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We offer a library of care-for-creation commentaries on scripture readings, thanks to a dedicated group of commentators (see their bios here). The commentaries follow the Revised Common Lectionary and cover every Sunday in the church year. They explore ways an eco-theological interpretation may be an integral part of a theologically sound, exegetically based, understanding of scripture and well-known Bible verses.

Hopefully, you will find this resource helpful in preaching, planning worship, leading bible studies, and personal devotion. The commentator’s email address is at the end of each commentary. Since all commentators are volunteers, please send them a note of thanks when a commentary is meaningful for you.

We are continuously inviting new commentaries that speak to today’s events and concerns. If you would like to contribute a commentary, or know someone whose voice needs to be heard, contact the Commentary Curator, Katrina Martich.

Current year lectionary commentaries, Year C, 2021-2022
(see here for Year A, here for Year B, and here for all years)

Preaching on Creation: Sunday October 9 - 15 in Year C (Mundahl13)

Preaching on Creation: Sunday October 9 – 15 in Year C (Mundahl13)

The Power of Servanthood to Break Through Boundaries - Tom Mundahl reflects on what it means to be servants of ...
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Sunday September 25 - October 1 in Year C (Mundahl13)

Sunday September 25 – October 1 in Year C (Mundahl13)

What Hope Is There Unless We Address Our Consumption? - Tom Mundah reflects on the inequality of wealth. Care for Creation ...
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Preaching on Creation: Sunday October 2-8 in Year C (Mundahl13)

Preaching on Creation: Sunday October 2-8 in Year C (Mundahl13)

Care for Creation and Wait in Patience - Tom Mundahl reflects on a life of faith and trust. Care for ...
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Sunday September 18 - 24 in Year C (Mundahl13)

Sunday September 18 – 24 in Year C (Mundahl13)

Embracing a Gift Economy - Tom Mundahl reflects on the problem of wealth. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
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Sunday September 11 - 17 in Year C (Mundahl13)

Sunday September 11 – 17 in Year C (Mundahl13)

Interceding Before Corporations, Military Organizations, and Governments That Destroy God’s Creation - Tom Mundahl reflects on the "priestly task." Care for ...
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Sunday September 4 – 10 in Year C (Carr19)

Sunday September 4 – 10 in Year C (Carr19)

Holding Steady the Vision of the Common Good – Amy Carr reflects on calculating the cost. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Sunday September 4 – 10 in Year C (Taylor22)

Sunday September 4 – 10 in Year C (Taylor22)

Detachment as Creation Justice – brother ken, OLF, reflects on what we are willing to let go. Care for Creation ...
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Sunday August 28 - September 3 in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday August 28 – September 3 in Year C (Saler13)

Keeping Ecological Theology from Becoming Ideology - Robert Saler reflects on the gift of opening ourselves to critique. Care for ...
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Sunday August 28 - September 3 in Year C (Carr19)

Sunday August 28 – September 3 in Year C (Carr19)

Guests and Hosts – Amy Carr reflects on humility and the company we value. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
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Sunday September 4 - 10 in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday September 4 – 10 in Year C (Saler13)

Following Jesus into Earth: A New Reformation? - Robert Saler reflects on the implications of theological transformation. Care for Creation ...
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Sunday August 21 - 27 in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday August 21 – 27 in Year C (Saler13)

The Tension Between Action and Rest - Robert Saler reflects on the right balance. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Sunday August 21 - 27 in Year C (Carr22)

Sunday August 21 – 27 in Year C (Carr22)

To Climate Change Deniers and Climate Despairers - Amy Carr reflects on variable gospel notes to the hard of heart ...
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Sunday August 14 - 20 in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday August 14 – 20 in Year C (Saler13)

Hard Sayings of Jesus: Blessing or Naming? - Robert Saler reflects on being a clear-eyed observer of human freedom and ...
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Sunday August 7 - 13 in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday August 7 – 13 in Year C (Saler13)

Freedom from Fear is Freedom to Act - Robert Saler reflects on the conerstone Lutheran slogan, "justification by grace through ...
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Sunday July 17-23 in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday July 17-23 in Year C (Saler13)

Right Delight is the Basis of Right Action - Robert Saler reflects on contemplation and action. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Sunday July 24-30 in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday July 24-30 in Year C (Saler13)

Thinking with Nature Inspires Wonder - Robert Saler reflects on Jesus' invitation towards valuation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
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Sunday July 31 - August 6 in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday July 31 – August 6 in Year C (Saler13)

Is Distance Our Security? - Robert Saler reflects on embracing interdependence joyfully. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
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Sunday July 24 - 30 in Year C (Carr22)

Sunday July 24 – 30 in Year C (Carr22)

On Contentiously Communing with God for Planetary Well-Being - Amy Carr reflects on a deeper asking, searching, knocking. Care for ...
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Sunday July 17 - 23 in Year C (Litman-Koon22)

Sunday July 17 – 23 in Year C (Litman-Koon22)

Hospitality in Many Forms – Kris Litman-Koon explores how hospitality is displayed in our lectionary readings, and how ecological hospitality ...
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Sunday July 10 - 16 in Year C (Litman-Koon22)

Sunday July 10 – 16 in Year C (Litman-Koon22)

The Fruits Among Us – Kris Litman-Koon ponders how relationships – divine, human, and ecological – are a common theme ...
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Sunday July 10 - 16 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Sunday July 10 – 16 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Living in the Presence of God – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the care of all God's creation being within our reach when ...
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Sunday July 3 - 9 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Sunday July 3 – 9 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Down-to-Earth Benefits for the Entire Community – Dennis Ormseth reflects on stepping out beyond the religious competition to curry God's favor and ...
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Sunday July 3 - 9 in Year C (Carr19)

Sunday July 3 – 9 in Year C (Carr19)

We Reap What We Sow  – Amy Carr reflects on forging just relations for both land and people. Care for Creation ...
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Sunday June 26 – July 2 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Sunday June 26 – July 2 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Love the Neighborhood As Yourself! – Dennis Ormseth reflects on bringing the human economy into consonance with the Great Economy. Care ...
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Sunday June 19 – 25 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Sunday June 19 – 25 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Generosity, Candor in Brokenness, and Resilient Hope  – Dennis Ormseth wonders if we can be freed by a “cultural exorcism” to ...
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Holy Trinity Sunday in Year C (Ormseth13)

Holy Trinity Sunday in Year C (Ormseth13)

Play Requires Partnership – Dennis Ormseth asks, "What if we thought of Christ as Wisdom, God’s playmate who leads us into joyful ...
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Sunday June 5 – 11 in Year C (Ormseth)

Sunday June 5 – 11 in Year C (Ormseth)

“Generosity over scarcity, brokenness in the face of denial, and hope in the place of despair.”  Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary ...
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Day of Pentecost in Year C (Ormseth13)

Day of Pentecost in Year C (Ormseth13)

The Praising Human – Dennis Ormseth reflects on God's love of life and delight in creation serving as a model for ...
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Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Sabbath Fufillment – Tom Mundahl reflects on striving to enable all members of creation to be what God intended them ...
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Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

Ecumenism as Ecological Lure – Robert Saler reflects on relating Christian discipleship to care for creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Sixth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Sixth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Being “at Home” – Tom Mundahl reflects on our connection with God and our relationship with the natural world. Care ...
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Sixth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

Sixth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

The Emboldening and Vital Courage of God – Robert Saler reflects on biblical insights of power, religion, and material pneumatology. Care ...
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Third Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Third Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Called to Care for All Creatures - Tom Mundahl reflects on what it means to join in the hymn of ...
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Third Sunday of Easter in Year C (Retzlaff22)

Third Sunday of Easter in Year C (Retzlaff22)

The Rhythm of Creation Includes Breakfast on the Beach – Carmen Retzlaff reflects on the story of Jesus meeting his ...
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Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Singing the "Hymn of Praise" with Gusto – Tom Mundahl reflects on the Risen One intensifying our purpose, especially our ...
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Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Retzlaff22)

Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Retzlaff22)

The Shepherd, the Flock, and the Lamb – Carmen Retzlaff reflects on our identity of sheep in apocalyptic times. Care ...
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Fifth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Fifth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with humankind.” – Tom Mundahl reflects on all being made new. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Fifth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

Fifth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

Debonair Care, or Use in Love –Robert Saler reflects on having a servant's heart for creation. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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First Sunday of Advent in Year C (Ormseth15)

First Sunday of Advent in Year C (Ormseth15)

Words Appropriate for the Season of Advent? - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the hope the Christian gospel offers an unjust world ...
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Second Sunday of Advent in Year C (Mundahl18)

Second Sunday of Advent in Year C (Mundahl18)

Stay Together, Encourage One Another, and Actually Act - Tom Mundahl reflects on the connection between preparing the way and changing our ...
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Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

A Trinitarian / Ecclesial Tapestry – Robert Saler reflects on living into the economy of trinity and church. Care for Creation ...
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Third Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

Third Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

Divine Recapitulation – Robert Saler reflects on being called to join God's material improvisation of salvation. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Second Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Second Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Let Us Rejoice and Be Glad in It – Tom Mundahl reflects on celebrating the New World Order brought about by ...
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Second Sunday of Easter in Year C (Retzlaff22)

Second Sunday of Easter in Year C (Retzlaff22)

Atmospheric and Earthly Christ – Carmen Retzlaff reflects on imagery of sky and solidity in the Easter 2 texts. Care ...
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Resurrection of Our Lord / Easter Sunday in Year C (Mundahl13)

Resurrection of Our Lord / Easter Sunday in Year C (Mundahl13)

Called to Re-member What Affirms Our Membership in a Newly Whole and Holy Creation. - Tom Mundahl reflects on the ...
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Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday in Year C (Saler13)

Passion and Ecology – Robert Saler reflects on the Spirit of life pulsating through death. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday in Year C (Ormseth16)

Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday in Year C (Ormseth16)

Creation's Interest – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the strength and cost of refusing the way of domination. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

Celebrating Care for Its Own Sake – Robert Saler reflects on caring for the dying creation as an act of hope ...
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Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

Overcoming Domination – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the "new thing" God is doing. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
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Fourth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

Fourth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

To Both Bless and Harm - Robert Saler reflects on human systems of self-reliance that prevent us from using the gift ...
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Fourth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

Fourth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

New Creation! – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the promise that comes from the very heart of God. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Third Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

Third Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

Let Repentance Linger - Robert Saler reflects on refusing to rush to easy consolation to create space for authentic encounter ...
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Third Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

Third Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

Confronting Dualism - Dennis Ormseth reflects on God who is both creator and servant of creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Second Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

Second Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

Of Land and Heaven – Robert Saler reflects on where our citizenship lies. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
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Second Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

Second Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

Creational Blessing – Dennis Ormseth reflects on resisting domination and living into God's promises. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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First Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

First Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

Blessed Are Those Who Walk Lightly on the Earth - Robert Saler reflects on the freedom bestowed by God's grace ...
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First Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

First Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

Rejecting Dominion – Dennis Ormseth reflects on our status as children of God. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  ...
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Ash Wednesday in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth11)

Ash Wednesday in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth11)

Returning to Our Origins  - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the start of our Lenten journey. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Ash Wednesday in Years A, B, and C (Sorensen22)

Ash Wednesday in Years A, B, and C (Sorensen22)

An Environmentalist-Turned-Pastor Reflects on Ash Wednesday - Lois Sorensen. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for Ash ...
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Green Reflections on the Epiphany Season in Year C (Rhoads)

Green Reflections on the Epiphany Season in Year C (Rhoads)

Eco-Reflections on the Season of Epiphany in Year C for Preaching and Devotions By David Rhoads Epiphany is the season ...
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Transfiguration of Our Lord in Year C (Mundahl16)

Transfiguration of Our Lord in Year C (Mundahl16)

The Journeying One -  Tom Mundahl reflects on living toward a new creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  ...
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Transfiguration of Our Lord in Year C (Ormseth13)

Transfiguration of Our Lord in Year C (Ormseth13)

Liberation of Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on what God's embodiment means for creation.        Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
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Seventh Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (GreenBlades22)

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (GreenBlades22)

Contemplating the Arc of Peace - Mark Ditmanson reflects on what it means to pray that we might be "instruments of ...
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Sixth Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (GreenBlades22)

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (GreenBlades22)

A Delight to the Mind and Soul - Mark Ditmanson reflects on what the lives of trees can teach us ...
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Fifth Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (GreenBlades22)

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (GreenBlades22)

The Holy Seed Is Its Stump - Mark Ditmanson reflects on God's way of bringing life out of devastation. Care ...
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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (Jan. 30) in Year C (Mundahl16)

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (Jan. 30) in Year C (Mundahl16)

Erasing Old Limits - Tom Mundahl reflects on new and imaginative communities of caritas. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Martin22)

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Martin22)

A "Greta Thunberg" Sermon - Tom Martin reflects on loving pesky teenagers and grizzly bears. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Mundahl16)

Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Mundahl16)

Feasting on the Abundance - Tom Mundahl reflects on what happens when we love all life and care for all ...
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Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Ormseth13)

Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Ormseth13)

All Will Indeed Be Well - Dennis Ormseth reflects on Wisdom as the careful husbanding of resources for the protection, enhancement, ...
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Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Ormseth13)

Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Ormseth13)

Justice and Renewal for Humans, Other Creatures, and the Land - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the biblical Year of Jubilee authorizing ...
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Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Mundahl16)

Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Mundahl16)

Jubilee Thinking - Tom Mundahl reflects on restoring a sense of proper order.  Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
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Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Martin22)

Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Martin22)

NOW. - Tom Martin reflects on the prophets and Jesus calling us to ecojustice "today." Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Ormseth13)

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Ormseth13)

Call It Love - Dennis Ormseth reflects on whether we must appeal to “self-interest” in order to love creation as our ...
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Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Martin22)

Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Martin22)

Grace Is Wet - Tom Martin reflects on how water pervades, undergrids, and provides the medium for all life, both ...
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Epiphany of Our Lord in Year C (Ormseth13)

Epiphany of Our Lord in Year C (Ormseth13)

Has God Thrown a New Star in Our Sky? - Dennis Ormseth reflects on needing wisdom to sustain us as we ...
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Baptism of Our Lord in Year C (Ormseth13)

Baptism of Our Lord in Year C (Ormseth13)

The Earth Awaits - Dennis Ormseth reflects on Creation itself participating when the Spirit descends in bodily form as a dove. Care for ...
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Second Sunday of Advent in Year C (Ormseth12)

Second Sunday of Advent in Year C (Ormseth12)

The New Beginning of a New Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on God who both levels mountains and raises valleys and ...
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Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth13)

Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth13)

Giving, Receiving, and Giving Again - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the fullness of God. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
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Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B and C (Mundahl22)

Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B and C (Mundahl22)

A Time for Gathering – Tom Mundahl reflects on freeing all creatures to dwell in peace and mutual respect. Care for ...
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First Sunday of Christmas in Year C (Ormseth12)

First Sunday of Christmas in Year C (Ormseth12)

Wisdom's Playfield – Dennis Ormseth reflects on partnering with Wisdom in the play of discovery and the exercise of responsibility ...
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First Sunday of Christmas in Year C (Mundahl21)

First Sunday of Christmas in Year C (Mundahl21)

Holding All Things Together – Tom Mundahl reflects on being a new wearer of clothes. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve and Day) in Year C (Ormseth12)

Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve and Day) in Year C (Ormseth12)

All of Earth Rejoices at the Birth of Jesus - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day readings ...
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Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Eve in Years A, B, and C (Mundahl21)

Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Eve in Years A, B, and C (Mundahl21)

Earth's Child – Tom Mundahl reflects on the arrival of the Prince of Peace. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
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Fourth Sunday of Advent in Year C (Mundahl18)

Fourth Sunday of Advent in Year C (Mundahl18)

Behold – Tom Mundahl reflects on recovering a sense of the mysterium tremendum. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
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Fourth Sunday of Advent in Year C (Ormseth12)

Fourth Sunday of Advent in Year C (Ormseth12)

Space and Time Are Opened for the Renewal of Earth - Dennis Ormseth reflects on all things falling within reach ...
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Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B, and C (Mundahl15)

Coming Home - Tom Mundahl reflects on a return from exile. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings ...
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Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B, and C (Utphall21)

Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B, and C (Utphall21)

God's Plan -  Nick Utphall reflects on the order(s) of the universe and a baby. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve) in Year C (Schade18)

Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve) in Year C (Schade18)

And on Earth – Peace: A Christmas Eve Eco-Reflection by Leah D. Schade Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
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Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve) in Years A, B, and C (Utphall20)

Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve) in Years A, B, and C (Utphall20)

Displaced and Found by God -  Nick Utphall reflects on the place of baby Jesus in a pandemic. Care for ...
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Third Sunday of Advent in Year C (Ormseth12)

Third Sunday of Advent in Year C (Ormseth12)

Reason for All of God’s Creation to Rejoice! - By Dennis Ormseth reflects on removal of the fear of disaster and ...
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Third Sunday of Advent (Dec. 12) in Year C (Mundahl18)

Third Sunday of Advent (Dec. 12) in Year C (Mundahl18)

What Then Shall We Do? - Tom Mundahl reflects on bearing fruit. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
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First Sunday of Advent in Year C (Mundahl18)

First Sunday of Advent in Year C (Mundahl18)

God Will Dwell with Them - Tom Mundahl reflects on committing to a place, its people, and its very humus. Care ...
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The First Sunday in the Season of Creation in Year C: Ocean Sunday

The First Sunday in the Season of Creation in Year C: Ocean Sunday

Wisdom teaches that what God has gathered up in Christ, we humans should make healthy, free from toxins, cleaned of ...
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Season of Creation: Third Sunday in Year C (Storm Sunday)

Season of Creation: Third Sunday in Year C (Storm Sunday)

Finding the peace of God amidst storms, we are called to wake up and face up to the storms we ...
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Season of Creation: Fourth Sunday in Year C (Universe Sunday)

Season of Creation: Fourth Sunday in Year C (Universe Sunday)

There is one Wisdom, one Beauty, one Mind that flows through the universe. - Leah Schade reflects on the Fourth Sunday ...
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The First Sunday after Epiphany in Year C

Series C (2015-2016) By Tom Mundahl INTRODUCTION TO EPIPHANY If the purpose of the Church Year is to organize community ...
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Introduction to the Season of Lent in Year C (Ormseth)

Introduction to the Season of Lent in Year C (Ormseth)

Eco-Justice Commentary on the Common Lectionary for Lent in Year C 2016 by Dennis Ormseth Introduction to the Season Towards ...
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Let All Creation Praise! - companion site

Let All Creation Praise! – companion site

Our ecumenical companion site, www.LetAllCreationPraise.org , is maintained by long-time supporter and fellow Lutheran restoring creation, Nick Utphall. This site ...
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Sunday May 29 – June 4 in Year C (Ormseth)

Sunday May 29 – June 4 in Year C (Ormseth)

Join all the Earth in a new song to the Lord.   Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year C by ...
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Sunday June 12 – 18 in Year C (Ormseth)

Sunday June 12 – 18 in Year C (Ormseth)

We must acknowledge that God is present in, with, and under all creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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All Saints Sunday (November 3, 2019) in Year C

All Saints Sunday (November 3, 2019) in Year C

Sin is our refusal to be the responsible consciousness of creation. - Tom Mundahl reflects on expanding our understanding of ...
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Sunday October 16-22 in Year C

Sunday October 16-22 in Year C

God’s presence and blessing are the source of our care for creation - Tom Mundahl reflects on Jacob wrestling with God ...
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Sunday November 13-19 in Year C

Sunday November 13-19 in Year C

Preaching the End of the World in the Face of the End of the World - Leah Schade reflects on ...
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Reformation Sunday (October 27, 2019) in Year C

Reformation Sunday (October 27, 2019) in Year C

A reformation that recognizes God’s presence in all creation - Tom Mundahl reflects on Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Romans 3:19-28 Care ...
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Season of Creation 2019:  Sunday September 15 in Year C (Animal Sunday)

Season of Creation 2019: Sunday September 15 in Year C (Animal Sunday)

Wisdom leads us to change our relationships with our animal brothers and sisters in God’s creation.  Leah Schade reflects on the ...
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Christ the King Sunday (November 24, 2019) in Year C

Christ the King Sunday (November 24, 2019) in Year C

It is the cosmic vulnerability that we have to honor if we want to worship the true king, the Cosmic ...
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Epiphany of Our Lord in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth11)

Epiphany of Our Lord in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth11)

We need wisdom to sustain us as we live with the rest of Earth community. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the ...
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Lectionary commentaries for Years A, B, and C can also be found here:

Preaching on Creation: Sunday October 9 - 15 in Year C (Mundahl13)

Preaching on Creation: Sunday October 9 – 15 in Year C (Mundahl13)

The Power of Servanthood to Break Through Boundaries - Tom Mundahl reflects on what it means to be servants of ...
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Sunday September 25 - October 1 in Year C (Mundahl13)

Sunday September 25 – October 1 in Year C (Mundahl13)

What Hope Is There Unless We Address Our Consumption? - Tom Mundah reflects on the inequality of wealth. Care for Creation ...
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Preaching on Creation: Sunday October 2-8 in Year C (Mundahl13)

Preaching on Creation: Sunday October 2-8 in Year C (Mundahl13)

Care for Creation and Wait in Patience - Tom Mundahl reflects on a life of faith and trust. Care for ...
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Sunday September 18 - 24 in Year C (Mundahl13)

Sunday September 18 – 24 in Year C (Mundahl13)

Embracing a Gift Economy - Tom Mundahl reflects on the problem of wealth. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
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Sunday September 11 - 17 in Year C (Mundahl13)

Sunday September 11 – 17 in Year C (Mundahl13)

Interceding Before Corporations, Military Organizations, and Governments That Destroy God’s Creation - Tom Mundahl reflects on the "priestly task." Care for ...
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Sunday October 2-8 in Year B (Wright18)

Sunday October 2-8 in Year B (Wright18)

In Celebration of St. Francis - Nancy Wright reflects on four themes of creation care in this Sunday's readings. Care for ...
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Sunday September 4 – 10 in Year C (Carr19)

Sunday September 4 – 10 in Year C (Carr19)

Holding Steady the Vision of the Common Good – Amy Carr reflects on calculating the cost. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Sunday September 4 – 10 in Year C (Taylor22)

Sunday September 4 – 10 in Year C (Taylor22)

Detachment as Creation Justice – brother ken, OLF, reflects on what we are willing to let go. Care for Creation ...
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Sunday August 28 - September 3 in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday August 28 – September 3 in Year C (Saler13)

Keeping Ecological Theology from Becoming Ideology - Robert Saler reflects on the gift of opening ourselves to critique. Care for ...
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Sunday August 28 - September 3 in Year C (Carr19)

Sunday August 28 – September 3 in Year C (Carr19)

Guests and Hosts – Amy Carr reflects on humility and the company we value. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
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Sunday September 4 - 10 in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday September 4 – 10 in Year C (Saler13)

Following Jesus into Earth: A New Reformation? - Robert Saler reflects on the implications of theological transformation. Care for Creation ...
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Sunday August 21 - 27 in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday August 21 – 27 in Year C (Saler13)

The Tension Between Action and Rest - Robert Saler reflects on the right balance. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Sunday August 21 - 27 in Year C (Carr22)

Sunday August 21 – 27 in Year C (Carr22)

To Climate Change Deniers and Climate Despairers - Amy Carr reflects on variable gospel notes to the hard of heart ...
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Sunday August 14 - 20 in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday August 14 – 20 in Year C (Saler13)

Hard Sayings of Jesus: Blessing or Naming? - Robert Saler reflects on being a clear-eyed observer of human freedom and ...
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Sunday August 21-27 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sunday August 21-27 in Year A (Ormseth11)

The Best Title for Jesus?  He is the Lord and Servant of Creation! - Dennis Ormseth reflects on who the Gospel of ...
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Sunday August 7 - 13 in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday August 7 – 13 in Year C (Saler13)

Freedom from Fear is Freedom to Act - Robert Saler reflects on the conerstone Lutheran slogan, "justification by grace through ...
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Sunday July 17-23 in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday July 17-23 in Year C (Saler13)

Right Delight is the Basis of Right Action - Robert Saler reflects on contemplation and action. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Sunday July 24-30 in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday July 24-30 in Year C (Saler13)

Thinking with Nature Inspires Wonder - Robert Saler reflects on Jesus' invitation towards valuation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
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Sunday July 31 - August 6 in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday July 31 – August 6 in Year C (Saler13)

Is Distance Our Security? - Robert Saler reflects on embracing interdependence joyfully. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
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Sunday July 24 - 30 in Year C (Carr22)

Sunday July 24 – 30 in Year C (Carr22)

On Contentiously Communing with God for Planetary Well-Being - Amy Carr reflects on a deeper asking, searching, knocking. Care for ...
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Sunday July 17 - 23 in Year C (Litman-Koon22)

Sunday July 17 – 23 in Year C (Litman-Koon22)

Hospitality in Many Forms – Kris Litman-Koon explores how hospitality is displayed in our lectionary readings, and how ecological hospitality ...
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Sunday July 10 - 16 in Year C (Litman-Koon22)

Sunday July 10 – 16 in Year C (Litman-Koon22)

The Fruits Among Us – Kris Litman-Koon ponders how relationships – divine, human, and ecological – are a common theme ...
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Sunday July 10 - 16 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Sunday July 10 – 16 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Living in the Presence of God – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the care of all God's creation being within our reach when ...
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Sunday July 3 - 9 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Sunday July 3 – 9 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Down-to-Earth Benefits for the Entire Community – Dennis Ormseth reflects on stepping out beyond the religious competition to curry God's favor and ...
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Sunday July 3 - 9 in Year C (Carr19)

Sunday July 3 – 9 in Year C (Carr19)

We Reap What We Sow  – Amy Carr reflects on forging just relations for both land and people. Care for Creation ...
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Sunday June 26 – July 2 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Sunday June 26 – July 2 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Love the Neighborhood As Yourself! – Dennis Ormseth reflects on bringing the human economy into consonance with the Great Economy. Care ...
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Sunday June 19 – 25 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Sunday June 19 – 25 in Year C (Ormseth13)

Generosity, Candor in Brokenness, and Resilient Hope  – Dennis Ormseth wonders if we can be freed by a “cultural exorcism” to ...
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Leah D. Schade - Speaker, Author, Preacher

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 ...
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Holy Trinity Sunday in Year C (Ormseth13)

Holy Trinity Sunday in Year C (Ormseth13)

Play Requires Partnership – Dennis Ormseth asks, "What if we thought of Christ as Wisdom, God’s playmate who leads us into joyful ...
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Sunday June 5 – 11 in Year C (Ormseth)

Sunday June 5 – 11 in Year C (Ormseth)

“Generosity over scarcity, brokenness in the face of denial, and hope in the place of despair.”  Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary ...
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Day of Pentecost in Year C (Ormseth13)

Day of Pentecost in Year C (Ormseth13)

The Praising Human – Dennis Ormseth reflects on God's love of life and delight in creation serving as a model for ...
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Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Sabbath Fufillment – Tom Mundahl reflects on striving to enable all members of creation to be what God intended them ...
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Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

Ecumenism as Ecological Lure – Robert Saler reflects on relating Christian discipleship to care for creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Day of Pentecost in Year B (Ormseth12)

In Pentecost, the whole creation is in process of being reconciled and incorporated into Christ. - Dennis Ormseth Care for ...
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Day of Pentecost in Year A (Ormseth11)

Day of Pentecost in Year A (Ormseth11)

The Spirit is the Giver of Life! - Dennis Ormseth reflects on Pentecost. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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Sixth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Sixth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Being “at Home” – Tom Mundahl reflects on our connection with God and our relationship with the natural world. Care ...
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Sixth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

Sixth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

The Emboldening and Vital Courage of God – Robert Saler reflects on biblical insights of power, religion, and material pneumatology. Care ...
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Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year A (Ormseth11)

Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year A (Ormseth11)

God can be counted upon to "keep" the creatures of God's creation. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on Jesus' Farewell Prayer ...
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Third Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Third Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Called to Care for All Creatures - Tom Mundahl reflects on what it means to join in the hymn of ...
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Third Sunday of Easter in Year C (Retzlaff22)

Third Sunday of Easter in Year C (Retzlaff22)

The Rhythm of Creation Includes Breakfast on the Beach – Carmen Retzlaff reflects on the story of Jesus meeting his ...
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Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Singing the "Hymn of Praise" with Gusto – Tom Mundahl reflects on the Risen One intensifying our purpose, especially our ...
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Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Retzlaff22)

Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Retzlaff22)

The Shepherd, the Flock, and the Lamb – Carmen Retzlaff reflects on our identity of sheep in apocalyptic times. Care ...
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Fifth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Fifth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with humankind.” – Tom Mundahl reflects on all being made new. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Fifth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

Fifth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

Debonair Care, or Use in Love –Robert Saler reflects on having a servant's heart for creation. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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First Sunday of Advent in Year C (Ormseth15)

First Sunday of Advent in Year C (Ormseth15)

Words Appropriate for the Season of Advent? - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the hope the Christian gospel offers an unjust world ...
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Second Sunday of Advent in Year C (Mundahl18)

Second Sunday of Advent in Year C (Mundahl18)

Stay Together, Encourage One Another, and Actually Act - Tom Mundahl reflects on the connection between preparing the way and changing our ...
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Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

A Trinitarian / Ecclesial Tapestry – Robert Saler reflects on living into the economy of trinity and church. Care for Creation ...
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Third Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

Third Sunday of Easter in Year C (Saler16)

Divine Recapitulation – Robert Saler reflects on being called to join God's material improvisation of salvation. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Second Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Second Sunday of Easter in Year C (Mundahl13)

Let Us Rejoice and Be Glad in It – Tom Mundahl reflects on celebrating the New World Order brought about by ...
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Second Sunday of Easter in Year C (Retzlaff22)

Second Sunday of Easter in Year C (Retzlaff22)

Atmospheric and Earthly Christ – Carmen Retzlaff reflects on imagery of sky and solidity in the Easter 2 texts. Care ...
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Robert Saler

Robert Saler is Research Fellow, Christian Theological Seminary at Indianapolis and Director of the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs. He has served ...
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Tom Mundahl

Tom Mundahl

Tom Mundahl, a retired pastor, lives with his wife, Anne, in Elm Cottage in St. Paul, where they tend a ...
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Second and Third Sundays of Easter in Year A (Utphall)

Second and Third Sundays of Easter in Year A (Utphall)

Needing New Life:  Nick Utphall reflects on Easter, Earth Day's 50th anniversary, and coronavirus. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Third Sunday of Easter in Year A (Schade)

Third Sunday of Easter in Year A (Schade)

We need a "conversion to Earth!" - Leah Schade reflects on lives being changed. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Resurrection of Our Lord / Easter Sunday in Year C (Mundahl13)

Resurrection of Our Lord / Easter Sunday in Year C (Mundahl13)

Called to Re-member What Affirms Our Membership in a Newly Whole and Holy Creation. - Tom Mundahl reflects on the ...
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Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday in Year C (Saler13)

Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday in Year C (Saler13)

Passion and Ecology – Robert Saler reflects on the Spirit of life pulsating through death. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday in Year C (Ormseth16)

Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday in Year C (Ormseth16)

Creation's Interest – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the strength and cost of refusing the way of domination. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

Celebrating Care for Its Own Sake – Robert Saler reflects on caring for the dying creation as an act of hope ...
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Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

Overcoming Domination – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the "new thing" God is doing. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
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Fourth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

Fourth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

To Both Bless and Harm - Robert Saler reflects on human systems of self-reliance that prevent us from using the gift ...
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Fourth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

Fourth Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

New Creation! – Dennis Ormseth reflects on the promise that comes from the very heart of God. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Third Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

Third Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

Let Repentance Linger - Robert Saler reflects on refusing to rush to easy consolation to create space for authentic encounter ...
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Third Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

Third Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

Confronting Dualism - Dennis Ormseth reflects on God who is both creator and servant of creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Second Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

Second Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

Of Land and Heaven – Robert Saler reflects on where our citizenship lies. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
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Second Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

Second Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

Creational Blessing – Dennis Ormseth reflects on resisting domination and living into God's promises. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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First Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

First Sunday in Lent in Year C (Saler13)

Blessed Are Those Who Walk Lightly on the Earth - Robert Saler reflects on the freedom bestowed by God's grace ...
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First Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

First Sunday in Lent in Year C (Ormseth16)

Rejecting Dominion – Dennis Ormseth reflects on our status as children of God. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  ...
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Ash Wednesday in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth11)

Ash Wednesday in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth11)

Returning to Our Origins  - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the start of our Lenten journey. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Ash Wednesday in Years A, B, and C (Sorensen22)

Ash Wednesday in Years A, B, and C (Sorensen22)

An Environmentalist-Turned-Pastor Reflects on Ash Wednesday - Lois Sorensen. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  Readings for Ash ...
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Green Reflections on the Epiphany Season in Year C (Rhoads)

Green Reflections on the Epiphany Season in Year C (Rhoads)

Eco-Reflections on the Season of Epiphany in Year C for Preaching and Devotions By David Rhoads Epiphany is the season ...
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Transfiguration of Our Lord in Year C (Mundahl16)

Transfiguration of Our Lord in Year C (Mundahl16)

The Journeying One -  Tom Mundahl reflects on living toward a new creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary  ...
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Transfiguration of Our Lord in Year C (Ormseth13)

Transfiguration of Our Lord in Year C (Ormseth13)

Liberation of Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on what God's embodiment means for creation.        Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
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First Sunday of Lent in Year A (Mundahl17)

First Sunday of Lent in Year A (Mundahl17)

The Way of Ecojustice in a Dangerous Time - Tom Mundahl reflects on our place in the world. Care for ...
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Sixth Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Ormseth)

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Ormseth)

Choosing Life - Dennis Ormseth reflects on Moses' Farewell Speech and Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Seventh Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (GreenBlades22)

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (GreenBlades22)

Contemplating the Arc of Peace - Mark Ditmanson reflects on what it means to pray that we might be "instruments of ...
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Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

ork of the Spirit makes God’s love for the cosmos worthy of trust. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on John 11 ...
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Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year A (Mundahl17)

Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year A (Mundahl17)

Can These Bones Live? - Tom Mundahl reflects on the cost of transitioning to a creation-normed economy ...
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Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year B (Mundahl18)

Fifth Sunday in Lent in Year B (Mundahl18)

Ending Our Exile from Creation - Tom Mundahl reflects on owning the responsibilities of our priesthood. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Fourth Sunday of Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

Fourth Sunday of Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

Do we see God's work in all creation? - Dennis Ormseth reflects on John 9. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Fourth Sunday of Lent in Year A (Mundahl17)

Fourth Sunday of Lent in Year A (Mundahl17)

All of the Baptized Are Sent - Tom Mundahl reflects on our call to serve. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Sixth Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (GreenBlades22)

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (GreenBlades22)

A Delight to the Mind and Soul - Mark Ditmanson reflects on what the lives of trees can teach us ...
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Fifth Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (GreenBlades22)

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (GreenBlades22)

The Holy Seed Is Its Stump - Mark Ditmanson reflects on God's way of bringing life out of devastation. Care ...
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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (Jan. 30) in Year C (Mundahl16)

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (Jan. 30) in Year C (Mundahl16)

Erasing Old Limits - Tom Mundahl reflects on new and imaginative communities of caritas. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Martin22)

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Martin22)

A "Greta Thunberg" Sermon - Tom Martin reflects on loving pesky teenagers and grizzly bears. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Mundahl16)

Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Mundahl16)

Feasting on the Abundance - Tom Mundahl reflects on what happens when we love all life and care for all ...
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Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Ormseth13)

Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Ormseth13)

All Will Indeed Be Well - Dennis Ormseth reflects on Wisdom as the careful husbanding of resources for the protection, enhancement, ...
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Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Ormseth13)

Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Ormseth13)

Justice and Renewal for Humans, Other Creatures, and the Land - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the biblical Year of Jubilee authorizing ...
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Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Mundahl16)

Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Mundahl16)

Jubilee Thinking - Tom Mundahl reflects on restoring a sense of proper order.  Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
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Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Martin22)

Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Martin22)

NOW. - Tom Martin reflects on the prophets and Jesus calling us to ecojustice "today." Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Ormseth13)

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Ormseth13)

Call It Love - Dennis Ormseth reflects on whether we must appeal to “self-interest” in order to love creation as our ...
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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Mundahl)

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Mundahl)

When we turn around, we receive the unanimous approval of the mountains, the hills, and the foundations of the Earth ...
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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Ormseth17)

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year A (Ormseth17)

Empowered in God's love for the creation. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on Micah 6 and the beatitudes of Matthew 5 ...
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Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Martin22)

Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year C (Martin22)

Grace Is Wet - Tom Martin reflects on how water pervades, undergrids, and provides the medium for all life, both ...
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Epiphany of Our Lord in Year C (Ormseth13)

Epiphany of Our Lord in Year C (Ormseth13)

Has God Thrown a New Star in Our Sky? - Dennis Ormseth reflects on needing wisdom to sustain us as we ...
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Baptism of Our Lord in Year C (Ormseth13)

Baptism of Our Lord in Year C (Ormseth13)

The Earth Awaits - Dennis Ormseth reflects on Creation itself participating when the Spirit descends in bodily form as a dove. Care for ...
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Second Sunday of Advent in Year C (Ormseth12)

Second Sunday of Advent in Year C (Ormseth12)

The New Beginning of a New Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on God who both levels mountains and raises valleys and ...
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Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth13)

Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth13)

Giving, Receiving, and Giving Again - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the fullness of God. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
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Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B and C (Mundahl22)

Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B and C (Mundahl22)

A Time for Gathering – Tom Mundahl reflects on freeing all creatures to dwell in peace and mutual respect. Care for ...
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First Sunday of Christmas in Year C (Ormseth12)

First Sunday of Christmas in Year C (Ormseth12)

Wisdom's Playfield – Dennis Ormseth reflects on partnering with Wisdom in the play of discovery and the exercise of responsibility ...
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First Sunday of Christmas in Year C (Mundahl21)

First Sunday of Christmas in Year C (Mundahl21)

Holding All Things Together – Tom Mundahl reflects on being a new wearer of clothes. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve and Day) in Year C (Ormseth12)

Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve and Day) in Year C (Ormseth12)

All of Earth Rejoices at the Birth of Jesus - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day readings ...
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Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Eve in Years A, B, and C (Mundahl21)

Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Eve in Years A, B, and C (Mundahl21)

Earth's Child – Tom Mundahl reflects on the arrival of the Prince of Peace. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
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Fourth Sunday of Advent in Year C (Mundahl18)

Fourth Sunday of Advent in Year C (Mundahl18)

Behold – Tom Mundahl reflects on recovering a sense of the mysterium tremendum. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
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Fourth Sunday of Advent in Year C (Ormseth12)

Fourth Sunday of Advent in Year C (Ormseth12)

Space and Time Are Opened for the Renewal of Earth - Dennis Ormseth reflects on all things falling within reach ...
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Second Sunday of Christmas in Year A (Mundahl14)

Second Sunday of Christmas in Year A (Mundahl14)

The “great gathering” of Earth community encompasses the material world of God’s good creation. - Tom Mundahl reflects on our ...
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Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B, and C (Mundahl15)

Coming Home - Tom Mundahl reflects on a return from exile. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings ...
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Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B, and C (Utphall21)

Second Sunday of Christmas in Years A, B, and C (Utphall21)

God's Plan -  Nick Utphall reflects on the order(s) of the universe and a baby. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve) in Year C (Schade18)

Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve) in Year C (Schade18)

And on Earth – Peace: A Christmas Eve Eco-Reflection by Leah D. Schade Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised ...
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Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve and Day) in Year A (Ormseth10)

Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve and Day) in Year A (Ormseth10)

A Light Shining in the Darkness - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day readings. Care for Creation ...
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Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve) in Years A, B, and C (Utphall20)

Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas Eve) in Years A, B, and C (Utphall20)

Displaced and Found by God -  Nick Utphall reflects on the place of baby Jesus in a pandemic. Care for ...
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Third Sunday of Advent in Year C (Ormseth12)

Third Sunday of Advent in Year C (Ormseth12)

Reason for All of God’s Creation to Rejoice! - By Dennis Ormseth reflects on removal of the fear of disaster and ...
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Third Sunday of Advent (Dec. 12) in Year C (Mundahl18)

Third Sunday of Advent (Dec. 12) in Year C (Mundahl18)

What Then Shall We Do? - Tom Mundahl reflects on bearing fruit. Care for Creation Commentary on the Revised Common ...
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First Sunday of Advent in Year C (Mundahl18)

First Sunday of Advent in Year C (Mundahl18)

God Will Dwell with Them - Tom Mundahl reflects on committing to a place, its people, and its very humus. Care ...
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Christ the King Sunday in Year B (Ormseth12)

Christ the King Sunday in Year B (Ormseth12)

An Ecological Concern Far More Powerful Than Stewardship - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the priesthood of all believers meaning that we ...
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Reign of Christ Sunday in Year B (Tucker21)

Reign of Christ Sunday in Year B (Tucker21)

Responding to the Reign of Christ - Drew Tucker reflects on our language around God’s influence in our lives and ...
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Sunday November 13-19 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Sunday November 13-19 in Year B (Ormseth12)

The Transformation of All Life - Dennis Ormseth reflects on Jesus' life and death. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  ...
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Sunday November 13-19 in Year B (Tucker21)

Sunday November 13-19 in Year B (Tucker21)

A Realistic, Optimistic Hope - Drew Tucker reflects on end times, resilience, and our place in the birth pangs of ...
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Sunday November 6-12 in Year B (Sassaman18)

Sunday November 6-12 in Year B (Sassaman18)

Diversity and Unity, Uniqueness and Sameness - Jeremiah Sassaman reflects on loving all and being "with" all humanity and creation ...
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Sunday November 6-12 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Sunday November 6-12 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Restored to the Eternal Motion of God's Love - Dennis Ormseth reflects on Jesus calling us from self-promotion and self-interest ...
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Sunday November 6-12 in Year B (Tucker21)

Sunday November 6-12 in Year B (Tucker21)

The Beginning of Abundance Is at the End of Scarcity - Drew Tucker reflects on how this week’s readings relate ...
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Sunday October 30 - November 5 in Year B (Sassaman18)

Sunday October 30 – November 5 in Year B (Sassaman18)

Creation Is Our Neighborhood - Jeremiah Sassaman reflects on loving our neighbors. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  ...
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Day of Pentecost (May 23) in Year B (Mundahl21)

Day of Pentecost (May 23) in Year B (Mundahl21)

Practice Resurrection - Tom Mundahl reflects on the story told by how we live. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Holy Trinity Sunday in Year B (Mundahl21)

Holy Trinity Sunday in Year B (Mundahl21)

Called to the Dance - Tom Mundahl reflects on making room. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary Readings ...
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Sunday October 23-29 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Sunday October 23-29 in Year B (Ormseth12)

The Story of Bartimaeus - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the social, economic, political, and cosmological features of the Gospel. Care for ...
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Sunday October 23-29 in Year B (Carr21)

Sunday October 23-29 in Year B (Carr21)

Do You See What I See? - Amy Carr reflects on walking without stumbling along waterways, roadsides, and temple byways ...
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Season of Creation Year A: Forest Sunday

Celebrating Forest Sunday in the Season of Creation “Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy.” This week ...
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The Third Sunday in the Season of Creation Year B: Sky Sunday

The Season of Creation is an optional season of the church year that celebrates God the creator and various domains ...
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Day of Pentecost (May 23) in Year B (Schade15)

Day of Pentecost (May 23) in Year B (Schade15)

Fire and Wind - Leah Schade reflects on letting the Pentecostal fires and the winds of the Spirit transform your congregation into ...
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Sunday June 5-11 in Year B (Schade15)

Sunday June 5-11 in Year B (Schade15)

Act, and Do Not Lose Hope! - Leah Schade reflects on living in a house divided against itself. Care for ...
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Holy Trinity Sunday in Year B (Schade15)

Holy Trinity Sunday in Year B (Schade15)

Here Am I! - Leah Schade reflects on answering the call to love and serve creation. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Sunday June 12-18 in Year B (Schade15)

Sunday June 12-18 in Year B (Schade15)

Mighty Cedars and Impertinent Mustard Plants: Signs of the Kin-dom of God - Leah Schade reflects on every green shoot ...
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Sunday June 5-11 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Sunday June 5-11 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Life Outside the Garden of Goodness - Dennis Ormseth reflects on overcoming the hostilities that divide us. Care for Creation ...
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Sunday June 19-25 in Year B (Schade15)

Sunday June 19-25 in Year B (Schade15)

Now is the acceptable time—to speak out boldly! - Leah Schade reflects on prophetic voice in the midst of the storm. Care ...
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Sunday July 3-9 in Year B (Mundahl15)

Sunday July 3-9 in Year B (Mundahl15)

A Costly Calling - Tom Mundahl reflects on the courage and action required to be prophetic for creation. Care for Creation ...
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Season of Creation Year A: Land Sunday

Opening Blessing. Rejoice O soil, in the God who made you, Fear not animals of the field, for God provides ...
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Fifth Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth15)

The true vine is the sign of right relationship—Creator, people, and land interrelated. - Dennis Ormseth Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday) in Year A (Mundahl)

Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday) in Year A (Mundahl)

Offering Life for the World - Tom Mundahl reflects on Christ's suffering and death. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Sunday January 14-20 in Year A (Schade17)

Sunday January 14-20 in Year A (Schade17)

Droplets of Paradox: The Ripples of Our Baptismal Calling  -  Leah Schade reflects on the "foolishness" of creation care ministry. Care ...
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All Saints Sunday in Year A

The beatitudes address the oppressive conditions of empire—ancient and contemporary! Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year A  By ...
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The First Sunday in the Season of Creation, Year A: Forest Sunday

A sermon and handouts for the first Sunday in the Season of Creation, Year A: The First Sunday of the ...
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The Second Sunday in the Season of Creation, Year A: Land Sunday

Two sermons for the second Sunday in the Season of Creation, Year A, Land Sunday: "The Right to Love the ...
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The Third Sunday in the Season of Creation Year A: Wilderness Sunday

A sermon and handouts for the third Sunday in the Season of Creation, Year A, Wilderness Sunday: The Third Sunday ...
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The Fourth Sunday in the Season of Creation Year A: River Sunday

A sermon and handouts for the fourth Sunday in the Season of Creation, Year A, River Sunday: The Fourth Sunday ...
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The First Sunday in the Season of Creation in Year C: Ocean Sunday

The First Sunday in the Season of Creation in Year C: Ocean Sunday

Wisdom teaches that what God has gathered up in Christ, we humans should make healthy, free from toxins, cleaned of ...
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Season of Creation: Third Sunday in Year C (Storm Sunday)

Season of Creation: Third Sunday in Year C (Storm Sunday)

Finding the peace of God amidst storms, we are called to wake up and face up to the storms we ...
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Season of Creation: Fourth Sunday in Year C (Universe Sunday)

Season of Creation: Fourth Sunday in Year C (Universe Sunday)

There is one Wisdom, one Beauty, one Mind that flows through the universe. - Leah Schade reflects on the Fourth Sunday ...
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Reformation Sunday, Year A

Reformation Sunday, Year A

Care for Creation Commentary on the Common lectionary in Year A Reformation Sunday, by Dennis Ormseth Psalm 46 Jeremiah 31:31-34 Romans ...
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Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Year A

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Year A

The Psalms of Christmas: Let All Creation Praise By Dennis Ormseth Reading for Series B: 2011-2012 Nativity of our Lord ...
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The First Sunday after Epiphany in Year C

Series C (2015-2016) By Tom Mundahl INTRODUCTION TO EPIPHANY If the purpose of the Church Year is to organize community ...
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Introduction to the Season of Lent in Year C (Ormseth)

Introduction to the Season of Lent in Year C (Ormseth)

Eco-Justice Commentary on the Common Lectionary for Lent in Year C 2016 by Dennis Ormseth Introduction to the Season Towards ...
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Let All Creation Praise! - companion site

Let All Creation Praise! – companion site

Our ecumenical companion site, www.LetAllCreationPraise.org , is maintained by long-time supporter and fellow Lutheran restoring creation, Nick Utphall. This site ...
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Sunday May 29 – June 4 in Year C (Ormseth)

Sunday May 29 – June 4 in Year C (Ormseth)

Join all the Earth in a new song to the Lord.   Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary—Year C by ...
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Sunday June 12 – 18 in Year C (Ormseth)

Sunday June 12 – 18 in Year C (Ormseth)

We must acknowledge that God is present in, with, and under all creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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Sunday July 31 - August 6 in Year A (Carr20)

Sunday July 31 – August 6 in Year A (Carr20)

Incline Your Ear and Listen Carefully - Amy Carr reflects on our response to grief, anguish, and the temptation to ...
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All Saints Sunday (November 3, 2019) in Year C

All Saints Sunday (November 3, 2019) in Year C

Sin is our refusal to be the responsible consciousness of creation. - Tom Mundahl reflects on expanding our understanding of ...
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Sunday October 16-22 in Year C

Sunday October 16-22 in Year C

God’s presence and blessing are the source of our care for creation - Tom Mundahl reflects on Jacob wrestling with God ...
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Sunday November 13-19 in Year C

Sunday November 13-19 in Year C

Preaching the End of the World in the Face of the End of the World - Leah Schade reflects on ...
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Reformation Sunday (October 27, 2019) in Year C

Reformation Sunday (October 27, 2019) in Year C

A reformation that recognizes God’s presence in all creation - Tom Mundahl reflects on Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Romans 3:19-28 Care ...
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Season of Creation 2019:  Sunday September 15 in Year C (Animal Sunday)

Season of Creation 2019: Sunday September 15 in Year C (Animal Sunday)

Wisdom leads us to change our relationships with our animal brothers and sisters in God’s creation.  Leah Schade reflects on the ...
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First Sunday of Advent (December 1, 2019) in Year A (Saler)

First Sunday of Advent (December 1, 2019) in Year A (Saler)

Improvisation — A Christian Stance of Hopefulness:  Robert Saler reflects on Isaiah 2:1-5 and Matthew 24:36-44. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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First Sunday of Advent (December 1, 2019) in Year A (Santmire)

First Sunday of Advent (December 1, 2019) in Year A (Santmire)

Why bother with Advent?  Paul Santmire reflects on the start of the Advent season and offers a sermon example. Care ...
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Third Sunday of Advent (December 15, 2019) in Year A

Third Sunday of Advent (December 15, 2019) in Year A

Expanding the Imagination with Vision: Robert Saler reflects on Isaiah 35. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary (originally ...
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Second Sunday of Advent (December 8, 2019) in Year A

Second Sunday of Advent (December 8, 2019) in Year A

Granting Time, Rupturing Time: Robert Saler reflects on Isaiah 11 and Matthew 3 Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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Fourth Sunday of Advent (December 22, 2019) in Year A

Fourth Sunday of Advent (December 22, 2019) in Year A

Faithfulness and Creativity: Robert Saler reflects on the example of Saint Joseph. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  (originally ...
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Christ the King Sunday (November 24, 2019) in Year C

Christ the King Sunday (November 24, 2019) in Year C

It is the cosmic vulnerability that we have to honor if we want to worship the true king, the Cosmic ...
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First Sunday of Christmas in Year A

First Sunday of Christmas in Year A

We need greater courage and imagination in standing up against those who would destroy Earth.  - Tom Mundahl reflects on Matthew ...
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Epiphany of Our Lord in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth11)

Epiphany of Our Lord in Years A, B, and C (Ormseth11)

We need wisdom to sustain us as we live with the rest of Earth community. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the ...
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Baptism of Our Lord (January 7-13) in Year A (Schade)

Baptism of Our Lord (January 7-13) in Year A (Schade)

Inauguration by Water – The Baptism of Jesus:  Leah Schade reflects on Matthew 3:13-17 and Isaiah 42:1-9. Care for Creation ...
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Baptism of Our Lord (January 7-13) in Year A (Mundahl)

Baptism of Our Lord (January 7-13) in Year A (Mundahl)

Gentle justice for people and creation:  Tom Mundahl reflects on Jesus' baptism and the first Servant Song of Isaiah. Care ...
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Second Sunday after Epiphany (January 14-20) in Year A (Mundahl)

Second Sunday after Epiphany (January 14-20) in Year A (Mundahl)

We Are Home. - Tom Mundahl reflects on the community of creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary ...
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Third Sunday after Epiphany (January 21-27) in Year A (Mundahl)

Third Sunday after Epiphany (January 21-27) in Year A (Mundahl)

Christian care for creation will address chemical spills. - Tom Mundahl reflects on mending torn nets, community, and creation. Care ...
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Third Sunday after Epiphany (January 21-27) in Year A (Schade)

Third Sunday after Epiphany (January 21-27) in Year A (Schade)

“Needing New Nets: Fishing for People in a Creation-Crisis Age” - Leah Schade reflects on Matthew 4:12-23. Care for Creation ...
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Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (February 4-10) in Year A (Mundahl)

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (February 4-10) in Year A (Mundahl)

We are Epiphany communities, being salt for the Earth and bearing light for the world. - Tom Mundahl reflects on Isaiah ...
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Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (February 4-10) in Year A (Ormseth)

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (February 4-10) in Year A (Ormseth)

Meeting  the "Creational Need" of Nature - Dennis Ormseth reflects on salt and light in this Sunday's readings. Care for ...
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Sixth Sunday after Epiphany (February 11-17) in Year A (Mundahl)

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany (February 11-17) in Year A (Mundahl)

Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.  - Tom Mundahl reflects on our ...
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Transfiguration of Our Lord (February 20, 2020) in Year A

Transfiguration of Our Lord (February 20, 2020) in Year A

All Creation Looks Forward to God's Glory  - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the mountain experiences of Moses, Elijah, and Jesus ...
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First Sunday of Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

First Sunday of Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

Lent Calls Us to Serve the Flourishing of Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the temptation of Jesus and what ...
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Second Sunday of Lent (March 8, 2020) in Year A (Ormseth)

Second Sunday of Lent (March 8, 2020) in Year A (Ormseth)

The Spirit is the Giver and Sustainer of Life, All of Life - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the story of ...
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Second Sunday of Lent (March 8, 2020) in Year A (Mundahl)

Second Sunday of Lent (March 8, 2020) in Year A (Mundahl)

Living in Promises and Hope - Tom Mundahl reflects on land and the struggle to "till (serve) and keep" it ...
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Third Sunday of Lent (March 15, 2020) in Year A (Mundahl)

Third Sunday of Lent (March 15, 2020) in Year A (Mundahl)

Come and See - Tom Mundahl reflects on God's gift of water. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary ...
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Third Sunday of Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

Third Sunday of Lent in Year A (Ormseth14)

Real Water, Holy Water - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Samaritan woman finishing a story that began with Nicodemus. Care ...
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Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday) in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday of the Passion (Palm Sunday) in Year A (Ormseth)

Jesus is the Faithful Servant of God's Creation. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the last week of Jesus' life on ...
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Resurrection of Our Lord (Easter Day) in Year A (Schade)

Resurrection of Our Lord (Easter Day) in Year A (Schade)

How does creation participate in this new life? - Leah Schade reflects on Christ's passion and resurrection through an ecological ...
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Fourth Sunday of Easter (May 3, 2020) in Year A (Utphall)

Fourth Sunday of Easter (May 3, 2020) in Year A (Utphall)

Needing New Life:  Nick Utphall reflects on following the Good Shepherd.   Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings ...
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Second Sunday of Easter (April 19, 2020) in Year A (Schade)

Second Sunday of Easter (April 19, 2020) in Year A (Schade)

Celebrating the Subversive Life of the Resurrection - Leah Schade reflects on the lessons of Holy Humor Sunday. Care for ...
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Fourth Sunday of Easter (May 3, 2020) in Year A (Schade)

Fourth Sunday of Easter (May 3, 2020) in Year A (Schade)

Let us live into a vision of sustainability for the whole Earth community. - Leah Schade reflects on the Good ...
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Fifth Sunday of Easter (May 10, 2020) in Year A (Schade)

Fifth Sunday of Easter (May 10, 2020) in Year A (Schade)

Ocean Coral Illuminates the "Living Stone" of Christ. - Leah Schade reflects on 1 Peter 2 and John 14. Care ...
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Sixth Sunday of Easter (May 17, 2020) in Year A (Ormseth)

Human beings grow into divine fellowship to participate in the relief of nature's groaning. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on living ...
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Holy Trinity Sunday in Year A (Mundahl)

Holy Trinity Sunday in Year A (Mundahl)

Survival Is Insufficient - Tom Mundahl reflects on the Trinitarian model of "making room." Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Holy Trinity Sunday in Year A (Ormseth)

Holy Trinity Sunday in Year A (Ormseth)

The Story of Jesus the Servant of Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the triune God of creation. Care for ...
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Sunday June 12-18 in Year A (Mundahl)

Sunday June 12-18 in Year A (Mundahl)

A Community to Serve the Whole Earth - Tom Mundahl reflects on support, endurance, and hope for the challenges we ...
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Sunday June 19-25 in Year A (Mundahl)

Sunday June 19-25 in Year A (Mundahl)

It Can't Happen Here - Tom Mundahl reflects on prophetic voice and lament. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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Finding Ways to Work Alongside Grief and Anguish

Finding Ways to Work Alongside Grief and Anguish

Thanks to all who joined the August 2020 Connections Call to share experiences with and resources on how to keep ...
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Sunday June 26 - July 2 in Year A (Mundahl)

Sunday June 26 – July 2 in Year A (Mundahl)

Fake News - Tom Mundahl reflects on the alternative. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday ...
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Sunday July 3-9 in Year A (Carr20)

Sunday July 3-9 in Year A (Carr20)

Taking on Rationalization - Amy Carr reflects on donkeys facing war horses. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  ...
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Sunday July 10-16 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday July 10-16 in Year A (Ormseth)

The Parable of the Sower as Sign of God's Provision in Nature - Dennis Ormseth  reflects on the Servant of Creation ...
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Sunday June 26 - July 2 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday June 26 – July 2 in Year A (Ormseth)

Righteousness and Justice for All Creation! - Dennis Ormseth  reflects on true prophets. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  ...
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Sunday July 17-23 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday July 17-23 in Year A (Ormseth)

Desist from Ecological Destruction, NOW! - Dennis Ormseth  reflects on the ecological integrity of all things. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Sunday July 24-30 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday July 24-30 in Year A (Ormseth)

Feast on These Parables from Nature! - Dennis Ormseth  reflects on the messy business of God's kingdom. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Sunday August 7-13 in Year A (Thompson)

Sunday August 7-13 in Year A (Thompson)

All-Encompassing, Hopeful, and Embodied Faith This week Lutheran's Restoring Creation is excited to offer a guest commentary from Andrew Thompson, ...
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Sunday August 14-20 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday August 14-20 in Year A (Ormseth)

If we are to address Earth-care together, no nation can claim privileged exceptionalism. - Dennis Ormseth  reflects on a global scope ...
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Sunday October 2-8 in Year A (Ormseth11)

Sunday October 2-8 in Year A (Ormseth11)

A Parable about Caring for Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the parable of the vineyard. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Sunday October 9-15 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday October 9-15 in Year A (Ormseth)

It Is God's Will - Dennis Ormseth reflects on joining with the Lord, Servant of Creation, in unending care of creation ...
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Sunday August 28 - September 3 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday August 28 – September 3 in Year A (Ormseth)

Following Jesus as Servant of Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on self-centered reasons and altruism. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Sunday October 16-22 in Year A (Schifferdecker)

Sunday October 16-22 in Year A (Schifferdecker)

Let all creation praise by not polluting! - Kathryn Schifferdecker reflects on creation's ability to praise its Creator. Care for ...
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Sunday September 4-10 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday September 4-10 in Year A (Ormseth)

Love Your Neighbor! - Dennis Ormseth reflects on cultivating a sense of place, where love for one another includes all of ...
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Sunday September 11-17 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday September 11-17 in Year A (Ormseth)

A Reconfigured Parable - Dennis Ormseth reflects on a parable's proposal of the unlimited economy of grace. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Sunday October 23-29 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday October 23-29 in Year A (Ormseth)

To love neighbor involves love for their neighborhood. To love God involves love for God's creation. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on ...
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Sunday September 18-24 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday September 18-24 in Year A (Ormseth)

Acceptance in an Economy of Grace - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the parable of the workers in the vineyard. Care for ...
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Sunday September 18-24 in Year A (Santmire)

Sunday September 18-24 in Year A (Santmire)

In Praise of Generosity - Paul Santmire reflects on a kairos moment for Americans. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Sunday September 25 - October 1 in Year A (Santmire)

Sunday September 25 – October 1 in Year A (Santmire)

Things Fall Apart: One Center Holds - Paul Santmire reflects on a counter-cultural alternative to a consumer economy. Care for ...
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Sunday October 30 - November 5 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday October 30 – November 5 in Year A (Ormseth)

Called To Be No Less Than Servants of Creation. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on servant leadership. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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First Sunday of Advent in Year B (Ormseth11)

First Sunday of Advent in Year B (Ormseth11)

We Await the Transformation of the Cosmos. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on an orientation to God's Creation in the season of ...
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Second Sunday of Advent in Year B (Mundahl20)

Second Sunday of Advent in Year B (Mundahl20)

Thinking the Unthinkable - Tom Mundahl reflects on our communal lament and hope for wholeness. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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First Sunday of Advent in Year B (Mundahl14)

First Sunday of Advent in Year B (Mundahl14)

Stay Alert with Hope; and Beware the Consumers of Christmas. - Tom Mundahl reflects on hope, watching, and serving. Care ...
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Sunday November 13-19 in Year A (Ormseth)

Sunday November 13-19 in Year A (Ormseth)

Claiming the Future as Precious Gifts of People and Land. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on acting boldly for restoration and healing ...
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Christ the King Sunday in Year A (Ormseth)

Christ the King Sunday in Year A (Ormseth)

We are the sheep of God's pasture. We are the people of God's Earth. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on  the inclusion ...
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First Sunday of Advent in Year B (Mundahl20)

First Sunday of Advent in Year B (Mundahl20)

Let's Just Start Over! - Tom Mundahl reflects on the start of Advent in the midst of pandemic, climate crisis, ...
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Second Sunday of Advent in Year B (Ormseth11)

Second Sunday of Advent in Year B (Ormseth11)

Advent Is about Gathering for the New Creation. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on wilderness. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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Second Sunday of Advent in Year B (Mundahl14)

Second Sunday of Advent in Year B (Mundahl14)

Thinking about the Unthinkable - Tom Mundahl reflects on our desert struggle in the time of climate crisis. Care for ...
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Third Sunday of Advent in Year B (Mundahl20)

Third Sunday of Advent in Year B (Mundahl20)

Rejoice? - Tom Mundahl reflects on joy in the midst of grief. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  ...
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Third Sunday of Advent in Year B (Ormseth11)

Third Sunday of Advent in Year B (Ormseth11)

Joyful Anticipation of the Transformation of Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the cosmological significance of Christ. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Third Sunday of Advent in Year B (Mundahl14)

Third Sunday of Advent in Year B (Mundahl14)

Living the Anticipation, with Joy and New Light - Tom Mundahl reflects on what it means to be whole. Care ...
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Fourth Sunday of Advent in Year B (Mundahl20)

Fourth Sunday of Advent in Year B (Mundahl20)

Courage - Tom Mundahl reflects on beholding versus seeing. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for the ...
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Fourth Sunday of Advent in Year B (Ormseth11)

Fourth Sunday of Advent in Year B (Ormseth11)

Bearing God into the World - Dennis Ormseth reflects on Christ's birth opening space and time for the renewal of Earth ...
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Baptism of Our Lord in Year B (Ormseth15)

Baptism of Our Lord in Year B (Ormseth15)

Jesus Ushers in a New Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the new creation we experience in baptism. Care for Creation ...
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Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year B (Ormseth15)

Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year B (Ormseth15)

Planting Trees as Symbol and Expression of the Restoration of Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on God's presence in creation. Care ...
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Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year B (Ormseth12)

Second Sunday after Epiphany in Year B (Ormseth12)

God Is the God of Embodiment throughout Earth and Sky! - Dennis Ormseth reflects on God's presence calling us to care ...
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Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year B (Ormseth15)

Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year B (Ormseth15)

This Changes Everything: No Longer Business as Usual - Dennis Ormseth reflects on Jesus inviting the common folk to join him ...
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Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year B (Ormseth12)

Third Sunday after Epiphany in Year B (Ormseth12)

It's Time to Break with Business as Usual and Tend God's Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on what we can learn ...
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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year B (Ormseth15)

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany in Year B (Ormseth15)

For Those Who Are in Christ, Creation Is New! - Dennis Ormseth reflects on driving out the demon of climate change ...
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First Sunday of Christmas in Year B (Utphall20)

First Sunday of Christmas in Year B (Utphall20)

Divorced, Together -  Nick Utphall reflects on the connections in the family of creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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First Sunday of Christmas in Year B (Mundahl14)

First Sunday of Christmas in Year B (Mundahl14)

Join the Hymn of All Creation - Tom Mundahl reflects on ministering to creation as priests of God. Care for ...
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First Sunday of Christmas in Year B (Ormseth11)

First Sunday of Christmas in Year B (Ormseth11)

All Nature Sings! - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the incarnate God, given for all creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Baptism of Our Lord in Year B (Ormseth12)

Baptism of Our Lord in Year B (Ormseth12)

If You Would Experience God, You Must Fall in Love with Earth - Dennis Ormseth reflects on baptism as a cosmic ...
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Fifth Sunday after Epiphany in Year B (Ormseth15)

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany in Year B (Ormseth15)

New Creation Is Proactive: Regenerative and Restoring - Dennis Ormseth reflects on becoming full participants in maximizing life's creativity. Care ...
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Transfiguration of Our Lord in Year B (Ormseth15)

Transfiguration of Our Lord in Year B (Ormseth15)

". . . a spirit from on high is poured out on us, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field" ...
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First Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl18)

First Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl18)

Coming Down to Earth - Tom Mundahl reflects on our vocation to make earth a hospitable household for all. Care ...
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Second Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl18)

Second Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl18)

Turning Around and Rethinking the "Royal Theology" of Our Time - Tom Mundahl reflects on the appeal of kingdom, power, ...
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Second Sunday of Lent in Year B (Saler15)

Second Sunday of Lent in Year B (Saler15)

Formed to “See” in the Way of the Cross - Robert Saler reflects on the scandalous particularity of our particular ...
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Second Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl12)

Second Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl12)

Expend your life for Jesus and the gospel of new creation, and you will save it. – Tom Mundahl reflects on ...
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Third Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl18)

Third Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl18)

Breathe in the Fragrance of Creation's Renewal – Tom Mundahl reflects on faith and courage for the renewal of creation. Care ...
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Third Sunday of Lent in Year B (Saler15)

Third Sunday of Lent in Year B (Saler15)

Projection, Humility, and the Call for Justice - Robert Saler reflects on preaching care for creation. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Third Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl12)

Third Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl12)

Let’s have a Lenten fast from our consumer economy! – Tom Mundahl reflects on the continuation and completion of the Sabbath ...
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Fourth Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl18)

Fourth Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl18)

Loving the Cosmos as God Does - Tom Mundahl reflects on repenting of the "windigo" way. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Fourth Sunday of Lent in Year B (Saler15)

Fourth Sunday of Lent in Year B (Saler15)

Preaching the Adventure of Passion – Robert Saler reflects on being a listening church. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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Fourth Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl12)

Fourth Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl12)

How can we allow the religion of consumption to threaten God’s future? – Tom Mundahl reflects on turning from darkness to ...
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First Sunday of Lent in Year B (Saler15)

First Sunday of Lent in Year B (Saler15)

Jesus and the Journey of Overcoming - Robert Saler reflects on God's healing. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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First Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl12)

First Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl12)

Wilderness As a Place of Possibilities - Tom Mundahl reflects on finding hope in barrenness. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Second Sunday (April 11) of Easter in Year B (Ormseth12)

Our economy should reflect the self-giving of God’s gift of creation, the life of Jesus, and the sharing in the ...
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Fifth Sunday of Lent in Year B (Saler15)

Fifth Sunday of Lent in Year B (Saler15)

Getting Real about the Mortality of the Earth - Robert Saler reflects on renouncing control over outcomes. Care for Creation ...
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Fifth Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl12)

Fifth Sunday of Lent in Year B (Mundahl12)

Wisdom from Gardening - Tom Mundahl reflects on the seed that dies to bear fruit. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Sunday of the Passion in Year B (Schade18)

Sunday of the Passion in Year B (Schade18)

More than Eco-Palms - Leah Schade reflects on ecojustice and Passion Sunday. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary ...
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Second Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth18)

Second Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth18)

“How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!” - Dennis Ormseth reflects on community, trinity, and ...
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Second Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth15)

Second Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth15)

The Self-Giving of the Community is Rooted in the Self-Giving of the Creator. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on what it means ...
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Third Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth18)

Third Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth18)

Earth Itself Arose - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Spirit of creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings ...
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Passion Sunday and Holy Week in Year B (Ormseth12)

Passion Sunday and Holy Week in Year B (Ormseth12)

The Transformation of All Life - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the reorientation of creation to its sacred center. Care for Creation ...
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Easter Sunday in Year B (Ormseth18)

Easter Sunday in Year B (Ormseth18)

A Meal for All Sorts of Hunger - Dennis Ormseth reflects on a broad resurrection vision. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Easter Sunday in Year B (Ormseth12)

Easter Sunday in Year B (Ormseth12)

Jesus is the Gardener - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the garden as the place of restoration. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Holy Week in Year B (Jorgenson18)

Holy Week in Year B (Jorgenson18)

Root from Dry Ground - Kiara Jorgenson reflects on the themes of water in the Holy Week texts. Care for Creation ...
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Fourth Sunday of Easter (April 25) in Year B (Ormseth18)

Fourth Sunday of Easter (April 25) in Year B (Ormseth18)

All Creation Is Raised Up - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the Great Economy of the Good Shepherd. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth15)

Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth15)

Creation is our Home, the Abiding Place of Nurture and Sustenance - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the manner with which we ...
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Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth12)

Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth12)

We do indeed have this “good shepherd” in whose presence we may dwell all our days. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on ...
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Fifth Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth18)

Fifth Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth18)

In Christ's Resurrection the Earth Itself Arose - Dennis Ormseth reflects on creation acting on behalf of its Creator. Care for ...
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Fifth Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth12)

Fifth Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth12)

Vine and Branches Rooted in God’s Good Earth - Dennis Ormseth reflects on hope for all who live in exile from ...
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Sixth Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth15)

A flourishing planet in which all of life together is filled with the glory of God. - Dennis Ormseth Care ...
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Sixth Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth12)

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. - Dennis Ormseth  Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth12)

Our human harmony with all of life is grounded in the great, all-encompassing, self-giving of God. - Dennis Ormseth Care ...
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Sixth Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth18)

Sixth Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth18)

Living the Ecological Vocation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the source of new life for all creation. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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The First Sunday in the Season of Creation in Year B: Planet Earth Sunday

The Season of Creation is an optional season of the church year that celebrates God the creator and various domains ...
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Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth18)

Seventh Sunday of Easter in Year B (Ormseth18)

Everything Is Changed - Dennis Ormseth reflects on reorientation of the community to God's creation. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Holy Trinity Sunday in Year B (Ormseth12)

Holy Trinity Sunday in Year B (Ormseth12)

Liberation and Restoration of the Whole Creation. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the relations of the Holy Trinity encompassing all ...
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Sunday June 12-18 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Sunday June 12-18 in Year B (Ormseth12)

A New and Restorative Ordering of Life - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the kingdom of God and the great ecology ...
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Sunday June 19-25 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Sunday June 19-25 in Year B (Ormseth12)

How is the God of creation related to the storms of global climate change? - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the interconnected ...
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Sunday June 26 - July 2 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Sunday June 26 – July 2 in Year B (Ormseth12)

The Full Sacredness of All the Earth - Dennis Ormseth reflects on Jesus crossing and removing boundaries. Care for Creation ...
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Sunday June 26 - July 2 in Year B (Carr21)

Sunday June 26 – July 2 in Year B (Carr21)

God Does Not Desire That Creatures Suffer  - Amy Carr reflects on waiting and suffering, fairness and balance. Care for ...
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Sunday July 3-9 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Sunday July 3-9 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Congregations who embrace care for creation will find joy in the initiatives they undertake. - Dennis Ormseth reflects on becoming faithful ...
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Sunday July 3-9 in Year B (Carr21)

Sunday July 3-9 in Year B (Carr21)

Prophets and Apostles in Our Midst  - Amy Carr reflects on a God-driven vision of right relations in our shared ...
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The Second Sunday in the Season of Creation in Year B: Humanity Sunday

The Season of Creation is an optional season of the church year that celebrates God the creator and various domains ...
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The Season of Creation in Year B: Saint Francis Sunday

The Season of Creation is an optional season of the church year that celebrates God the creator and various domains ...
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The Fourth Sunday in the Season of Creation in Year B: Mountain Sunday

The Season of Creation is an optional season of the church year that celebrates God the creator and various domains ...
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Sunday October 2-8 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Sunday October 2-8 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Marriage, Family, and the Community of Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the profound mutuality between male and female in creation. Care ...
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Sunday August 28 - September 3 in Year B (Mundahl12)

Sunday August 28 – September 3 in Year B (Mundahl12)

Earth, Sky, and Water - Tom Mundahl reflects on "the commons" we all share. Care for Creation Commentary on the Common ...
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Sunday October 16-22 in Year B (Utphall18)

Sunday October 16-22 in Year B (Utphall18)

Restoring Right Relationship - Nick Utphall reflects on breaking the perpetual cycle of scapegoats and violence. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Sunday July 10-16 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Sunday July 10-16 in Year B (Ormseth12)

The Whole of Inter-Related Creation - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the meals of Jesus overcoming our "reconciliation deficit disorder." Care ...
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Sunday October 9-15 in Year B (Utphall18)

Sunday October 9-15 in Year B (Utphall18)

Where Most of Us Stand - Nick Utphall reflects on finding our place in the struggle to care for the world's family ...
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Sunday July 10-16 in Year B (Mundahl15)

Sunday July 10-16 in Year B (Mundahl15)

Faithfulness Will Spring Up from the Ground - Tom Mundahl reflects on God's shalom trumping "royal theologies." Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Sunday July 17-23 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Sunday July 17-23 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Who Will Shepherd the Shepherdless? - Dennis Ormseth reflects on a way of life where vices have been transformed into economic ...
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Sunday July 24-30 in Year B (Ormseth12)

“Gather the pieces that are left over and let nothing be wasted”—reverential economy of our use of God’s grace. - ...
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Sunday July 24-30 in Year B (Mundahl15)

Sunday July 24-30 in Year B (Mundahl15)

Bread That Gives Life to the World - Tom Mundahl reflects on the reverential economy of God's grace. Care for ...
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Sunday July 31 - August 6 in Year B (Mundahl15)

Sunday July 31 – August 6 in Year B (Mundahl15)

The Bread of Christ Is Life, and All of Life Is Communion. - Tom Mundahl reflects on the divine energy ...
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Sunday July 31 – August 6 in Year B (Ormseth12)

“The Choice Before Us is Stark.” -  Dennis Ormseth Care for Creation Commentary on the Common Lectionary  Readings for Sunday ...
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Sunday July 31 - August 6 in Year B (Carr18)

Sunday July 31 – August 6 in Year B (Carr18)

Heaven-Sent Bread -  Amy Carr reflects on how the bread of life moves us more fully into an appreciation of ...
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Sunday July 17-23 in Year B (Mundahl15)

Sunday July 17-23 in Year B (Mundahl15)

Shepherds and Children - Tom Mundahl reflects on restoring a healing relationship with the natural world. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Sunday July 24-30 in Year B (Carr21)

Sunday July 24-30 in Year B (Carr21)

On Star Trek and Saving the Planet: Messianic Miracles in a New Key - Amy Carr reflects on living toward ...
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Sunday October 16-22 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Sunday October 16-22 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Jesus as Suffering Servant - Dennis Ormseth reflects on the exemplar for our relationship with all of Earth community. Care for ...
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Preaching Series on St. Francis: Sunday October 9-15 in Year B (Santmire15)

Preaching Series on St. Francis: Sunday October 9-15 in Year B (Santmire15)

Part 3: "Francis: Man of Wealth" - Paul Santmire honors St. Francis of Assisi with a 3-Sunday commentary series. Care for ...
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Preaching Series on St. Francis: Sunday October 2-8 in Year B (Santmire15)

Preaching Series on St. Francis: Sunday October 2-8 in Year B (Santmire15)

Part 2: "Francis: Child of God" - Paul Santmire honors St. Francis with a 3-Sunday commentary series. Care for Creation Commentary ...
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Sunday October 9-15 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Sunday October 9-15 in Year B (Ormseth12)

Impossible for Humans but Possible by God's Grace - Dennis Ormseth reflects on Jesus calling people to relinquish wealth for others ...
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Sunday September 25 - October 1 in Year B (Santmire15)

Sunday September 25 – October 1 in Year B (Santmire15)

Part 1: "Francis: Prophet of God." - Paul Santmire honors St. Francis of Assisi with a 3-Sunday commentary series. Care ...
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Sunday September 25 - October 1 in Year B (Mundahl12)

Sunday September 25 – October 1 in Year B (Mundahl12)

To Stand Beholding - Tom Mundahl reflects on an alternative to our cravings and their resulting garbage. Care for Creation ...
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Sunday September 18-24 in Year B (Mundahl12)

Sunday September 18-24 in Year B (Mundahl12)

Did God not make creation for the common good?  - Tom Mundahl reflects on threats to community well-being.    Care for Creation ...
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Sunday September 11-17 in Year B (Mundahl12)

Sunday September 11-17 in Year B (Mundahl12)

“This is what love looks like!” - Tom Mundahl reflects on resisting global climate change. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Sunday September 4-10 in Year B (Mundahl12)

Sunday September 4-10 in Year B (Mundahl12)

Reaching to the Heart of Faith - Tom Mundahl reflects on the church's response to climate change. Care for Creation Commentary on ...
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Sunday August 28 - September 3 in Year B (Carr21)

Sunday August 28 – September 3 in Year B (Carr21)

Good Laws or Pure Persons? - Amy Carr reflects on the nature of pollution. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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Sunday August 7-13 in Year B (Mundahl15)

Sunday August 7-13 in Year B (Mundahl15)

The Hospitality of the World - Tom Mundahl reflects on membership in contrast to individualism. Care for Creation Commentary on the ...
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