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50 Covenants for 50 Years of Earth Day

Some Lutherans Restoring Creation have decided to take on a challenge of inviting at least 50 Congregations in their synod to make a Covenant with Creation in honor of Earth Day turning 50! Want to take take the challenge? Follow these steps below and let us know how it goes!

  • Print out this invitation letter and Covenant (ask us if you want a word document to edit).
  • Mail/e-mail it directly to ELCA churches in your area or create a spreadsheet to share the task with others (go to the ELCA Directory to get addresses in one place).
  • Call their office within a week to ensure it was received and ask who in their church would be the best to follow up with personally. That person should make a date to present the Council with the Covenant (that process may take months – but a great way to get everyone thinking about this ministry!)
  • Send your contact the Congregational Self-Organizing Kit if they are responsive to the idea. (A printed version would be good to share with their Council, but the whole kit is online too.)
  • Encourage folks to submit their goals on our shared Action Plan form here so that we can connect folks locally and topically.
  • Let us celebrate every step with you! Congregations with Covenants signed will be posted on our map and Goals Met/Events Hosted can be shared here.
  • NOTE: a Covenant isn’t necessary to start a Creation Care Ministry in your area – just one way. Look at our Upcoming Events to see many expressions of how you can get involved.

What is Our Response?

As part of our Connections Calls, we get to hear feedback from representatives who work in various expressions of the ELCA.  During the January 2020 call, after a group devotional,  Katrina Martich shared what she took away from the 2019 Lutheran Disaster Response Convening.  Listen here to the whole call (she starts at 20:35).

“There are natural hazards, but no such thing as natural disasters, even though that is a term many of those in the public are familiar with. Disasters happen when hazards (for example natural hazards like hurricanes) impact people and the systems people have made – their culture, their society, their economy, their inequalities. And our response to that disaster can further shape the impact of the disaster on people.”
– Dr. Jennifer Trivedi,  Asst. Professor of Anthropology at Univ. of Delaware 

Resources in relation to the Call Topic:

Gifts of restoration for YOU too!

On a recent Connections Call we asked folks to share some readings and resources that give them strength. Here are some links and downloads per their suggestions. Thanks to all the Green Shepherds on the call and bless your work!

“. . . the political spectrum is not a spectrum at all. It is a Spirograph, with Earth Firsters and home-schooled Christians overlapping here and diverging there.  You never knew who might own a gun or believe in God.”

 

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.

Save the Date for our next Connections Call:
FOCUS – How can churches genuinely acknowledge native land?
Thursday, Nov 12th – 8pm EST / 7pm CT / 6pm MT / 5pm Pacific
For materials to review prior our call – check here.

October Recorded Call: 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 Recorded Call: 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 Recorded Call: Grief as a tool.  Biblical teachings, shared experiences, and practical tools.  Hear recordings and use links HERE. 

June Recorded Call: 
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 Recorded Call: Advocacy vs. Politics – recording and resources (click here). 

April Recorded Call:  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 Recorded Call: 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 foodListen in here (Nicole starts at minute 16)

February Recorded Call:  Hear from congregations and synods across the country about what they intend to do for the season of Lent and for Earth Day 2020.  Listen in here. 

January Recorded Call:  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. 

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

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

*What is a Green Shepherd?