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:
Sing Out! Celebrating with Creation: Songs in Support of Ongoing Earth-Care 

Sing Out! Celebrating with Creation: Songs in Support of Ongoing Earth-Care 

Sing Out! Songs written to known melodies, for use in association with the Eco-Reformation, the Season of Creation, or occasions for ...
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Getting Started, First Steps

Getting Started, First Steps

Getting Started The program, becoming a creation care congregation, can begin from any place—pastor, interested lay people, a standing committee, ...
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Voices from the ELCA - Caring for Creation Today

Voices from the ELCA – Caring for Creation Today

[vimeo 301256430 w=640 h=360] God's work. Our hands. from ecoAmerica on Vimeo. ELCA churches across the country are working to ...
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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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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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Lutherans Restoring Creation's YouTube channel & playlists

Lutherans Restoring Creation’s YouTube channel & playlists

Visit our Youtube Channel to see "liked" videos, uploaded videos, and playlists.  Or scroll through our playlists linked here: ...
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Public Witness/Policy Advocacy Ideas

Public Witness/Policy Advocacy Ideas

Public Witness/Policy Advocacy: “Church exists to serve the world” Hands-on project. Learn what environmental projects are happening in your area ...
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Creation Care Congregation: Education Ideas

Creation Care Congregation: Education Ideas

Education: “Know your traditions and your world” Earthbound: Adult education for this six-part video series produced by the ELCA to ...
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Creating An Action Plan

Creating An Action Plan

Action Plan Guidelines 1. Explore our action plan ideas: Consult the Manual and the websites/ resources listed with each item ...
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Green Teams

Green Teams

How to create a “Green Team” with your congregation: 1. Formation. A green team may come into existence in a ...
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Ten Reasons Why Lutherans Care for All Creation

Ten Reasons Why Lutherans Care for All Creation

To join with other Lutherans in caring for creation, help your congregation become a Creation-Care congregation; visit this page for ...
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Eco-Justice Criticism of the New Testament

Eco-Justice Criticism of the New Testament

Who Will Speak for the Sparrow? by David Rhoads Giving Voice to Nature in Biblical Interpretation. In recent decades, there ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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Devotional resources for use with the Bible and nature

Devotional resources for use with the Bible and nature

The Green Bible (Harper Bibles, 2008). New Revised Standard Version that highlights in green print all passages related to nature throughout ...
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Toward a Better Worldliness: Ecology, Economy, and the Protestant Tradition

Toward a Better Worldliness: Ecology, Economy, and the Protestant Tradition

by Terra Schwerin Rowe Five hundred years ago the Protestant Reformation inspired profound theological, ecclesial, economic, and social transformations. But ...
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Sacraments and Creation

Sacraments and Creation

The sacraments are occasions to reflect on human relationships with the rest of creation. Different Christian communities recognize different sacraments ...
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What Every Seminarian Should Learn about Caring for Creation

What Every Seminarian Should Learn about Caring for Creation

1. The environmental state of the world—basic principles of ecology, information about critical issues (such as global warming, ozone depletion, ...
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How to Make Your Seminary Greener:

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