Divorced, Together –  Nick Utphall reflects on the connections in the family of creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for First Sunday of Christmas, Year B (2020, 2023)  Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3Psalm 148Galatians 4:4-7Luke 2:22-40 For creation connections, it doesn’t get much clearer than the Psalm for the day, Psalm 148. I reprint it here just to refresh and maintain your contact with these globally, cosmically full words: Hallelujah! Praise the LORD from the heavens;    praise God in the heights.Praise the LORD, all you angels;    sing praise, all you hosts of heaven.Praise the LORD, sun and moon;    singRead 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 to embrace and practice Native land acknowledgement, Kim Marinucci Acker and Trevor Bakker (Palo Alto, CA) co-led an 11-member committee through an eight-week process of self reflection, research, statement creation, and roll-out to the congregation. To share their experience, they have created a resource and facilitation guide to assist you in leading a collaborative land acknowledgmentRead 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 →

The 2019 ELCA Advocacy Convening (April 29 – May 1)  gathered over 100 lay and rostered  leaders to be trained as advocates. The theme: “Prepared to Care: Our Advocacy in Light of Disasters Intensified by Climate Change.” Below are some highlights as I, Phoebe Morad, experienced them. Thanks to those who support Lutherans Restoring Creation and help get our voice on the scene and for sharing this information and inspiration with your congregations and communities. April 29th, after an 8 hour train ride from Boston: (The passenger next to me said I was taking the train such a long way to “make AOC happy,” butRead More →

 Lutherans Restoring Creation partnered with Presbyterians for Earth Care for their bi-annual conference at Stony Point Retreat Center in NY August 6-9, 2019 where over a hundred earth-keepers gathered.  Below are some of the remarkable reflections during our time together processing how to take some of the Bible’s directives to bring us to the frontline. Using the World Cafe Method, participants conversed around the three following verses and considered how the Word could help them (and their faith community) progress from movement to action. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear muchRead More →

A request from Kim Acker,  member at University Lutheran Church in Palo Alto, to be public witness: On March 16-18, our local community has decided to take to the streets to demonstrate with our bodies that the jig is up on funding fossil fuels. I know you accept the reality of climate change, but what to do about it may remain unclear. Here is my request: Please take a moment away from the rush, the day-to-day relentlessness. Pause to feel what’s present for you about climate change. Drop into your vulnerable heart. Within that space of openness within you, consider my invitation: We don’t yetRead More →