July 2021 Connections Call Recording & Related Resources: Hear as Sarah & Brandon Bowers describe their methods of raising animals as food and reflect on their experiences as family on a farm. Listen for their perspectives as this is a ministry of stewardship education: Telling someone to give up that burger in their hand seems to be the most ineffective way to start a dialogue about solving environmental crisis, but that doesn’t negate the fact that the way we produce food is intricately connected with our damaging relationship with the earth.  Below is a collection of perspectives that may help you launch a faithful discussionRead More →

  [videopress MvdQYMEP] Listen in to our discussion with Ruth Ivory-Moore, ELCA’s Program Director, Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility Focus: Just Transitions What does this term mean? How do we discuss these issues in love and faith and move forward together? Check out this new resource out of the Advocacy Office: “Just Transition to a Sustainable Future”   Read more about our Lutheran grassroots response to fossil fuel dependency. Resources/readings shared via the chat: Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) – examples and explanations How does the way we eat come into all of this? Explore and share resources here The Pine Tree Amendment proposed in MaineRead More →

Since there are so many members of our ELCA community who live in agricultural areas and we all depend on food to sustain us; let’s explore how we can deliberately share the spectrum of ways our churches can inform members of opportunities, practice mindful eating, and love the wide array of neighbors who help feed us. Incentives for farmers to take on sustainable practices. How can YOUR church start a Community Garden – ELCA World Hunger gathered inspiration and practical tools:  in English (click) or Spanish (click). Bring your faith to the table and act our your care for our farming neighbors. Thoughts on mindfulRead 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 →

Ecojustice Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Series C: (2019, 2022) by Amy Carr Readings for Series C (2019, 2022) Isaiah 66:10-14 Psalm 66:1-9 Galatians 6:[1-6] 7-16 Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Today’s readings are filled with images of nourishing and flourishing drawn from the natural world, as well as agricultural metaphors for divine judgment and demand. The former invite us to treasure creation as the very medium and means of God’s blessings for us, while the latter draw our attention to the very human means of promoting a good harvest of blessings for the earth and its inhabitants. God’s gifts, our labor: these appear in conjunction.Read More →