion on faith and the environment with these special guests: ​* Rev. Matt Byrd, Pastor, Christ the King Lutheran Church, West Chester, OH (01:42) * Kim Winchell, ​Deacon, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ​and author of "Awaking to God's Call to Earthkeeping" (04:17) * Donna Pellegrin, ​Director, Youth for Monarchs (17:01) * Phoebe Morad, Executive Director, Lutherans Restoring Creation (30:20) This was recorded on June 12, 2020 and was one of the featured presentations of Monarch Fest 2020.

Talanoa Dialogue For Climate Ambition

The Talanoa Dialogue is bringing together country representatives and non-governmental actors for the first time in the history of the UN Climate Change process. UN Climate Change connected with many of the participants in the official Talanoa Dialogue during the May Session - watch the highlights from these conversations. Learn more at cop23.com.fj/talanoa-dialogue

Old Growth Forest : Wilderness Prayer Service

Together, we will experience some OLD GROWTH forests tucked away near the Lake Superior watershed in Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We will discover mushrooms, colonies of ants in a 200 year old tree, and much more. We open in a breathing exercise to center ourselves and move into a 'virtual' nature walk through the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan before closing in communal prayer with a time for each person to share their experience. All are welcome, U.P. Wild is a space welcoming of people from all faith backgrounds. Join us and invite a friend! http://www.UPWILD.org Resources: Some text adapted from: Nalini Nadkarni, “Between Earth and Sky” / Douglas Wood, “Old Turtle” / Poem by Rochelle Mass, “Waiting for a Message”.

For Vacation Bible School

Home Sweet Habitat: Crash Course Kids #21.1

How would a Polar Bear do if you put it in the desert? Not well. But why? Why can't anything live anywhere? Well, this has to do with Habitats and how animals (including humans) are suited for living in one place over another. In this episode, Sabrina talks about how these Habitats form Food Webs and how those Food Webs help us understand a lot about the world. This first series is based on 5th grade science. We're super excited and hope you enjoy Crash Course Kids! ///Standards Used in This Video/// 5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the idea that matter that is not food (air, water, decomposed materials in soil) is changed by plants into matter that is food. Examples of systems could include organisms, ecosystems, and the Earth.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include molecular explanations.] Want to find Crash Course elsewhere on the internet? Crash Course Main Channel: https://www.youtube.com/crashcourse Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/YouTubeCrashCourse Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/thecrashcourse Tumblr - http://thecrashcourse.tumblr.com Credits... Producer & Editor: Nicholas Jenkins Cinematographer & Director: Michael Aranda Host: Sabrina Cruz Script Supervisor: Mickie Halpern Writer: Allyson Shaw Executive Producers: John & Hank Green Consultant: Shelby Alinsky Script Editor: Blake de Pastino Thought Cafe Team: Stephanie Bailis Cody Brown Suzanna Brusikiewicz Jonathan Corbiere Nick Counter Kelsey Heinrichs Jack Kenedy Corey MacDonald Tyler Sammy Nikkie Stinchcombe James Tuer Adam Winnik

Franklin and Friends: Polar Explorer SPECIAL! | Funny Animal Cartoons for Kids by Treehouse Direct

Join Franklin and his family as he leaves Woodland on a "special" journey to the North and South Pole! Subscribe to Treehouse Direct for new clips, episodes, and more! http://goo.gl/IsTLa7

Polar Bears 101 | Nat Geo Wild

How do polar bears survive their Arctic habitat? Is climate change affecting their population? Learn how polar bears have adapted to life on top of the world. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoWILDSubscribe #NatGeoWILD #PolarBears #Educational About National Geographic Wild: National Geographic Wild is a place for all things animals and for animal-lovers alike. Take a journey through the animal kingdom with us and discover things you never knew before, or rediscover your favorite animals! Get More National Geographic Wild: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoWILD Facebook: http://bit.ly/NGWFacebook Twitter: http://bit.ly/NGWTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NGWInstagram Learn more about polar bear: https://on.natgeo.com/31eamR5 Polar Bears 101 | Nat Geo Wild https://youtu.be/1zRGzlWqce4 Nat Geo Wild https://www.youtube.com/user/NatGeoWild

* POLAR BEAR * | Animals For Kids | All Things Animal TV

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Sermons

Sermon: July 28, 2019 - Pastor Noni Strand

Daily Chapel, September 30th 2014

David Rhoads, Professor of New Testament, Emeritus, LSTC Portions of this service are streamed with permission using OneLicense.net # A730924, Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #26450, or CCLI License #1725436.

Season Of Creation Webinar "Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope" (English)

Learn more of the #SeasonOfCreation celebration, from 1 September until 4 October. https://seasonofcreation.org/

Lutheran Theological Connections

Good Soil AA

Good Soil is an alternative version of the Christian story/message/claim. I'm interested in how the natural sciences interact with and ferment God's story of life and God's story of Jesus. The title "Christianity: A Re-Boot" is my way of saying it is time to think of the Christian Faith in a different way. This is a 5-part series - each part under 15 minutes. Find the Talks on YouTube at Good Soil AA, Good Soil BB, Good Soil CC, Good Soil DD, Good Soil EE.

Krost - David Rhoads Why We Don't Act and How We Can

The Krost Symposium is an annual academic event. This year’s theme, Environmental Justice: Texas Responses to Global Crisies, explores exactly what environmental justice is and how we can work together to solve current issues that will impact future generations. David Rhoads spoke to the audience via video conference. Texas Lutheran University students experience a challenging academic environment that sets a path for life-long learning. Our students engage in high-impact educational experiences that include civic engagement, aesthetic expression, critical thinking, and a focus on intercultural and global knowledge in a community that welcomes the interplay of faith and reason. Learn Boldly. Live to Inspire http://www.tlu.edu

God's work Our hands

ecoAmerica's Blessed Tomorrow program and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are partnering to empower climate action and advocacy and advance climate solutions.

Lutherans Restoring Creation | Freedom of a Christian

Hear from LRC board member, Pastor Sarah Locke, about what it means to be a Christian freed in Christ, working toward the reconciliation of all creation.

Using Season of Creation Resource

Introduction to "Let All Things Now Living: A Worship & Preaching Resource for Season of Creation Year A." This resource was developed by the Creation Care Committee of the Northern Illinois Synod (ELCA) for use by congregations of the synod.

Caring for Creation: Urgency & Hope

A panel discussion on faith and the environment with these special guests: ​* Rev. Matt Byrd, Pastor, Christ the King Lutheran Church, West Chester, OH (01:42) * Kim Winchell, ​Deacon, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ​and author of "Awaking to God's Call to Earthkeeping" (04:17) * Donna Pellegrin, ​Director, Youth for Monarchs (17:01) * Phoebe Morad, Executive Director, Lutherans Restoring Creation (30:20) This was recorded on June 12, 2020 and was one of the featured presentations of Monarch Fest 2020.

Season Of Creation Webinar "Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope" (English)

Learn more of the #SeasonOfCreation celebration, from 1 September until 4 October. https://seasonofcreation.org/

For Discussion Groups

Caring for Creation: Urgency & Hope

A panel discussion on faith and the environment with these special guests: ​* Rev. Matt Byrd, Pastor, Christ the King Lutheran Church, West Chester, OH (01:42) * Kim Winchell, ​Deacon, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ​and author of "Awaking to God's Call to Earthkeeping" (04:17) * Donna Pellegrin, ​Director, Youth for Monarchs (17:01) * Phoebe Morad, Executive Director, Lutherans Restoring Creation (30:20) This was recorded on June 12, 2020 and was one of the featured presentations of Monarch Fest 2020.

If I just explain the facts, they'll get it, right?

Global Weirding is produced by KTTZ Texas Tech Public Media and distributed by PBS Digital Studios. New episodes every other Wednesday at 10 am central. Brought to you in part by: Bob and Linda Herscher, Freese and Nichols, Inc, and the Texas Tech Climate Science Center. Be sure to subscribe! http://globalweirdingseries.com https://www.facebook.com/globalweirding http://kttz.org http://katharinehayhoe.com

Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot make short film on the climate crisis

Environmental activists Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot have helped produce a short film highlighting the need to protect, restore and use nature to tackle the climate crisis. Living ecosystems like forests, mangroves, swamps and seabeds can pull enormous quantities of carbon from the air and store them safely, but natural climate solutions currently receive only 2% of the funding spent on cutting emissions. The film’s director, Tom Mustill of Gripping Films, said: 'We tried to make the film have the tiniest environmental impact possible. We took trains to Sweden to interview Greta, charged our hybrid car at George’s house, used green energy to power the edit and recycled archive footage rather than shooting new.' Subscribe to Guardian News on YouTube ► http://bit.ly/guardianwiressub Support the Guardian ► https://support.theguardian.com/contribute #naturenow #climatecrisis #gretathunberg CREDITS Narrators: Greta Thunberg & George Monbiot Director: Tom Mustill Producer: Triangle Monday DoP & Editor: Fergus Dingle Sound: Shaman Media GFX: Paraic Mcgloughlin Online: Bram De Jonghe Picture Post: Special Treats Productions Mix: Mcasso Music Audio Post: Tom Martin NCS Guidance: Charlie Lat Music: Rone / InFiné Music The Independent film by Gripping Films(Tom Mustill) was supported by: Conservation International Food and Land Use Coalition Gower St With guidance from Nature4Climate Natural Climate Solutions http://www.grippingfilms.com FIND OUT MORE: #naturenow http://www.naturalclimate.solutions Today in Focus podcast ► https://www.theguardian.com/news/series/todayinfocus The Guardian YouTube network: The Guardian ► http://www.youtube.com/theguardian Owen Jones talks ► http://bit.ly/subsowenjones Guardian Football ► http://is.gd/guardianfootball Guardian Sport ► http://bit.ly/GDNsport Guardian Culture ► http://is.gd/guardianculture

The Compost Story (Trailer) by Kiss The Ground

Enter the Compost Challenge at thecompoststory.com for a Giveway worth $2K May 7 - 13th. Composting is the most important action humans can take to regenerate our planet. The Compost Story was produced by Kiss The Ground and Elevate A follow up to The Soil Story http://bit.ly/2pmOgg3 a 5-min video on how soil can sequester carbon from the atmosphere to balance the climate LEARN: http://www.kisstheground.com FOLLOW: facebook.com/kissthegroundca instagram @kissthegroundca pinterest.com/kiss_the_ground twitter @kissthegroundca

The Soil Story by Kiss The Ground

WATCH the follow up, The Compost Story! http://bit.ly/2ov6zf8 MIRA LA VERSION EN ESPAÑOL AQUI! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-y9qGNajBQ Science meets inspiration in this tale of nature’s best hidden innovation: soil. The Soil Story, created by Kiss the Ground, is a five-minute film that shares the importance of healthy soil for a healthy planet. Learn how we can “sequester” (store) carbon from our atmosphere, where it is harmful, and pull it back into the earth, where it belongs, through regenerative agriculture, composting, and other land management practices. The film was directed in partnership with Louis Fox, best-known for the acclaimed viral series, “The Story of Stuff”. LEARN: http://www.kisstheground.com FOLLOW: facebook.com/kissthegroundca instagram @kissthegroundca pinterest.com/kiss_the_ground Twitter @kissthegroundca

Katharine Hayhoe Interview on Christian Broadcasting Network Raises a Ruckus

Conservative Evangelical Christians are known to be skeptical, as a group, of climate science. Evangelical Scientist Katharine Hayhoe has been reaching out to her fellow Christians to explain climate science, and has become one of the most important communicators on the issue. Here she is a guest on one of the most widely watched Christian cable news programs.

ELCA Caring for Creation Today: Pass it on!

The moment is now. The opportunities are many. The resources exist and are expanding. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is responding as stewards of God’s good creation, and we need more #CreationCareAmbassadors to spread enthusiasm and information and help strengthen our response. Learn about what’s happening and how you can make a difference through this webinar hosted by ELCA Advocacy and our ecumenical collaborator, Blessed Tomorrow. Maybe being a #CreationCareAmbassador is for you. Let's pass it on.

Katharine Hayhoe Assailed by Angry Climate Denier in Austin

LRC Webinar

A Just Transition for Fossil Fuels Workers is Possible

PERI co-director Bob Pollin describes his plan that guarantees pensions and wages, shifts workers out of the industry through retirement rather than job losses, and helps the country meet the UN climate goals Visit http://therealnews.com for more videos.

InfoSharing from Experts

Stewardship of the Animals: Jennifer Boley, Executive Director, Nature & Eclectic Outdoors

Delivered at the 2017 Creation Care Fest & Extravaganza at Christ the King Lutheran Church.

Stewardship of the Soil: Ron Lohr, Owner of Golden Rule Home & Garden

Delivered at the 2017 Creation Care Fest & Extravaganza at Christ the King Lutheran Church.

Stewardship of the Plants: Jaime Gonzalez, Community Conservation Director, Katy Prairie Conservancy

Delivered at the 2017 Creation Care Fest & Extravaganza at Christ the King Lutheran Church.

Stewardship of the Waters: Bruce Bodson, Executive Director, Bayou City Waterkeeper

Delivered at the 2017 Creation Care Fest & Extravaganza at Christ the King Lutheran Church.

ELCA Webinar on Blessed Tomorrow's Moving Forward Guide

Christians Climate and Culture with Katharine Hayhoe

Since the time of Galileo, science and faith have been framed as two opposing, or at best, non-overlapping systems. Skepticism about the effects of climate change—exhibited by many Christians in the U.S.—perpetuates this perceived warfare between science and religion. Mounting scientific evidence clearly documents the risks posed by climate change to the poor, the needy and other vulnerable populations – the very people Christians, and other communities of faith, are called to love. Regrettably, those who deny climate change often believe they are in the right, making a moral stand. Combining basic tenets of the Christian faith with recent findings from the areas of climate science, psychology and sociology, Katharine Hayhoe—a world-renowned climate scientist and an evangelical Christian—will discuss potential reasons for these disagreements and the role that shared values may play in moving us forward past these barriers. This lecture is in part made possible by the Center for Healthy MInds' Loka Initiative, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Lectures Committee, the Center for Religion and Global Citizenry, Upper House and the Outrider Foundation.

Doug Tallamy: Bringing Nature Home to Lancaster

Dr. Doug Tallamy, Professor of Entomology - University of Delaware ""Bringing Nature Home to Lancaster" March 22, 2018 at Franklin & Marshall College

Carbon Issues

Going Carbon Neutral: How to Reach Our Goal to Care for God’s Creation

In 2017, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) passed a watershed resolution that encouraged the church to reach carbon neutrality by 2030 to reduce our carbon footprint and serve as better stewards of creation. This means that we will no longer be contributing carbon emissions to the atmosphere. But how can we reach carbon neutrality? This webinar by Green Chalice shares success stories, guidance, and tools to achieve carbon neutrality through our ecumenical partners in Blessed Tomorrow, Creation Justice Ministries and Interfaith Power and Light.

Christians Climate and Culture with Katharine Hayhoe

Since the time of Galileo, science and faith have been framed as two opposing, or at best, non-overlapping systems. Skepticism about the effects of climate change—exhibited by many Christians in the U.S.—perpetuates this perceived warfare between science and religion. Mounting scientific evidence clearly documents the risks posed by climate change to the poor, the needy and other vulnerable populations – the very people Christians, and other communities of faith, are called to love. Regrettably, those who deny climate change often believe they are in the right, making a moral stand. Combining basic tenets of the Christian faith with recent findings from the areas of climate science, psychology and sociology, Katharine Hayhoe—a world-renowned climate scientist and an evangelical Christian—will discuss potential reasons for these disagreements and the role that shared values may play in moving us forward past these barriers. This lecture is in part made possible by the Center for Healthy MInds' Loka Initiative, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Lectures Committee, the Center for Religion and Global Citizenry, Upper House and the Outrider Foundation.

Katharine Hayhoe Assailed by Angry Climate Denier in Austin

CCL Training: The Economics of Carbon Fee & Dividend Policies

Join Robert Archer, US-AID economist (retired) and CCL Economic Policy Network contributor in a presentation on new ways of thinking about the key components of the three dimensions of CCL's flagship policy. Core Volunteer Training is a webinar series to help newer CCL supporters connect with each other from across the world and empower them to achieve their larger goals for climate advocacy. Skip ahead to the following section(s): The Fee (2:41) The Dividend (15:08) The Adjustment (20:18) Final Summary (27:50) Presentation Slides:http://cclusa.org/economics-cvt CCL Community Training Page: https://community.citizensclimate.org/resources/item/19/58

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.

Finding Community in our Holy Waters During a Time of Isolation

While many are anxious and isolated during this time of response to a pandemic, we offer these reflections on this week’s readings. (If there are other recordings you wish to share as a balm to soothe and inspiration to act for the common good please submit them here.)

March 15, 2020 – 3rd Sunday in Lent (John 4, 5-42) – Woman at Well – Pr. Susan Henry – House of Prayer, Hingham MA