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Henry Huntington

henryphuntington at gmail dot com
23834 The Clearing Dr.
Eagle River, AK  99577
(907) 696-3564

Current Position/Vocation/Location
Arctic Science Director, Ocean Conservancy (2017-)
Owner, Huntington Consulting (1996-)

Relevant Publications by Speaker

Huntington, H.P., S.L. Danielson, F.K.Wiese, M. Baker, P. Boveng, J.J. Citta, A. De Robertis, D.M.S. Dickson, E. Farley, J.C. George, K. Iken, D.G. Kimmel, K. Kuletz, C. Ladd, R. Levine, L. Quakenbush, P. Stabeno, K.M. Stafford, D. Stockwell, and C. Wilson. 2020. Evidence suggests potential transformation of the Pacific Arctic Ecosystem is underway. Nature Climate Change 10:342–348. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-020-0695-2

Huntington, H.P., M. Carey, C. Apok, B.C. Forbes, S. Fox, L.K. Holm, A. Ivanova, J. Jaypoody, G. Noongwook, and F. Stammler. 2019. Climate change in context—putting people first in the Arctic. Regional Environmental Change 19(4):1217-1223. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-019-01478-8

Huntington, H.P., P.A. Loring, G. Gannon, S. Gearheard, S.C. Gerlach, and L.C. Hamilton. 2018. Staying in place during times of change in Arctic Alaska: the implications of attachment, alternatives, and buffering. Regional Environmental Change 18(2):489-499. DOI 10.1007/s10113-017-1221-6

Huntington, H.P., L.T. Quakenbush, and M. Nelson. 2017. Evaluating the effects of climate change on Indigenous marine mammal hunting in northern and western Alaska using traditional knowledge. Frontiers in Marine Science 4:319. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00319

Huntington, H.P., A. Begossi, S.F. Gearheard, B. Kersey, P. Loring, T. Mustonen, P.K. Paudel, R.A.M. Silvano, and R. Vave. 2017. How small communities respond to environmental change: patterns from tropical to polar ecosystems. Ecology and Society 22(3):9.

Huntington, H.P., R. Daniel, A. Hartsig, K. Harun, M. Heiman, R. Meehan, G. Noongwook, L. Pearson, M. Prior-Parks, M. Robards, and G. Stetson. 2015. Vessels, risks, and rules: planning for safe shipping in Bering Strait. Marine Policy 51:119-127.

Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

Traditional knowledge, science, and conservation in our seas: we’ll never know everything but we’re going to act anyway

Conserving abundance in the Arctic, or, how to avoid what has happened everywhere else

Faith & Understanding: climate change in Alaska and beyond Download (click) Sample Talk Outline

Some things I can’t explain, or, Why more social science studies are needed to understand human-environment interactions in the Arctic

Unknown knowns: recognizing how much we actually know when it comes to conservation and climate

“Can you send me a thermometer or something?” Functions and attributes of community-based monitoring


Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology

A career in Arctic research and conservation

As much time outdoors as possible!

Annual electronics recycling event at our church, Joy Lutheran

Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work




Summary Quote from Speaker

“I can connect my faith to my work because it is important that we take care of creation. It is also important that we learn to understand and love one another, which means spending time outside of our comfort zones and being willing to question our ideas by looking at them from a different perspective.” Henry P. Huntington


Tools for Talking and Listening

Being church together doesn’t have to mean we have one mind.  Listening to the Holy Spirit within each of our stories can help us move beyond disagreement and confusion.   There is no one way to help us along this journey, but there are many resources to help us find common ground.  Below are some suggestions – please let us know if you have experience with these or other tools you want to share.


Talanoa Dialogue – Read the history (click here) of this telling/listening process based on three foundational questions:
>Where are we now?
>Where do we want to go?
>How do we get there?
View sample workshop on how to share this method (click here). 

World Cafe Method – There is a whole community of facilitators with online advice (click here) who can help you figure out how to use this manner of group decision making.  This is a great format when you have people together who already care about an issue but don’t know what steps to take next or feel like they aren’t hearing from all perspectives.   Download an easy visual guide here.

Deliberative Dialogue – For a clear definition of this process of group engagement explore the National Issues Forum site (click here).  For a whole toolkit using this process re: Climate Choices (click here). 


Katrina Martich

Katrina Martich is a speaker, trainer, and consultant, who helps organizations find holistic approaches to today’s environmental challenges. To this task she brings over twenty years of practical experience as an environmental engineer in public and private sector positions.  In addition to running her own environmental consulting company, Katrina has been an adjunct instructor for The University of Texas at Arlington and completed an internship with the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy.  Katrina grounds her approach to environmental challenges in the justice tradition of the Abrahamic faiths, with a focus on personal and business practices that allow all people and life to thrive in this world.

Katrina has a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Auburn University and a Master of Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.  She is a consecrated deaconess by the Lutheran Diaconal Association, a licensed professional engineer in Texas and New Mexico, and a Certified Professional in Sediment and Erosion Control.  Katrina serves on the ELCA Sustainability Table and as a LRC Green Shepherd within the Northern Texas – Northern Louisiana Synod.  She lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband and three rescued cats.  In her spare time, Katrina volunteers at an equitherapy facility and enjoys hiking, working in the yard, and watching birds.

To discuss ways Katrina can be of service to your congregation, email her at contact@katrinamartich.com

Eco-Reformation Speakers Bureau

Gilsong Waldkoenig, Gettysburg Seminary

Gettysburg Seminary
61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 338-3029  Office

Current Position/Vocation/Location

Professor of Church in Society, Gettysburg Seminary

Director, Town and Country Church Institute (TCCI)

Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       “Ecological Restoration and Scenes of Grace” in Journal of Lutheran Ethics 15:2 (Feb 2015). http://www.elca.org/JLE/Articles/1073

·       “From Commodity to Community: Churches and the Land They Own,” The Cresset LXXVII:5 (2013). http://thecresset.org/2013/Trinity/Waldkoenig_T13.html

·       “Scenes and Means of Grace,” Dialog: A Journal of Theology (Winter 2011).

Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

The Holy Earth, Rural Churches and Ecological Stewardship

Appalachia: Environment, Strife & Resilience

Outdoor Ministry, Environment and Post-Christian Society

Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology

GreenFaith Fellow, 2011

Faculty advisor to Gettysburg Seminary Green Task Force and sustainability efforts

Seminary Stewardship Alliance participant

Washington Theological Consortium, Certificate in Theology & Ecology, participating faculty

Organizer & teacher: “Environment & Religion in Northern Appalachia” immersion experience

Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work

https://vimeo.com/91113288 invitation to “Environment & Religion in Northern Appalachia”

https://vimeo.com/91113288 “Ecological Restoration & Scenes of Grace” presentation

http://tinyurl.com/pal6685 Washington Theological Consortium Certificate in Theology & Ecology

https://townandcountrychurch.wordpress.com/ Town and Country Church Institute (TCCI)

Summary Quote from Speaker

“I look at the life and ministry of the church in light of rural and environmental histories in hopes to spur critical assessment in mission, encourage respect for creation, and remind that Christ is present.”  Gilson Waldkoenig


Aana Marie Vigen, Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago
Dept. of Theology, Crown 309
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 508-2342 Office

Current Position/Vocation/Location

Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Loyola University Chicago

Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       “For the Health of All: Human & Ecological Well-Being.” Invited chapter. In Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril, edited by James Martin-Schramm and Lisa E. Dahill, Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, Forthcoming, Fall 2016.

·       “Living and Dying: Ethical Challenges in Health Care and Bioethics.” Invited chapter. In Religious and Ethical Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century, edited by Paul Myhre. Anselm Press, 2013: 88-111.

·       “Loving God and the Neighbor: Protestant Insights for Prevention and Treatment.” Invited chapter.  In Prevention vs. Treatment:  What’s the Right Balance?, edited by Halley Faust and Paul T. Menzel.  Oxford University Press, 2012: 312-341.

·       “Pre-4th Fireworks: Stanley Cup, Voting, Marriage, and a President’s Plan for the Climate.” Invited Guest Blog Post, June 27, 2013 (226 views), online: http://livingformations.com/2013/06/27/pre-4th-fireworks-stanley-cup-voting-marriage-and-a-presidents-plan-for-the-climate/

·       “Farming in Hell’—the New Normal?” Op Ed written with Nancy C. Tuchman. Sojourners Magazine 41, Number 10 (November 2012): 10-11; online: http://sojo.net/magazine/2012/11/farming-hell%E2%80%94-new-normal

·       Ethnography as Christian Theology and Ethics.  Co-authored/edited with Christian Scharen. London: formerly Continuum/T&T Clark now Bloomsbury, 2011.

·       God, Science, Sex, Gender: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Christian Ethics.  Co-edited with Patricia Beattie Jung.  Champaign, IL: University of IL Press, 2010.

·       Women, Ethics, and Inequality in US Healthcare: “To Count Among the Living”.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006; revised paperback ed. 2011.

·       “‘Heal the Sick’: Why Public Health Care is a Christian Duty.” Op Ed.  (July 15, 2009): online: http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2009/07/heal_the_sick_why_public_health_care_is_a_christian_duty.html

Related Workshop/Lecture/Presentation/Keynote Titles

A Lutheran Responding to Pope Francis and his Urgent Call to Action on Climate. (Public Presentation 2015)

Embodying Justice:  Fighting for Health, Healing, & Hope. (Keynote, 2014 Lutheran Studies Conference, Pacific

Lutheran University)

U.S. Healthcare Inequalities: The Moral Claim They Make on People of Faith. (Keynote, Trinity Lutheran

Seminary, Columbus, OH 2007)

God, Suffering, and Human Health/Healthcare. (Weeklong Workshop/Continuing Ed. Series, Christikon, an ELCA Camp 2014)

Authentic Discipleship. (Sermon 2014)

The Ugly Face of Inequality in Health & the Beauty of Daring to Do Something about It. (Presentation for

Undergraduates 2013)

A Mediation on What Matters. (Presentation for Undergraduates 2013)

How a ‘Curious Garden’ Grows. (Sermon 2012)

Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work



Summary Quote from Speaker

“Climate Change is the scientific, economic, social, public health, educational, and justice of our time. There is no other ‘perfect storm’ that threatens our collective future the way it does.  Critical times like these—turning points in history—call for dynamic, hope-filled action.  And people of faith—across all vocations, political views, and life trajectories—have vital roles to play.  For my part, my vocation as a Christian and as a public scholar is rooted in two aims:  First to elucidate the integral relationships connecting human and ecological well-being/suffering; and

Dr. Benjamin M Stewart, The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
1100 E. 55th St.
Chicago, Il 60615   (773) 256-0769

Current Position/Vocation/Location

Gordon A. Braatz Associate Professor of Worship and Director of Advanced Studies, The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Convener, Ecology and Liturgy Seminar, The North American Academy of Liturgy

Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       A Watered Garden: Christian Worship and Earth’s Ecology. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress (2011)

·       “The Place of Earth in Lutheran Funeral Rites: Mapping the Current Terrain.” Dialog 53, no. 2 (June 1, 2014): 118–26.

·       A Forgotten Body of Knowledge? The Earth as Tutor in Prayer. Let’s Talk: Living Theology in the Metropolitan Chicago Synod. Volume 18, no. 2 (Easter 2013)

·       “Baptismal Water in Lutheran Worship and on the Earth: A Living, Sacramental Landscape” in Eco-Lutheranism: Lutheran Perspectives on Ecology, edited by Shauna Hannen and Karla Bohmbach. Minneapolis: Lutheran University Press, 2013 87–99

·       Edited volume: Liturgy 27.2, theme issue on Liturgy and Ecology, February 2012,

·       “Committed to the Earth: Ecotheological Dimensions of Christian Burial Practices.” Liturgy 27.2 (February 2012).

·       “Water in Worship: The Ecology of Baptism,” The Christian Century 8 Feb. 2011 v. 128 n. 3.

Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

Liturgical times and seasons: a sacramental approach to creation. Presentation

Natural burial as a spiritual practice. Presentation

Beginning a natural burial ministry. Workshop

Baptism and a Christian Spirituality of Water. Presentation

Praying with the Natural World. Presentations for children and adults

Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work

twitter: @bstewLSTC

Biographical profile


Summary Quote from Speaker

“Rather than knowing the earth as the ecologically unchanging “ground floor” of the entire cosmos (one-half of the universe), we are now coming to know the earth as it actually is. The earth is a relatively small living creature, in many ways like us: fragile, created good, in need of healing, part of a living community, alive, and mortal.”  Benjamin M Stewart, from  A Watered Garden: Christian Worship and Earth’s Ecology

Prof. Dr. Glenn L Schrader, University of Arizona

5254 W. Saguaro Cliffs Dr.
Tucson, AZ  85745
(520) 647-9863

Current Position/Vocation/Location

Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona; former Research Dean for College of Engineering and Department Chair; Organizational Chair for International Congresses on Sustainable Science and Engineering (host of 2011 meeting in Tucson); former Program Manager for various sustainability programs at the National Science Foundation, Washington D.C.; prior faculty member at Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory USDOE

Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       Over 100 technical publications and 250 presentations at professional meetings and university locations (searchable on scientific data bases or see UA websites)

·       Coursework (undergraduate and graduate) on sustainability (especially energy, water, and mining resources) and professional ethics available through the University of Arizona

·       E-course on engineering sustainable designs and processing (to be available through the University of Arizona or other educational non-profit organizations)

Workshops, Lectures, Topics

·       Water Ethics for Today:  Two Kingdoms for One Environment?

·       God’s Law/Man’s Rule:  A Meditation on Psalm 19

·       The God Who Will Sustain You – Who’s Willing?

Current Personal/Public Activity Relating to Ecology

CEO of Southwest Water Technology Cluster (H2OSTREAM) [five universities and EPA].

Organizer of symposia and workshops on the nexus of faith and science/technology for sustainability.

Interfaith “sustainability council actions” in Arizona (Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church) and New Mexico.

Lecturing and collaborative interactions with universities, companies (water utilities and users), governmental agencies (EPA and NSF), and advocacy groups (watershed organizations, etc.).

Summary Quote from Speaker

The world’s impending environmental catastrophes require a fundamental change in human response.  The fractured patching of technical and scientific solutions will no longer be able to fully mitigate these enormous challenges:  fundamental shifts in human behavior to emphasis values, justice and cultural adaptation are essential.  Will this be possible without a faith-inspired appreciation of the environment God has provided?

Leah D. Schade – Speaker, Author, Preacher

Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade first started helping Lutherans Restoring Creation as she joined us in a training at Mar-Lu Ridge camp in Maryland in 2011 and shared her personal experiences being a pastor on the frontline of the fracking issues in Pennsylvania. Then, in 2013, she graciously gave a group of LRC trainers at Gettysburg Seminary a sneak peek of her eco-feminist work as she was in the midst of crafting her doctoral thesis. That work evolved as she pursued her vocation of teaching and published her book, Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit.

Most recently she has been sharing her gifts as Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky. Her book, Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide, explores how clergy and churches can address controversial social issues (including climate change) using nonpartisan, biblically-centered approaches and deliberative dialogue. She also co-edited with Margaret Bullitt-Jonas a timely tool for all of us in this ministry: Rooted & Rising : Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis, a collection of 21 essays from a cross section of faith leaders and activists offering their spiritual wisdom and energy for facing the difficult days ahead. Leah has also written a Creation-centered Lenten devotional, For the Beauty of the Earth. She is a sought-after speaker and has keynoted and led workshops across the United States.

Below is a listing of Leah’s various offerings to Lutherans Restoring Creation. We are proud to have her as a part of our church and larger cloud of witnesses.

Read her most recent posts at: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/ecopreacher/

Relevant Publications
“Connections to Creation” reflections for Sundays and Seasons, 2019-2020 and 2020-21.
“Encountering Pharaoh – and Climate Change” in Preaching as Resistance; Phil Snider, editor; St. Louis, MI: Chalice Press, 2018.
“Preaching the Body of God: Sallie McFague and a Homiletics of Creation Care,” The Other Journal; Fall 2018.
“Include Mother Earth in the #MeToo Movement: ‘Don’t Frack Your Mother,’” Mother Pelican: A Journal of Solidarity and Sustainability, Luis T. Gutiérrez, editor; Vol. 14, No. 3, March 2018; http://www.pelicanweb.org/solisustv14n03page11.html
“Let’s Make Earth Day about the Earth Martyrs,” The Christian Century, April 18, 2017. https://www.christiancentury.org/blog-post/lets-make-earth-day-about-earth-martyrs
Let All Creation Praise website contributor – http://www.letallcreationpraise.org/about-us

Pastoral positions
2016 – present: Supply preaching
2011 – 2016: Pastor, United in Christ Lutheran Church, West Milton, PA
2009 – 2011: Bridge Pastor, Spirit and Truth Worship Center, Yeadon, PA
2000 – 2009: Associate Pastor, Reformation Lutheran Church, Media, PA

Website for Creation-Crisis Preaching: www.creationcrisispreaching.com

Website for The Purple Zone – Ministry in the Red/Blue Divide: https://thepurplezone.net/

Featured faith leader in documentary In God We Trump by Christopher Maloney, 2017: http://ingodwetrumpfilm.com/

Featured in The Lutheran Magazine, “Restoring Creation with Faith,” April 2015 http://www.thelutheran.org/article/article.cfm?article_id=12519

Featured faith leader in 20-minute short film, Faith Against Fracking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R716qzQU8g

Climate Stew podcast profile and interview: http://climatestew.com/portfolio/rev-dr-leah-d-schade-phd/; http://climatestew.com/podcast/episode-eighteen-whats-faith-got-to-do-with-it/

• Kentucky Council of Churches Award, 2019
• Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Pennsylvania Service Award, 2016
• The Mark McCollough Religious Leadership Award, presented by The Central Susquehanna Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2013
Environmental and Justice Advocacy and Activism
Member of Blessed Tomorrow Leadership Circle, a coalition of diverse American faith leaders committed to inspiring others to lead on climate solutions in their congregations, homes, and communities. Blessed Tomorrow is one of the sector programs of ecoAmerica, an organization committed to building institutional leadership, public support, and political will for climate solutions in the United States.
Trained workshop leader for Lutherans Restoring Creation, training congregations for starting care-of-Creation teams and programs.
Involvement with several different interfaith groups on environmental issues, including Interfaith Power & Light, the Poor People’s Campaign, Pa. MORALtorium on Fracking, etc. Prayer vigils, press conferences, government testimonies and protests.
Founding member of the Isaiah 1:17 Justice Team of the ELCA Indiana-Kentucky Synod, 2018 – present.
Sponsor of memorial to the ELCA Churchwide Assembly calling for divestment from fossil fuels. Motion passed by Upper Susquehanna Synod Assembly (USS), June 2015.
Sponsor of memorial to the ELCA Churchwide Assembly and resolution to the Upper Susquehanna Synod Assembly calling for integration of Eco-Reformation into the 500th Anniversary commemoration of the Reformation. Motions passed, June 2015.

Community organizer and spokesperson for the Tire Burner Team, a group of community activists and grassroots citizens who successfully defeated a proposed tire incinerator in White Deer Township, Union County, PA; 2013 – 2014.
Representative for Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Pennsylvania (LAMPa) and the ELCA, testifying in favor of the EPA’s Clean Air proposal for coal plants, 2014.
USS Bishop-appointed task group on fracking, 2013 – 2014.
Primary author of three resolutions on slickwater horizontal hydraulic fracturing for Upper Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA; one calling for formation of synod task force; one calling for ELCA to establish task force; one for the synod to call for a statewide moratorium; all three passed; 2012.
Clean Air Advocacy Conference participant and representative for the National Council of Churches in coalition with the US Climate Action Network; meetings with four congressional representatives in support of the Clean Air Act; Washington, DC, 2011
Over 100 radio, television and newspaper interviews, features, and op-eds covering topics such as local and national environmental issues, religion, and politics

“Creation, Climate, and the Church: Healing Our ‘Vitamin C’ Deficiency”
In an increasingly polarized society, how can the church respond to the rising crises of environmental devastation and climate disruption? Rev. Dr. Leah Schade will share her research about pastors, preaching, and environmental issues, and suggest an approach that honestly and creatively names the reality of the “eco-crucifixion,” while proclaiming an “eco-resurrection” through Christ’s redemption of Creation.

“Beyond ‘Creation Care’: Building the Eco-Ethical Ark in the Age of Climate Disruption”
For many years, religious environmental activists used the term “Creation Care” to instill a sense of moral and ethical responsibility around ecological issues. Rev. Dr. Leah Schade will make the case that we need to expand and deepen our understanding of the phrase “Creation Care” so that it conveys the urgency needed to act on what is happening. She will propose adding three other alliterative phrases: Creation Clarity, Creation Compliance, and Creation Compassion, and will explore what they might entail for the church responding to the climate crisis.

Deliberative Dialogue on “Climate Choices: How Should We Meet the Challenges of a Warming Planet?”

Climate change is an issue that affects virtually every American, directly or indirectly, often in deeply personal ways. How can the church address this issue given the red-blue polarization of our time? Is there a way to faithfully engage important questions about the climate crisis that moves us beyond the current political debate and frames the conversation within a biblical and theological perspective? Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade will facilitate a nonpartisan deliberative dialogue in which we’ll explore the church’s role in engaging this difficult issue.

“Who Is My Neighbor” Mapping Exercise
Drawing from her book, Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit (Chalice Press, 2015), Rev. Dr. Leah Schade will present practical suggestions and questions for mapping the ecological, social, cultural and political location of a particular congregation to help churches better contextualize their ecology ministry. This workshop will be helpful for pastors looking to “green” their preaching and for church leaders wanting to find ways to create or expand their ecology ministry.

“Council of All Beings”
This workshop invites participants to spend time outside and connect with an aspect of nature that calls to them. Drawing on her book Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis co-edited with Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Rev. Dr. Leah Schade leads participants through a ritual of deep listening to the natural world in order to foster compassion for all life-forms and heal the splits that separate human beings from God’s Creation.

“Art as a Window into the Intersection of Religion, Gender, and Ecology”
Rev. Dr. Leah Schade shares provocative and moving images from artists depicting humanity’s different conceptions of the environment, religion, and the male/female dichotomy. How do our understandings of gender impact our theology and how we view the natural world? What impacts do these images have on everything from our religious language, to our environmental policies, to our treatment of males, females, transgender, and non-gendered persons? Through discussion, meditation, journaling, and group exercises, participants will be led to deepen their relationship with themselves, the natural world, and the Divine.

For Clergy

Creation-Crisis Preaching: Strategies, Tactics, and Text Studies
Preaching “good news” in the face of environmental devastation, the climate crisis, and extreme energy extraction can feel overwhelming to pastors and congregations alike. Rev. Dr. Leah Schade will introduce a three-fold approach for preaching that addresses environmental justice issues with a particular eye towards congregational context (geography, culture, community, political tensions, economics, etc.). The goal is to help preachers develop an environmentally-literate approach to preaching that honestly and creatively names the reality of our ecologically-violated world, while emphasizing a hope-filled “eco-resurrection” through Christ’s redemption of Creation.

Sermons preached as Earth, Water, or Air
“I Am Ruah: The Holy Spirit Speaks to the Climate Crisis”
“Ruah” is the Hebrew word for the spirit, air and wind that comes from God. How might Ruah, the very breath of God, experience the climate crisis and pollution? What insights can we gain from Jesus’ teaching about blaspheming the Holy Spirit when considering the moral and ethical implications of climate disruption? In this creative and engaging sermon, Rev. Dr. Leah Schade speaks as the character of Ruah and invites listeners to consider how their faith will shape their response to the climate crisis.

“I Am Water, I Am Waiting: John 4:1-42 (The Woman at the Well).
How does Water respond to being called hudor zoe, living water, by Jesus? How does she feel about baptism? About the pollution from fracking? In this dramatic and imaginative sermon, Rev. Dr. Leah Schade preaches as the character of Water telling the story of God’s Creation from the beginning, her relationship with Jesus, and her perspective on the story of the Woman at the Well in John 4:1-42.

Earth Speaks: What’s Next?
In this sermon listeners begin to see how the ideas of Earth-as-body, Earth’s co-creativity with God, the intrinsic value of Earth, and the relationship between Earth, its flora and fauna, human beings, and God are so intimately related. The sermon dramatically portrays what it looks like when the relationships between these entities are violated by human beings. Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade illustrates what it might be like if Earth were to hear and interpret a biblical text and provides insight into humanity’s relationship with God and Creation, as well as God’s in response to suffering, from Earth’s perspective.

Ron Rude, University of Arizona

3781 W Sallee Rd
Tucson AZ  85745
(520) 623-7575 (o)     (520) 240-0618 (c)

Current Position/Vocation/Location

ELCA Lutheran Campus Pastor, Univ of AZ (2001 – present)

Adjunct faculty, Chicago Theological Seminary (online course “Christian Narrative, Christian Ministry, Science, and Sustainability” – Fall Semester 2014)

Teacher, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Univ of AZ (2009 – present)

Teacher, Holden Village (August 2011, June 2012)

Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       (Re)considering Christianity: An Expedition of Faith Joining Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Sustainability. Ron Rude. (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2012). Info at:  www.authorronrude.com

·       Abel Emerging: A Reconsideration of the Christian Story for a Sustainable World. Ron Rude. (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2010).

Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles (can be customized for conferences 2-8 hours)

Christian Faith, the Natural Sciences, and Sustainability

Reformation 1517 … Since? … and Reformation 2017

The Story of Jesus in a 13.7 billion year old Universe

One Current Personal/Public Activity relating to eco-theology

Organic vegetable gardening, water harvesting, composting

Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work

https://soundcloud.com/dj-kimo-sabe/the-archers-ronald-rude   In this radio interview, hear the kinds of questions posed to a campus pastor by a non-religious college student. ‘Click’ orange circle top left.

Reference/Testimony or link to biographical profile

“Ron Rude led an outstanding 3-hour Sustainability Workshop for our Racine interfaith group—ecologically informed, with biblical and theological foundations for creation-care, many creative insights for alternative thinking, and practical suggestions for action. The whole process was open and dialogical. To a person, participants were energized and inspired. They are now strategizing about how to build on his excellent work.” David Rhoads, Director, Racine Green Congregations (LSTC Emeritus Professor, New Testament)

Summary Quote from Speaker

“My particular skill is weaving indigenous wisdom, Biblical faith, Christian ministry, and the modern sciences (especially evolutionary biology, geology, astronomy, and paleoanthropology) into a thoughtful/practical and personal/public theology for faithful and sustainable living in God’s world today.”  Ron Rude

Terra Schwerin Rowe, University of North Texas

1704 W Mulberry St # 225, Denton, TX 76201

Current Position/Vocation/Location

Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religion Dept, University of North Texas

Relevant Publications by Speaker

Response to Joerg Rieger and Annika Rieger on Working with Environmental Economists, in Hilda Koster and Enrst Conradie, eds., Christian Theology and Climate Change (T & T Clark, Handbook Series, forthcoming, 2019)

“Communicating a Protesting Protestant Heritage,” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 56 (Fall 2017): 279-289

“Feminist Responses to Luther,” “Liberalism,” and “Renaissance, Recent Luther,” in Mark Lamport, ed., Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)

“Grace in Intra-action,” in Entangled Worlds: Science, Religion, Materiality, ed. Mary-Jane Rubenstein (Fordham University Press, 2017)

Toward a Better Worldliness: Economy, Ecology, and the Protestant Tradition (Fortress Press, 2017)

“Grace and Climate Change: The Free Gift in Capitalism and Protestantism,” Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril, eds. Jim Martin-Schramm and Lisa Dahill, (Wipf and Stock, 2016)

Review of Timothy J. Wengert, The Annotated Luther: The Roots of Reform, in “Reviews for Reading Religion,” Reviews for Reading Religion, AAR online, July, 2016

Review of Kirisi I. Stjerna, The Annotated Luther: Word and Faith, in “Reviews for Reading Religion,” Reviews for Reading Religion, AAR online, July, 2016

“Communicating Grace.” Currents in Theology and Mission 43:4 (2016): 22-26

“Protestant Ghosts and Spirits of Capitalism: Ecology, Economy, and the Reformation Tradition,” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 55.1 (2016): 50-61

“Freedom Is Not Free?: Posthumanist, Ecological Reflections on Christian Freedom and Responsibility,” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 54:1 (Spring 2015): 61-71

“The Divinanimality of Lord Sequoia,” in Divinanimality: Creaturely Theology, ed. Stephen Moore (Fordham University Press: 2014)

Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

“Grace and Climate Change: Ecology, Economy, and the Protestant Tradition,” invited speaker, Wesleyan College, Macon, GA, Oct. 24, 2017

“Embodied Christian Freedom: Martin Luther’s Freedom of a Christian in the 21st Century,” invited plenary speaker, Embodied Freedom: Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Through Exploring the Intersections between Christian Freedom and Personal, Social and Global Bodies, Minneapolis, MN, June 2017

“Luther’s communicatio idiomatum as Political Agency and Economic Ethics: An Alternative to the neoliberal homo oeconomicus,” Luther from the Subaltern: The Alternative Luther Conference, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkley, CA, March 2017

Introduction to “Climate Change, Race, and Food: Forging a Just Future,” continuing education event, Metro NY Synod, ELCA, May 2016

Climate Change and Grace: Trials and Promises,” lecture, Clergy Continuing Education Retreat, Metropolitan New York Synod, ELCA, April 2016

“Congregations and Laudato Si,” workshop, Clergy Continuing Education Retreat, Metropolitan New York Synod, ELCA, April 2016

“Disorientation and Envelopment: An Aesthetic Interpretation of Luther’s ‘Freedom of a Christian,’” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, Nov. 2015

“Luther on the Self: An Ecofeminist Perspective,” Luther from the Subaltern: The Alternative Luther Conference, Aarhus University, Denmark, Oct. 29-31, 2015

“The Protestant Mystic and the Ubiquitous Body of Christ,” guest lecturer, Union Seminary, Brigitte Kahl seminar, “Galatians: Justifying, Greening, and Queering Paul,” November, 2015

“Rethinking Grace and Justification for an Eco-Reformation,” guest lecturer, Union Seminary, Brigitte Kahl seminar, “Galatians: Justifying, Greening, and Queering Paul,” Fall, 2015

“Ecofeminism and the ‘Free Gift,’” Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization, Claremont, CA, June, 2015

“Outside In, Inside Out: Lutheran Identity and Pedagogy,” Lutheran Women in Theological and Religious Studies, AAR affiliated meeting, San Diego, CA, Nov., 2014

“A ‘Better Worldliness’: Mobilizing the Faith Community for Climate Change Mitigation,” Ways of Knowing, Graduate Conference, Harvard Divinity School, Oct., 2014

“The Possibility of Grace and Intra-action,” presentation, Student Session, Entangled Worlds: Science, Religion, and Materiality, Thirteenth Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium (TTC), Drew University, Madison, NJ, Mar., 2014

“Communicating Grace,” presentation, Lutheran Women in Theological and Religious Studies, AAR/SBL, Nov., 2013

“The Animality of God,” presentation, Student Session, Divinanimality: Creaturely Theology, Eleventh TTC, Drew University, Madison, NJ, Sept., 2011,

Respondent, First International Congress of Ecstatic Naturalism, Drew University, Madison, NJ, Apr., 2011

“John Muir’s Aesth/ethics: A Postmodern, Postcolonial Interpretation of Muir, Wilderness Preservation, and the Transcendent in Nature,” presentation, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 2010

Educational Material

Co-author of a Metro NY Synod Bible study on mutual conversation, contribution on the ecological implications of mutual conversation and consolation as a Lutheran sacrament

Lutheran and Interfaith study guides for Pope Francis’ Climate Change Encyclical

Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology

previous Board of Directors, NY Interfaith Power and Light

2014 People’s Climate March, NYC, mobilizer and coordinator for Lutheran participation

previous committee member, Environmental Stewardship Committee of Metro NY Synod

previous director of diaconal eco-reformation ministry, Hudson Valley Cooperative: A Food, Faith, and Community Project

Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work


Summary Quote from Speaker

“My scholarly and diaconal work is rooted in both a deep appreciation for the Lutheran tradition as well as a critical eye for how the tradition is embodied in economic, ecological, and gender relations. Inspired by and informed by these concerns I started a trans-congregational, interfaith diaconal ministry encouraging people of faith to engage one another and their communities as they address issues of eco and social justice.

In my scholarly work I examine the ways the Reformation tradition has influenced world economics and the modern philosophical view of the human. We in the Protestant tradition have much to claim both in terms of responsibility and positive resources. In a world facing intolerable economic inequality and ecological crisis our job for the next 500 years encompasses both responsibility to the tradition—ensuring it’s message continues—and responsibility for it—ensuring this message remains relevant and responsible in a changing world. My areas of interest and expertise are in the ecotheological legacy of Joseph Sittler and modern interactions of Protestantism, capitalism, and climate change. Within these modern interactions I focus especially on Lutheran theologies of grace and justification—both their pitfalls and constructive reformations toward eco-justice.”  —Terra Schwerin Rowe

Rev. Dr. Barbara R Rossing, Lutheran School of Theology-Chicago

7785 E Leavenworth Rd
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 548-7278

Current Position/Vocation/Location

Professor of New Testament and co-director of Environmental Ministry Emphasis – Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       “And God Saw That It Was Good: Reflections on a Theology of Creation,” in Creation-Not For Sale, Lutheran World Federation 2015, 7-22; downloadable at:


·       “Eco-Reformation, Deep Incarnation and Lutheran Perspectives on the Universe Story” in Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, eds., Living Cosmology: Christian Responses to Journey of the Universe (Maryknoll: Orbis Press), forthcoming 2015.

·       “The Eco-theological Significance of John 10:10: Abundant Life through the Sabbath, Trinitarian Vestiges and Tree of Life” (with Celia Deane-Drummond), Ecumenical Review 65 (2013) 83-97.

·       “River Sunday” in Norman Habel, David Rhoads, and Paul Santmire, The Season of Creation (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2011) 112-123.

·       “God Laments With Us: Climate Change, Apocalypse and the Urgent Kairos Moment,” Ecumenical Review 62 (July, 2010) p. 119-30.

·       “For the Healing of the World: Reading Revelation Ecologically” in David Rhoads, ed., From Every Tribe, Tongue, People, and Nation: The Book of Revelation in Intercultural Perspective (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005).

Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

On Earth As In Heaven: Scripture and Hope for Healing our World

Eco-Reformation: Pope Francis, St. Francis, and the Lutherans

Give Us Today Our Daily Bread: Abundant Life and Renewal for Creation

Eating Your Way Through Luke’s Gospel: Food Justice and Ecology

Saints, Angels and Climate Change: the Bible’s Vision for Healing our World

Preaching New Creation at Our Kairos Moment: Hope, Not Despair

Is this the End of the World? Rapture, Apocalypse and New Creation


Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work

View the video from Barbara Rossing’s Bible Study presentation for the Lutheran World Federation, in May 2012: Water Bible Study – LWF “Green & Just” Climate Change Conference.

The 2011 Byberg Preaching lectures on “Preaching Abundant Life as Renewal for Creation” that Barbara Rossing (and Benjamin Stewart) gave are available online for downloading or listening (click on the year at the right; media archive); Barbara gave three lectures and one sermon.

Eco-Reformation video: https://vimeo.com/lstchicago/review/123208390/40aa084650

Reference/Testimony or link to biographical profile.


As a biblical scholar, Barbara Rossing also loves helping people make connections with the Bible and creation’s beauty. She majored in geology in college and served as pastor at the Holden Village retreat center. In addition to her seminary teaching she lectures and preaches widely, including synod assemblies, global mission events, hunger events, and ecumenical theological conferences. She has served on the executive committee and council of the Lutheran World Federation (2003-2010), helping launch LWF’s theological work on climate change. As a public theologian her media appearances have included “CBS Sixty Minutes” as well as The History Channel, National Geographic, and Living the Questions.

Summary Quote from Speaker

We live in a “Kairos” moment for the world and God’s creation. The Bible helps us frame this urgency in terms of hope and healing. I love speaking to synod assemblies, pastors, creation care teams, and others about Eco-Reformation, Ecology and the Bible, as we observe the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. I bring together stories of hope from the Bible with stories of tree-planting, water justice, food justice and community-building from Lutheran World Federation in India, Africa, and other places. This can be a moment for hope! Barbara Rossing

David Rhoads, Lutherans Restoring Creation

1436 Park Avenue
Racine, WI 53403
(262) 633-5438

Current Position/Vocation/Location

Retired Professor of New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Director, Lutherans Restoring Creation: www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org.

Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       Editor, Earth and Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet (Continuum Press, 2007).

·       Editor with Norman Habel and Paul Santmire, The Season of Creation: A Preaching Commentary (Fortress, 2011).

·       LRC Manual for Congregations and Their Green Teams. Revised edition, 2014. Lutherans Restoring Creation publication.

·       An Environmental Guide for Churches, their Buildings and Grounds, co-edited with David Glover. Web of Creation Publication.

Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

Greening Your Congregation. Workshop

A Lutheran Theology of Creation: Foundations for a New Reformation. Lecture

Liturgy in a New Key: Worshiping with Creation. Lecture

Behold, Creation is New. Lecture

The Biblical Witness to Ecological Justice. Lecture

Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology

Director: Greening Greater Racine: A Community Initiative

Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work


Reference/Testimony or link to biographical profile.


Summary Quote from Speaker

“I am convinced that humanity and all of earth-community is facing the most urgent crisis. The church has an opportunity to pioneer a new humanity that can emerge as we rise to embrace the great work of our time, justice for the most vulnerable in a world in ecological crisis.” Dave Rhoads

Larry Rasmussen, Union Theological Seminary

605 Calle De Marcos
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 231-0993

Current Position/Vocation/Location

Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics

Union Theological Seminary, New York City

Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       Earth Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key (Oxford U. Press, 2013) – Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Nautilus Book Awards; 2014 Gold Prize Winner in Ecology/Environment.

·       Earth Community, Earth Ethics (Orbis Books, 1996) – Winner of the 1997 Grawemeyer Award.

Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

CV available upon request at lras1939@gmail.com

Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology

Retired, but Director of Earth-Honoring Faith Decade Project of Ghost Ranch, NM. Speaker and consultant on religion and ecology.  Board member of Interfaith Power & Light of New Mexico; Board member of GreenFaith.

Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work


Summary Quote from Speaker

“Wicked problems like climate change, the death of nature in key locales (coral reefs, rainforest, permafrost belts), and the need for a difference socio-economic-political order are problems that cannot be solved with the same means and ways of life that created them. The old wineskins do not hold, the old cloth tears (Luke 5:33-39). A new era of responsibility asks for new capacities to devise different ways of living.

That requires courage—the courage to “lift the veil”—and be relentlessly honest about the human causes of Earth’s degradation: the courage to undertake a compassionate retreat from the world of those causes: the courage to live with the anguish of a diminished planet; the courage to embark on ‘ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown’; the courage, in short, to compose sing, and enter a new song.”  Larry Rasmussen, from Earth Honoring Faith, p. 5

Craig L Nessan, Wartburg Theological Seminary

Wartburg Theological Seminary
333 Wartburg Place
Dubuque, Iowa 52003
(563) 589-0333

Current Position/Vocation/Location:

Professor of Contextual Theology and Ethics, Academic Dean

Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa

Relevant Publications by Speaker:

·       Shalom Church: The Body of Christ as Ministering Community. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010.

·       Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles CV available upon request at: cnessan@wartburgseminary.edu

Current Personal/Public Activity relating to Ecology:

It is vital to integrate advocacy for creation with the work of peacemaking, social justice, and defending human dignity. These are four dimensions that constitute the matrix of God’s shalom. These four themes are interrelated and inseparable from one another as priorities for the church’s engagement as body of Christ. I am involved in these efforts through teaching, writing, and political advocacy.

Link to biographical profile:


Summary Quote from Speaker:

“The impulse toward catholicity needs to be broadened to incorporate the horizon of all creation, if for no other reason than that we as humans are constituted of the same stuff as the rest of creation. The new creation certainly does include a new humanity in Christ, but this new humanity only survives in symbiotic relationship with the larger environment of which it has always been a part. What has been implicit for generations must now become explicit: the total dependence of humanity, and thus the church, upon healthy ecosphere. Shalom involves the restoration of life-giving relationships between humanity and all creatures, plants, and elements.”  Craig Nessan, from Shalom Church, p. 114

Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary-Berkley

2770 Marin Ave
Berkeley CA 94708
206 384-8760 (cell phone)

Current Position/Vocation/Location

Professor of Theological and Social Ethics

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

Relevant Publications by Speaker

Selected Books

·       Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013.

·       Public Church: For the Life of the World. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004.

·       Healing a Broken World: Globalization and God. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002.

·       Saint Francis and the Foolishness of God (with Marie Dennis, Joe Nangle OFM, and Stuart Taylor), Orbis Books, 1993 and 2015.

Selected Articles and Chapters

·       “Climate Colonialism, Climate Debt, Climate Justice: Garden Earth Envisioned and Embodied.” In John  Hart, ed. Blackwell Companion to Religion and Ecology. Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.

·       “Love Incarnate: Hope and Power for Climate Justice.” In Alan Padgett and KiaraJorgenson, eds., For the Love of the World: A Christian Conversation on Creation Care (Eerdmans,   2016).

·       Climate Change as Climate Debt: Forging a Just Future.” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics36.1 (Spring/Summer 2016).*

·       “Climate Debt, White Privilege and Christian Ethics as Political Theology,” in Common Good(s): Economy, Ecology, Political Theology,”  eds. Catherine Keller, Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre, and Elias Ortega-Aponte, Fordham Press, 2015

·       “Climate Injustice and Lutheran Resources for Climate Justice.” In Bohmbach, Carla, and Shauna Hannan,  eds. Eco-Lutheranism: Lutheran Perspectives on Ecology. Minneapolis: Lutheran University Press,   2013.

·      “Development, Religion, and Ecology.” In Matthew Clarke, ed., Handbook of Research on Development and Religion. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013.

·       “Leadership toward Earth-Honoring Religions.” In Sharon Callahan, ed. Religious Leadership: A Reference Handbook. Sage Publications, 2013.

·       “Neighbor-love as an Economic-Ecological Vocation: Clues from Luther,” Gurukul Journal of Theological Studies, Vol. XXI No. 2 June 2010 (published in 2011), 18-37.

·        “Love as a political-ecological vocation in the context of economic globalization.” In Allan Boesak and Len Hansen, eds. Globalization II: global Crisis, Global Challenge, and Global Faith, Stellenbosch, South Africa: Sun Press, 2010.

·       “Cross, Resurrection, and Climate Change.” In Karen L. Bloomquist & Rolita Manchila, eds. God, Creation and Climate Change, Minneapolis: Lutheran University Press: 2009.

·       “Liturgy for the Uncreators.” Studia Liturgica 38 (2008):64-80.

·        “A Theology of the Cross for the Un-Creators.” Invited chapter in Marit Trelstadt, ed. Cross-Examination: Interrogating the Cross for its Meaning Today,181-195. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2006.

·       “Christian Ethics toward Earth-Honoring Faiths.” Union Seminary Quarterly Review 57:1-2 (2004): 132-150.*


Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

·       Resurrection as Faithful Resistance: Hope for the Earth Community

·       Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation: Clues from Luther

·       Seeds of Hope amidst Earth’s Anguish.

·       Eco-Justice as a Theological Calling

·       Climate Debt as Race Debt and Climate Colonialism: Forging a Just Future

·       Unmasking Injustice that Parades as Good: Critical Mystical Vision

·       Criteria for Valid Use of Religious Language, Symbols, and Claims in Public Discourse

·       Eco-feminist Christian Ethics where Race and Class Matter

·       Luther and Faith in Public Life for the 21st Century

·       Moral-Spiritual Power for Moral Economy and Earth Community.

Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology

Speaking, writing, teaching.

Lutherans Restoring Creation contact person for Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work


Reference/Testimony or link to biographical profile




Summary Quote from Speaker

Life arising from death and destruction is Earth’s song of hope and God’s song of love. Christian traditions are called to sing that song. Today this means plumbing the depths of our faith seeking moral-spiritual wisdom and strength for the great work facing humankind of our time. It is to craft ways of living that nurture Earth’s life systems and that build justice and compassion among human creatures. Lutheran traditions have vast resources to contribute to this God-given calling.  May we hear and heed the Spirit calling us to this path and guiding us in forging it.

Jim Martin-Schramm, Luther College

Luther College
700 College Drive, Decorah, IA  52101
(563) 387-1251 Office

Current Position/Vocation/Location

Professor of Religion, Luther College

Director, Luther College Wind Energy Project, LLC

Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril, co-edited with Lisa E. Dahill, Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, (Forthcoming, Fall 2016).

·       Earth Ethics: A Case Method Approach, co-authored with Laura Stivers and Daniel Spencer, Maryknoll: Orbis Books, (Forthcoming, Fall 2015).

·       “Lutheran Theology and the Environment: Bonhoeffer, the Church, and the Climate Question,” in Eco-Lutheranism: Lutheran Perspectives in Ecology, Lutheran University Press, 2013.

·       “Toward an Ethic of EcoJustice,” in Moral Issues & Christian Responses, 8th edition, Patricia and Shannon Jung, eds., Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012, 259-263.

·       Climate Justice: Ethics, Energy, and Public Policy, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010.

·       “Financing A Large Wind Turbine Project: The Luther College Experience,” The ACUPCC Implementer, Oct 2009, http://www.aashe.org/blog/financing-large-wind-turbine-project-luther-college-experience.

 Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

Practicing Joyful Stewardship at Luther College

Why Lutherans Care for Creation

Bonhoeffer, the Church, and the Climate Question

Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology

Board Chair, Winneshiek Energy District

Board Chair, Iowa Interfaith Power & Light

Chair, Energy and Water Task Group, Luther College Campus Sustainability Council

Coordinator, Colleges & Universities Page, Lutherans Restoring Creation:  www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org

Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work



Summary Quote from Speaker

“My vocation as a Christian involves the care and redemption of all that God has made.  Global climate change is affecting creation in many negative ways.  My concern for both present and future generations of human beings and all of God’s creatures is rooted deeply in my faith.”  Jim Martin-Schramm

Robyn M Hartwig, Pastor/Organizer EcoFaith Recovery

Current Position/Vocation/Location

PastorRobyn@ecofaithrecovery.org; PastorRobyn@standrewlutheran.com

Pastor/Organizer EcoFaith Recovery, Portland, Oregon

Associate Pastor, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Beaverton, Oregon


Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

·       Spiritual Practices for Awakening Leadership and overcoming Denial, Overwhelm, and Burnout

·       Personal story telling as public witness

·       Relational conversations as spiritual currency in service of the common good


Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology

Founder of EcoFaith Recovery in metropolitan Portland, Oregon in partnership with many other lay and ordained Lutheran leaders. (See listing for EcoFaith Recovery above.)


Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work






Reference/Testimony or link to biographical profile.






Summary Quote from Speaker


Even our elected public officials have described our country as being “addicted to oil” and hooked on unlimited growth. Can we imagine our churches as centers of recovery from unsustainable systems and unjust practices that wreak havoc upon the most vulnerable while degrading the whole of creation? To grow a congregational recovery movement, we need spiritually grounded, relationally-connected leaders engaging in deep spiritual practices, mutual support, accountability, education, mentorship, courageous public action and ongoing reflection.

Jacob J Erickson, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)

Current Position

Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics
Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Ireland

Ecotheologian in Residence, Mercy Seat Lutheran Church; Minneapolis, MN

Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       “Theophanic Materiality: Political Ecology, Inhuman Touch, and the Art of Andy Goldsworthy” forthcoming in Entangled Worlds: Religion, Science, Materiality ed., Catherine Keller and Mary-Jane Rubenstein. Fordham University Press, 2016.

·       “Irreverent Theology: On the Queer Ecology of Creation” forthcoming in a special edition of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Science, Nature and Culture. Fall 2015.

·       “The Martyrdom of Cecil the Lion” Religion Dispatches. July 29, 2015.


·       “Falling in Love with the Earth: Francis’ Faithful Ecology” Religion Dispatches. June 19, 2015. http://religiondispatches.org/falling-in-love-with-the-earth-francis-faithful-ecology/ (Also forthcoming in a book of responses to Pope Francis’ Encyclical with Process Century Press, edited by John Cobb).

·       “Elephant Orphans and Ecological Spiritualities: An Earth Day Reflection” Religion Dispatches. April 22, 2015. http://religiondispatches.org/elephant-orphans-and-ecological-spiritualities/

·       “The Apophatic Animal: Toward a Negative Zootheological Imago Dei” in Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology. Ed., Stephen Moore. Fordham University Press, 2015.


Workshops, Lectures, Topics

Divinity in the Anthropocene, God and Global Warming

Created in the Image of God, Humans and Animals

The Creativity of Environmental Justice

A Green Bible?

Laudato si’: Pope Francis’ Love Letter to the Earth

C.V. available upon request


Quote by Speaker:

“I’ve come to believe that our climate crises are crises of planetary intimacy.  I don’t mean that we’ve lost a romantic relationship with nature that we need to recover…What I do mean is that everything of our contemporary crises also occurs in the intimate, and risky relations of everyday life. Learning to address that intimate enfolding of life and creatureliness is one of our best hopes. Learning how to love the earth, how to build homes together in precarious climates, how to reconsider daily lives, how to daily protest structural economic systems, how to consider our animal interactions—all that is what creating a planetary resilience is about.”   Jacob Erickson, from “Falling in Love with the Earth: Francis’ Faithful Ecology”

EcoFaith Recovery Community

PastorRobyn@ecofaithrecovery.org or
P.O. Box 12612
Portland, OR 97212

Current Position/Vocation/Location

We are a leadership development community of lay and ordained volunteer leaders from various congregations based out of the metro-Portland, Oregon area.


Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

A growing list of speakers and presentation topics from the EcoFaith Recovery community can be found here: http://www.ecofaithrecovery.org/speakers

A Small Sample of Topics Include:

·       Spiritual Practices for Awakening Leadership and overcoming Denial, Overwhelm, and Burnout

·       Relational Organizing to Unleash the Spiritual Power of Congregations in service of the recovery of human life and healing of God’s creation

·       Why the climate movement and faith communities need each other

·       Addicted to an Unsustainable Way of Life? Introducing a Recovery Model for Groups and Congregations

·       Taking the First Step: Addiction, Ecology and Recovery

Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology – Varied, see website

Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work

Find various speakers from the EcoFaith community here: http://www.ecofaithrecovery.org/speakers




“Together we identify existing and emerging leaders, develop our leadership potential through EcoFaith’s “Practices for Awakening Leadership,” and lift one another up to support our faith communities in taking courageous public action for the recovery of human life and the healing of God’s creation. The Practices for Awakening Leadership include spiritual grounding, relational practices, telling our story, rhythms of engagement, mentoring, and conscious leadership development. As we engage in these practices together, God renews our sense of hope, nurtures a healthy sense of leadership in us, and restores our capacity to make a difference in the world.”