How can we allow the religion of consumption to threaten God’s future? – Tom Mundahl reflects on turning from darkness to light. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year B (2012, 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024) Numbers 21:4-9 Psalm 107: 1-3, 17-22 Ephesians 2:1-10 John 3:14-21 The Religion of Consumption In 1955, American economist Victor Lebow wrote a prescription for the postwar economy that proved to be uncannily accurate. Our enormously productive economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritualRead More →

Let’s Just Start Over! – Tom Mundahl reflects on the start of Advent in the midst of pandemic, climate crisis, and racial violence. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the First Sunday of Advent, Year B (2020, 2023) Isaiah 64:1-9 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:24-37 Advent marks a new beginning, entry into a new church year.  What a luxury it would be to face the future by erasing the challenges of the last year as easily as a child does by shaking her Etch-a-Sketch. Unfortunately, as we restart the liturgical year — our framework for telling and livingRead More →

The Spirit is the Giver and Sustainer of Life, All of Life – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the story of Nicodemus. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Dennis Ormseth in 2014) Readings for the Second Sunday in Lent, Year A (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Genesis 12:1-4aPsalm 121Romans 4:1-5, 13-17John 3:1-17 Our first reading for the Second Sunday in Lent reminds us that Jesus’ Lenten journey goes through the land and amongst the people that God promised to Abraham and Sarah. God called Abram out of his own country, family, and house with a promise to provide not only progeny and newRead More →

Womanist Kwame Pitts is Pastor of Crossroads Lutheran Church and WNY-LuMin Network, an STM Candidate at Chicago Theological Seminary. Read: “Reclaiming Blackness: the Treasures of Blackness” her recent entry in AllCreation.org  Listen to her podcast: Opposite Ends: Two Pastors in Unlikely Spaces Fighting for Justice. “Being involved with LRC renews my commitment to the caring of Creation and also gives me the opportunity to be immersed in current issues that are impacting both urban and rural areas and to be that voice, and bring these public issues theologically to the Seminaries as well to the laity.” While Pitts earned her M.Div. from Lutheran School of theology at Chicago sheRead More →