Dear Friends in the Care of the Creation:
We want to extend a special invitation to you and your creation care team to attend the 2021 EcoFaith Summit on Saturday morning, April 17, Now the Green Blade Rises: Storytelling for the Healing of Creation!
During this year unlike any other, many plans and intentions have been put on hold, including creation care efforts in our congregations. Creation care leaders have expressed to us that they feel as though they are (or will be) starting over.
At the same time, new seeds have germinated in this Jubilee Year of Earth Day, even amidst a pandemic. And people like you, committed to the care of creation, are seeking ways to ignite or reignite your whole congregation in this central calling of our faith.
How can we tell stories of a wounded yet wondrous creation in ways that motivate our congregations to actively care? How are each of us, personally and as congregations, part of the Great Story of creation’s healing? How can the green blades of God’s resurrection work be rising in our midst?
Storytelling for the healing of creation is the heart of the April 17 EcoFaith Summit. Through the telling and sharing of personal and biblical stories, we will strengthen the grassroots movement of God’s people to hear the cry of creation and heed God’s call to respond. You, your team, and your congregation are at the heart of this movement!
Offered via Zoom this year, 9:00a.m. – 12:30p.m. on April 17, the Summit features Barbara Rossing, New Testament professor, author, and environmental ministry leader from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She will speak of how the Book of Revelation tells a story of hope for all created being. We will hear six diverse storytellers share how they are hearing and heeding the call for healing. Throughout the morning, we will listen to brief music videos of the creation-inclusive version of Now the Green Blade Rises, excerpted from the Moments of Arising videos. Small group breakout sessions will provide the opportunity to react, dream, consider future actions and share.
Please encourage others to attend as a group from your congregation! Experiencing this morning together will give you common reference points and new insights for next steps in your own context. Moreover, your church’s involvement will not just benefit your church: your participation will energize and encourage others!
We hope to see you there!
In Christ +
Pastor Kristin Foster and Pastor David Carlson, EcoFaith Network NE MN Synod Co-Chair