With events changing so rapidly and so many being opened up nationally to online participation we can’t keep up! Be sure to Follow Us on Facebook for the most recent listing or scroll our Social Media Posts to plug into upcoming (or recorded) events.
Also check our Connections Calls page for past & upcoming talks re: specific issues and events within the ELCA community.
The Living Connected project is for people who want to live faithfully within God’s creation. Grounded in scripture, the project reflects on six gifts we receive from creation: water, energy, food, land, material goods, and waste. It then provides a pathway to sustainable and transformative use of these gifts. At its heart, Living Connected is a call to covenantal relationship and discipleship in the way we live within God’s creation.
Lutherans Restoring Creation is taking part in Interfaith Power & Light’s annual premier week of worship and action focused on climate – Faith Climate Action Week 2021! April 16–25. The theme this year is Sacred Ground: Cultivating Connections Between our Food, our Faith, and the Climate. How we grow our food largely determines how we treat the world, and one another. Dig into a discussion with your congregation on the connection between our faith, our food practices, climate change, and environmental justice. Make it a focus of your Earth Day worship services and be part of the solution with the suggested actions in the organizer’s kit.
Find resources for sermons, talks, worship services, theme based discussion materials, a film screening kit for the featured film, Kiss the Ground, and more: www.faithclimateactionweek.org
Our Board of Directors is working on another gorgeous program of liturgy, visual journeys, musical offerings, pastoral insights and inspiration from lay leaders.
We are excited to announce Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will be delivering the sermon for this special service!
Be sure to register (click here) and you will receive a link to download the service at least a week prior to the live presentation on April 25th (Good Shepherd Sunday). The entire worship service (no communion) will also be offered for all to join via our YouTube and Facebook channels live that day.
Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation Continue…
Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2021 is Healthy Planet = Healthy People = Healthy Economy.
In April, join Sasha Francis, Community Engagement Coordinator at the Galveston Bay Foundation, as she discusses the very significant links between the health of Galveston Bay, the health of people in the Galveston Bay watershed (50% of the population of Texas) and the economy in this region. The health of the Bay relies on a symbiotic relationship between its ecosystem and the communities that are connected to it. And, the health of the bay has major economic impacts as the 2nd highest producer of seafood in the U.S. and a vital shipping corridor, as well as a tourism destination. Sasha will discuss the 2020 Galveston Bay Report Card’s updated information of the 6 categories of Bay health and what it means to the surrounding community’s unity, wellbeing, and economy. Time will be provided for discussion with the audience after Sasha’s talk. Please register for this talk on www.eventbrite.com. Contact Lisa Brenskelle at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
2021 presents new opportunities for climate solutions. To build resolve for action, a broad diversity of Americans is needed to stand together. You’re invited! #ACLS2021 brings together climate leaders including those who are new and local-community focused – inspiring and empowering one another with new connections and practical and immediately actionable guidance. Faith organizations like the
partner in this effort. Registration: https://acls2021.org
100 Climate Solutions for Houses of Worship & Their Members
“Can we reverse global warming by 2050?” is the question addressed by Project Drawdown. Project Drawdown’s research into all possible solutions yielded the top 100 most impactful solutions to climate change, in priority order, with estimates of cost and benefits.
The results may surprise you.
Here are a few examples:
Changing our food habits should help as much as wind power. “Eat your veggies and clean your plate.” If food waste were a country it would be the third largest emitter, just behind the USA and China. Animal products require ten to a hundred times more land than vegetables.
3 billion folks cook with firewood. A $30 to $100 factory-made stove cuts fuel usage by 50 – 75%. 1.5 billion people can’t afford the up-front cost of such a stove, even if it will save them money or time.
· Humanity is changing refrigerants again. The current ones are potent greenhouse gases. This should save 1 degree Fahrenheit of warming.
Nan Hildreth, climate activist, will explain how you can support the most impactful responses to climate change, whether in your personal life, at your house of worship, or around the world.
Contact Lisa Brenskelle at email@example.com for more information.