The mission of Lutherans Restoring Creation is to promote incorporation of care for creation into the full life and mission of the church, working in five areas: worship, education, discipleship, building & grounds, and public ministry/advocacy. For some timely tips in these areas, see below:
- Worship: If you will have a Blessing of the Animals in for the commemoration of Francis of Assisi in early October, materials are available. In addition, this sermon for an outdoor setting could be used for this commemoration. Creation-focused commentaries on the lectionary can also help with weekly sermon preparation. To consider an Eco-Reformation for late October, check out this video. For Sundays after Pentecost in year B, creation-focused prayers have been created at this site.
- Education: Check out the educational resources listed on this page at the Lutherans Restoring Creation A free 3-session environmental educational resource is available from National Geographic. The Lutherans Restoring Creation Team will offer the annual Creation Care Fest/Environmental Extravaganza on the morning of Saturday, September 26 at the University of St. Thomas.
- Discipleship: Make use of the “Bulletin blurb” eco-tips (and Bible verses and creation-care quotes) published on the synod leaders Facebook group each week. October is a good month to consider a “Care More – Car Less” Sunday. Please contact the synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Team for materials. Another opportunity coming up in October is the annual Eco-Challenge, in which participants challenge themselves to improve their environmental stewardship in one specific area for two weeks.
- Building & Grounds: For a free resource that considers many aspects of caring for creation in management of your building, see module 7, Greening the Church Building, from Eco-Congregation. For your grounds, see modules 9a & 9b on Churchyard Conservation from Eco-Congregation.
- Public Ministry/Advocacy: A listing of Opportunities to Care for, Learn About, and Enjoy God’s Good Creation is found at the upcoming opportunities link, updated each week. Interested in developing your own hands-on care for creation project? See this handy resource guide to local environmental organizations/resources. The Fall 2015 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event is coming up on Sunday, October 25 in the afternoon. For a unique opportunity in this area, join the Lutherans Restoring Creation cycling team for Bike Around the Bay on October 17-18.
Join with other ELCA Lutherans around the country in advocating to protect water resources and to support communities facing the greatest threat of climate change. See links at ELCA advocacy.
To contact the synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Team for creation care assistance/information, please write to Lisa Brenskelle.