Did God not make creation for the common good?  – Tom Mundahl reflects on threats to community well-being.    Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday September 18-24, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Jeremiah 11:18-20 Psalm 54 James 3:13-4.3, 7-8a Mark 9:30-37 The readings for thisRead More →

The Hospitality of the World – Tom Mundahl reflects on membership in contrast to individualism. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday August 7 – 13, Year B (2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  1 Kings 19:4-8 Psalm 34:1 – 8 Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2 John 6:35, 41-51 TheRead More →

Prophets and Apostles in Our Midst  – Amy Carr reflects on a God-driven vision of right relations in our shared world. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday July 3-9, Year B (2021, 2024) Ezekiel 2:1-5 Psalm 123 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Mark 6:1-13 In light ofRead More →

Earth Itself Arose – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Spirit of creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter, Year B (2018, 2021, 2024)  Acts 3:12-19 Psalm 4 1 John 3:1-7 Luke 24:36b-48 The themes we have identified in our comments on theRead More →

“How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!” – Dennis Ormseth reflects on community, trinity, and unity. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Second Sunday of Easter, Year B (2018, 2021, 2024)  Acts 4:32-35 Psalm 133 1 John 1:1 – 2:2Read More →

Jesus is the Gardener – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the garden as the place of restoration. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Resurrection of Our Lord, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024)  Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 25:6-9 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 or ActsRead More →

Breathe in the Fragrance of Creation’s Renewal – Tom Mundahl reflects on faith and courage for the renewal of creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Third Sunday of Lent, Year B (2018, 2021, 2024) Exodus 20:1-17 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 John 2:13-22 The firstRead More →

Living the Anticipation, with Joy and New Light – Tom Mundahl reflects on what it means to be whole. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the Second Sunday of Advent, Year B (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Psalm 126 1 Thessalonians 6:16-24 John 1:6-8,Read More →

Acknowledging the Indigenous peoples on whose land our churches sit has the potential to profoundly shift our relationship to our history, our indigenous neighbors, and the land. How might you lead your church through a process that opens the door to awakening? Inspired by Vance Blackfox’s call for Lutherans toRead More →

by Sarah Webb, Iowa Interfaith Power & Light First Lutheran in Decorah signed the Paris Pledge, joining other congregations across the nation to reduce our carbon pollution by 50% by 2030 and to be carbon neutral by 2050. They have already achieved the 50% reduction goal (read their story here) andRead More →