Connect with other caring for creation Lutherans by joining one of our monthly connection 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.
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.
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.
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.
Join our monthly call to hear from “Green Shepherds”* across the country on a variety of topics. Be sure you get our Good Green News to get the call-in details (add us to your address book so they don’t end up in spam).
Upcoming Connections Call: January 26th
at 8 pm EST, / 7pm CT / 6pm MT / 5pm Pacific
Creation Care in the traditional church
Hear from Rev. Alyssa Mazzei (First Lutheran in Springfield, Ohio),
as she shares her Creation Care perspective and experiences.
Save the Date: February 25th
8 pm EST, / 7pm CT / 6pm MT / 5pm Pacific
Hear again from Author, Gayle Boss
“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.”
Listen to our collection of past Connections Calls on a variety of subjects:
December: Worth the Wait
This is totally a recording that you will want to treat yourself to if you missed it. Hear Gayle Boss read how the Painted Turtle waits through the long winter as she shares the first entry in her Advent Devotional, All Creation Waits and explains how the book came to be. We also share with each other other means of finding hope in the quieter processes of preparing for Advent.
(Click here for audio file.)
November: Native Land Acknowledgement
Recording & many materials being updated on this page (click).
October: Climate Conversations in Church
We heard from Arctic Scientist: Henry Huntington, who spoke to the signs seen from data, the need to know your audience, and how critical it is to respect the unique knowledge of indigenous communities. Hear recording and see resources at this here (click).
September: Intersections of Food, Creation Care, Human Rights and Immigration. *LISTEN HERE*
Special thanks to guests: Mary Campbell (AMMPARO), Marie Anne Sliwinski, and Pastor Nelson H. Rabell-González
August: Grief as a tool. Biblical teachings, shared experiences, and practical tools. Hear recordings and use links HERE.
June: Thanks so much to Shay Gabriel O’Reilly (Organizing Representative, Sierra Club) who shared experiences of bringing people together to find common ground after truly hearing from one another. Just hit play (here) to listen & share!
May: Advocacy vs. Politics – recording and resources (click here).
April: Getting Creative with Creation Care – we discuss the parallels between the Green New Deal aspirations, Earth Charter ideals, and the concept of Jubilee. Listen in (click here) and/or (click here) see more resources mentioned during this call.
March: Nicole Newell, Hunger Fellow in the CA Public Policy office (read more about her here) shared scripture, realities about neighbors, and practical ideas regarding our faith connection to food. Listen in here (Nicole starts at minute 16)
February: Hear from congregations and synods across the country about what they intend to do for the season of Lent and for Earth Day 2020. Listen in here.
January: A report from the 2019 Lutheran Disaster Response Convening and suggested resources (along with sharing good green news from the 20+ habitats we all represented!) Listen here and get links.
2019 Recorded calls:
November ’19: 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.
October ’19: 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!