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Retreat in S. Carolina – November 2019

Communion with Creation at the beautiful Atlantic coastline with other stewards of God’s good creation.

Be empowered for creation care ministry at your home, congregation, school, or synod. Learn more about how to integrate concern for the planet with the moral calling to be good to our global neighbors (global/local, human/non), practice real strategies to engage in controversial issues, hear about local sea turtle conservation work, and spend time in a beautiful setting with plenty of time to reflect and rest.

The retreat will take place at the Coastal Retreat Center   

2101 Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms, SC, located near historic Charleston.

Download Bulletin Insert/Flier & Share Please!

Registration Closed

SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED ARE THANKS TO:

The Stewardship of Life Institute. 

The retreat is sponsored by Lutherans Restoring Creation and is open to different faith traditions.

QUESTIONS?

The Rev. Kris Litman-Koon:

Phone: (843) 884-5470 Email: Pastor.KLK at gmail dot com 

 

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 Interactive Educational Area during the National Youth Gathering in Houston.

Every visitor was asked to spend about 5 minutes walking through a “tour” of their typical day and consider how their daily decisions impacted their global neighbors. 

Thank you Notes to GOD – for all the gifts given to us that we don’t have to pay for.

We don’t have to let it end there though!  Get your youth group (or adult forum, or bible study, or family…) to read through the tour with pledge form in hand (or on screen) and find solutions in a prayerful way of living.  If you use our online form we can stay on touch with you and let your synod leadership know what you’re aiming for.

Click here to download the “walk through” program – share it as a power point or print it out to pass around. Pledge form in pdf form can be downloaded here (let us know how it goes!) 

The two most requested tools for Youth Groups to use as follow up to this discussion starter:

Story of Stuff 20 minute video. (Ask your group what challenges they have with their “golden arrow.”)

Know No Trash Program

 

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 series of lecture series on their YouTube channel and follow along with them on their Facebook feed to be sure to know what they are sharing next.

Stirring the Waters: Faith, Science and Action

“Stirring the Waters: Faith, Science and Action!”

Pennsylvania – Tracey DePasquale, Interim-Director
www.lutheranadvocacypa.org

LAMPa partnered with ELCA Global Mission and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg for two days of worship, service, learning and advocacy on April 17 and 18, focused on the theme “Stirring the Waters: Faith, Science and Action!”

Sunday’s events featured outdoor learning, service, an interfaith blessing of the waters and a meal, music and climate-change lecture in the Capitol rotunda. All events were open to the public. More than 150 people participated in the day’s events, which focused on our mutual call to care for the earth that sustains all of us. Highlights included tree- planting that kicked off a Reformation service-and-advocacy project and a canoe trip led by Cindy Adams Dunn, secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Lutheran Camping Corp. supplied canoes, recruiting and staff for that event.
The second day featured workshops and advocacy training around a variety of topics, with a special focus on the links between science and the issues on which we advocate. The event was an official part of the seminary’s Spring Academy Week. The day also featured a celebration of advocacy successes and recognition of advocates from each of Pennsylvania’s seven synods. 

We also unveiled a sample of a video on making advocacy known among our congregations. The video features advocates telling their stories, as well as an introduction by Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia theologian and LAMPa policy council member the Rev. Dr. John Hoffmeyer.


Lux Summer Theological Institute for Youth, July 15-July 29, 2018

Who: Theologically curious high school students (rising sophomores through graduated seniors)

Caring for God’s Creation: Thinking Theologically About Ecology and Justice
Students will study the ways in which Christians through history have thought about nature and the earth that we say is entrusted to our care. More importantly, the Institute will consider how Christians think about the natural environment today and what we can do about the profound changes that are occurring on earth. The Institute will also explore the impact of environmental changes on our common home and human relationships.

Creation Care: Faith to Action May 19th, 2018

MAY 19th, 8-12
Come and join us at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center for a day of learning practical ways we can all respond to God’s call to care for the earth
with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Barbara Rossing

Endangered Species Day – May 18, 2018

Creation Justice Ministries has a toolkit to help your faith community celebrate Endangered Species Day and accompanying faith-based resources.

If you can donate to cover postage, they will send you copies of this bulletin insert in the mail. Send your request to info@creationjustice.org  (while supplies last.)

Retreat Center in Georgia hosts LRC Retreat – Winter 2018

February 2-4, 2018 in Tallapoosa GA ( @ LutherRidge Retreat Center) 
Over the course of two nights and three days 26 people from 8 different states gathered to equip one another with the spirit of Resurrection before Lent even got started! Check out our agenda and let us know if you think something like this would be helpful in your area. We will be following up with these participants to ensure they follow through on the action plans they put into to motion. Thanks to Region IX Stewardship Council & ELCA Domestic Mission, Stewardship for your support!

Climate Change Revival – New England Congregations Unite (2013)

The weekend that Boston’s Copley Square re-opened after the devastating Marathon Bombings brought healing and refreshment in many forms. A large gathering of ecumenical environmental groups gathered for worship and networking all day of April 27th. LRC was one of many featured groups at a poster session. New England ELCA Bishop Hazelwood was part of a panel discussion commenting on critical nature of climate change as a social justice issue.

Carers for Creation Collaborate in the Northeast to Support the Earth and One Another (2015)

Check out the list of assets all these people bring to the table and how many forces are represented here! (Download notes from our January 2015 Gathering at Hartford Seminary by clicking this link). Watch out despair – this alliance remembers how to put hope into action!

 

 

Nurturing A Network: NW Minnesota Creation Care Team 2013

The mission of the Northwest Minnesota Synod Creation CareTeam is “to nurture a growing network that inspires our congregations and their members to live out God’s call to be stewards of the earth for the sake of the whole creation.”

At the 2012 synod assembly, the Synod Creation Care Team conducted a survey to learn how it might support the creation care work of congregations.  Many congregations asked for more training. In response, the team is offering annual retreats to equip congregational leaders on how to integrate God’s call to care for the Earth into the core elements of congregational life: worship, stewardship, education, and outreach.

The first training retreat was held at Camp Hiawatha on February 22-23, 2013.  The focus was on worship and the Season of Creation liturgical resource because, in the words of the team, “worship is at the heart of everything we do and are as the church.”

During the retreat, thirty-four participants from 12 congregations, two camps, and one campus ministry experienced the Season of Creation in worship, learned how other congregations are practicing creation care, shared success stories, and went home equipped with many resources.

“It was a rich experience that provided a lot of encouragement,” according to one participant.

Pastor Karen Foster, team co-chair, said, “This retreat is clearly the beginning of nurturing a growing network through which our congregations, camps, and campus ministries can encourage, inspire, and support each other in this vital focus!”

Training schedule, training brochure

SCCT Training Retreat Letter:

NE MN Retreat on Worship: Letter of Invitation
Northeastern Minnesota Synod Creation Care Team

Greetings from your NEMN Synod Creation Care Team, and an Invitation to participate in:
Creation Care 2013
The Season of Creation: A Retreat to Equip Congregational Leaders
February 22-23, 2013 at Camp Hiawatha

At this year’s (2012) synod assembly, the Synod Creation Care Task Force conducted a survey to learn how congregations are involved in creation care efforts and how our task force might support that work. From these surveys, we gathered names of some of the congregations who desire more information and training. We are encouraged by what congregations like yours already do and by your desire to network and grow with other congregations!

Many congregations asked for more training in living God’s call to care for creation. In response to this interest, we are offering the congregations of our synod an annual retreat to equip congregational leaders. These retreats will focus on integrating God’s call to care for the Earth into the core elements of congregational life: worship, stewardship, education, and outreach.

The Synod Creation Care Team invites your congregation to assemble a team of key leaders to participate in the first training retreat on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23 at Camp Hiawatha in Deer River. Since worship is at the heart of everything we do and are as the Church, this first retreat will focus on worship, specifically on a season of the church year called the Season of Creation. Developed by the Lutheran Church in Australia and adapted for use in the ELCA, this is a four to six week liturgical season typically inserted mid-way through the green season after Pentecost. It corresponds to our three year lectionary cycle with weekly themes that include, for example, earth, sky, mountains, humanity and world communion.

During the retreat, congregations will experience the Season of Creation in worship, learn how other congregations are practicing creation care, share success stories, and go home equipped with many resources. Registration starts at 4:00 p.m. with introductions at 5:00, supper at 5:30, and opening worship at 6:15. It will conclude about 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. The cost for the retreat will be $50 per person, which cost includes dinner Friday night, overnight accommodations, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. We are seeking scholarship assistance to help defray the participant cost. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

This is a great opportunity for pastors and other key congregational leaders to become better equipped to lead their congregation in implementing God’s call to be stewards of the whole creation. We hope to hear from you and see you in February. For further questions or to convey your interest in this synodical initiative, please contact either of our team co-chairpersons: Pastor Kristin Foster at 218-741-7057 or Pastor David Carlson at 218-722-3381.

Yours in Christ,

NEMN Synod Creation Care Team

P.S. For more information, check out the web site at http://www.letallcreationpraise.org/season-of-creation.

The NE MN Synod Creation Care Team Mission: To nurture a growing network that inspires our congregations and their members to live out God’s call to be stewards of the earth for the sake of the whole creation!
(*formerly Synod Creation Care Task Force)

NE MN Synod Retreat on Creation Care Worship, 2013 Retreat Schedule

Season of Creation Retreat: February 22 and 23 at Camp Hiawatha

Northeast Minnesota Synod

Friday, Feb 22, 2013

4pm                  registration

5pm                  welcome/introductions

5:30pm             supper

Evening            opening worship – TBA

                        Season of Creation overview – Krehl

                        Team building – Joel

                        First Sunday in the Season of Creation: Lakes Sunday – Dave & Rosie

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013

8:00am             Breakfast

Morning            Sundays in the Season of Creation – Dennis (as general resource person)?

                        Second Sunday: Fauna Sunday – Tom, Vicki (& Anders?)

                        Third Sunday: Storm Sunday – Kristin, Mark

                        Fourth Sunday: Cosmos Sunday – Krehl (& Steve?)

                        Lunch

Afternoon         Relationships and resources

  • Lutherans Restoring Creation – Mark
  • Additional Resources – All

                        Congregational Planning – Kristin

                        Sending worship – TBA

3:00pm             Depart

Proposal

Walk through each of the four or five Sundays of the Season of Creation for the year of Luke.

Consider approaching each Sunday in multiple ways, starting with mini-presentations from the team and then providing one or two small group/team reflection times for each session.  It might look like this

Do the Season of Creation overview on Friday evening before or after team building.

Do 3 or possibly 4 seasons on Saturday morning, 45 minutes each.

Season of Creation Overview: The Wisdom series from Luke

  1. The three year season of creation cycle
  2. Year of Luke perspectives: the Wisdom tradition
  3. Preview/intro on science, art, music

Ocean/Lakes Sunday

  1. Sing a related hymn and one piece of the Dakota road earthkeeping liturgy
  2. Assign people/volunteers to read the lectionary readings to the whole group
  3. Small group discussion #1 – diving into the lectionary
  4. Share insights, mini-presenter draw from those and highlight anything else
  5. Science and/or other contemporary perspective on the topic
  6. Small group discussion #2 –  Worship possibilities, including art and music
  7. Large group sharing
  8. Youth, education, and outreach possibilities – seed with some ideas, then back to small groups/teams

Mini-presentations

  • The lectionary
  • Science
  • Music

This way the “congregational planning” piece would be an ongoing process, and then provide some wrap-up planning time toward the end of the retreat.

Series C: The Wisdom Series

Wisdom is a deep impulse within all parts of creation, designing their mysteries, guiding their purposes, and mentoring their functions. The Wisdom series correlates with the Luke series of the church year.

First Sunday in Creation
Theme: Ocean Sunday
Old Testament Job 38:1-18
Psalm Psalm 104:1-9, 24-26
Epistle Ephesians 1:3-10
Gospel Luke 5:1-11
Second Sunday in Creation
Theme: Fauna Sunday
Old Testament Job 39:1-8, 26-30
Psalm Psalm 104:14-23
Epistle 1 Corinthians 1:10-23
Gospel Luke 12:22-31
Third Sunday in Creation
Theme: Storm Sunday
Old Testament Job 28:20-27
Psalm Psalm 29
Epistle 1 Corinthians 1:21-31
Gospel Luke 8:22-25
Fourth Sunday in Creation
Theme: Cosmos Sunday
Old Testament Proverbs 8:22-31
Psalm Psalm 148
Epistle Colossians 1:15-20
Gospel John 6:41-51

 

Facilitators:

This retreat is a model for grassroots leadership in the congregations of our synod and will be led by the whole creation care team, including:

+Joel Abenth (Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry)

+Anders Meier (Camp Onamia)

+Pr. Mark Peters (Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in MN)

+Pr. Krehl Stringer (Faith United, Iron)

+Rosie Loeffler-Kemp (Good Shepherd, Duluth)

+Pr. Kristin Foster (Messiah, Mt. Iron)

+Tom Uecker (Gloria Dei, Duluth)

+Pr. David Carlson (Gloria Dei, Duluth)

+Pr. Vicki Taylor (Northeastern MN Synod)

AND…

… we hope to include you!