By Lisa Brenskelle
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: Looking ahead to Advent, see these Advent suggestions for creation-focused worship planning. Some materials for Thanksgiving/Harvest Festival are also available. Creation-focused commentaries on the lectionary can help with weekly sermon preparation. Use these creation-focused prayers for Advent in year C. To consider the relationship of the cycles of the Earth and the cycles of Christian prayer, this essay is an excellent source.
- Education: With the U.N. Climate Conference beginning on Nov. 30, you might want to offer the adult study Just Climate or use the Lutheran Study Guide to Laudato Si. Christ the King in Houston is offering a lecture series on climate change in November. Join the new Conversations on Creation webinar series, beginning Nov. 29. See separate articles for details on these three events.
- Discipleship: Make use of the “bulletin blurb” eco-tips (plus Bible verses and creation-care quotes) on the synod leaders Facebook group each week. Offer this free Advent calendar with a creation care focus or suggest the devotional “A Journey Toward Home: Soul Travel from Advent to Lent” to your members. The Lutherans Restoring Creation Team is offering a devotional for use during the U.N. Climate Conference (November 30 through December 11).
- Building & Grounds: To consider stewarding your church property as Earth community, see this essay. Get inspired by reading about the actions of other congregations. In our climate, saving energy on cooling is a “hot” topic. Considering an energy audit or study? Take a look at these tips on getting a professional audit.
- Public Ministry/Advocacy: Consider these upcoming Opportunities to Care for, Learn About, and Enjoy God’s Good Creation. Let your runner and cyclist members know that Lutherans Restoring Creation now has a cycling team and a running group. To get involved in cycling or running to support environmental causes, see contact information at the end of this article. Your members, and your congregation as a whole, can take the Paris pledge to reduce their/its carbon footprint. Another advocacy opportunity is to petition the governor of Texas to consider renewable energy options in the Clean Power Plan.
To contact the synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Team for creation care assistance and information, please write to Lisa Brenskelle.