Pastor Vance (62) is the Policy Outreach Coordinator for Elevate Energy.  He is a native of Houston, TX. He attended Bethany Lutheran College in Lindsborg, KS where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics with a concentration in Mathematics in 1980. He continued his education as he graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (LSTC) in 1986 with a Master of Divinity degree. Immediately upon graduation from seminary, Rev. Vance served as the Pastor of St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on the Southside of Chicago in the Chatham Neighborhood for from 1986-2016. Following his faithful and steadfast service at St.Read More →

The Grace Gathering ran parallel to the 2016 Churchwide Voting Assembly in New Orleans. The goal in gathering was to inspire one another to look back at the 500 years since the Reformation and see how to move forward in faith and love for the next 500 years. On August 11th a small group was planning to go out and serve near the Make it Right community in the Lower Ninth Ward, still rising from the ashes of the devastation since the levees failed. While, it proved to rainy to get to the land that needed cultivating, our host, Constance Fowler was gracious enough to show offRead More →

Announcing a new, non-degree eco-justice learning program with Lutheran theological foundations and on-going nourishment from a cohort-based model to ensure community engagement. Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary’s Certificate in Climate Justice and Faith (find out more here and apply for Fall 2021) Hear more about the emerging Climate Justice Center at PLTS in this recording of the 2020 Founder’s Day Lecture – including the magnificent preaching of Dr. Melanie Harris and a talk with Bill McKibben!  Read More →

As part of our Connections Calls, we get to hear feedback from representatives who work in various expressions of the ELCA. (Click here to listen.) 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,Read More →

Right Delight is the Basis of Right Action: Robert Saler reflects on Luke 10:38-42 Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings for July 17-23, Series C (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) Amos 8:1-12 Psalm 52 Colossians 1: 15-28 Luke 10:38-42 The story of Mary and Martha has, throughout history, served as a kind of paradigmatic biblical intervention into a philosophical conversation that predates the Gospels by centuries, but yet was very current in Jesus’ time: the relative merits of action vs. contemplation (praxis vs. theoria, in Aristotelian terms). When we think of theory, we often have an attenuated sense of it as a kindRead More →

We are honored that Pr. Tillman was on Lutherans Restoring Creation inaugural Board of Directors from 2017-2020.   For an update on his work in the world, check out these stories from the church community he is blessed to be a part of since at Saint Philip’s Lutheran Church in Baltimore, MD: No Plastics for Lent East Baltimore pastor weaves network of ecumenical care and service David C. Hawkinson Fund for Peace & Justice Celebrating Advent – Preparation, Proclamation, Participation and Revelation ELCA’s oldest African descent congregation serves community in unprecedented ways Baltimore Sun – Climate Change Nation’s oldest African American Lutheran congregation has served community forRead More →