Pastors

Get involved! As a pastor you can be a leader in creation care. On this page, you will find resources and examples for what you can do in your role in parish life. Our worship section also holds items that may be useful, including lectionary commentaries.

Louis Tillman 

Louis Tillman 

We are honored that Louis Tillman was on Lutherans Restoring Creation inaugural Board of Directors from 2017-2020.   For an update ...
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17 Ways to be an EcoPreacher

17 Ways to be an EcoPreacher

by Rev. Dr. Leah Schade Here are 17 ideas excerpted from my book Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology and the Pulpit (Chalice Press, ...
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Why We Need an Eco-Reformation

Why We Need an Eco-Reformation

There are voices across the ELCA calling for a reformation of the church to encompass care for all of God’s ...
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Healthy Pastor, Healthy Congregation, Healthier Planet

Healthy Pastor, Healthy Congregation, Healthier Planet

by Leah D. Schade Clergy have such high instances of stress, weight problems, hypertension, depression and heart problems that poor ...
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GreenFaith Fellowship Program

GreenFaith Fellowship Program

The GreenFaith Fellowship Program is a wonderful, challenging 18-month program that prepares lay and ordained leaders from diverse religious traditions for ...
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Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology and the Pulpit

Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology and the Pulpit

author: Leah D. Schade Informed by years of experience as an environmental activist and minister, Leah Schade equips preachers to interpret ...
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Eight Ways Pastors can Give Care for Creation Leadership

Eight Ways Pastors can Give Care for Creation Leadership

The Role of ELCA Pastors in Care of the Earth Stewardship of the Earth: The people of God are called ...
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Let All Creation Praise: Worshiping God with Creation

Let All Creation Praise: Worshiping God with Creation

Click here for resources to care for creation worship throughout the year Download freely and adapt for your worshiping context ...
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Lutheran Study Guide to Pope Francis' Letter on Climate Change

Lutheran Study Guide to Pope Francis’ Letter on Climate Change

This is a four week study intended for church adult education, college, or seminary classrooms. The study takes up the theme ...
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Water and Ecotheology: Articles by Benjamin Stewart

Water and Ecotheology: Articles by Benjamin Stewart

Stewart, Benjamin M. “Stream, Flood and Spring: Water Renewing the Earth and the Church.” Living Lutheran, April 2016. (available online) Stewart, Benjamin ...
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Worship as Reflection of our Care for Creation

Worship as Reflection of our Care for Creation

Green the Congregation through Worship  Reflections and Ideas by David Rhoads Worship is the central recurring event in the life ...
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Worshiping with Creation

Worshiping with Creation

We have traditionally done worship focusing on our human relationship with God and our human relationships with each other. Now ...
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Reflections on Swedish Bishops' Letter on Climate Change

Reflections on Swedish Bishops’ Letter on Climate Change

On May 19, 2015, LSTC Professors Kadi Billman, Barbara Rossing, and Vítor Westhelle, reflected on A Bishops' Letter about Climate ...
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Climate Change and Poverty in the Household of God

Climate Change and Poverty in the Household of God

Climate Change and Poverty in the Household of God by Brian E. Konkol Brian Konkol served in South Africa as ELCA ...
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Climate Justice: Ethics, Energy, and Public Policy

Climate Justice: Ethics, Energy, and Public Policy

Climate Justice: Ethics, Energy, and Public Policy by James Martin-Schramm (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010). Energy issues and climate change have loomed ...
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A New Climate for Theology: God, the World, and Global Warming

A New Climate for Theology: God, the World, and Global Warming

A New Climate for Theology: God, the World, and Global Warming by Sallie McFague (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008). A New Climate ...
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A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming

A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming

A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming by Michael Northcott (Maryknoll: Orbis, 2005). In this groundbreaking book Northcott examines theological ...
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Christianity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Living

Christianity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Living

Christianity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Living by Nick Spencer, Robert White, and Virginia Vroblesky (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2009). Amounts and patterns of ...
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Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert (New York: Bloomsbury, 2006) Long known for her insightful and ...
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Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth

Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth

Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth by Larry Schweiger of the national Wildlife Federation (Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing, 2009). "This is ...
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Forecast: The Consequences of Global Climate Change, from the Amazon to the Arctic, From Darfur to Napa Valley

Forecast: The Consequences of Global Climate Change, from the Amazon to the Arctic, From Darfur to Napa Valley

Forecast: The Consequences of Global Climate Change, from the Amazon to the Arctic, From Darfur to Napa Valley by Stephen Faris (New York: Henry Holt, 2009) ...
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An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergence of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It

An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergence of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It

An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergence of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It by Al Gore Emmaus, PA: ...
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Climate Change Begins at Home: Life on the Two-Way Street of Global Warming

Climate Change Begins at Home: Life on the Two-Way Street of Global Warming

Climate Change Begins at Home: Life on the Two-Way Street of Global Warming by David Reay (New York: MacMillan, 2005). Packed ...
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10-Minute Energy Saving Secrets: 250 Easy Ways to Save Big Bucks Year Round

10-Minute Energy Saving Secrets: 250 Easy Ways to Save Big Bucks Year Round

10-Minute Energy Saving Secrets: 250 Easy Ways to Save Big Bucks Year Round, by Jerri Farris (Gloucester: Fair Winds, 2005) ...
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Green Living: The E Magazine Handbook for Living Lightly on the Earth

Green Living: The E Magazine Handbook for Living Lightly on the Earth

Green Living: The E Magazine Handbook for Living Lightly on the Earth (New York: Penguin, 2005) Knowledge of environmental issues and ...
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If there’s global warming, why is it so cold? (video)

If there's global warming, why is it so cold? (video) ...
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National Preach-In on Climate Change: Sermon for Epiphany 5A

National Preach-In on Climate Change: Sermon for Epiphany 5A

Sermon for Epiphany 5A, the Rev. Lisa E. Dahill, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Worship and Christian Spirituality, Trinity Lutheran Seminary IPL Climate ...
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National Preach-In on Climate Change: Creation Salvation

National Preach-In on Climate Change: Creation Salvation

Creation Salvation (link to the recording), Vicar Josh Buzbee, All Peoples' Church, Milwaukee WI, February 16, 2014 (or click here to download the ...
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National Preach-In on Climate Change: Sermon for Epiphany 6A

National Preach-In on Climate Change: Sermon for Epiphany 6A

Sermon for Sixth Sunday in Epiphany, Year A Deuteronomy 30:5-20 Saint Andrew and Emmaus Lutheran Churches, Racine WI February 16, ...
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