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 →

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 we prepare for the season of Lent, share these resources with your Bible Study group, Worship committee, Church Council or just for your own personal Lenten journey: Consider using any of these books as a personal devotional +/or in an online book study with friends/church members > Wild Hope (join our Connections Call 2/25 to hear directly from author Gayle Boss!) > Prayer Book for our Planet: Solutions for Social Justice and Environmental Change, by Marybeth Gallagher > Rev. Leah Schade‘s devotional: For the Beauty of the Earth > Awakening to God’s Call for Earthkeeping – follow along for several weeks as a group studyRead 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 →

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 →