Seminaries

Hello! My name is Megan Gustafson. I am currently a Master of Divinity student at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.  As the “host” of the “Seminaries” for the Lutherans Restoring Creation page, I will be adding stories of hope and inspiration from seminaries across the nation.  It is also to be used as a resource for seminary students to learn how to be leaders in caring for creation. 

This ELCA seminary section’s goal is to prepare leaders for the ELCA who will offer care-for-creation leadership in ELCA congregations and other institutions and in their communities and the larger world. We seek to:

  • Provide eco-resources and ideas for the full life and mission of seminaries.
  • Sponsor an LRC Seminary Networking group.
  • Offer news, highlights, and stories of seminary events and developments.
  • Link with other like-minded groups.

Please join us as partners to help to make this happen! And, keep checking back below as we are currently adding to this list.

Studying Resources:
Ecological Christianity through Luther’s Small Catechism

Ecological Christianity through Luther’s Small Catechism

We marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with the occasion of Martin Luther writing his 95 Theses. For those ...
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Ecological Christianity Through The Creed

Ecological Christianity Through The Creed

The 1st Article, on Creation I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. What is this? I ...
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Ecological Christianity Through The Lord's Prayer

Ecological Christianity Through The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven. What is this? With these words God wants to attract us, so that we come to ...
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Ecological Christianity Through The Sacrament of Baptism

Ecological Christianity Through The Sacrament of Baptism

I. What is Baptism? Baptism is not simply plain water. Instead, it is water used according to God's command and ...
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Ecological Christianity Through The Sacrament of the Altar

Ecological Christianity Through The Sacrament of the Altar

What is the Sacrament of the Altar? It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under ...
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Litany for our Personal Covenant with Creation

Litany for our Personal Covenant with Creation

L: For the marvelous grace of your Creation, we pour out our thanks to You, our God. C: We praise ...
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Coming Home To Earth 

Coming Home To Earth 

by Mark Brocker As a young Norwegian Lutheran teenager in rural Wisconsin, Brocker lay awake one night worrying whether he ...
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The Nature of Things: Rediscovering the Spiritual in God's Creation

The Nature of Things: Rediscovering the Spiritual in God’s Creation

Edited by Graham Buxton and Norman Habel Forward by David Rhoads With contributions by David Rhoads, Paul Santmire, Celia-Diane-Drummond, Heather ...
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Within Limits: Remember the Sabbath

Within Limits: Remember the Sabbath

Jim Martin-Schramm Luther College Chapel October 7, 2011 Exodus 23:10-12 (or 31:12-17) Within Limits: Remember the Sabbath Our reading this ...
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Articles by Panu Pihkala, University of Helsinki

Articles by Panu Pihkala, University of Helsinki

“Rediscovery of Early Twentieth-Century Ecotheology”, Open Theology. An open access article about the early history of eco-theology, 1900-1954, leading up to Lutheran ...
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Bible verses on nature and care for creation

Bible verses on nature and care for creation

Bible and Nature The following is a listing of bible verses on creation, our relationship with the earth, and our ...
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The Stewardship of Creation: A Theological Reflection

The Stewardship of Creation: A Theological Reflection

by David Rhoads Steward is a biblical term that refers to a manager who is responsible for the goods and property ...
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"On Earth As In Heaven: Biblical Ecology for an Eco-Reformation," Dr. Barbara R. Rossing

“On Earth As In Heaven: Biblical Ecology for an Eco-Reformation,” Dr. Barbara R. Rossing

Dr. Barbara R. Rossing's April 26, 2018 lecture from Garrett Seminary, "On Earth as In Heaven: Biblical Ecology for an Eco-Reformation.” ...
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Awakening to God's Call to Earthkeeping

Awakening to God’s Call to Earthkeeping

Download this free resource for a non-politicized, easy to follow path to help connect faith, eco-theology and the community we ...
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Creation reorientation: Liturgy to Reconcile People and Planet

Creation reorientation: Liturgy to Reconcile People and Planet

(Click here to download this document.) Created by Bridget Jones in 2018 as part of her Masters of Divinity program ...
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What does church have to do with it?

What does church have to do with it?

As many faith-based organizations are struggling with their place in relation to people's daily lives, so does the Evangelical Lutheran ...
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God in Forests: Who is Jesus for Chipmunks?

God in Forests: Who is Jesus for Chipmunks?

A Service In and For the Forests - Feel free to share this worship service or get ideas - we ...
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Congregational Covenant and Organizing Kit:  An Overview

Congregational Covenant and Organizing Kit:  An Overview

The purpose of this kit is to enable you to have a basic program and organization to function as a ...
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Johan Bergh: Luther as Environmentalist

Johan Bergh: Luther as Environmentalist

Download, read, and share widely this brief reflection from active disciple, Dr. Johan Bergh.  In his piece, published in the ...
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Let All Creation Praise! - companion site

Let All Creation Praise! – companion site

Our ecumenical companion site, www.LetAllCreationPraise.org , is maintained by long-time supporter and fellow Lutheran restoring creation, Nick Utphall. This site ...
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Planning and Carrying Out Green Events

Planning and Carrying Out Green Events

Guidelines for Ecologically Responsible Events Prepared by Pilgrims Caring for Creation Pilgrim Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN in response to ...
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Tools for Talking and Acting on Climate with Faith-based Language

Tools for Talking and Acting on Climate with Faith-based Language

Blessed Tomorrow's Moving Forward Guide ecoAmerica helps leaders from the local government, the public health sector, and faith-based cohorts figure ...
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Bibliography of Ecology and Faith

Bibliography of Ecology and Faith

Biblical Bauckham, Richard. The Bible and Ecology: Rediscovering the Community of Creation (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2010). Bauckham, Richard. Living with Other Creatures: ...
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Lutheran Theology of Creation: Foundations for a New Reformation

Lutheran Theology of Creation: Foundations for a New Reformation

Reflections on a Lutheran Theology of Creation: Foundations for a New Reformation By David Rhoads Published in the Seminary Ridge ...
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American Lutherans Engage Ecological Theology

American Lutherans Engage Ecological Theology

American Lutherans Engage Ecological Theology: The First Chapter, 1962-2012, And Its Legacy1 by Paul Santmire Ecological theology is a relatively ...
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Connections Call: What is Our Response?

Connections Call: What is Our Response?

As part of our Connections Calls, we get to hear feedback from representatives who work in various expressions of the ...
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Lenten Resource: Carbon Fast Calendar

Lenten Resource: Carbon Fast Calendar

Lutherans Restoring Creation encourages you to try one new practice every day that may prevent further desecration of God's good ...
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Continuing Education Certificate Offered in Creation Care - Lexington Seminary

Continuing Education Certificate Offered in Creation Care – Lexington Seminary

For such a time as this … Lexington Theological Seminary’s new Creation Care Continuing Education option for pastors and congregational ...
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Good Green News group of Lutherans

Tools for Grassroots Advocacy: Full Spectrum

On our April 2020 Connections Call, we lifted up numerous ways we can represent what the ELCA's Creation Care stance ...
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Covenant with Creation Adapted for Spanish Speakers

Covenant with Creation Adapted for Spanish Speakers

We hope that the Pacto Congregacional de Cuidado para la Creación will be useful to support Spanish-speaking congregations to reflect ...
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