Jesus and the Journey of Overcoming – Robert Saler reflects on God’s healing. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the First Sunday of Lent, Year B ( 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024) Genesis 9:8-17 Psalm 25:1-10 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:9-15 Whenever I teach seminars about the relationship between our Christian faith and care for God’s creation, I have an exercise at the beginning where I ask students how it was that they fell in love with the idea of caring for creation as an expression of their faith. What was their epiphany, their conversion? And as you might guess I heardRead More →

To love neighbor involves love for their neighborhood. To love God involves love for God’s creation. – Dennis Ormseth reflects on loving as God loves. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday October 23-29, Year A (2011, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023) Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 Psalm 1 I Thessalonians 2:1-8 Matthew 22:34-46 “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it; ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39) Coming as it does at the end ofRead More →

During the 2019 Churchwide Assembly the ELCA voted to officially sign onto the principals of the Earth Charter.  For a history on that process read here (click). Now what? How do we all make sure we live this out?  The Delaware-Maryland Creation Care Ministry group first started to shepherd this task for the ELCA Sustainability Table in the spring of 2020.  Then by the fall, thanks to funding from the Stewardship of Life Institute, Organizing for Mission, and the Central States Synod (CSS)  an inaugural group rallied together to be trained with organizing skills to see that churches know how to live out these principals. Read More →

If we abide in the domain of divine love, care of all God’s creation is indeed within our reach. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year C by Dennis Ormseth Readings for Series C (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) Deuteronomy 30:9-14 Psalm 25:1-10 (4) Colossians 1:1-14 Luke 10:25-37 The Gospel lesson for this Sunday carries forward several themes from the previous two Sundays.  Once more, Jesus and his followers are in the hostile territory of Samaria. Once again, Jesus confronts the cultural and religious competition between Jews and Samaritans. Once more, he is challenged to clarify how the presence of God is brought near in the relationshipsRead More →

Love the neighborhood as yourself! Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year C by Dennis Ormseth Reading for Series C (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) 1 Kings 19:15–16, 19–21 Psalm 16 (8) Galatians 5:1, 13–25 Luke 9:51–62 The learnings for care of creation to be drawn from this Sunday’s readings hinge on an interpretation of the concept of the “kingdom of God” from the Gospel and second reading. Would-be followers of Jesus, we are told, should “let the dead bury their own dead” and “go and proclaim the kingdom of God. . . . No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks backRead More →