Connections Calls

Recordings and supporting documents from monthly Connections Calls for Lutherans Restoring Creation (below).  For upcoming Zoom gatherings go to our Upcoming Events page. 

Join our monthly call to hear from “Green Shepherds” across the country on a variety of topics in our Connections Calls.  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!

Young Adult Climate Summit - Reflections & Reverberations

Young Adult Climate Summit – Reflections & Reverberations

We were lucky to hear from some of the attendees of October 2023 gathering at the ELCA Lutheran Center where ...
Updates from the Field (September 2023 Connections Call)

Updates from the Field (September 2023 Connections Call)

Listen in below to a gathering on Zoom where we hear suggestions and reflections from one another regarding our progress ...
a flood of water showing just the tops of cars

Connections Call: Responding to Climate Disaster

Rev. Matthew Zemanick, Program Director, Lutheran Disaster Response Initiatives joined us to consider all the ways we can “lend a ...
Taking Time: The Significance of Sabbath in Creation Care

Taking Time: The Significance of Sabbath in Creation Care

Climate change is a tangled problem and responding to it is an issue of economics and physics, politics and infrastructure ...
Shame, Guilt, Empathy, Lament... Tools or Toxins?

Shame, Guilt, Empathy, Lament… Tools or Toxins?

In our work,  we often “try not to shame” people to change their ways and encourage just infrastructure change.  We ...
Pathways to Pollination

Pathways to Pollination

In March of 2023, ELCA churches across Northeastern Minnesota's EcoFaith Network shared inspiration and resources regarding their teams' exciting new ...
Lead-Free Superhero!

Lead-Free Superhero!

The Lead-Free Superhero! We were honored to have Aiden and Deanna Branch share their experience growing the Coalition on Lead ...
FACT: The Earth is Good

FACT: The Earth is Good

FACT: The Earth is Good! Get the Good News (watch below) in less than 2 minutes and share with someone ...
Resilience as Part of Disaster Response

Resilience as Part of Disaster Response

Thanks to Avery Davis Lamb (Creation Justice Ministries) who shared an overview of the "Faithful Resilience" resource during our Connections Call ...
Doctrine of Discovery's Role in Climate Injustice

Doctrine of Discovery’s Role in Climate Injustice

The ELCA has been working to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery.  As individuals and institutions continue to reconcile and repair ...
Author, H. Paul Santmire - Connections Call (Sept. 27, 2022)

Author, H. Paul Santmire – Connections Call (Sept. 27, 2022)

Thank you to theologian and fellow eco-activist, H. Paul Santmire, who joined the Lutherans Restoring Creation network to offer hope ...
Rural and Small Town Conversations re: Creation Care

Rural and Small Town Conversations re: Creation Care

On June 26, 2022 our Connections Call considered how conversations about Creation Care in Rural & Small Town America are ...
Amending the Christian Story: Conversation with Ron Rude (June 2022)

Amending the Christian Story: Conversation with Ron Rude (June 2022)

Thanks to Pastor Zach Parris (AKA- The Vinyl Preacher) for welcoming us in to conversation with Pastor Ron Rude about his ...
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

As institutions and individuals we have a hard time understanding and being in control of how our money is used ...
Local Electric Cooperatives as Tools for Equity and Healing

Local Electric Cooperatives as Tools for Equity and Healing

EmPOWER your community to communicate with who manages your energy! Hear from Emilie Bouvier, Director of Organizing in the Minneapolis ...
Where are we off to in '22 (Dec. 2021 Connections Call)

Where are we off to in ’22 (Dec. 2021 Connections Call)

Chat Log to download For more information regarding the specific materials mentioned during this call also check out this post ...
Gratitude Connections Call (Nov. 2021)

Gratitude Connections Call (Nov. 2021)

We thank you for being a part of our Creation Care Ministry! Please listen to our gathering of gratitude below ...
Who Are the People in your "Neighborhood"?

Who Are the People in your “Neighborhood”?

Connections Call conversation from October 26, 2021 about all the people in our web of creation care. Listen in to ...
A Spectrum of Tools to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Call-9/28/21)

A Spectrum of Tools to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Call-9/28/21)

What tools can churches and individual members bring to the table to achieve 50% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions by ...
Connections Calls (video playlist)

Connections Calls (video playlist)

https://www.youtube.com/embed?listType=playlist&list=PLFPMTinJ7FKneoOobuRaoX6qxleOzH91Z&layout=gallery ...
Advocating and Acting for Reducing Greenhouse Gases (Call-8/17/21)

Advocating and Acting for Reducing Greenhouse Gases (Call-8/17/21)

A Call to Advocate and Act for the Reduction of Greenhouse Gases for the Health of All Thanks to Pastor Jonathan ...
Perspectives on Animals as Food

Perspectives on Animals as Food

July 2021 Connections Call Recording & Related Resources: Hear as Sarah & Brandon Bowers describe their methods of raising animals ...
Connections Calls: Ways of Knowing - Western Science, Indigenous Knowledge & Christian Faith

Connections Calls: Ways of Knowing – Western Science, Indigenous Knowledge & Christian Faith

Connections Call from Wednesday, June 23, 2021 Focus: Western Science, Indigenous Knowledge, and Christian Faith: How Can Various Ways of Knowing ...
Interview with Bishop Eaton

Interview with Bishop Eaton

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton offered the sermon for our Good Shepherd Sunday service in celebration of Earth Day 2021.  As the ...
Connections Call: How Church Soil Can Feed the Community

Connections Call: How Church Soil Can Feed the Community

This call (video below) happened on May 18, 2021 Focus: How Church Soil Can Feed the Community We were excited ...

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 ...
Just Transitions Conversation (March 2021)

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 ...

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 ...
Native Land Acknowledgment: Processes to Heal, Steps to Restore

Native Land Acknowledgment: Processes to Heal, Steps to Restore

As we live, work, and worship in the land that is now called the United States, Lutherans Restoring Creation recognizes ...
How do you bring up climate change in church?

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 ...