Listen, Share, Connect!

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. 

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 2020Listen 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:

December ’19: Sharing of Good Green Gifts (see all related links here). And listen in to the whole conversation here.

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! 

September ’19: about what “From the Bible to the Frontlines” might mean to us and how our faith influences our voice in the world (and vice versa). 

August ’19:  we hear from people involved in the Sunrise Movement and some reflections on the Green New Deal. 

*What is a Green Shepherd?