ELCA churches across the country are working to serve our neighbors and to ensure that how we live does not harm others, including those yet to be born, vulnerable populations, and even life other than human. We have an ELCA Social Statement written over 25 years ago on the topic, but how do we live that out? The compilation of voices above give some examples, but it is clear we need to do more. Lutherans Restoring Creation can help you determine what next steps your congregation can make. Click here for a Step by Step guide to begin work now from your pulpit, pews, and personal life.
Dr. Barbara R. Rossing’s April 26, 2018 lecture from Garrett Seminary, “On Earth as In Heaven: Biblical Ecology for an Eco-Reformation.”
Visit our youtube channel to view videos uploaded and “liked” by LRC, and other videos of interest.
Videos uploaded by LRC also can be played here:
Everyone's Daily Bread
This was a presentation originally shared at the 2016 New England Synod's Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Assembly as a workshop on eating mindfully. Please feel free to use and share for your purposes and let us know what's going on in your faith community along these lines!
If there’s global warming, why is it so cold? (video)
Click here to view this film to understand the urgency of action on climate change. Online and free.
On May 19, 2015, LSTC Professors Kadi Billman, Barbara Rossing, and Vítor Westhelle, reflected on A Bishops’ Letter about Climate Change published by the Church of Sweden in 2014. The Rev. Dr. Antje Jackelén, archbishop of the Church of Sweden, concluded the session presented for the LSTC Board of Directors and faculty. Click here to watch the four videos.
Click here to read “A Bishops’ Letter about the Climate” from the Church of Sweden.
This timeless series, filmed in high definition, takes Martin Luther´s breakthrough understanding of Justification and Vocation and explodes it across God´s magnificent creation. It is a perfect tool to use for Adult Forums or community conversations in a 6 session format. Intentionally non-partisan and aimed at finding common ground.
The overwhelming majority of scientists believe that these conditions are due in large part to the accumulative impact of human activity since the industrial revolution. To stop the destructive activity and to embrace practices that restore Earth, we will need sweeping changes in our society and our world.
Let’s begin with ourselves as a church. This will involve more than modest reforms such as adding a few hymns or using green cleaning products. This issue is not an add-on or simply a cause for those so interested. It involves all of us together. We need a transformation in our life and mission as a church, individually and together. We need to reform our worship, our theology, our ethics, our practices, and our spiritual disciplines.
As a church, we have always chosen to focus on care for the most vulnerable. We have rightly chosen as a church to emphasize feeding the hungry. Can we now broaden our commitment to the most vulnerable so as to care also for vulnerable earth and to address the connection between hunger and our ailing planet.
Our church needs a New Reformation as radical and transformative as the first one in the sixteenth century. We need to address the signal issue of our time (the restoration of Earth), as the sixteenth century reformation addressed their signal issue of that time (the salvation of the individual). We need to shift from being human-centered in our understanding of salvation to being Earth-centered in a way that seeks the well-being of all Earth Community.
We are approaching the observance of the five hundredth anniversary of the Sixteenth Century Reformation in 2017. As preparation for this event, Lutherans Restoring Creation urges us to consider embracing a New Reformation, an Eco-Reformation, as our means to rise to the greatest challenge of our time.