Expanding the Imagination with Vision: Robert Saler reflects on Isaiah 35. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Robert Saler in 2013) Readings for the Third Sunday in Advent, Year A (2013, 2016, 2019, 2022) Isaiah 35:1-10 Psalm 146:5-10 James 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-11 The Isaiah textRead More →

Why bother with Advent?  Paul Santmire reflects on the start of the Advent season and offers a sermon example. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally written by Paul Santmire in 2016) Readings for the First Sunday in Advent, Year A (2016, 2019, 2022) Isaiah 2:1-5 Psalm 122Read More →

American Lutherans Engage Ecological Theology: The First Chapter, 1962-2012, And Its Legacy1 by Paul Santmire Ecological theology is a relatively new movement in the world of christian thought and practice and therefore is neither widely understood nor easily defined, even by those who are variously involved in the movement.2  ButRead More →

Divine Recapitulation – Robert Saler reflects on being called to join God’s material improvisation of salvation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter, Year C (2016, 2019, 2022, 2025) Acts 9:1-6 (7-20) Psalm 30 Revelation 5:11-14 John 21:1-19 For ecological theologians, theRead More →

(Click here to download this document.) Created by Bridget Jones in 2018 as part of her Masters of Divinity program at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Environmental Emphasis) Introduction As the climate warms, sea levels rise, forests are decimated, and numerous species become extinct, there is no denying thatRead More →

Thanks to David Rhoads, Paul Santmire, and Norman Habel who share here their Chapter 2 of “The Season of Creation: A Preaching Commentary” (Fortress Press 2011). Please download and share the excerpt here. The complete book is available here: https://bookshop.org/books/the-season-of-creation-a-preaching-commentary/ This resource is a timeless guide for anyone curious aboutRead More →

Edited by Graham Buxton and Norman Habel Forward by David Rhoads With contributions by David Rhoads, Paul Santmire, Celia-Diane-Drummond, Heather Eaton, Ernst Conradie and others, this volume highlights a diversity of perspectives on the spiritual in creation, both traditional and radical. Download a copy of the flyer here. Visit theRead More →

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Paul Santmire has been a leader in the field of ecological theology and ethics for more than fifty years. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), he has served as a teaching theologian, churchwide activist, and parish pastor.  He was one of the theological writers of the ELCA’s 1993Read More →